yes, you have to purchase a usb dongle to make this free player working, and you need a soundbank that must be purchased ! .....better forgot these company, don't belive that i am able to have fun with those crappy products .
the problem is that this useless player is listed under freeware, but you are not able to bring some noise out of it, without spending some money. so how can you give this fake 5 stars under this aspect ?
VSL loat me as a user — a PRO user — when I discovered that it is impossible to assign different MIDI channels to different instruments in a single instance of the player. If you want to write for, say a viola on MIDI channel 1, violin on channel 2, and cello on channel 3, you have to load three separate instances of the player into your DAW, on three separate tracks. That's idiotic. If you have to do that, you don't need different MIDI channels in the first place.
What's worse, first VSL support acted like they had no idea what I was talking abouit...as though no would ever want to do that. Then, when they finally admitted they understood, they said, "Oh...you need to buy Vienna instruments Pro for that..." But that was a lie; it still doesn't let you assign different MIDI channels to different instruments in a single instance of the player. Then they said, "Ah...what you really need is Vienna Ensemble Pro..." But no; that's not a solution either; it still requires you to clutter up your DAW with multiple tracks...and it's a CPU hog into the bargain.
I like all the articulations, and I think their sampling is superb, as are all the features of their software...but their MIDI implementation is so primitive it's maddening. It's really a shame that such great sounding instruments are shackled to such a horrifyingly limiting MIDI implementation. I would have bought every instrument in the library if it weren't for that. Alas, now I never load even the ones I own into my DAW. I wanted to love VSL, but it turned out to be a waste of money.