The harp is one of the oldest and most widespread musical instruments known to man, and its typical playing technique, the broken playing of chords, was derived from the name of the instrument itself – arpeggio. The modern, double-action pedal instrument Harp 1 was played by Ruth Rojahn, an internationally successful harp soloist. Apart from single notes in various playing styles it offers a wide range of arpeggios and an enormous wealth of glissandos, which are particularly brilliant and easy to use. The controller structure of the Vienna Instruments player allows for extremely flexible and quick access when switching between ranges, different tempos, up and down movements, and different scales in real-time. Playing the harp in real-time on the keyboard has never been easier!
Requires the ViennaKey.
Unlike Harp 1, Harp 2 is played by Julia Reth and features an even larger number of single notes in various playing styles, such as damped, fingernail playing, “Près-de-la-table”, pedal glissandos and bisbigliandos – those whispering tender tremolos played on two strings of the same pitch that create a lovely ethereal effect. Harp 2 is the ideal complement to Harp 1, reflecting the use of two harps in orchestral music since the mid 19th century.
With the addition of the Upright Bass, the Vienna Symphonic Library now offers yet
another instrument frequently used in jazz compositions. The recordings were done
with Bernd Konzett, a well-known jazz bassist from the Austrian state Vorarlberg.
Following a number of test recordings, he equipped his 4-string, three-quarter
bass (113 cm scale) with thinner E and A strings, and thicker D and G strings. A
short while later, Bernd realized just how painful it can be to record for the
Vienna Symphonic Library. Compared with a several-hour-long gig at a jazz club, a
glissandi recording session can be torturous, leaving the musician with veritable
burns on the fingertips. The results speak for themselves in this first-class
The Vienna Concert Guitar is the only one of its kind. This hand-made instrument
was specially constructed with an arched back put together from several pieces of
wood. Its balanced, homogeneous sound allows it to stand out as a solo instrument
as well as in accompaniment. Due to its polyphonic nature, the concert guitar
presented a special challenge. Specifically, chords only sounded authentic when
the chords themselves were sampled! After three years producing the orchestral
sample libraries, the Vienna Symphonic Library team felt ready to take up this
challenge, capturing all of the concert guitar's versatility and its many playing
techniques. The samples were “tamed” and made playable with the help
of Vienna Symphonic Library's unique Vienna Instruments algorithms.
Imagine a brilliant guitarist playing absolutely fluid legato solos and awesome
power chord grooves on a world-class guitar: You can hear it from various guitar
legends — but could you expect that level of performance from a sampled
guitar? OVERDRIVE makes it possible through Vienna's revolutionary Legato
Performances, resulting in one of the most intriguing products in Vienna's
repertoire. Create your own authentic and unique riffs, exploit the limits of
technical feasibility, and get a completely real tube sound performance for the
first time ever!
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.
†These single Instrument Downloads contain full-fledged versions of instruments, offering the complete VOLUME CONTENTS on par with the ones of the big Vienna Instruments DVD collections. They can be considered add-ons to the DVD collections and do not contain any kind of reduced basic sample set.