Vienna Dimension Strings I opens a new chapter in the history of sampling technology. The recordings in Vienna’s famed Silent Stage started as early as the fall of 2008. With a total of more than 300,000 violin samples alone, and an estimated one million for the full library, it is by far the most ambitious and intensive production in the history of the Vienna Symphonic Library. To put these numbers in perspective: Since the foundation of the company, 12 years ago, the Austrian company has published more than 1.5 million samples, covering nearly every instrument of the symphonic orchestra and more.
The 24 string players of Vienna Dimension Strings I were recorded in homogenous groups (8 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos and 4 double basses), capturing all of the human interactions and slight imperfections of a live performance, but this time the Vienna team has used individual microphones for each player, which allows you to access each voice individually.
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Newly Added: viola, cello, and bass sections! Vienna Dimension Strings II is now complete!
Introducing the newest addition to Vienna’s revolutionary “Dimension” series of ensemble instrument collections. Vienna Dimension Strings II complements the original Vienna Dimension Strings I with muted string ensembles.
This Collection is the sequel to Vienna Dimension Strings I. It contains nearly the same playing techniques, but these string instruments were exclusively recorded “con sordino” (with mutes), offering all-new sonic subtleties. Playing with mutes dampens the transmission of energy from the strings to the body of the instrument and softens or darkens the sound. The effect of these silky smooth timbres perfectly suits intimate arrangements and emotional ballads, or envelops a sensitive cue with unobtrusive intensity. An insider tip of Hollywood film composers is to blend the normal string sound with muted strings for achieving a very special broad, soft, and warm string environment.
As with Vienna Dimension Strings I, all of the human interactions and slight imperfections of a live performance have been captured. The players were recorded in four homogeneous groups (8 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos and 4 double basses), but with dedicated microphones for each player, allowing for automatic or manual access to each individual voice and resulting in unlimited performance flexibility and authenticity.
With a total of more than one million samples, Vienna Dimension Strings is by far the most ambitious and time intensive production in the history of the Vienna Symphonic Library. The recordings in Vienna’s famed Silent Stage started as early as fall 2008. The 24 string players (8 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos and 4 double basses) were recorded in homogeneous groups, capturing all of the human interactions and slight imperfections of a live performance. Individual microphones for each player allow you to access each voice of the ensemble. The Bundle includes both Vienna Dimension Strings Collections at a reduced Bundle price and comes with the free Vienna Instruments player. To make the most of these unique multi-dimensional samples, we recommend using Vienna Instruments Pro.
Solo Strings I is the most comprehensive and sophisticated solo string edition ever created. This Collection contains VOLUME CONTENTS such as “Zigane”, the leisurely “smeared” portamentos, which are particularly impressive as Interval Performances with the Vienna Instruments audio engine’s algorithms. Additional “harsh” VOLUME CONTENTS are played with an especially raw, almost brutal attack, and are now available as superbly effective Interval and Repetition Performances. There are also special Performance Trills, repetitions in spiccato and ricochet VOLUME CONTENTS, sustains with fading vibrato, ponticello, sul tasto, and numerous natural and artificial harmonics.
This Vienna Instruments Collection is the sequel to Solo Strings I, offering all-new VOLUME CONTENTS and sonic subtleties. Solo Strings II contains many of the playing techniques that the first Collection includes, but played "con sordino" (with mutes).
Playing with mutes dampens the transmission of energy from the strings to the body of the instrument and softens or darkens the sound. Muted string instruments lend themselves well to soft, intimate arrangements and solo parts, and provide nuanced variations to any kind of musical style with their different structure of overtones and harmonics.
This bundle focuses on the solo instruments violin, viola, cello and double bass. It represents the most comprehensive and sophisticated solo string edition ever created, including more than 130 GB of pristine samples. SOLO STRINGS I covers a tremendous variety of different VOLUME CONTENTS in all imaginable nuances (e.g., spiccato, richochet, col legno, snap pizzicato, tremolo, glissando, trills, and artificial harmonics). SOLO STRINGS II offers most of these VOLUME CONTENTS, played con sordino (muted).
The small string ensembles of the Chamber Strings I Collection present themselves as a full instrumental body rich in nuances. Tender or expressive, quiet or dynamic, light as a feather or energetic – with the help of our new performance algorithms the ensembles’ liveliness magically unfolds when you play. The Chamber Strings I exude their flair for intimate arrangements in chamber music compositions or in divided string groups. Large string ensembles combined with the Chamber Strings I are enhanced by additional nuances and a wealth of variations.
