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The Vienna Symphonic Library is a research-driven music software and sample library developer based in Vienna, Austria. The company was founded by Herb Tucmandl in October 2000. Since then, more than three million samples of nearly every instrument of the symphonic orchestra, choir and more have been recorded and published. With over two terabyte of high resolution sound, it is by far the largest sample database ever created by a single company.

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Fujara Flute

Reviewed By gxulien [all]
June 24th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Windows

It sounds wonderful in the demos. Vienna Symphonic has other free instruments (since there's a plural on the free instruments. Just wanted to comment on the Win version that will automatically restart your computer, but you get a warning to go back and save your work if you have things open. Be ready to check cancel. I think it may time out after a few seconds. I always have stuff open it big projects to keep track of what I'm working on. The ilok license platform has easy instructions. Vienna has an assistant that you have to download and install and it will take care of the download. When you install it, that's when it tries to restart your computer.

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Fujara Flute

Reviewed By glenny_g [all]
May 25th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1.0 on Mac

When you dload the Vienna assistant, you may have to restart your Mac. Then look out for a tiny dialog box in the center of the screen and flip through those to make the manager active.

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Fujara Flute

Reviewed By Faydit [all]
April 13th, 2022
Version reviewed: 1 on Windows

Interesting instrument, good sound quality.

Unfortunately I found the installation a little bit complicated. It was not clear to me, that I had to install the Vienna Synchron Player first, after having installed it and the library also, first nothing happened, until I realized, that I had to activate the library within the iLok License Manager manually before it is recognized.

I have a lot of iLocked plugins and almost all others open a window for activation at first use automatically, so I did not expect this procedure. Now I know it maybe for another installation in the future.

Once installed and activated the library works well and sounds very convincing. Comparable large file size for a single instrument, but ok, on the other hand this one seems to be a very unique library of a beautiful, very naturally sounding instrument and the sound quality also is excellent.

I've never heard of this flute before, but it sounds interesting, beautiful and seems to allow a lot of vivid modulations, in some way it sounds to me like a mixture between a regular (bass) flute, a pan flute, an American Native flute and a didgeridoo, due to the special overtones, it can produce.

Underrated instrument, as far as I can hear.

A handpan library in the same quality would be the perfect complement to this instrument in my opinion.

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Appassionata Strings I

Reviewed By wonshu [all]
April 16th, 2007
Version reviewed: 1 on Mac

The one thing that sets VSL apart from everything else out there is the performance options built into the VSTi.

The sound of the appassionatas overall is pretty good (way better than the original string samples by VSL) but there are issues (pheeping noise) on some of the notes which I find sort of unacceptable in a € 1000,- library.

The real downside in my opinion though is the way the plug-in performs.

On my system (Dual G5 2.0 Ghz, 4.5 GB RAM) I get drop outs and clicks and pops with just one instance of the VI. Also unacceptable. I have to pretty much freeze everything in order to hear what's going on. Very bad if a client sits next to me and I have to apologize all the time.

Unfortunately there isn't more competition out there or else VSL would have to get their act together and provide a better and more usable product.

Although I spoke with the support person at the Musikmesse I feel that I wasn't getting the value for the money that I was come to expect by all the reviews. to be fair: yes, I still use it in all my tracks, but it does break my flow and inspiration because of it's stability issues.
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