VSL Strings Complete Bundle
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 richly detailed sample recordings that enable you to create authentic and lifelike scores.
See below for further details on the products in the bundle.
Solo Strings Bundle
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 100 GB of pristine samples. Solo Strings I covers a tremendous variety of different articulations in all imaginable nuances (e.g., spiccato, richochet, col legno, snap pizzicato, tremolo, glissando, trills, and artificial harmonics), providing for stunning realism and authenticity in conjunction with the Vienna Instruments engine’s algorithms. Solo Strings II offers most of these articulations, played con sordino (muted). Solo Violin 2 and Solo Cello 2 offer additional instruments with different timbres, played by the concertmaster and the principal cellist of the Synchron Stage Orchestra.
Chamber Strings Bundle
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 articulations, including snap pizzicatos, glissandos and artificial harmonics. Chamber Strings II offers most of the articulations of Chamber Strings I as muted versions (con sordino).
Orchestral Strings Bundle
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.
Appassionata Strings Bundle
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 articulations, Appassionata Strings II offers almost all of the articulations 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.
Dimension Strings Bundle
With a total of over 1 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 and took around four years. 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.
This Collection owes its two instruments to the use of two harps in orchestral music of the mid 19th century. Harp 1 is played by Ruth Rojahn, harpist of the Hofer Symphoniker and internationally successful soloist. Apart from single notes in various playing styles the first harp offers an enormous wealth of glissandos, which are particularly brilliant and easy to use with the Vienna Instruments player. 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. The first harp’s spectrum is rounded out by a wide range of arpeggios.
Harp 2, played by Julia Reth, contains an even larger number of single notes, also offering playing styles such as damped, fingernail playing, and pedal glissandos. A lovely ethereal effect is created by the bisbigliando variations, the whispering of tender tremolos on two strings that have been tuned to the same pitch (due to enharmonic change).