Exceptional Small String Ensembles
With smaller-sized string ensembles, it’s crucial that every musician be a superb performer, and is also capable of contributing to a homogenous group of players. For Synchron Elite Strings, the Vienna team hand-picked the best string players and the concertmaster of the Synchron Stage Orchestra, who themselves are among the best in Vienna, a city famous for its superior string players and their fine instruments. Their performances have shaped the sound of numerous scoring sessions during the last several years, and they’ve also honed their craft in countless sampling sessions.
As with Synchron Strings Pro, the team’s main approach was to let the musicians play cleverly devised scores, very often for more than half an hour, to capture all their musicality and mastery of real-life performances as a coherent source of sampled articulations. The captured variants of expression derived from these authentic performances enable you to seamlessly combine different playing techniques and nuances, such as various note beginnings, arcs and releases of notes, into one coherent piece of expressive music.
In general, and with the benefit of many pre-configured mixer presets, the sound of Synchron Elite Strings lends itself well to a myriad of genres and applications, from intimate to powerful expressive possibilities, from classical arrangements to film scores, and from small ensemble settings to adding colorful precision to larger string ensembles.
Like the larger ensembles of Synchron Strings Pro, Synchron Elite Strings offers regular and short staccatos as well as spiccatos (very short notes sounded by throwing the bow onto the strings), in both bold and agile variants – the latter being shorter and therefore perfect for quicker passages. What’s more, the small string ensembles offer new variants of one-second détachés – including soft attacks leading into expressive vibrato, and normal attacks with a slight fade. The full potential of these détachés comes to fruition by combining both articulations according to the musical context. Other short playing techniques include pizzicato, snap pizzicato, and hitting the strings with the bow (col legno and battuto).
Long and Interval Articulations
All long notes, legatos and portamentos offer three vibrato variants (regular, molto, sans), four different starts (soft, regular, fast, marcato/sfz) as well as regular and soft releases. With legatos and portamentos, the different note-start variants apply only to the first notes of the phrases, while the following notes feature a smooth legato or portamento connection.
A very special addition are the Performance Détaché articulations, a first for libraries recorded at Synchron Stage. As with legatos, intervals of up to an octave were recorded, but each target note was played with an extra bow stroke. These separate notes are still connected by the Synchron Player’s algorithms, for very realistic phrases that differ from passages performed with single note détachés. What’s more, tremolos, measured tremolos and trills also offer legato variants for coherent note transitions.
Due to the small number of players, “agile” variants of legatos and détachés are especially precise and versatile, while at the same time vibrant and authentic since they were all derived from longer performances as mentioned above.
Multiple Microphone Positions
To capture the spectacular ambience of “Stage A” of Synchron Stage, Vienna’s engineers employed nine separate phase-coherent microphone configurations to provide a broad range of room options. In addition to the front, mid, Decca tree and surround microphones, the first and second chair of each ensemble were mic’d separately and are available as “Solo 1” and “Solo 2” channels, respectively, in the mixer section of the Vienna Synchron Player.
The sections of six first violins, five second violins, four violas, four cellos and three double basses were recorded separately at their designated positions on stage. Pre-configured mixer presets provide a wide variety of tonal characteristics, from intimate to ambient, from lush to sparkling, from contemporary to the “golden fifties” sound. Divisi Presets focus on the solo channels of the first and second chair, with added ribbon or tube mid microphones.
As with all Synchron Libraries, you can mix your string sound in stereo, 5.1 surround or even 9.1 Auro 3D, or any other immersive audio format, such as Dolby Atmos.
The Standard Library and Full Library of Synchron Elite Strings both include the same articulations. The difference lies in the number of provided microphone positions:
1. Solo 1 Mic, Small Condenser (Mono) Standard & Full Library
2. Solo 2 Mic, Ribbon (Mono) Full Library Only
3. Mid Mic – Tube, Front of Ensemble (L/R) Standard & Full Library
4. Mid Mic – Ribbon, Front of Ensemble (Mono) Full Library Only
5. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R) Standard & Full Library
6. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center) Standard & Full Library
7. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R) Full Library Only
8. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R) Full Library Only
9. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R) Full Library Only
- PC Windows 8.1/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- macOS 10.10.5 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core i3
- SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3/3.1 UASP Support) for sample content
- 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
- AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)
- VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.
- Windows 10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/i9/Xeon
- macOS 10.12.6 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/i9/Xeon
- 16 GB RAM or more, depending on your registered products
- 88 key master keyboard
Vienna Instruments require the ViennaKey!
This USB protection device by eLicenser (by Steinberg compatible) is not included in any collection, it is a separate item you have to get additionally. So you’ll have to order at least one ViennaKey or Steinberg eLicenser with your first VSL purchase. Each dongle can store up to 100 product licenses.
Additionally an internet connection on any computer is required to authorize a VSL product.