|Product||Appassionata Strings I|
|Developer||Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL)|
€335 (Std. Library) / €255 (Ext. Library)
|Type / Tags||Strings / Orchestral|
|Copy Protection||Dongle (USB-eLicenser)|
Appassionata Strings I: As the name suggests, these string ensembles are passionate, offering a lush, broad and emotive cinematic sound. The large ensembles of 20 violins, 14 violas, 12 cellos and 10 basses integrate into a variety of musical styles, from pop and rock environments to symphonic arrangements, from emotional ballads to films, from pure string beds to complete orchestral scores.
The Appassionata Strings I offer various facets of sustains and Legato Performances with different intensities of vibrato as their main focus, but also include articulations such as sul-G-Performances, accented interval notes, spiccatos, staccatos, various Repetition Performances, trills, runs, and much more. They also include Vienna's innovative "out-of-tune-samples" where various players of the ensemble carefully correct their intonation as the tone progresses. Mirroring what actually happens in live orchestral performances, this is a very effective technique for creating heightened realism and expression. TheAppassionata Strings I bass section of 10 instruments consists of 6 five-string and 4 four-string basses, giving the low end a deep and rich flavor.
A purchase entitles you to download the free Vienna Instruments player software that includes the Vienna Ensemble mixing and host software.
Appassionata Strings II offers almost all of the articulations that the first Collection includes, but played "con sordino".
Reviewed By wonshu
April 16, 2007
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.Read more