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Dimension Strings I

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Dimension Strings I
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Vienna Dimension Strings 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 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.

Creating your personal string sound

They have even recorded each string of each instrument in its full range (approximately one octave plus a fifth), and with the included presets you may easily decide whether to have the musicians play on all strings (with a change to the next string in fifth intervals), or forced playing on a certain string. You can also choose to play with no open strings. Getting a darker or brighter string sound has never been easier and more flexible. What’s more, the technique of individual miking is perfectly suited for divisi writing as well! For the violins, preset setups for two groups of four players and four desks of two players are provided.

Stunning realism through imperfection

Over the last decade, sample libraries have become more and more “perfect”, sometimes at the expense of human feel. In reality, even the best musicians never play in perfect unison; one makes a change a little slower, another faster, but maybe with more dynamics, and so on. When playing as a group, musicians continually adapt, matching timbre, intensity, vibrato, intonation, bow speed and more. All these interactions happen automatically in a good ensemble, led by a good conductor, and reveal the “magic” of a live performance. With Vienna Dimension Strings, individual changes in dynamic levels of the players within a group can be achieved easily with velocity crossfades. You may even designate one or two “weak” musicians to play sloppy notes, with hesitant or delayed starts, for instance. With the Vienna Instruments PRO player and its Auto Humanizationfeature, all kinds of nuances and variations are possible while simply playing on the keyboard, making the final result sound absolutely striking.

Key Features

  • Four string sections of 8 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, and 4 double basses.
  • Recorded in groups, but with individual microphones for each player, for unlimited individual performance flexibility.
  • The full play range of each string was captured (one octave plus a fifth).
  • Over 300,000 violin samples – up to one million samples for all four sections!

Unprecedented variety of articulations

  • Three different sustains: Vibrato, non-vibrato (fully controllable via crossfades!) and espressivo/progressive vibrato (increasing the vibrato to maximum intensity).
  • Legato Performances, Portamento Performances, Trill Performances (legato, marcato), Repetition Performances (legato, portato, staccato, spiccato, various crescendos).
  • Various tremolo variations: Normal, with fast attack, and "slow-motion tremolos".
  • Pizzicato, snap pizzicato and col legno.
  • "Harsh” articulations: Brutally forced fortissimo sounds with short articulations, included as the loudest velocity layer with Repetition Performances of staccato, portato and spiccato playing techniques.
  • Finger noises as separately recorded sounds from shifting positions on the fingerboard make for a more realistic sonic impression in combination with single note samples.
  • Various ambient noises, recorded for each individual player, such as breathing, positioning/depositioning of the instrument, chair noises when leaning back and forth, browsing sheet music (in three dynamic levels!).

Individual Timbre and Ultimate Realism

  • Sculpt your ensemble sound by adjusting level and position in the mix for each player, or desk, in order to create your personal string sound.
  • Assign individual controllers such as velocity crossfade and/or expression for each player for realistic dynamic changes and customized balance within the ensemble.
  • Ready-made presets for selecting the individual strings of each player of a group –“force strings” (all notes will be performed on the preferred string, e.g., for the violins: G, D, A, E), “avoid open strings” and “use open strings”.
  • Perfectly adjusted vibrato/non-vibrato articulations with unlimited crossfade possibilities (available for sustains, Legato and Portamento Performances) – for an ideal sonic impression, especially in quiet passages.
  • Mix articulations within the ensemble (e.g., desk 1 with vibrato, desk 2 without vibrato).
  • Free positioning of individual players or desks on a virtual stage (e.g., when using Vienna MIR PRO or Vienna MIR PRO 24).

