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VIENNA INSTRUMENTS, the most powerful Virtual Instruments on the market, embody intelligent Performance Algorithms into an easy-to-use VST/AU/RTAS plug-in to orchestrate an inconceivably vast array of samples. For the first time hundreds of inspiring articulations can be combined in one Preset and on a single MIDI track. Our proprietary Performance Detection analyzes intervals, repeated notes, patterns, and even playing speed in real-time, and automatically summons the appropriate articulation or nuance.

You can use Vienna Instruments on your Mac or PC in three ways:

  • As a plug-in in our included mixing and host software Vienna Ensemble, in Vienna Ensemble PRO 5, or any other host application
  • As a plug-in in your sequencer – e.g., Cubase, Logic, Digital Performer, Pro Tools etc. – or notation software (e.g., Sibelius, Finale, Notion)
  • As a simple stand-alone application.

All Vienna Instruments Collections, Single Instruments as well as the products of the Vienna Special Editions include a set of sound samples and the free Vienna Instruments software player.

The current version has been introduced in 2012 and is based on the successful Vienna Instruments PRO engine (see below), replacing the “classic” Vienna Instruments environment with a modern graphical user interface as well as major improvements such as reduced memory usage per instance, optimized voice sharing, enhanced GUI performance, and new control options.

The installation of Vienna Instruments is basically done in two parts. You need to install the Vienna Instruments software (the current version of which can be downloaded from the User Area) as well as the sample library of the given product. (Before doing this, however, you also have to install the latest version of the eLicenser Control Center that you will need in order to download the license to your USB eLicenser, e.g., a ViennaKey.) Please find the system requirements for the Vienna Instruments player here.

Boost your performance with VIENNA INSTRUMENTS PRO, our optional software player that offers a wealth of additional features such as Auto Humanization, Polyphonic Legato, Enveloped Time Stretching, Adjustable Tuning Scales, and an internal Auto-Playback and Pattern Sequencer. Of course Vienna Instruments PRO is fully compatible with all Vienna Instruments, so you may either use the free Vienna Instruments player or load your patches and presets into the optional Vienna Instruments PRO.


VIENNA ENSEMBLE is a free mixing and host software that is automatically installed with Vienna Instruments. It is available for all registered Vienna Instruments users.

This powerful software brings all of your Vienna Instruments together and adds innovative features and valuable options for creating large virtual orchestra setups and templates.


  • Custom-made for hosting Vienna Instruments, Vienna Instruments PRO and Vienna Imperial.
  • Stand-alone application, ideal for running your Vienna Instruments Software on external Macs and PCs: 8 ports with 16 MIDI channels each.
  • Plug-in formats VST/AU/RTAS/AAX Native for use with your host sequencer. Up to 32 MIDI PORTS per instance (= 512 MIDI Channels).
  • Instant instrument switching – immediate access to all instruments within the Vienna Ensemble user interface. Click on the desired instrument channel and its user interface appears instantly.
  • Instrument naming – label all Vienna Instruments instances inside Vienna Ensemble for a complete, at-a-glance overview.
  • Total recall – save and load your favorite orchestra setup with one click.
  • Definable play ranges for multi-instrument set-ups for studio and live use.
  • Inserts for AU (Mac) and VST (PC) effect plug-ins.
  • Panning and Power Panning for precise positioning.
  • Flexible routing with freely assignable busses.
  • Separated server solution that utilizes additional free memory, leaving host sequencer memory or memory used by additional Vienna Instruments plug-ins unaddressed.
  • Optional one-click integration of Vienna MIR PRO (sold separately).

System Requirements

  • PC version: Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit versions (Core 2 Duo or better).
  • Mac version: 32-bit and 64-bit version for Intel Core 2 Duo or better with Mac OS X 10.8.8 or newer.

Utilize your LAN Network with VIENNA ENSEMBLE PRO 5, the premium MIDI and audio LAN solution that works universally on Macs and PCs. Set up a cross-platform network using a simple Ethernet cable without the need of further audio and MIDI hardware for your slave computers and integrate all your favorite third-party 64-bit and 32-bit VSTi/AU plug-ins.


Vienna Instruments Basic View

Vienna Instruments Player (Basic View)
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Vienna Ensemble GUI

Vienna Ensemble 5 User Interface
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