Here is another suggestion - the London Philharmonic Orchestral has made available a large number of samples here: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesounde ... s/library/ The samples cannot be made available as a sampler instrument, but one could make SFZ files using these samples and have each user download the samples themselves. Actually, one wonders if they could be enticed to either make, or accept SFZ files using their samples. One downside is that the samples are MP3. Well, this suggestion is no replacement for an open-source library, but could be a way to assemble free high-quality software instruments quite quickly.
The problem is the price of a really good one. I do like MXL like the one you linked, and even have some of their products. My experience is however tainted since the only time I've ever successfully used one was in a major studio and it was a $10k ribbon. I've used cheaper ones and IMHO have found that you might as well be using an even cheaper condensor.
Gear purchasers are tough, because the weakest part dominates all the others, so the $10,000 mic can easily be nullified by lesser parts upstream, or the actual performance. A good cashflow strategy would be to always know your weakest link, and target that for the next upgrade. If my wallet was as full as my post-it board full of weak link memos, I would be spending serious dosh.
The number of producers/engineers with clients using noteworthy material, is also miniscule. Most production skill-sets and gear collections will fall far short of the highest standards, but still turn out wonderful music, for people who don't notice or care about the details. We live in great times!
Hi there, it seems users and developpers of Musescore (the best open source notation software) have been thinking the same, and they are considering the possibility of starting a Kickstarter campaign to get this project done (the Open Source HD Orchestral Sound Library). All support and ideas are welcome: