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Special Keyboards from the Vienna Symphonic Library is a sample-based virtual instrument, featuring the Harpsichord, Harmonium and Prepared Piano. This 8GB collection includes over 4,380 samples prepared with Vienna's cutting edge capturing techniques.
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.
Note: Software requires a ViennaKey USB protection device or similar product if one is not already on the system.
The harpsichord has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones. Typically a Baroque instrument, the harpsichord has played a minimal role in classical and romantic music. In modern literature, however, it has been rediscovered by a broad range of musicians, and is also used poignantly and effectively in film and TV music. In our own Silent Stage, the following single notes and repetition performances of a two manual harpsichord were recorded: 8' register solo, 8' double, and tutti (a combination of two 8' registers and one 4' register)
The harmonium is a free-reed instrument, meaning that air streaming past reeds of different lengths causes them to vibrate. Unlike organ pipes, the harmonium's reeds produce more disharmonic overtones, creating a unique undulating sound
The prepared piano is a technique introduced in 1949 by John Cage, where objects like erasers, nails, wire, paper, etc., are inserted between a piano's strings in certain places, causing them to produce additional tones, harmonics, or percussive sounds. Our team also treated the Bösendorfer grand piano with bare hands (e.g., glissandos over the strings) and with wood mallets in order to get a multitude of creative sounds and colors
Intel Core 2 Duo processor (i5, i7, or Xeon recommended) OS X 10.6 latest update (10.7 latest update recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) 8 GB available hard drive space (separate 7200 RPM or faster hard drive recommended) For plug-in usage, Audio Units, AAX Native, RTAS or VST compatible host (RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher) 88-key master keyboard highly recommended ViennaKey (USB Protection Device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia) eLicenser Control Center software
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 (i5, i7, or Xeon recommended) Windows 7, latest SP, 32-/64-bit (64-bit recommended) 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) 8 GB available hard drive space (separate 7200 RPM or faster hard drive recommended) For plug-in usage AAX Native, RTAS or VST compatible host (RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher) 88-key master keyboard highly recommended ViennaKey (USB Protection Device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia) eLicenser Control Center software
Vienna Symphonic Library Special Keyboards - Vienna Instruments Review