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Orchestral Strings II
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Orchestral Strings II

By Vienna Symphonic Library

AU/VST/AAX Native/RTAS compatible host (also works stand-alone)
Requires the ViennaKey.

$295 Standard Library

$590 Full Library

$295 Upgrade to Full Library

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The Standard Library consists of essential articulations. The Full Library includes the Standard Library with additional articulations (usually 2-3 times more). Vienna Symphonic Library's greatest potential is achieved using the Full Libraries. You may purchase the Full Library, or upgrade to the Full Library after purchasing the Standard Library. Your price may be reduced after placing your order depending on other Vienna purchases.

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INSTRUMENTS

Cello ensemble (8 players)
Double bass ensemble (6 players)

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.

All Vienna Instruments string sections offer an extremely wide range of articulations. The special qualities of these instruments are the result of a multitude of Performances. With larger ensembles, the random effect of articulations like Performance Trills or fast Legatos is especially pronounced, lending those Performance Patches remarkable authenticity in conjunction with the new Performance algorithms in the Vienna Instruments. The larger the ensemble, the more intense the random effect, that is, the natural “inexactitude” among the musicians when changing from one tone to the next. This effect gets extra attention with the “Repetition Performance Pizzicatos” – an innovation only available with the large string ensembles and recorded in two different tempos.

The Orchestral Strings II Full Library contains 28 GB of uncompressed sample data in 44.1kHz/24-bit. Due to an innovative optimization process, the Vienna Instruments engine decompresses the samples in real-time, so that they take up only 19 GB of space on your hard disk. Please note: Even if you licensed the Standard Library only, the Full Library of your Collection gets installed on your hard drive since Standard and Extended Library can’t be separated due to structural database requirements.

Articulations - Full Library (Standard + Extended Libraries)

Performances:
• Interval Performances: legato, portamento, staccato, tremolo
• Fast Interval Performances: legato, marcato, spiccato
• Performance Trills
• Interval Performances muted (con sordino): normal, portamento
• Repetition Performances: legato, bow vibrato, portato, staccato, spiccato, harsh, upbeats, pizzicato
• Repetition Performances muted: sustains, legato, portato, staccato
• Runs: legato, spiccato; major, minor, chromatic, whole tone

Single notes:
• Short notes: short staccato, staccato, short détaché, long détaché, 4 variations each
• Long notes: sustains with and without vibrato, espressivo, flautando
• Dynamics: various crescendos & diminuendos, with and without vibrato, fp, sfz, sffz, pfp
• Tremolos: sustains, crescendo & diminuendo
• Trills: half tone, whole tone, minor, major 3rd, accelerando
• Pizzicatos and Bartók pizzicatos (loose and tight)
• Col legno
• Con sordino: staccato, détaché, sustained, crescendos & diminuendos, fortepiano, sforzato, tremolo, pizzicato, trills
• Sul ponticello: staccato, sustains, crescendos & diminuendos, sfz, tremolo
• Artificial harmonics: staccato, sustains

