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Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition Volume 1 : Essential Orchestra Reviews

3.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Sylvester President
    from St.Croix, VI March 11, 2013Music Background:

    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.


  • Customer
    from Minneapolis, MN November 21, 2012Music Background:
    Pro 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!

  • Wes
    from August 21, 2016Music Background:

    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.

  • Miguel
    from November 25, 2013

    Vienna Expierence

    If you want something easy to use this is not for you is very hard to use

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