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Vienna Ensemble Pro 5
Vienna Instruments PRO 5 with integrated MIR PRO Instance Mixer view Surround Mixer view Surround Balance control Surround Pan control Mixer with integrated Vienna Instruments PRO 2

Vienna Ensemble PRO 5

By Vienna Symphonic Library

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

download $235 Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 (includes 3 licenses)

download $85 Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 UPGRADE (includes 3 licenses)


Have you ever wanted to...

... hook your old PC up to your MacBook to run a lot more instruments in real-time?
... run your 32-bit plug-ins on a 64-bit computer?
... close and open sequencer projects without reloading all the samples again?
... use your AU plug-ins in Pro Tools?
... get rid of your MIDI and audio interfaces when connecting several computers?
... use every bit of RAM you have installed on a 32-bit computer?

Enter Vienna Ensemble PRO 5, your virtual mixer that will bring all the elements of your studio together in a way no other software can.

Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 is a cross-platform MIDI and audio LAN solution that works universally on Macs and PCs, hosting Vienna Instruments as well as third-party 64-bit and 32-bit VSTi/AU plug-ins. Use it as a host on the same computer as your sequencer to integrate all your 64-bit and 32-bit instruments and effect plug-ins from third-party manufacturers (such as Spectrasonics, Native Instruments, Waves, you name it), or use it as a master-slave solution with multiple Macs and PCs, all connected with a standard Ethernet cable. You can easily route the audio streams of a whole arsenal of computers back to your main machine without the need of external hardware. The Preserve function keeps all of your templates and samples loaded while switching from one project to another. As a Pro Tools user you may integrate your favorite AU and VST plug-ins in your sessions!

Event Input - Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 Audio Input - Vienna Ensemble PRO 5

Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 offers ITU surround support (up to 7.1) and full parameter automation. Control all plug-ins running on slave computers right from your master and even start/stop your sequencer or DAW with the space bar from within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5!

If Vienna MIR PRO – our Multi Impulse Response mixing and reverberation software – is installed, a single click on the corresponding button opens the application within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 and routes the channel’s signal directly to the Vienna MIR PRO application.



New Features in Vienna Ensemble PRO 5:

  • Full integration with Vienna MIR PRO (not included), which can be opened with a single click from within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5. Inserting Vienna MIR PRO in any channel of Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 will route the channel’s signal to the MIR application, which may run on the same computer or on a slave computer connected with an Ethernet cable.
  • Full ITU surround support up to 7.1 with integrated plug-ins for surround-to-surround balancing and mono/stereo-to-surround.
  • Full plug-in latency compensation ensures full sync of all plug-ins inside each Vienna Ensemble PRO 5 instance.
  • Fully mappable touch parameter automation – Control all of your plug-ins on slave computers right from your master and start/stop your sequencer or DAW with the space bar from within Vienna Ensemble PRO 5.
  • New post-effect plug-in rack for processing after pre-fader sends.
  • A new audio input plug-in lets you route audio signals from your DAW into Vienna Ensemble PRO 5, e.g., to turn it into a virtual FX rack on your slave computer.

Existing Features of Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 (also applies to Vienna Ensemble PRO 5):

