Whether you’re following an authentic performance practice or you’re just looking for new inspiring sound sources – Historic Winds I offers some beautiful and unique instruments! This Collection features recordings of five rare instruments from the Renaissance and Baroque periods: Transverse flute, Baroque oboe, oboe da caccia, ophicleide and serpent.
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This Collection contains instrumental rarities that are not only perfectly suited to score appropriate film subjects but are a real source of inspiration if you’re looking for all-new timbres and instrumental combinations in order to enrich your arrangements with new colors. Historic Winds II includes recordings of nine rare instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque era: Cornett (zink), five crumhorns, and three natural trumpets.
Compared with its close relative the flute (“flauto traverso”), the instrument range of the wooden recorder (“flauto dolce”) is more limited in terms of pitch and dynamics. This is one of the reasons why the recorder was replaced by the (traverse) flute in orchestras around the 18th century. However, recorders were very popular during medieval times and into the renaissance, and even in the baroque era famous composers such as Telemann, Bach, Händel and Vivaldi wrote pieces for these instruments.
This Collection contains the four main wind instruments, flute, oboe,
clarinet, and bassoon, as well as their corresponding ensemble formations.
Since the beginning of the Vienna Symphonic Library, first-rate musicians
have been providing the sound and character of these wind instruments as
soloists and ensemble leaders. Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer was the solo flutist
of the Zurich Opera orchestra and taught at the Bruckner University Linz
and at the Vienna Music University. Markus Deuter was (and is) first
oboist of numerous German orchestras; he came to Vienna especially for the
recordings of the French oboe. The clarinetist Daniel Hörth, in spite
of his youth, can look back at an international concert career with the
Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, and others, and Martin
Machovits, among other assignments, is solo bassoon player at the Vienna Radio
Woodwinds II contains all of the instruments necessary for the realization of large orchestral instrumentations, such as a piccolo, a second flute and an alto flute, a bass clarinet and a contrabassoon. To complete your woodwinds collection you will also find the small clarinet in Eb and two English horns, living up to the high standards professional composers have come to expect from our sampled instruments.
This Vienna Instruments Collection is a cornucopia of exotic treasures for
symphonic and orchestral works. The sheer rarity of these instruments makes this collection
a priceless addition to your Vienna orchestra. A special gem is the bass flute. With
its velvety, earthy sound, it expands the flute family to its lowest register, evoking mystery
and depth in dramatic music. The oboe d’amore adds a lyrical and rich member to the
oboe family and was performed by Vienna’s experienced oboist Markus Deuter, who was
also responsible for the French Oboe. The heckelphone with its dark, expressive character
rounds out the oboes’ tenor register.
This bundle offers you the complete woodwinds of the symphonic orchestra and more. WOODWINDS I includes the standard instrumentation with flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (each recorded solo and in three-player ensembles). WOODWINDS II expands the section with piccolo and alto flute, two English horns, small clarinet in Eb, bass clarinet and contrabassoon, to meet the requirements of large orchestral scores. The SPECIAL WOODWINDS Collection provides you with exotic treasures such as bass flute, oboe d'amore, heckelphone, basset horn, and the contrabass clarinet which is almost twice as long as the bass clarinet. These are uncommon instruments that allow you to create new and unusual sounds.
This Collection offers the complete saxophones family. The performance algorithms of the Vienna Instruments work wonders with these samples. The focus has been directed equally to orchestral settings as well as to jazz. Famous examples of orchestral works using these instruments include the saxophone quartet by Alexander Glasunow, the alto saxophone concerts by Glasunow and Debussy, and the Castello from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures”. In addition, a host of VOLUME CONTENTS for jazz and big band are included, such as bends, tongue slaps, growling, screams, extended harmonics, key sounds, and more. In an unprecedented development, long and short downward ending phrases triggered as release samples have been added for heightened realism. The breathy tones stem from the legendary “Barfly sessions” at the Silent Stage, when the lights were dimmed, setting the mood for softer tones.
Vienna Dimension Brass gives an entirely new meaning to the term multi-samples. These instruments were recorded in a very unique way at Vienna’s famed Silent Stage. While every note was played by a well-rehearsed ensemble of four brass players, each instrument was recorded separately, which allows you to access each voice individually. Still, they sound like an ensemble and not like four soloists, whether playing in unison, divisi, or even in four-part harmony.
