Saxophone from the Vienna Symphonic Library is a sample-based virtual instrument with an emphasis on both orchestral settings as well as for jazz compositions. Instruments include the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophone.
Many articulations are included, including those specifically required for jazz and big band writing, such as bends, tongue slaps, growling, screams, extended flageolets, key sounds, etc. Also included are long and short downward ending phrases triggered as release samples, along with breathy tones.
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.