Advanced features with Vienna Instruments PRO (Sold Separately)

  • Instant Human Performance Control within the ensemble – timing and intonation of each player can be adjusted individually.
  • Divisi sections with flexible groupings, e.g., 4 desks with 2 players each or 2 groups with 4 players each for the violin section.
  • Extensive Phrase Archive (host-tempo-sync'ed) for Vienna Instruments PRO’s internal APP (Auto Playback and Pattern) Sequencer: Runs, trills, arpeggios, phrases in all scales and modes, with optimized phrasing randomization of each player.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

Recommended

  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 8 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • 176 GB available hard drive space
Dimension Violins (8 Players)
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Staccato
Short détaché
Sustained with vibrato
Pizzicato
Tremolo normal
Long détaché
Sustained with progressive and without vibrato
Snap pizzicato
Col legno
Tremolo slow
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano
Sforzato
Medium dynamics, 2/3/4 sec.
Crescendo-diminuendo, 2/4/6 sec.
Sforzatissimo
05 HARMONICS   Artifical harmonics
Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo normal and slow
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato with vibrato
Portamento with vibrato
Legato espressivo and without vibrato
Portamento espressivo and without vibrato
11 PERF TRILL   Performance Trills legato, minor 2nd to 4th
Performance Trills marcato, minor 2nd to 12th
12 PERF REPETITION Legato
Portato
Spiccato
Staccato
Crescendo for all articulations
13 FAST REPETITION   Staccato repetitions
16ths at 140 to 180, and 200 BPM
21 FX Finger noises
Various effect sounds
 
Dimension Violas (6 Players)
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Staccato
Short détaché
Sustained with vibrato
Pizzicato
Tremolo normal
Long détaché
Sustained with progressive and without vibrato
Snap pizzicato
Col legno
Tremolo slow
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano
Sforzato
Medium dynamics, 2/3/4 sec.
Crescendo-diminuendo, 2/4/6 sec.
Sforzatissimo
05 HARMONICS   Artifical harmonics
Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo normal and slow
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato with vibrato
Portamento with vibrato
Legato espressivo and without vibrato
Portamento espressivo and without vibrato
11 PERF TRILL   Performance Trills legato, minor 2nd to 4th
Performance Trills marcato, minor 2nd to 12th
12 PERF REPETITION Legato
Portato
Spiccato
Staccato
Crescendo for all articulations
13 FAST REPETITION   Staccato repetitions
16ths at 140 to 180, and 200 BPM
21 FX Finger noises
Various effect sounds
 
Dimension Cellos (6 Players)
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Staccato
Short détaché
Sustained with vibrato
Pizzicato
Tremolo normal
Long détaché
Sustained with progressive and without vibrato
Snap pizzicato
Col legno
Tremolo slow
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano
Sforzato
Medium dynamics, 2/3/4 sec.
Crescendo-diminuendo, 2/4/6 sec.
Sforzatissimo
05 HARMONICS   Artifical harmonics
Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo normal and slow
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato with vibrato
Portamento with vibrato
Legato espressivo and without vibrato
Portamento espressivo and without vibrato
11 PERF TRILL   Performance Trills legato, minor 2nd to 4th
Performance Trills marcato, minor 2nd to 12th
12 PERF REPETITION Legato
Portato
Spiccato
Staccato
Crescendo for all articulations
13 FAST REPETITION   Staccato repetitions
16ths at 140 to 180, and 200 BPM
21 FX Finger noises
Various effect sounds
 
Dimension Basses (4 Players)
ARTICULATION GROUP STANDARD & FULL LIBRARY FULL LIBRARY ONLY
01 SHORT + LONG NOTES Staccato
Short détaché
Sustained with vibrato
Pizzicato
Tremolo normal
Long détaché
Sustained with progressive and without vibrato
Snap pizzicato
Col legno
Tremolo slow
02 DYNAMICS Fortepiano
Sforzato
Medium dynamics, 2/3/4 sec.
Crescendo-diminuendo, 2/4/6 sec.
Sforzatissimo
05 HARMONICS   Artifical harmonics
Staccato
Sustained
Tremolo normal and slow
10 PERF INTERVAL Legato with vibrato
Portamento with vibrato
Legato without vibrato
Portamento without vibrato
11 PERF TRILL   Performance Trills legato, minor 2nd to 4th
Performance Trills marcato, minor 2nd to 12th
12 PERF REPETITION Legato
Portato
Spiccato
Staccato
Crescendo for all articulations
13 FAST REPETITION   Staccato repetitions
16ths at 140 to 180, and 200 BPM
21 FX Finger noises
Various effect sounds