Thought I would kickstart this thread into the new year, as I enjoyed last year’s so much!
I have just invested in Symphobia, and am well happy. And yes I have still got Gotta Gettem All Syndrome! I have been looking for good orchestral sounds for some time. I got introduced to Spitfire Audio’s products via social media and tried their BBC Symphony Audio Discover, which is a very cut down Orchestra plugin. It is very limited but gave me a taste, and started looking at upgrading, only to find that most of their products require a higher spec laptop than mine! And most of their stuff is scoring software, and not really given to live playing. I did get a number of their “Originals” products to give me the orchestral sections, but the sounds didn’t seem to be as good as the main products.
I had looked a number of alternatives, but none of them came near the Spitfir Audio sound quality, or were expensive, or need more processing power than I had. Then out of the blue came an upgraded Symphobia which is aimed either at quickly sketching ideas out, and at live playing. It has the basic orchestral sections of strings, brass and woodwind, and has a “Multi’s” section where you can blend or layer different sections. It does have some limitations, but was what I was looking for, with good sound quality, and runs in Kontakt Player. I am very happy indeed!