I disagree. VSL have lost their way.
It really is an amazingly flexible piece of software and the samples are very well produced. I could imagine a future in 20 years where the VI series will be the JP-8 of the orchestral VI world. Sure, there will be considerably more realistic [modeled] VIs by then, but there's a way it did what it did so well, much of what follows will be (or is) a poor imitation.That VSL tech (player, samples) still rocks, holds its own against the latest from any vendor, and is still sold. As for company direction, who knows, but another thread on that would be tedious. The video is about using a sample library and player to its fullest.
These are so fun to play. Sometimes I put the App strings on the left side of the keyboard and a legato patch of the oboe or the cornet on the right side and just enjoy playing.I just got the new Epic Orchestra 2.0 with VePro, and downloaded it for a play. I found the Oboe D'amour and the Cornet absolutely stunningly playable. Really surprised me.
I just got the new Epic Orchestra 2.0 with VePro, and downloaded it for a play. I found the Oboe D'amour and the Cornet absolutely stunningly playable. Really surprised me.
I kinda have the opposite perspective. I have the full SE, which were among my first VI purchases. Those were 'good deals'. Yes, VSL updates their offers each month, but for me at least they have not had the sort of audacious sales that Spitfire, Steinberg, OT and others seem to have. I think in the VSL model (... this is just my opinion), I have not yet made the leap from dabbler to big-time spender on the full versions of their VI collections. Instead, I've been beguiled by the excellent demos and killer deals of other vendors in recent years. I suppose VSL is staying above the fray and letting the other developers slug it out in discount-land ... but hey, that's where the action is for us users. Even though you have lots of options to purchase individual VSL instruments, moving beyond the SE collection in any comprehensive fashion is quite expensive, even when other VI-C members are selling their VSL libraries at half-price. It's particularly problematic for Special Edition owners who already have a basic set of instruments and articulations.What's nice is when they have a sale every month you can get more advanced versions of those. If it weren't for some of their odd policies I would buy more. It is one of the few developers where you can buy one piece at a time.
The latest VE Pro is really good (as are the previous ones), and the plug-ins that come with it are outstanding.
That exciter is by far the most transparent one I've used. It's worth it just for that.
To be honest, the Epic Orchestra doesn't knock me out, but I do like the Synchron player.
Really makes you wonder why they're investing so much time switching things over to Synchron.
To be fair, I don't *hate* it. I just don't think it adds anything to all their libraries I already have using VI/P.
It's something to get started if you buy VE Pro. On the other hand, their old Special Edition - which may or may not still be available? - was a pretty serious orchestra. A lot of it (and other VSL) is in my big template.