Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL)

Vienna Symphonic Library VSL - SPECIAL KEYBOARDS

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The 8 GB collection Special Keyboards offers a state-of-the-art approach to capturing exceptional, unfamiliar but also classical sounds that shouldn’t be missing on any sound designer’s or composer’s workstation. The harpsichord (German: Cembalo) has a famously bright sound, rich in overtones. Typically a Baroque instrument, the harpsichord has played a minimal role in classical and romantic music. In modern literature, however, it has been rediscovered by a broad range of musicians, and is also used poignantly and effectively in film and TV music. In our own Silent Stage, the following single notes and repetition performances of a two manual harpsichord were recorded: 8’ register solo, 8’ double, and tutti (a combination of two 8’ registers and one 4’ register).


    • VSL - SPECIAL KEYBOARDS PRODUCT FEATURES:

      The harmonium is a free-reed instrument, meaning that air streaming past reeds of different lengths causes them to vibrate. Unlike organ pipes, the harmonium’s reeds produce more disharmonic overtones, creating a unique undulating sound.

      The prepared piano is a technique that became known to a wider public around 1940 and is primarily associated with the innovative composer, John Cage, who inserted objects such as erasers, nails, wire and paper between a piano’s strings causing them to produce additional tones, harmonics, or percussive sounds that are sometimes reminiscent of Indonesian Gamelan music. Our team also “treated” the Bösendorfer grand piano with their bare hands (e.g., glissandos over the strings) and with wood mallets in order to get a multitude of creative sounds and colors.

      Harpsichord
      Articulation group Standard Library
      REGISTERS
      • 8' stop
      • 8' stop with double strings
      • 8' double and 4' stops
      Harmonium
      Articulation group Standard Library
      REGISTERS
      • Aeoline
      • Bassoon-Hautbois
      • Clairon-Fifre
      • Clarinette-Bourdon
      • Flute-Cor anglais
      • Grandjeu
      • Percussion
      • Voix Celeste
      Prepared Piano
      Articulation group Standard Library
      PERFORMING STYLES
      • Chain
      • Double-screw
      • Harmonic
      • Harmonic secco
      • Foil
      • Glass
      • Stick
      • Stick roll
      • Glissandi
    • VSL - SPECIAL KEYBOARDS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

      Standard Library
      Sample Amount 4,380
      Download File Size 2.4 GB
      Installed File Size 5.5 GB
    • VSL - SPECIAL KEYBOARDS SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

      Minimum

      • 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)
      • 5.5 GB free hard drive space

      Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.

      Recommended

      • 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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