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Considering buying VSL libraries
Last post Fri, Feb 17 2012 by Paul, 5 replies.
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Posted on Sun, Feb 05 2012 07:12
by arnes
Joined on Sun, Feb 05 2012, Posts 1

I am considering buying some VLS libraries. However, the product page at vsl.co.at is at least confusing. So many different versions and upgrade paths.

So I thought to start with the following question: is it possible to purchase an instrument library which is NOT upgradeable? This is what I want to avoid. For example, if I buy one of the starter libraries, will it become obsolete at some point if I need more articulations or a better version of the same instrument?

Thank you,

Posted on Sun, Feb 05 2012 11:57
by VSL
Joined on Tue, Dec 02 2014, Posts

You could start with the SE bundle wich you can upgrade to some point. I'm also still waiting to make my first purchases.

I would start immediately with the dvd libraries or the download instruments. The download instruments are a bit more expensive,

because you get a license for each instrument instead one license for a whole collection, but this way you can upgrade each instrument,

independently wich is not the case with the dvd libraries. Both dvd and download collections feature the full samples collections.

Only the strings are not available as a download instrument. If you want a very realistic sound you should get vienna MIR, I demoed it with the special exploration kit and I wouldn't buy any collections without it. To get most out of you library you should get vienna instruments pro.

My advise: start small instrumentwise (downloadinstruments or full dvd) but buy vienna mir with it. Mir requiers Vienna ensemble pro.

There is a special bundle offering these two softwares with a discount, you should check it out. Please mind that if you do start with the SE bundle, you can buy the full dvd libraries or downloadinstruments later with some discount. 

Posted on Sun, Feb 05 2012 20:05
by noldar12
Joined on Thu, Dec 04 2008, Posts 582

What are your primary writing style(s)?  Depending on what you wish to accomplish, library suggestions would differ.

The SE packages are a good starting point.  Even after you start purchasing full libraries, you could still use SE for secondary instruments.  Nonetheless, the full packages are better, and the additional articulations are of great use.  If you do go the SE route, consider getting all four of the SE libraries.  One advantage of SE is that it requires less computer power and memory to run.  All four of the SE libraries will fit within 8 gigs of ram. 

In general, if buying full DVD libraries or downloads, plan on getting both the standard and extended portions of the libraries you decide to purchase.

Posted on Fri, Feb 17 2012 14:18
by winknotes_282
Joined on Mon, Dec 23 2002, Posts 206

I'm also considering buying the SE and SE+ libraries.  I'm assuming I can do this, but can I just buy/license SE standard and SE+ standard then license the extensions at a later date? 

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Finale 26
VSL SE/Synchron
Posted on Fri, Feb 17 2012 14:58
by Paul
Joined on Sat, Aug 03 2002, Vienna, Posts 13354

Hi winknotes, 

Yes, you can purchase the Standard Libraries first and add the Extended Libraries anytime later on (you are right, all data is installed right away). 

If you contact , we will provide you with free demo licenses for the Extended Libraries of your DVD Collections, if you like. 

These demo licenses work for 30 days/30 starts. Once the 30 starts are used up, you can recharge them as often as you like by clicking "Maintenance" in the eLicenser Control Center (within 30 days). 



Paul Kopf
Product Manager - Vienna Symphonic Library
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