All three libraries come with a large number of controllers. Some things can be controlled directly, while some others can easily be set by assigning any parameter to a hardware controller. But to tell the truth, all three are very well preprogrammed, so you will not need many additional tweaks to achieve great results. All three come with specific sounds and some unique elements, so for me there is no possibility that one library can be a substitute for another. Of course, Requiem Light is absolutely unbeatable and irreplaceable for score music, while Mercury and Olympus Elements can easily find its place in all sorts of arrangements and all genres. I’m not using pads anymore. Whenever there is a need for pad sounds, I would much rather put in some choir instead. It sounds much more impressive – period.
Olympus Elements for Kontakt Player has now been updated to versoin 1.5 and now offers full Komplete Kontrol and native S-Series Keyboard hardware support. The update is free to all existing owners and it requires Kontakt version 5.5.1 or later.
With its wealth of articulations, stand out features (like the arpeggio tool) & easy to use interface, the Symphony Series Woodwinds deserves serious consideration. SSW falls just short of “that one magic woodwinds package” that does it all, but I can tell just from reviewing the library that I am going to get a lot of use and inspiration from SSW.
Soundiron continually releases smaller libraries throughout the year as they work on the larger Symphony Series and other big libraries. These are very nicely priced and full of capabilities, not only the core sounds but the rather infinite tweak abilities built with the engine. With these highly playable and extremely useful libraries, one would expect to pay much more for such functionality and originality. I personally would purchase these libraries for easily 3x the price! A lot of props to Soundiron for creating these incredible libraries that are available to everyone.
This is another fine library by Soundiron, and a wonderful addition to the Symphony Series. Now consisting of Brass, Woodwinds, and Strings, this series will soon be one of my go-to libraries for realistic and cinematic orchestral pieces once complete.