The Additional Winds Bundle Upgrade to Full Library from the Vienna Symphonic Library provides additional articulations and samples for the Additional Winds Bundle Standard Library (required). The collection includes articulations and sample upgrades to the five saxophones, but since the recorders do not have additional samples, and are already included with the Standard Library, referencing them here is strictly for complying with the bundle label.
Vienna Symphonic Library Saxophones Upgrade to Full Library - Vienna Instruments (Download)
Saxophones Upgrade to Full Library from Vienna Symphonic Library provides additional articulations and samples for the Saxophones virtual instrument Standard Library (required). This collection, along with the Standard Library, offers the complete saxophones family with a focus 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 articulations for jazz and big band are included, such as bends, tongue slaps, growling, screams, extended harmonics, key sounds, and more. Long and short downward ending phrases triggered as release samples have been added for heightened realism and the breathy tones stem from the legendary "Barfly sessions" at the Silent Stage.
The Vienna Instruments user interface is clearly arranged and includes pre-configured patches for immediate playability with no learning curve. The interface uses a powerful proprietary streaming audio engine that can load up to 3,456 articulations (patches) on one MIDI channel.
Load times are extremely low and sixty-four stereo voices per instance can stream from the hard disc. A RAM optimizing utility clears unused samples out of RAM. Users can easily create their own instruments, using "drag and drop" functionality, and the instrument provides the ability for velocity crossfades and release control to be switched on or off in real time.
Articulations - Full Library
- Interval Performances - legato with and without vibrato, grace notes (minor second to octave), portamento
- Fast Interval Performances - legato, marcato
- Performance Trills
- Repetition Performances - legato (slow and fast), portato (slow and fast), staccato
- Fast Repetitions - staccato
- Octave Runs - legato, chromatic and whole tone runs, up and down
- Grace Notes - minor second to octave, up and down
- Bends Down - sustains with and without vibrato, progressive vibrato, "dirty" (screams), legato with vibrato (grace notes, portamento, glissandi, marcato, trills)
- Short Notes - staccato, portato (short, medium, long), marcato
- Long Notes - sustained notes with and without vibrato, with progressive vibrato, slaps normal and muted, key sounds, screams, long and short end phrases
- Dynamics - various crescendos and diminuendos; fp, sfz, sffz
- Flutter Tonguing - normal and crescendo
- Trills - half and whole tone, crescendo and diminuendo, constant speed and accelerando
Vienna Symphonic Library Recorders - Vienna Instruments
Vienna Symphonic Library's Recorders contains instruments including soprano recorder, alto recorder, tenor recorder, and great bass recorder.
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, Handel and Vivaldi wrote pieces for these instruments.
Due to the absence of upper harmonics and a predominance of odd harmonics, the sound of recorders is soft and mellow. The instrument is often unfairly marginalized as a toy for children or amateur players, with its main application being music pedagogy and domestic music. However, contemporary composers of all genres (from Luciano Berio and Mauricio Kagel to Keith Jarrett) have written demanding pieces for the recorder, expanding its timbral range in a virtuosic way. Recorders are used as solo instruments in modern film music, adding a particular exotic timbre with references to ancient or far eastern worlds in orchestral scores. All four recorders of this Instrument Collection were played by Austrian flute and recorder virtuoso Leopold Eibl, a sought-after soloist and chamber musician.
Articulations - Full Library
Repetition performances in legato and staccato
Long notes (sustains), with and without vibrato, regular and marcato
Dynamics: crescendo and diminuendo in various note lengths