Here’s my experiments with Garritan Personal Orchestra to recreate the opening of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis. The strings are pretty good, considering the library’s price, age and size.
I’ve made no modification to the notation (apart from the opening phrase, which I’ve added slurs) The only ‘manual work’ is emulating a breath comma with a rall and Playback end offset. There’s no pencil work in Play mode either. So it’s essentially ‘as is’, with no fiddling.
GPO contains two sets of strings: the old GPO4 samples, and the ‘new’ GPO5 ones. There are advantages and disadvantages to each set, so this is actually the perfect piece, as it’s two orchestras doubling each other. The marcatos are a little heavy handed: I dare say that could be altered in the expression maps.