Taking a look at VSL Dimension Strings

Taking a look at VSL Dimension Strings

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Taking a look at VSL Dimension Strings

If you write for strings and use divisi a lot in your writing, VSL Dimension Strings are a fantastic way of adding a stunningly well-balanced string library, that’s possibly the best one ever recorded for divisi writing.

What makes it so good, is that you are able to divide your string ensemble up almost without limit, and if you use the Vienna Instruments Pro sample player, you’ll be able to do it all with just one Sibelius instrument stave as well.

VSL Dimension Strings are available in three (3) different libraries, 1 is the ‘Normal’ samples, 2 is the ‘Con Sordino’ patches and 3 are the ‘Sul Tasto’ samples that are beautifully recorded. All three of these work perfectly with Sibelius and are available as either individual libraries that you can purchase as and when you need to, or together as a bundle.

In this post, I’m hosting the samples in Vienna Ensemble 6, the free version of their mixer, and before we take a good look at everything, I’ll start by showing you the differences between the different sample players that these samples work with.

The library is available in Vienna Instruments and the newer Synchron-ized samples, and if you use the Vienna Instruments samples, you have a choice of using the free Vienna instruments player, or the paid upgrade Vienna Instruments Pro.

This library comes alive in Sibelius if you use Vienna Instruments pro as the sample player, and at the start of the video, I’ll go over the differences between each version, and explain why I think that the Vienna Instruments samples are the best ones to use with Sibelius.

We’ll then take a quick look at the setup and how the different divisi and section sizes are triggered in the score, and at the end, I’ll show you quickly how the samples can be automated from the score with the Graphical Midi Tools plugin.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting new courses and templates for lots of VSL software, and Dimension strings will definitely be one of the first templates that will be available. If you haven’t already, why not join the mailing list and I’ll drop you a line when everything is ready (don’t worry, I won’t spam you!)

It would be great to hear what you think, so please feel free to comment below, and if you have a library in mind from VSL that you’d like me to demonstrate, get in touch and let me know, and I’ll get that sorted for you as soon as possible


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