Vienna Dimension Brass gives an entirely new meaning to the term multi-samples. These instruments were recorded in a very unique way at Vienna’s famed Silent Stage. While every note was played by a well-rehearsed ensemble of four brass players, each instrument was recorded separately, which allows you to access each voice individually. Still, they sound like an ensemble and not like four soloists, whether playing in unison, divisi, or even in four-part harmony. In addition to the three muted brass ensembles of four players each (trumpets, trombones, French horns) this Vienna Instruments Collection includes a unique ensemble of four Wagner tubas that you’ll scarcely find on any other library!
Brass I combines the basic brass instruments as solo instruments and the corresponding ensembles. The four soloists are masters of their trade. Trumpet player Freddy Staudigl, hornist Marcus Schmidinger, and trombone player Johann Schodl all are foundation members of the renowned ensemble “Brassissimo” and are not only active with their quintet but also as soloists and orchestral musicians on an international level. The tubist Christoph Kiene is also internationally known as a lecturer.
Brass II contains the instruments for large-scale orchestral arrangements, i.e., the “Wagner orchestral brass”. Oriented toward Wagner’s “Ring”, there are the bass trumpet, the contrabass trombone, Wagner tuba and contrabass tuba, all with the standard single note and Performance VOLUME CONTENTS like Interval Performances, Repetitions, Performance Trills, etc. As an alternative to the Viennese horn, Brass II also contains a new solo horn, the triple horn, Yamaha’s master instrument in F/Bb/high F, recorded down to the lowest register (A1). Further, there are the piccolo trumpet, the cimbasso, and of course the famous “Epic Horns”, an impressive sounding body of eight double horns that not only fulfills the sonic ideal of the theatrical late Romantic orchestra but also meets the challenge of “larger than life” scores for modern cinema.
To create the perfect counterpart for Vienna’s now famous Epic
Horns, the team recorded an ensemble of six trumpet players (three trumpets in Bb and
three in C). The Fanfare Trumpets provide tremendous impact with their
sforzato and sforzatissimo playing techniques. And they deliver sparkling trumpet themes
that soar magnificently above the orchestra. As an added bonus, Vienna’s much-acclaimed
solo trumpet player Freddy Staudigl was invited to record another solo instrument from the trumpet
group, the lyric and clear cornet. The alto trombone expands
Vienna’s trombone family to its high register, now making a total of four different
trombone tunings available. And the euphonium is yet another feature, revealing
the noble high register of the tuba family.
With this bundle you get the entire range of symphonic orchestra brass instruments, and more. Vienna Dimension Brass gives you unprecedented control over each individual instrument in every ensemble. BRASS I includes the standard instrumentation with trumpet, Viennese horn, tenor trombone and tuba (each recorded solo and in three-player ensembles). BRASS II expands the spectrum with piccolo and bass trumpet, triple horn, bass and contrabass trombone, contrabass tuba, Wagner tuba and the warm sounding cimbasso of the tuba family, to meet the requirements of large orchestral scores. A specialty of the BRASS II collection is the "Epic Horns" sample set, a massive sounding body of eight double horns, well-known for its use in many Hollywood action scores. The included SPECIAL BRASS collection contains less common instruments such as cornet, alto trombone and euphonium, as well as the six "Fanfare Trumpets" (three trumpets in Bb and three trumpets in C), the perfect companion to the eight "Epic Horns" of the BRASS II collection.
The Vienna Instruments Collections
included in the Winds Complete owe their
reputation not only to their outstanding
quality and playability; part of their fame
is due to the selection of excellent and sometimes
extraordinary instruments. Collections such as
Special Woodwinds or Special Brass feature rarities
you will not find in other software instruments.
Vienna Dimension Brass gives you unprecedented control over each individual instrument in every ensemble. And in the Saxophones Collection, the wealth of
VOLUME CONTENTS exceeds normal symphonic requirements,
crossing over to the realm of jazz and pop.
Experimenting with and discovering all-new combinations of instruments and timbres is one of the most exciting activities in orchestration. With this bundle you get the Collections Saxophones and Recorders – instruments that are rarely used in the classical symphonic context but add rich new colors to your arrangements.
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.
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practical addition to your studio.