Vienna Symphonic Library's 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.
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 we've used individual microphones for each player, which allows you to access each voice individually.
Each string of each instrument was recorded 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. For the violins, preset setups for two groups of four players and four desks of two players are provided.
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 Vienna Instruments PRO player and its Auto Humanization feature, all kinds of nuances and variations are possible while simply playing on the keyboard, making the final result sound great.
- 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
- 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)
- 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)