Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Volume 1 : Essential Orchestra

Orchestral Sample Plug-in with Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings - Mac/PC Standalone, AAX Native, RTAS, VST, AU
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Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Volume 1 : Essential Orchestra
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Vienna Instruments in an Affordable Collection!

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The Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1 brings together the complete orchestra - and more - in an affordable Collection. It is the ideal, resource-saving companion for orchestral arrangements on your laptop, or for newcomers to the world of Vienna Instruments, offering a useful cross-section of Vienna Symphonic Library's over one million samples. Special Edition Vol. 1 includes 28 instruments and ensembles, covering large post-romantic instrumentation. It contains solo and ensemble strings, solo instruments and ensembles of the brass section, woodwinds ranging from piccolo flute to contra bassoon, harp, drums and percussion as well as celesta and the Bosendorfer Imperial grand piano. Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1 is the quintessence of the Vienna Symphonic Library in a single, affordable software package!

Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1 Orchestra Library at a Glance:

Performance Detection for creating realistic parts
The Vienna Symphonic Library team not only recorded single notes for all instruments and ensembles, but also comprehensively captured what happened in between the notes, where the real nuances of a live performance occur. When you play a Legato Performance Patch of a solo violin, algorithms that are built into the Patch check for the intervals you're playing and automatically provide you with the proper note transitions - just as a gifted musician would play them. Other built-in algorithms detect your playing speed to trigger the right articulations, or automatically detect repeated notes, and alternate samples so the orchestration doesn't sound mechanical.

Built-in RAM optimization preserves resources

Imagine you're working on an instrument in a song and you're loading various playing techniques for this instrument - say the ensemble violins. For every playing technique, several octaves of chromatically sampled notes are now living in RAM, even though you actually need only a small percentage of them to perform your violin passages. To make the best use of your resources, Vienna implemented a "Learn" button that you can click when you're finished composing with the instrument. Just start your sequencers, and Vienna Instrument flags each sample that's used. After stopping your sequencer, click "optimize" and Vienna kicks the unused samples out of RAM, retaining an average of only 3% of the samples that you originally loaded for the performance.

Supreme-quality samples and amazing ease of use

Vienna Symphonic Library is known for their painstaking, golden-eared approach to recording the superb-sounding samples that comprise their highly regarded library. It's the jaw-dropping sonic quality and the broad selection of virtual instruments that makes Vienna Symphonic Library instruments staples in top studios worldwide, but it's the company's cool software innovations and ease-of-use that'll have you singing their praises next time you're composing to a tight deadline!

VSL Special Edition Vol. 1 Includes:
  • Piccolo
  • Flute 1
  • French oboe
  • English horn (French)
  • Clarinet
  • Bass clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Triple horn
  • Trumpet in C
  • Tenor trombone
  • Bass trombone
  • Tuba
  • Horn ensemble (4 players)
  • Trumpet ensemble (3 players)
  • Trombone ensemble (3 players)
  • Solo violin
  • Solo viola
  • Solo cello
  • Solo double bass
  • Violin ensemble (14 players)
  • Viola ensemble (10 players)
  • Cello ensemble (8 players)
  • Double bass ensemble (6 players)
  • Harp
  • Bsendorfer Imperial Grand Piano
  • Celesta
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Vibraphone
  • Marimba
  • Timpani
  • Taiko drums
  • Bass drum
  • Snare drum
  • Snare drum ensemble
  • Tambourine
  • Concert tom
  • Gongs
  • Suspended cymbals
  • A-due cymbals
  • Tam-tam
  • Thundersheet
  • Rails
  • Metal chimes
  • Table castanets
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Plate Bells
Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1 Orchestra Library Features:
  • Wide range of commonly used orchestral instruments and articulations in one collection
  • Contains 28 instruments and ensembles
  • Performance Detection senses how you're playing and selects the most appropriate articulations and samples
  • RAM optimization only loads required samples into your computer's RAM to conserve resources
  • Amazing sound quality, recorded in the custom-built Silent Stage recording facility
Expand your virtual orchestra with the Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Vol. 1!

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Tech Specs

Software Type Symphonic Sample Player
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Download
Format Standalone, AAX Native, RTAS, VST, AU
Hardware Requirements - Mac Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number VSLV91

Customer Reviews

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One great & useful product.

What a great product from VSL, an orchestra in the studio. What a great invention. My sales rep. Michael Quilling, at Sweetwater was very helpful in helping me choose this great product. Keep up the good work guys. Tim
Music background: Musician

Great samples!

I needed new samples for a set of MIDI tracks to accompany a small band on a national tour. It DID take a few hours to get familiar with the VSL, but wow, talk about time well spent! The sounds and articulations are simply stunning. If you're looking for a simple "plug-and-play" sample library, this may not be the one for you. But if you have some time to get familiar with the interface, and the willingness to tweak your MIDI files, this is definitely the way to go!
Music background: Pro Musician

Painfully Contradictory Product, Great Samples.

The samples in this are fantastic, but for an "essential" orchestra library, it is highly lacking in provided means to actually PRODUCE the samples into a listenable piece of music. The product in its own nature makes very little sense. It's meant to be a starter kit, yet, will come with absolutely no means of tuning up the sound to give it a convincing feel. Out of the box, it sounds quite synthetic in comparison to more modern, full, and lush virtual instruments/sound libraries, but this certainly is the problem. It's that it gives you nothing to enhance this synthetic sound with, It's almost REQUIRED to buy the MIR or other effects immediately after getting this. The contradiction of this product baffles me, to be quite frank. If someone has means of producing this, they likely already have the proper funds to by a more fuller sound library. (They would have a high end DAW, a hefty sized library of various reverbs, compressors, and EQs.) In causation, they likely won't buy this. If someone doesn't have the means to produce with this, it likely means they either lack the knowledge or funds (required to buy many of the NEEDED addons to make this even sound 1% convincing, such as MIRx) to really do anything with this library. Yet again, in causation, this product will not appeal to them. If you feel like taking a leap of faith and are prepared to spend ALOT of money in getting this sound library to sound decent, and later on fantastic (which is possible) then this is a great buy. If you are looking for a quick fix of good sounds and are hard pressed on time and money, I would highly recommend against getting this library......for now. It is certainly capable of amazing things, but even a quick google search really shows how either no one cares to share HOW to make this library sound great without spending at least $1,000, or simply doesn't know how. Final Verdict: Great Samples, but the product, even for a starter kit is missing SO MUCH that you'll be lucky if you can produce anything if you haven't spent at least a good amount of money prior to purchasing this, where at that point, you could've just bought a more modern library for your specific needs.
Music background: Violinist.

Vienna Expierence

If you want something easy to use this is not for you is very hard to use
See also: Orchestral Software, Vienna Symphonic Library, Vienna Symphonic Library Virtual Instruments: Orchestra