Vienna Smart Orchestra

VgsA

Abel Vegas
Question: What you see in the videos is all the content? I mean, can't you use the instruments included in VSL SE1 in individual instances and have the full orchestra like in VSL SE1 but with the ''mix'' or something?
 

Christof

Senior Member
Question: What you see in the videos is all the content? I mean, can't you use the instruments included in VSL SE1 in individual instances and have the full orchestra like in VSL SE1 but with the ''mix'' or something?
No, it is a sketching tool with combined patches, you can't load any instruments from other VSL libraries.
It is not meant to create super realistic mockups, it is great for haunting ideas and trying out things with some very helpful patches, and it is tweakable with a handy mixer and different control options.
My demo "Tiptoe" on the product page was literally played with two hands on the keyboard, well, almost ;)

Lots of people here compare it with SE1, but this is something totally different.
 

VgsA

Abel Vegas
No, it is a sketching tool with combined patches, you can't load any instruments from other VSL libraries.
It is not meant to create super realistic mockups, it is great for haunting ideas and trying out things with some very helpful patches, and it is tweakable with a handy mixer and different control options.
My demo "Tiptoe" on the product page was literally played with two hands on the keyboard, well, almost ;)

Lots of people here compare it with SE1, but this is something totally different.
Thanks for replying! Since owners of SE1 get a discount I totally thought it was all SE1 content processed so it's mixed plus the combis and extra patches. Good to know that it's something different. :)
 

ctsai89

Poem of Ecstasy
A direct shot at the Inspire series and Albion one ( hence the FX pads). Even the product description rings the same words used in the Inspire series promos.
No chance

I bet it’s gonna be like synthesized smart orchestra. Sounds about right
 

Bill the Lesser

Active Member
Is it still the case that the Steinberg dongle can be used with Vienna products? I'm running out of USB ports.

Oh wait, the little "i" on their checkout page says the Steinberg dongle can be used, FWIW. Maybe this will help somebody spend their money, sorry about that.

I have no Vienna products at all, looks like they just stuck their foot in my door. Devious. I like those ergonomic interfaces. Wonder how this compares to EW Symphonic bought on sale, I'll soon see. I do love Symphonic, a little work on the player would really make it shine but I'm not holding my breath.

Have you guys considered using your chin and forehead? Great for trailer work!
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Intriguing way to get started with VSL ….. Have e-Licenser too.
Hoping it is notable complement to OT_BO_inspire 1 & 2, The Orchestra, Albion One, as those are already in use. :unsure:
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
After fiddling around with it for the past hour, i have to say i like it. The FX patches are very inspiring. Here's a little track i made entirely with FX patches (Pads, plucks etc). The only non-fx patch in the track is the legato violins at 3:00.
Well done ! From ~ 2:34 got my attention. :thumbsup:
 

Pixelpoet1985

Active Member
In case you didn't notice. There is a new video "FX presets". Sounds quite nice and interesting, reminds me of the latest Symphobia update, in which there were also "bees" and "swarms". :)
 
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JEPA

Senior Member
am passing, the orchestra is in my head.. ;) joke aside, i could get it for 95EU but Inspire sounds better? that's my impression
 

Bill the Lesser

Active Member
I just noticed I have Steinberg's Halion Symphonic Orchestra from an old bundle purchase. At about $100 it sounds pretty good and even offers a free trial. Definitely worth a look. There's an impressive demo on Steinberg's site which like most demos owes lot to the mix. The interface is nowhere near as good as Vienna's, so it's less capable as a sketch tool.
 

wbacer

Senior Member
Well i bought it. I had some bitcoin credits in my BestService account along with some VSL credits from previous VI libraries i bought.

This little package can be a nice background for the VSL CFX (which is my main piano), specifically those FX patches/pads which are getting praise already at the VSL forums.
Thanks for the BestService heads up. Into price + registered Special Edition user + No VAT + bitcoin + extra VSL credits = Sweet Deal
 

Bill the Lesser

Active Member
Very sweet interface on this instrument. That's what sets this apart and above other sketch orchestras I've seen. That and the FX. Vienna has obviously thought a lot about the user perspective.

If you want to invest a few weeks of practice, you could probably impress your clients by playing pretty sophisticated orchestral improvisations right there at the power lunch. The danger...if it looks too easy that will vindicate everyone's worst suspicions about composers. Try not to downgrade any assumptions.

The sound is somewhat 2008-ish, maybe even a little 8 bit on some patches, but if the arrangement (and reverb) is good enough nobody will notice. Good composition can fix a lot of instrument shortcomings.
 

Jimmy Hellfire

Senior Member
This might be the best attempt at realizing a "sketching tool" yet. Because it's cheap. I see "sketching" libraries from other companies that cost a ton of money, and it's ridiculous.

This one makes clever use of the technology it runs on, it's flexible, interesting, lightweight and indeed "smart".

Judging from the walkthrough and demos, it can sound quite MIDI. But it's less than 200 bucks standard price and 10GB. So yeah, a sketching tool.