Why I buy things like this from Sweetwater...
Funny, but the only reason I'm writing this is because I opened my mail to contact Sweetwater support for this very product. I'm having a minor issue that's driving me buggy and I just now gave up trying to do it myself. And, I'm smiling because if I'd bought this just about any place else, I'd be up the creek without a paddle. As it is, my problem will be solved by the time you read this. This is why I've been buying things here all these years. Makes you feel smart when you buy here, and I know that sounds like pr but it's just the truth. The man who made and continues to make this company has my respect.
Buying the Ensemble Pro 5 doesn't feel like buying a Porsche, but as soon as you use it, you realize there's a lot more to this than you're led to believe in the promos.
The Vienna String Library company in general has a very grandfatherly feel to it, and the videos that explain the product reflect this. And, if you go on YouTube, there's a 'performance test' that doesn't look that impressive. Well, prepare for a shock. The Ensemble Pro 5 software is very friendly and flexible, so much so that the descriptions I heard and read didn't really do it justice. It's deep and beautiful.
Set-up is tough, not because there's anything difficult. It's a wonderful piece of software and a joy to use. But the instructions left my ADD-riddled brain spinning. I didn't find a start to finish here's how you do it checklist, and this is a product that really deserves one. I run Omnisphere, Trilian, UVI, and a bunch of Steven Slate plugins with no hit on my DAW. I have now mixed my Omni strings with my new free VSL strings, and wow. The VSL strings come with their own free reverb, and it sounds great.
I'm running everything I want on one rather old computer and Logic is just cruising. Easy to love.
Now I'm going to customer service, where someone nice is going to figure out where I've lost my way this time. :-) Hope this helps.