Vienna Symphonic Library Dimension Strings Reviews4.7/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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from Waukesha, WI
May 23, 2013Music Background:
A dimension of StringsAt first glance this did not seem like much. However, getting into the details really changed my mind. The expressiveness and articulations that are available in this library are massive. Being able to split your violin section up is a massive helper when it comes to working out more realistic mock-ups. Another huge benefit is is splitting those instruments as played. Again, another great help. Also, the humanize function is welcomed and appreciated. It really does help add a sense of realism.
Though currently this product does not contain all the sections yet, as they are released this will become a more and more important part in my rig.
from Las Vegas, NV
November 2, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Hobbyist
VSL Dimension StringsI have to say, I am incredibly impressed with this library. I've been using VSL products for almost a year now, I have to say this is one of the best. While there may not be as many articulations as the Chamber Strings or the Solo Strings, the customization is almost limitless. I was able to use a couple of the soloed violins in a recent project, and they sounded absolutely fantastic by themselves. While there is a bit of bleeding when using a solo violin, when it's played with ensemble, it's hardly noticeable.
The other benefit I found is that I am able to "audition" 8 individual players when I'm looking for a small solo for a soloist. Some samples sounded better than others, and that's the beauty of it all: imperfection. When playing the violins as the ensemble, the little imperfections stand out as a good thing, giving it a new level of realism. I was able to tweak each individual player to my liking, and with VI Pro, the humanization adds a whole new level.
I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking to expand their sample library, or even take their first step. The learning curve is a bit tricky at first, but it can be learned within a short amount of time.
from Minneapolis MN
February 22, 2013Music Background:
Composer, producer, professional musician
VSL Dimension StringsI have quite a few of the other libraries from VSL so I expected the product to be good. And I was rewarded with a product that was not only excellent but even exceeded the expectations I had for it. The sounds are the closest thing I have been able to get to a real orchestral string sound (at least with violins, as that is the only component out yet). You'll have to spend some time learning as they are more complicated due to the huge amount of variation and control you have with this library. Works wonderfully with Vienna Ensemble Pro (5 in my case) and the new iPad app is the kicker. You can see all your layers and cells visually rather than having to recall all the keyswitch locations. Would have given it 5 stars but they haven't released the viola, cello and bass components yet. (though I cannot wait).
from Los Angeles, CA
January 23, 2013Music Background:
Excellent LibraryThis is a great addition to any string library. The violins sound amazing and are very expressive. The learning curve is not too bad, but it does require some time to get the hang of it.
A minus would be how taxing it is on the CPU (and that's just the violins!). So if your computer is up to it, take the dive and enjoy this inspiring library by VSL.
I'm really looking forward for the remaining string sections to become available.
November 17, 2012
The main advantageThe main advantage of the Dimension Strings, is that I can playing brutally forced fortissimo sound with short articulations that is key feature in fundamental principles of modern orchestration.