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Posted on Sat, Jun 09 2007 15:11
by zaque
Joined on Sat, Jun 09 2007, Posts 1
I'm sorry, my guess is this sort of question gets answered frequently but I'm afraid I have not found my answer in forum searches. I'd like to just make sure that my understanding of the different products is correct before I make a decision on which to purchase...

1. The Vienna Instruments are only playable via the Vienna Instrument which is an AU/VST that can be loaded into any host sequencer/notation tool.

2. The Sample Libraries of the Pro and Horizon editions are loaded into existing Samplers in GIGA or EXS24 format.

I am more or less starting from Zero here. I currently use Logic but don't enjoy using EXS24. I really have no desire to purchase Giga - at least not until I can run it natively on a Mac. Also, I am hoping to use your libraries with Sibelius 5.

Currently I am leaning towards starting with the Special Edition (with ext. Library). It seems from there I can extend my collection in the Vienna Instruments I and Vienna Instruments II line of products as I see fit. In fact, there appears to be an "upgrade" path to the Vienna Instrument Symphonic Cube...for when I win the lottery! Wink

The Special Edition seems like a great starting point for somebody who plans to expand (slowly, perhaps) over time.

Thanks for your help. This feels like a big decision...like buying a car or something. Smile I must admit I'm a bit worried about being locked into your proprietary technology in the VI but hopefully you're planning to be around for a while! Smile
Posted on Sat, Jun 09 2007 16:29
by dpcon
Joined on Sat, Oct 12 2002, Los Angeles, Posts 1642
You're on the right track. SE will get you up and running on the VI player and allow you to pick which complete libraries you will want in the future (since many if not all of the collections are represented in SE.) There is no upgrade path from SE however but it's still worth it no doubt since it gives you so many useful samples from so many instruments.
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