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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Aug 2019 > VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 7

VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 7

The latest incarnation of the popular hosting package from VSL includes some incredibly useful updates, along with a healthy dose of sample content

Vienna Symphonic Library – which is affectionately known by the acronym VSL – deserves a great deal of kudos for numerous innovations through the years. The Symphonic Cube, released back in 2002, was one of the first packages to truly acknowledge the coming of age of orchestral samples, with a sample count that ran into the millions. It was huge and for the most part, actually lived up to the hype of offering an orchestra in a box, ripe for installation on your computer.

As many of us can recall, it was difficult to run that many samples on a single computer in 2002. I tried somewhat successfully to use EXS24 in Logic for this purpose, which quickly became the poor cousin to the Hollywood industry standard of the GigaSampler package, developed by Tascam.

It was not uncommon to see professionals with up to eight PCs (it was a PC-only package!) being deployed to host those millions of samples, but in 2008, the GigaSampler package was discontinued, and this is where Vienna Ensemble stepped firmly into the breach.

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