  • MIDI and audio LAN solution that works universally on Macs and PCs.
  • No audio interfaces, no MIDI interfaces on your additional computers (slaves). All you need is Ethernet with a Gigabit connection.
  • Launch as many Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 instances as you need (depending on your available RAM).
  • 3rd party VSTi/AU hosting (multichannel) – Instantiate Vienna Instruments along with other 3rd party VST and AU instruments from Spectrasonics, Native Instruments, and more; Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 works with nearly all available VST/AU plug-ins and supports plug-ins with multiple outputs. Please make sure to use the latest versions of your software.
  • Preserve Instance – Disconnect Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 from your sequencer while keeping all of your instruments and samples loaded, and re-connect to a new cue or project without loading again.
  • Mixer Automation – Use AU/VST/RTAS automation from your sequencer to control Vienna Ensemble PRO 4’s mixer (volume, pan and sends).
  • Redesigned user interface – A sleek, subdued design that’s easy on the eye.
  • Channel strip and mixer strip sizing – Switch between wide or narrow channel strips for optimal viewing and saving screen space.
  • Customized setup preset (viframe) for Epic Orchestra Pack.
  • Link Pages – When activated, all Vienna Instruments GUIs will show the same right pane window when switching tracks, e.g., the “Patch Assign” page.
  • Optimize All – Clean up your RAM by purging all unused samples of all instantiated Vienna Instruments with one mouse click!
  • Selective Project Merging – Assemble the parts of various existing projects into one new template.
  • Definable play ranges for multi-instrument set-ups for studio and live use.
  • Multiple keyrange spans per instrument.
  • Flexible routing with freely assignable busses.
  • Audio input channels – Route external audio directly into the mixer (stand-alone mode only).
  • Audio input/output routing – Windows: Select active channels of an audio device to improve communication with other audio applications. Audio channels of an audio device can also be used by other audio applications when deactivated in Vienna Ensemble PRO 4.
  • Multiple Undo/Redo
  • Slave mode host tempo synchronization.
  • Separated server solution that utilizes additional free memory, leaving host sequencer memory or memory used by additional Vienna Instruments plug-ins unaffected.
  • Dual architecture servers – Run 64-bit and 32-bit Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 Servers side-by-side on the same computer which makes it easy to integrate 32-bit 3rd party instruments into your templates.
  • Full Mac OS X 64-bit support – Utilize the full memory of your Mac.
  • Improved loopback performance (Mac) – Running Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 Server on the same machine as your sequencer now puts much less strain on your system and will perform more reliably.
  • Hosting of Cocoa AU instruments and effects (32-bit and 64-bit) – Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 can host both Carbon and Cocoa AU plug-ins, making it one of the first hosts to handle 64-bit AU’s on the Mac.
  • VST3 and RTAS connector plug-insVienna Ensemble PRO 4 supports up to 32 MIDI ports and 128 audio ports per instance.
  • PC server interface plug-in: VST/VST3 (64-bit and 32-bit), RTAS (32-bit).
  • PC server/stand-alone: 32-bit and 64-bit.
  • Mac server interface plug-in: RTAS (32-bit Intel, PPC); AU/VST/VST3 (32-bit and 64-bit Intel, 32-bit PPC).
  • Mac server/stand-alone: 32-bit and 64-bit for both Intel and PPC Macs (Intel recommended. PPC not actively supported).
  • Instant instrument switching gives immediate access to all instruments within the Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 user interface. A click on the desired instrument channel brings up its user interface instantly; no more redundant screen clutter.
  • Instrument naming – All instances inside Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 can be labeled for a complete, at-a-glance overview.
  • Total recall – Orchestra setups can be saved with one click.
  • Inserts for AU (Mac) and VST (PC) effect plug-ins.
  • Panning and Power Panning for precise positioning.



Here is an overview showing the key features of Vienna Ensemble, Vienna Ensemble PRO 4 and Vienna Ensemble PRO 5:





32-bit and 64-bit support

MIDI and audio over LAN (cross platform)


Vienna Instruments hosting

3rd party plug-in hosting (VSTi/AU) 


Inserts for FX plug-ins (AU/Mac, VST/PC)

Optimize All (Vienna Instruments)

Mixer automation/total recall

Full parameter (plug-in) automation



Audio Input plug-in



ITU surround support



Sequencer play/stop function



One-click integration of Vienna MIR PRO



Stand-alone and plug-in (AU/VST/VST3/RTAS)

Epic Orchestra (9 GB sample pack)


  • PC Intel P4/AMD Athlon 64 (and later) CPU with Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7/Vista 32-bit and 64-bit versions (i5/i7/Xeon recommended) or
  • Intel Core 2 Duo/Xeon with Mac OSX 10.8 (latest version) minimum. OSX 10.9 or higher with i5/i7/Xeon recommended.
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB or more recommended)
  • Working Gigabit connection between master and slave computer(s)
  • ViennaKey (Vienna Symphonic Library protection device or other USB eLicenser, e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
  • VST/VST3/AAX Native/RTAS (Windows 7/Vista/XP), AU/VST/VST3/AAX Native/RTAS (Mac OSX) compatible host; also works stand-alone
  • Attention: Your plug-ins need to be installed as AU (Mac) or VSTi (PC) plug-ins in order to be available in Vienna Ensemble PRO 5.
  • RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher
  • eLicenser Control Center or higher (the latest available version from www.eLicenser.net is highly recommended)

Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Features

Vienna Symphonic Library Product Manager, Paul Steinbaur shows you the plethora of the features found in Vienna Ensemble Pro 5.

Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Introduction

Vienna Symphonic Library Product Manager, Paul Steinbaur takes you on an introductory journey of Vienna Ensemble Pro 5.

Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Setup

Vienna Symphonic Library Product Manager, Paul Steinbaur shows you the basics of setting up Vienna Ensemble Pro 5.

Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Setup

Vienna Symphonic Library Product Manager, Paul Steinbaur shows you the basics of the Preserve and Decouple features found in Vienna Ensemble Pro 5.

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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