The Vienna Special Editions offer a large-scale orchestra and more at your fingertips, in resource-saving, affordable packages. They are available in six Volumes (including 14 individual instrument Sections) and four Bundles.
Special Edition Volumes:
- Special Edition Vol. 1 – Essential Orchestra.
- Special Edition Vol. 1 PLUS – Articulation Expansion to Vol. 1.
- Special Edition Vol. 2 – Extended Orchestra.
- Special Edition Vol. 2 PLUS – Articulation Expansion to Vol. 2.
- Special Edition Vol. 3 – Appassionata & Muted Strings.
- Special Edition Vol. 4 – Special Winds & Choir.
The Special Edition Volumes 1-4 comprise instruments and instrument groups (basic articulations). The Special Edition PLUS Volumes contain additional articulations (it is highly recommended they be used with the corresponding Volumes 1 & 2).
The Special Edition Volume 1 ("Essential Orchestra") features the most common orchestral instruments and articulations in a resource-saving, affordable package. It contains 28 instruments and ensembles: Solo Strings and Orchestral Strings, solo instruments and ensembles of the brass section, woodwinds ranging from piccolo flute to contra bassoon, harp, drums and percussion as well as celesta and the Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano.
The Special Edition Volume 2 ("Extended Orchestra") contains 35 additional instruments that enhance the symphonic variety of the Special Edition Volume 1.
The Special Edition Volume 3 ("Appassionata & Muted Strings") focuses on "con sordino" (muted) recordings of the Solo Strings and Chamber Strings. Additionally, it includes the lush and cinematic Appassionata Strings with a wide variety of playing techniques in normal and muted variations as well as an alternative Harp to the one included in the Special Edition Volume 1.
The Special Edition Volume 4 ("Special Winds & Choir") features 15 woodwind and brass instruments that are not included in the Special Edition Volumes 1–3, such as the "Fanfare Trumpets" (a powerful ensemble of 6 trumpets), bass flute and contrabass clarinet. What's more, the most important articulations of the Vienna Choir are included, covering the full range of the human voice with soprano, alto, tenor and bass ensembles.
A detailed list of instruments can be found here. All instruments of the Vienna Special Editions include Vienna Symphonic Library's famed Legato Performances – real note transitions, smoothly and authentically performed by the algorithms of the Vienna Instruments software player.