Cellos
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Long staccato
Short détaché
Sustained with vibrato
Flautando sustained
Short staccato
Long détaché
Long portato without vibrato
Sustained without vibrato
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano without vibrato
Sforzato without vibrato
Medium crescendo and diminuendo with vibrato (1.5 and 3 sec.)
Strong crescendo and diminuendo with vibrato (1.5, 3, and 5 sec.)
Medium crescendo and diminuendo without vibrato (2 and 4 sec.)
Crescendo-diminuendo with vibrato (2, 4, and 6 sec.)
Sforzatissimo without vibrato
Fortepiano, sforzato, and sforzatissimo with vibrato
03 TREMOLO + TRILLS Tremolo sustained
Trills half and whole tone
Tremolo crescendo and diminuendo 2 sec.
Crescendo-diminuendo 3 sec.
Trills half and whole tone dynamics and pfp
Trills accelerando half and whole tone, normal and dynamics
04 PIZZ + LEGNO Pizzicato normal and snap (Bartók) Pizzicato with vibrato and slow
Pizzicato repetitions slow and fast
Col legno normal and slow
05 HARMONICS Artificial harmonics: Staccato and sustained Artificial harmonics: Repetition performances
Natural harmonics: Staccato, sustained
06 PONTICELLO Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo
Dynamics strong (1.5, 2.5, and 4 sec.)
Sforzato
07 CON SORDINO BASIC Staccato
Détaché
Sustained
Dynamics medium (2 and 4 sec.)
Fortepiano
Sforzato
Tremolo
Trills normal and dynamics
Pizzicato
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato
Portamento
Legato on the same string^Legato, muted
Portamento, muted
11 PERF INTERVAL FAST Legato Marcato
Spiccato
12 PERF TRILL Trills, legato, minor 2nd to major 3rd
13 PERF REPETITION Legato slow
Portato fast
Spiccato
Legato fast
Portato slow
Staccato
Harsh
Dynamics for all articulations
Muted legato, portato, and staccato repetitions, normal and dynamics
14 PERF UPBEAT REPETITION 1 and 2 upbeats, slow and fast
Normal and dynamics
15 FAST REPETITION Staccato, 9 repetitions, 150 to 190 BPM
Normal and dynamics
16 GRACE NOTES Grace notes, minor and major 2nd, up and down
17 SCALE RUNS Octave runs
Legato, major and minor sharp from C to B on every note of the scale, chromatic, whole tone, and furioso
Spiccato, major, from C to B on every note of the scale
98 RESOURCES Isolated dynamics repetitions
Single layer long notes (pp, mp, f, ff)
Interval performances: Marcato medium, spiccato medium, staccato/spiccato
Basses
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Long staccato
Short détaché
Sustained
Flautando sustained
Short staccato
Long détaché
Long portato
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano
Sforzato
Medium crescendo and diminuendo (2 and 3 sec.)
Strong crescendo and diminuendo (2, 3, and 5 sec.)
Crescendo-diminuendo (2, 4, and 6 sec.)
Sforzatissimo
03 TREMOLO + TRILLS Tremolo sustained
Trills half and whole tone
Tremolo crescendo and diminuendo, 2 and 4 sec.
Trills half and whole tone, dynamics
04 PIZZ + LEGNO Pizzicato normal and snap (Bartók) Pizzicato slow
Pizzicato repetitions slow and fast
Col legno normal and slow
05 HARMONICS Artificial harmonics: Staccato and sustained Artificial harmonics: Repetition performances
06 PONTICELLO Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo
Dynamics strong, 4 sec.
Sforzato
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato
Portamento
11 PERF INTERVAL FAST Legato Marcato
Spiccato
12 PERF TRILL Trills, legato, minor to major 2nd
13 PERF REPETITION Legato slow
Portato fast
Spiccato
Legato fast
Portato slow
Staccato
Harsh
Dynamics for all articulations
14 SCALE RUNS Octave runs
Legato, major and minor sharp from C to B on every note of the scale
Legato, chromatic
Détaché, whole tone
Slow and fast
98 RESOURCES Isolated dynamics repetitions
Single layer long notes (p, f)
Interval performances: Marcato medium, spiccato medium, staccato/spiccato

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • ViennaKey (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
  • eLicenser Control Center software (get the latest version from www.eLicenser.net)
  • 21 GB available hard drive space

Other configurations might work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (latest update), i5/i7/Xeon
  • Fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX Native/RTAS compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Vienna has received dozens of awards and critical acclaim for its complete line of products.

 

mipa Award 2010
At the 11th mipa ceremony at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2010 the Vienna Symphonic Library picked up its 6th mipa trophy. 117 magazines from all over the world voted for the best products of 2009/2010 in more than 40 categories, among them the Vienna Symphonic Library in the category of Sound Libraries.

 

 

 

Future Music Platinum Award for Vienna Imperial
In the January 2010 issue of Future Music Magazine, Editor Jono Buchanan states: “(…) Vienna Imperial is the best-sounding sampled piano I've ever played and heard”, rewarding it with a Future Music Platinum Award. In the past, Vienna Symphonic Library's products have been awarded twice by the British Magazine.

 

 

mipa Award 2009
At the 10th mipa ceremony at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 the Vienna Symphonic Library picked up its 5th mipa trophy. 112 magazines from all over the world voted for the best products of 2008/2009 in about 40 categories, among them the Vienna Special Edition in the category of Sound Libraries.

 

 

 

Electronic Musician's 2008 Editors’ Choice Award for the Vienna Special Edition
We’re especially honored having received the 3rd Editors’ Choice Award from the editors of Electronic Musician magazine. Our all-in-one orchestral Vienna Instruments Collection won this prestigious award in the category of Best Virtual Orchestra.

 

 

Remix Technology Award 2008 for Appassionata Strings
The Remix Technology Awards (RTA) honor the top professional audio and DJ products of the year. Award winners are selected by writers and editors of Remix and Electronic Musician magazines. The Vienna Instruments Collection Appassionata Strings has been voted for as the winner 2008 in the Sample Playback Instrument category.

 

Keyboard Key Buy Award for Vienna Special Edition
In the August 07 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Editor at Large John Krogh concludes, “Detailed, up-front sound. Wide range of dynamics and articulations. Clever, musically intuitive software interface. World-class orchestral samples at an affordable price.”

