Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Ensemble PRO 5Item ID: VSLEnsPro-e
Virtual Instrument Plug-in Host Software | RTAS, AU, VST; Mac/PC
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Juice Your Creativity and Streamline Your WorkflowVSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 is your total cross-platform MIDI and audio LAN solution. Deploy Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 as a host on your DAW machine to coordinate your Vienna Instruments and third-party 64- and 32-bit VSTi/AU plug-ins. Shuttle the audio streams from your Macs or PCs back to your main computer, or use it in a master/slave configuration with multiple computers connected through Ethernet. Either way, all you need are simple Ethernet cables - no additional hardware required! If your virtual studio is getting out-of-control, VSL's Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 is the powerful, smart solution.
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 at a Glance:
Full integration with Vienna MIR PRO
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 gives you full integration with Vienna MIR PRO (installed with Vienna Ensemble PRO 5, license available separately), which can be opened from within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5. Instantiating Vienna MIR PRO on any channel of Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 will route that channel's signal to MIR, which can run on the same computer or another that's connected via Ethernet.
Bonus: Epic Orchestra Pack
VSL has included a big bonus along with Vienna Ensemble PRO 5. You get the marvelous Epic Orchestra Pack, in all its glory. 83 musicians strong, this incredible virtual symphony orchestra contains over 9GB of meticulously recorded samples, in stunning 24-bit quality.
ITU surround support
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 gives you full ITU surround support (up to 7.1) with integrated plug-ins for balancing surround-to-surround and mono/stereo-to-surround, letting you easily weave intensely lush surround soundscapes.
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5's Preserve feature maintains all of your templates and samples in their loaded states while you switch between projects. This is a huge time (and frustration) saver!
Touch parameter automation
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 features fully mappable touch parameter automation that lets you control all of your plug-ins residing on slave computers from your master machine. Streamline your workflow and juice your creativity, with VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5!
VSL Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 Features:
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Mary Ann, Point Pleasant Boro, NJ
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Jack Walker from DelawareIf you're a composer who is sick your host computer being brought to its knees from multiple soft synths, this product and a mac mini is the way to go.
March 25, 2013
Music Background: Composer for TV and Film
Seriously. Spend the money on th... read more [+]e middle Mac Mini and get the fusion drive. Then load this and your library of sounds.
Just read the specs, look at the other reviews and believe. You get three licenses, and you'll need to ask for 3 Vienna Keys. Load it up, turn everything on and start composing...instead of buffer managing. I mean, seriously. You're in the middle of a fast string run and then your host computer says "Sorry theres been an [insert annoying error here]". That was the last straw for me, that error...over and over. Never again.
Keep rocking. close [-]
Why doesn't everyone use this?
by David Mc from Canton MAI'm surprised I don't hear everyone raving about this software. Maybe it's because you have to buy a Steinberg Key even if you only want to use a trial version?
July 11, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist musician / engineer with a LOT of equipment
Even if all you do is... read more [+] run a handful of high quality VST instruments from your DAW, you are still VERY likely to benefit tremendously from this software. It allows you to SEPARATE your VSTs from your DAW and put them in their own app / server. Then your DAW doesn't waste time as much time communicating with your VSTs AND your DAW has simpler memory and processing concerns to handle. It makes a HUGE difference in what your DAW can handle.
It also allows you to save your "rack" of VSTs separate from your DAW so you can fire up another DAW or audio app and use those same VSTs without having to reload them!
When you get into more complex configurations it allows you to use 32-bit and 64-bit VST instruments AND audio effects across multiple 32-bit and 64-bit VST host applications (DAWs) on multiple machines on both the Mac and PC platforms. A 32-bit DAW can call 64-bit VST and vice versa... doesn't matter. And it works flawlessly with the dozens of VSTs I use. If your VST maker followed the VST spec, it will work in VEP Pro!
There other apps out there that allow you to do basically the same thing but I guarantee no matter who you are it will take you many, many hours to get them to do the same things VEP Pro does. The first time I used it I got it all to work in about 10 minutes. It has made a dramatic improvement in everything I do, thus this review. close [-]
Huge workflow enhancer
by Chris Peck from Sherman Oaks, CAI can't believe I didn't buy this sooner! Tried the demo of VEP5 a few days after it was released, and within minutes knew I had to buy it. I frequently have to jump back and forth between Nuendo, D... read more [+]igital Performer, Logic and Pro Tools. Not having to wait for all of my sample libraries to load when switching projects and/or DAWS makes life so much easier and way more productive. close [-]
December 30, 2011
Music Background: Composer, Percussionist
by E R Waguespack from Covington, La USAThis software has allowed me to combine a dual core PC running multiple (PC only) VST synths, linked to an older Mac Pro Quad core running multiple AU instruments, all controlled by a Mac Mini dual co... read more [+]re running Pro Tools 9 with it's collection of RTAS instruments. Setup was a bit complex but after researching the manual a few times, I was able to figure out the proper start up sequence and software programming proceedure for each computer to make it work, and it works great, but keep your network cables short. I've been wanting to combine my multiple machines into the same project for a long time and this software seems to do the job smoothly. For large projects that require multiple "CPU-Hog" virtual instruments, this is the answer. I run multiple U-he, Ivory pianos and RTAS synthes with no pops or frezzes in Pro Tools 9. close [-]
October 3, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
Great Concept! Great Implementation!
by krazylain from United StatesVEP5 is great for composers and electronic musicians using many VIs.
September 21, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Project Studio Owner
I'm running Pro Tools 10 on my Intel quad PC Desktop and VEP5 32-bit on my Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz, 4G laptop. I connecte... read more [+]d the two computers via Ethernet cables and a switch. This is a temporary setup, but I had to mention it to show that VEP works well even on a modest machine.
ProTools 10 native normally chokes my Quad after adding lots of CPU/RAM hungry VIs like Kontakt at 64 and 128 samples. It's fine to mix at 256 or even 1064, but when creating music I need to keep buffers set to 32, 64 or 128. This is where VEP5 comes handy.
On my laptop I run many instances of NIs Kontakt, Battery and IKs Sampletank, Sonic Synth etc. My Pro Tools sessions have no VIs, but many midi channels triggering the instruments thru VEP on my laptop. No crashes, no errors. I can premix all instruments in VEP on the laptop and only return a stereo channel in Protools. However I tend to sub group instruments in VEP e.g. Drums, Percs, Brass, Keys, Synths etc. and return about 8-10 stereo channels in ProTools.
These can be monitored on Auxes, Instruments tracks or recorded directly to audio tracks. I also use Sonar X1 64bit (which can load a large number of VIs) and still benefit hugely from VEP as I can keep all VIs loaded on the laptop while changing sessions.
I must mention that like UAD plug-ins, there appears to be a minimum threshold needed before VEP operates smoothly. On my machine, even one instance of VEP5 gave slight pops & clicks at 64 samples in ProTools 10. At 128 samples, those problems disappeared and from here on out - my above statement applies: your host computers' CPU/Memory is the limit.
In summary the concept is really simple and provides a stable expandable solution for anyone who already invested in Virtual Instruments. The closest alternative is Roland's new Integra7 sound module, but that costs $2,000 and only gives 16 simultaneous instruments.
VEP5 + a decent used computer < $600.
Also note that VEP5 runs Waves plug-ins and other VST from other manufacturers.
VEP5 returns up to 768 (384 stereo) channels back to your DAW. Good luck if you use that many!!
And no, I don't work for VSL I just love when programs like this work as intended. close [-]
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