This Vienna Instruments Collection is the sequel to Chamber Strings I, offering all-new VOLUME CONTENTS and sonic subtleties
for the small string ensembles. Chamber Strings II contains many of the playing techniques that the first
Collection includes, but played "con sordino" (with mutes). They lend themselves well to soft, intimate
arrangements, and provide nuanced variations to your orchestral pallet. The muted chamber ensembles are a refined
addition to your treasure chest of string varieties from Vienna!
This harmonious ensemble of 15 strings (6 violins, 4 violas, 3 cellos and 2 double basses) covers nearly the entire spectrum of string chamber literature. Many composers use the CHAMBER STRINGS for larger orchestrations as well, doubling melody lines to enhance the string sound with more variety and expression. CHAMBER STRINGS I contains all imaginable VOLUME CONTENTS, including snap pizzicatos, glissandos and artificial harmonics. CHAMBER STRINGS II offers most of the VOLUME CONTENTS in CHAMBER STRINGS I as muted versions (con sordino).
The ensemble of 14 violinists is headed by Christian Eisenberger, who in his esteemed international concert work has collaborated with artists and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Martha Argerich, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Gideon Kremer, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff, Georg Solti, and many others. The ensemble of 10 violas is headed by Anett Homoki, who is a member of the Vienna Chamber Philharmony as well as of the Volksoper Vienna.
The leading voice of the cello section is Argentinian Rubén Dubrovsky, founder of the Vienna Bach Consort. Martin Deuring, an internationally active solo bassist and founding member of the chamber music ensemble “Ensemble Plus”, leads the double bass ensemble.
With this bundle you get the complete string section of the full symphonic orchestra. ORCHESTRAL STRINGS I includes 14 violins and 10 violas, while ORCHESTRAL STRINGS II offers 8 cellos and 6 double basses. Both collections cover an enormously wide variety of playing techniques built on the foundation of the essential string orchestra, whether you're recording Mozart's "Kleine Nachtmusik" or your latest movie score.
As the name suggests, these string ensembles are quite simply, passionate. Their lush, broad and emotive cinematic sound defies expectations for a virtual instrument. They integrate perfectly well into a variety of musical styles, from pop and rock environments to symphonic arrangements, from emotional ballads to films, from pure string beds to complete orchestral scores.
These muted large string ensembles are a special gem for everybody who is looking for that sweet,
Hollywood-style string sound. The sequel to
Strings offers almost all of the VOLUME CONTENTS that the first Collection includes, but
played “con sordino”. This is going to be the most lyrical string ensemble in your studio!
If you are looking for that larger-than-life Hollywood sound, the APPASSIONATA STRINGS are the perfect answer. In particular the legato and sul-G-performances, with varying intensities of vibrato, provide a passionate, large and epic string sound. These big strings are designed for all kinds of cinematic music, from slow and lush themes to fast action scores. In addition to arco and legato styles, the 20 violins, 14 violas, 12 cellos and 10 double basses (six among them being 5-string double basses) feature accented interval notes, staccatos and spiccatos. While APPASSIONATA STRINGS I covers a wide range of VOLUME CONTENTS, APPASSIONATA STRINGS II offers almost all of the VOLUME CONTENTS in the first Collection, but played "con sordino". Some composers even combine the "normal" strings with muted strings, resulting in a particularly thick and luxurious sound.
These three plucked instruments are full-fledged virtual instruments with a comprehensive set of samples and articulations, but have never appeared on any other Vienna Instruments Collection.
Upright Bass features recordings of a plucked bass with an abundance of jazz articulations. The Concert Guitar is a unique, hand-made classical guitar with nylon strings. Overdrive features distorted tube sound recordings of a legendary Steve Vai signature seven-string guitar.
This Collection owes its two instruments to the
use of two harps in orchestral music of the mid
19th century. Apart from single notes in various
playing styles the first harp offers an enormous wealth
of glissandos, which now in Vienna Instruments are
particularly brilliant and easy to use. The controller
structure allows for extremely flexible and quick
access – the user can switch between ranges,
different tempos, up and down movements, and different
scales in real-time while playing. Now you can access
all Dimensions at the same time! The first harp’s
spectrum is rounded out by a wide range of arpeggios
which were not available until now.
From solo instruments to chamber and
orchestral string ensembles to the Appassionata
Strings’ large groups – and the
harps – Strings Complete covers the whole
range of symphonic string instruments and provides
you with authentic sound results for all kinds of
orchestrations. Played by renowned musicians, international
soloists and members of Viennese orchestras, the Vienna
Instruments String Collections offer sample recordings
rich in detail, and enable you to create authentic and lifelike
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.