 

Future Music Platinum Awards for Vienna Special Edition and Elements
In the August 07 issue of Future Music Magazine, Jono Buchanan “can’t find enough superlatives to describe the Special Edition”. Already in the May 07 issue, Jono was equally excited about the Vienna Instruments Collection Elements: “The boffins at VSL have really let their hair down with a percussion library to die for!”

 

4th m.i.p.a. Award for Vienna Symphonic Library
For the fourth time, the Vienna Symphonic Library has been presented with the prestigious “m.i.p.a. Award” (Musikmesse International Press Award). This year the m.i.p.a. community included more than 100 magazines whose editors voted for the Symphonic Cube in the category of “Sound Libraries”.

 

Electronic Musician's 2007 Editor's Choice Award for the Symphonic Cube
The Symphonic Cube has won a 2007 Electronic Musician Editors' Choice Award for Best Virtual Orchestra. This prestigious award will be formally announced in the January 2007 issue of Electronic Musician magazine.

 

 

Future Music Platinum Award
British Future Music magazine compared several virtual string instruments in their September 2006 issue. The test concluded with a Platinum Award for the winner: Vienna Instruments!

 

 

 

Symphonic Cube wins TEC Award 2006!
One of the 2006 Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement has been bestowed upon the Vienna Symphonic Library. The readers of Mix Magazine chose the Symphonic Cube as the leading product in the broad category of Musical Instruments Technology.

The ceremony was held on October 7 at the San Francisco Hilton, on the second night of the 2006 AES Convention.

“We are extremely honored, proud, and happy having received the most prestigious award of the industry,” says Herb Tucmandl, creator and founder of the Vienna Symphonic Library. “I want to thank the whole team for their continuing efforts to create revolutionary products. Heartfelt thanks go to Christian Teuscher, the mastermind and software guru behind Vienna Instruments’ advanced technology. He managed to tame our unimaginable number of samples by creating these easy-to-use software instruments that are really fun to play.

 

MIX Certified Hit
Vienna Instruments were listed as among the Top-10 technology hits of the Winter NAMM Show reported in Mix Magazine, March 2006 issue, by the editors of the magazine.

 

 

m.i.p.a. Award 2006
Vienna Symphonic Library received the prestiguous “m.i.p.a. 2006“ (Musikmesse International Press Award). The mipa-community encompasses about 80 music magazines from all over the world to vote for the best products in more than 40 categories. This is already the third “m.i.p.a. award“ for the Vienna Symphonic Library.

 

m.i.p.a. Award 2004
At the Musikmesse 2004 in Frankfurt the Vienna Symphonic Library was announced as the winner of the mipa Award 2004 in the category of “Sound Library”. We are pleased to be chosen by 56 International Music Magazines for the 2nd year in a row. More than 300 international representatives of manufacturers and distributors have joined the 5th mipa Awards Show.

 

EQ Magazine's Exceptional Quality Award
The Vienna Symphonic Library Team expresses its thanks to EQ Magazine for being among the first-time-ever winners of EQ´s "Exceptional Quality Award". After receiving our very first award, EQ´s Blue Ribbon Award in January 2003, we are very honored and proud to be the winner of the second accolade from this renowned trade magazine.

 

Electronic Musician's Editor's Choice Award
The Vienna Symphonic Library received the Editor´s Choice Award 2004 of Electronic Musician in the category of Sample Libraries for "having generated the most enthusiasm for its attention to detail and its ambitious scope […] Several of the editors were especially pleased by this library's sound quality, and everyone agreed that it was an impressive undertaking. [...] Vienna Symphonic Library's sheer size, great sound quality, thoughtful organization, future expandability, and high-end features make it a sample collection that's hard to beat.

 

m.i.p.a. Award 2003
In 2003 the Vienna Symphonic Library was announced for the first time as the winner of the mipa Award in the category of “Sound Library”.

 

EQ Blue Ribbon Winner
In 2003 the Vienna Symphonic Library won the EQ Blue Ribbon Award, the predecessor of the Exceptional Quality Award.

 

 

Game Audio Network Award
The First Edition of the Vienna Symphonic Library won the award for Best Sound Library of the Game Audio Network Guild, a non-profit organization established to promote excellence in interactive music and sound.

 

 

 

TEC Award 2003 Nominee
In May 2003 the renowned American trade magazine “Mix Magazine” nominated the Vienna Symphonic Library for the “TEC Award 2003” in the category of “Outstanding Technical Achievement.

 

 

Creative Industries
The Vienna Business Agency (WWFF – Wiener Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds) awarded first place to the company Vienna Symphonic Library in its Call “Creative Industries”. This award was bestowed upon the Vienna Symphonic Library for the research project of a spatial audio mixing-engine for virtual symphonic orchestration based on the concept of multi-impulse convolution (MIR).

 

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