12th November 2007
Wallander Instruments has announced that WIVI Woodwinds is now available for Windows and Mac OS X in VST and AU formats.
WIVI Woodwinds is a new instrument collection in the WIVI series. It contains a large array of the traditional instruments included in an orchestral woodwind section, although all instruments also fit non-orchestral settings.
The WI Visual Instruments series are collections of virtual instruments that combine advanced behavioral modeling with extensive amounts of sound data extracted from acoustic measurements and recordings of real instruments.
The new instruments available, with prices ranging from $79-$129, are:
- Concert Flutes.
- Piccolo Flutes.
- Alto Flutes.
- Bass Flutes.
- Modern Oboes.
- Oboe d'Amore.
- English Horns.
- A- and Bb-Clarinets.
- Bass Clarinets.
- Contrabass Clarinets.
- Modern Bassoons.
The WIVI instruments compete with samples in terms of sonic quality. Their expressive capabilities are only short of real instruments, but learning how to play a WIVI instrument is easy. The instruments can be used not only for rendering musical performances realistically, but are also suitable as genuine instruments for those with reduced mobility, or as experimental tools for children or students of music.
WIVI was designed for full integration with breath/wind controllers, but the dynamics can be controlled using any other controller, through a single CC, or by using key velocity. Still, a wind controller or a breath controller (a mouthpiece used together with a standard keyboard controller) comes highly recommended.
Graphical Positioning Engine
The interface includes a graphical environment where you position the instruments and yourself. The acoustic properties are calculated separately for each instrument, resulting in a full and vibrant stereo image. The current graphical environment is a concert hall environment, but this will be extended to multiple environments in the future, to aid instrument positioning in environments of different size and shape.
The interface is 100% hardware-accelerated, using custom technology. The Mac interface runs on OpenGL, and on Windows users have a choice of using Direct3D 9, OpenGL or Software Rendering, to get full support with different setups and plugin hosts.
Unlike most modern sample libraries, the requirements for WIVI is very modest and the footprint is low. The software loads instantly, CPU usage is low and individual instruments use only 2-6 MB of RAM when loaded.
The player and the instruments are watermarked automatically on purchase, meaning there's no dongle or computer registration required to install or run the software. The license is a single-user license, but other than that you're allowed to install and run it on all of your computers.
The requirements on Windows are Pentium 4, Athlon 64 (or SSE compliant Athlon XP), 300 MB hard drive space, 256 MB RAM and a VST 2.4 compatible host.
The requirements on Mac are PowerPC G4 or higher or Intel Mac, 300 MB hard drive space, 256 MB RAM and an AU compatible host or a VST 2.4 compatible host.
Pricing And Availability
The WIVI Woodwinds are available directly from www.wallanderinstruments.com. Instruments are purchased separately, and all instruments include the WIVI Universal Player used to run WIVI instruments. There's also a playable Trial Edition available for download, for Win VST, Mac AU and Mac VST, which includes the most common brass instruments.
WIVI Trial Edition has been updated to include trial versions of:
- Concert Flutes.
- Modern Oboes
- Modern Bassoons.
28 Oct 2009 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI to v2.30
10 Feb 2009 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI to v2.22
03 Nov 2008 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI to v2.10
22 Sep 2008 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI to v2.03
08 Sep 2008 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI
27 Aug 2008 Wallander Instruments releases WIVI v2
12 Nov 2007 Wallander Instruments releases WIVI Woodwinds
13 Aug 2007 Wallander Instruments updates WIVI Brass 1