This Vienna Instruments Collection is a truly magnificent profusion of percussion! Apart from all standard percussion instruments and Performances it contains production-ready instruments, processed with sought-after high-end studio equipment, put into the right perspective with multi-sampled convolution reverb from the Vienna Symphonic Library’s MIR development. The basic percussion instruments (timpani, snare and bass drum, tambourine, suspended cymbals, a-due cymbals, glockenspiel, triangle, xylophone, tubular bells, tam-tam and concert toms) thus are not only available as samples with minimal reverb of the Silent Stage, but also with the reverb of the world-famous Wiener Konzerthaus in various stage positions. Naturally, these MIR impulses implemented in the samples just scratch the surface of the potential and flexibility of the future MIR engine; nevertheless, they offer a preview of its acoustic possibilities and allow the user to work quickly.
Apple G4 800 MHz (G5 recommended) with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. RTAS, AU or VST host program.
PC Intel/AMD with Windows XP/Vista/7 32 and 64 bit versions (Core 2 Duo/Xeon recommended). VST host program.
Also available as stand-alone on Apple and PC.
Requires the ViennaKey.
Water, metal, glass, and stone – very special elements are used here for sound production. This Collection offers exciting instruments such as the bass waterphone, the 5-octave lithophone and the XXL tam-tam. The waterphone is an unusual, evocative instrument with a diameter of 14 inches and is considerably larger than the waterphone used in the Vienna Instruments Percussion Collection. Its larger number of sounding rods, their increased length, the larger opening as well as the bigger resonating body with more water, furnish the musician with more unusual sonic possibilities and a wider variety of colors. The oversized tam-tam, with a diameter of more than 65 inches, was treated with all the tricks of the trade, with a special nod to Stockhausen’s opus “Mikrophonie” and others. It was struck with metal rods, cardboard and jigsaw blades, hit and rubbed with chains, and manhandled with fly swatters, an egg cutter, and even a massaging rod. The bottles contained in this Collection are blown – with VOLUME CONTENTS such as sustains and flutter tonguing. The 18 GB Elements Collection also features musical glasses, a glass harmonica and a verrophone.
This bundle offers the wealth of instruments included in the PERCUSSION collection, as well as the exotic sounds of ELEMENTS. Experiment with "water", "stones" or "glass" and create all-new, unheard-of soundscapes with instruments such as bass waterphone, verrophone and lithophone!
This is truly a first: The Vienna Instruments Collection Vienna Konzerthaus Organ
is the first sampled organ recorded in a concert hall, not in a church, thus blending perfectly
with orchestral performances. Obviously, it is also the first instrument not recorded at the
Silent Stage, and yet it adheres to Vienna’s overall sampling concept
since it has been captured in exactly the same space that provides the essential impulse
responses for their revolutionary MIR reverberation and mixing engine. That space is the venerable
Great Hall of the “Wiener Konzerthaus”, where the famous
“Rieger Organ” was installed in 1913.
The new VIENNA IMPERIAL virtual grand piano is a class of its own. The venerable Bösendorfer Imperial 290-755 that the Vienna team hosted at the Silent Stage for two months was equipped with the famed piano manufacturer’s CEUS technology, which allowed for the most precise and by far most extensive piano sample recordings ever conducted in the history of music technology. 1,200 recorded samples per key represent a magnitude of sampling detail that has been unthinkable up to now. The innovative implementation of meticulously recorded pedal-up and pedal-down notes in up to 100 velocities, comprehensive sympathetic resonances, and multiple release samples make the Vienna Imperial quite honestly the most realistic sampled piano ever created.
With the support of “Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik” we have developed our first sampled grand piano software instrument, a true recreation of a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial that was tuned and regulated by the piano manufacturer’s best engineers and piano technicians. The Vienna Instruments Collection Bösendorfer Imperial makes full use of our new proprietary engine and performance algorithms including automatic repetition performances. Its massive and unprecedented 54 GB sample set includes unlooped sustain samples in pedal up and pedal down variations and in 7 velocity layers, tone repetitions, real recorded sustain pedal resonances, multiple release samples, and key noises.
The 8 GB collection Special Keyboards offers a
state-of-the-art approach to capturing exceptional, rare, but also classic
sounds that every sound designer or composer should have.
The harpsichord has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones.
This set is great for TV and filmscores, classic rock, and of course this is the
definitive instrument for going “Back to Bach.” Recorded in Vienna’s
own Silent Stage, the following single notes and repetition performances of a two
manual harpsichord were recorded: 8’ register solo, 8’ double, and tutti
(a combination of two 8’ registers and one 4’ register).
The harmonium is a free-reed instrument, meaning that air streaming
past reeds of different lengths causes them to vibrate. Unlike organ pipes, the harmonium’s
reeds produce more disharmonic overtones, creating a unique undulating sound.
The prepared piano is a technique introduced in 1949 by John Cage, where objects
like erasers, nails, wire, paper, etc., are inserted between a piano’s strings in certain places,
causing them to produce additional tones, harmonics, or percussive sounds. The Vienna team also treated
the Bösendorfer grand piano with bare hands (e.g., glissandos over the strings) and with wood mallets
in order to get a multitude of creative sounds and colors.
This bundle includes all available keyboard instruments of the Vienna Symphonic Library. Both the VIENNA KONZERTHAUS ORGAN and the VIENNA IMPERIAL Bösendorfer grand truly reflect the impressive sound of Vienna. This is the city's legacy, transported to the 21st century by the means of technology, passion, and craftsmanship. These magnificent instruments are complemented by the SPECIAL KEYBOARDS collection, which include prepared piano, harmonium and harpsichord.
The ViennaKey is a USB protection device by eLicenser (formerly Syncrosoft) and is required to run any of the Vienna products (including Instrument Collections, Special Editions, Single Instruments, and Vienna Symphonic Library software).
The ViennaKey is not included and must be purchased separately. If you already have another eLicenser USB protection device (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia), you may use it for Vienna products, too. Otherwise we recommend ordering a ViennaKey together with your first Vienna Symphonic Library purchase.
This beautiful poster produced by the Vienna Symphonic Library will be a gorgeous, yet
practical addition to your studio.