New string ensemble libraries from Vienna Symphonic Library
VSL’s SYNCHRON-ized libraries are ones that have been recorded for, or in this case updated for their current player, the Synchron Player.
SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings (sordino) and SYNCHRON-ized Appassionata Strings (sordino) began as VI Collections Chamber Strings II and Appassionata Strings II. But they were recorded in VSL’s Silent Stage, the studio they built to record their early libraries. It was designed to have the early reflections of a scoring stage, but very short reverb so you could add your own.
The new libraries were placed on the large Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna using the Synchron Player’s integrated convolution reverb technology.
SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings (sordino) includes muted ensembles of six first violins, six second violins, four violas, three cellos and two double basses.
SYNCHRON-ized Appassionata Strings (sordino) offers muted ensembles of 20 first violins, 20 second violins, 14 violas, 12 cellos and 10 double basses. It produces a big, and cinematic sound, intended to work for anything from pop to symphonic.
The Synchron Player versions have been reworked to make them easier to use and play. VSL also improved the note transitions between playing techniques and the velocity crossfades. Further, quoting their explanation:
“All legato transitions have been considerably improved, and the new release sample technology greatly increases the flexibility and usability of many articulations. Notes such as détachés, fortepianos, crescendos and diminuendos can be played at various lengths and always trigger the correct release sounds. This way, for instance, users can use the first part of crescendo notes as soft portato articulations, or the first part of diminuendo notes as an espressivo technique with a slight decrescendo that sounds very musical and natural.
The reverberation and placement presets created by Synchron Stage sound engineers combine customized impulse responses and Vienna MIR technology with expertly crafted reverb settings for each ensemble so they are placed perfectly on stage. Users can also turn off the player’s convolution reverb and algorithmic reverb and place the dry samples in any other environment. By adding the ambience of Synchron Stage Vienna’s Stage A to the dry samples in real-time, SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings (sordino) and SYNCHRON-ized Appassionata Strings (sordino) perfectly blend with any other product of the Synchron Series, resulting in a production-ready sound out of the box.”
The introductory price of each library is $202 (reg. $267), crossgrade prices from the corresponding VI Collections start at $50.