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Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL)

Vienna Symphonic Library VSL - ELEMENTS


Some very archaic elements are used here for sound production. This Collection offers exciting instruments such as the bass waterphone, the 5-octave lithophone and the XXL tam-tam. The waterphone is an unusual, evocative instrument with a diameter of 14 inches and is considerably larger than the waterphone used in the Percussion Collection. The more unusual sonic possibilities and a wider variety of colors are achieved by the additional sounding rods, their increased length, the larger opening and a bigger resonating body with more water. 


      The oversized XXL tam-tam, with a diameter of more than 65 inches, was treated with all the tricks of the trade, with a special nod to Stockhausen’s opus “Mikrophonie” and others. It was struck with metal rods, cardboard and jigsaw blades, hit and rubbed with chains, and manhandled with fly swatters, an egg cutter, and even a massaging rod. The bottles contained in this Collection are blown – with articulations such as sustains and flutter tonguing. The Elements Collection also features musical glasses, a glass harmonica and a verrophone.

      Articulation group Standard Library Extended Library
      • Portato, sustained
      • Half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, mallet glissandos
      • Staccato, sustained
      • Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, mallet hits normal and secco, chromatic mallet trills, mallet glissandos
        • Staccato, portato, sustained, tremolo, and half tone trills
        04 MUSICAL GLASSES - B
        • Staccato, sustained
        • Portato, tremolo, half tone trills, single hits with soft, medium, and hard mallets, mallet glissandos
        05 MUSICAL GLASSES - C
          • Staccato fast and slow, portato fast and slow, sustained, tremolo, mallet single hits
          06 BOTTLES
          • Staccato, sustained, flutter tonguing
          • Portato, sforzato
          07 LITHOPHONE
          • Single notes with soft and hard mallets, small and large stones on slabs, and bowed
          • Soft mallets: single notes secco, rolls, chord tremolos; sul ponticello, normal and secco; glissandos
          • Medium mallets: single notes normal and secco, chord tremolos
          • Hard mallets: Single notes secco, chord tremolos
          • Effects: finger strokes normal and secco, nail strokes normal and accented, 3mm needle center strokes and plucked, 5mm needle side strokes and ponticello, "shattering" tremolo portato and accented
          08 XXL TAMTAM
          • Basic articulations
          • Single hits, rim and middle
          • Tremolo dynamics, muted
          • Tremolo normal and dynamics, open
          • Long tremolo
          • Effects:
          • Paperbox
          • Miscellaneous 1 and 2
          • Effects:
          • Flexatone
          • Metal
          • Cardboard tube
          • Plastic
          • Fretsaw and egg cutter
          09 BASS WATERPHONE
          • Staccato A., sustained, tremolo crescendo, arpeggios, glissando
          • Staccato B, portato A and B, repetitions, crescendo forte and fortissimo, hotrods, wood, strokes

          Standard Library Full Library
          Sample Amount 2,374 8,172
          Download File Size 5.3 GB 5.3 GB
          Installed File Size 10.9 GB 10.9 GB


          • PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
          • Mac OS X 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
          • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
          • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
          • 10.9 GB free hard drive space

          Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.


          • Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
          • Mac OS X 10.9 (latest update), i5/i7/Xeon
          • 4 GB RAM
          • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
          • AU/VST/AAX Native/RTAS compatible host (also works stand-alone)
          • RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher
          • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
          • 88 key master keyboard
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