Synchron Strings I opens a new chapter in sampled strings by combining extraordinary musicianship, engineering, recording technology and software innovation. Played by members of the Synchron Stage Orchestra, recorded at our own Synchron Stage by top engineers, and backed by 17 years of sampling experience – Synchron Strings I is about to set a new standard in sound, playability and realism.
Synchron Strings I is our first String Library that was recorded with the signature ambience of one of the best-sounding scoring stages on the planet – Synchron Stage Vienna. This represents a significant step for us, marrying hall-ambience recordings with the leading-edge sampling technology Vienna Symphonic Library is known for.
Since its renovation and reopening in 2016, Synchron Stage Vienna has already hosted a wealth of music recordings for international film and TV productions (such as Inferno, The Crown, Lego Batman, Ghost in the Shell, Comrade Detective, MEG, Sky Hunter, Blue Planet II), in addition to video games, commercials, and classical recordings, with many more to come. The acoustics of the 540 m² (5,813 sq.ft.) main hall are characterized by a lush and warm sound with an average reverb time of 1.8 seconds, while still providing excellent localization of all sound sources, both in depth and in the stereo or surround environment.
To capture the spectacular ambience of the Synchron Stage, our engineers employed eight separate phase-coherent microphone configurations, recorded simultaneously, to provide a broad range of room options while using the library. Any or all of these setups can be mixed to dial in just the sound you’re looking for, from close and focused, to broad and epic!
The sections of 1st violins (14), 2nd violins (10), violas (8), cellos (8), and double basses (6) were recorded separately at their designated positions on stage. Due to the comprehensive selection of discrete audio channels you can mix your string sound in stereo, 5.1 surround or even 9.1 Auro 3D (or any other immersive audio format, such as Dolby Atmos), utilizing the intuitive features of our new Vienna Synchron Player to tailor your sound.
With Synchron Strings I, we have achieved the ultimate in realism and expressiveness, while providing a new level of ease-of-use.
Play short notes, long notes with various attacks, legatos, scalable vibrato intensities and note repetitions with a minimal need to switch articulations, and by moving just one or two preconfigured controllers.
Synchron Strings I works with our existing Vienna Instruments and Vienna Instruments Pro players. Available presets for Vienna Ensemble and Vienna Ensemble Pro will provide a well-balanced mix of the multiple microphone configurations at any time.
Very soon, Synchron Strings I will be powered by the all-new Vienna Synchron Player, a dedicated sample player with a brand new engine built from the ground up. Its innovative new algorithms make it effortless to render strings with astounding realism.
Combining a number of microphone positions with a wealth of available velocity layers and note variations for each articulation requires a powerful sample engine. Our upcoming Synchron Player will deliver unprecedented streaming performance, able to trigger more than 300 voices per instrument simultaneously! The new engine will also come with an internal mixer with 5-band EQ, delay for runtime compensation, algorithmic reverb, phase switching and panorama controls.
One major reason for the heightened realism of Synchron Strings I is the unprecedented number of velocity layers and note variations. Most notes are available with 8 dynamic levels and up to 10 variations, from pianissimo to fortissimo and everything in between, that blend smoothly as you crossfade through the layers. All the samples are delivered automatically as you play, and in most cases you don’t even need to think about manual key switching.
We’ve developed a new sampling process wherein all performances are recorded and edited at “fixed gain”. The result is that all pitches, dynamic layers, articulations and instruments match 100% perfectly with each other. For example, a pianissimo articulation of an ensemble sounds exactly as it was played at Synchron Stage and painstakingly matches the pianissimo performances of all the other instruments.
Bringing together new recording techniques and innovative algorithms tailored to recordings on a scoring stage, Vienna’s revolutionary Legato Performances excel with a newly heightened realism.
The players make the difference! Selected from Vienna’s world famous community of master musicians, our Synchron Stage Orchestra members performed these samples with passion and perseverance on their own very fine instruments. Having played on countless film and TV scores, in addition to honing their skills as sampling musicians, the quality of their playing will inspire your best work as you use Synchron Strings I.
The Standard Library and Full Library of Synchron Strings I both include the same articulations. The difference lies in the number of provided microphone positions:
|Standard Library||Full Library|
|1. Close Mic (Mono)||•||•|
|2. Front Mic – Front of Ensemble (L/R)||•||•|
|3. Rear Mic – Back of Ensemble (L/R)||•|
|4. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)||•||•|
|5. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)||•||•|
|6. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)||•|
|7. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)||•|
|8. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)||•|
The main surround microphone settings may also be used instead of the main stereo room mics in order to achieve a wider and more ambient mix. Blending surround signals with the other microphone signals creates a denser, more lush overall sound, even in stereo applications.
The Standard Library and the upgrade to the Full Library (sometimes referred to as the Extended Library) are separate downloads.
Auro 3D is an immersive audio technology that allows for three-dimensional sound perception. The Belgian company Auro Technologies developed this technology based on a special speaker configuration, adding four additional speakers to a 5.1 surround configuration. These speakers (so-called “Heights”) are situated above the front and surround speakers and generate acoustic reflections that are perceived naturally due to the fact that sounds originate from around as well as from above the listener. Thanks to the comprehensive selection of discrete audio channels of Synchron Strings I (Full Library) you may mix your instruments in Auro 3D as well as in Dolby Atmos.
While Synchron Strings I are recorded “in situ” with the natural ambience of the main hall of our scoring stage, you can place all of our other string libraries (from Solo Strings to Chamber, Orchestral, Appassionata and Dimension Strings) in the virtual version of this very hall by using Vienna MIR Pro with RoomPack 6 Synchron Stage Vienna. Create one unified sound easily by placing your existing instruments alongside the musicians who were recorded at Synchron Stage!
|Short notes||8 velocity layers, 10 variations|
|Long notes – with vibrato||8 velocity layers, 10 variations|
|Long notes – no vibrato||8 velocity layers, 10 variations|
|Long notes – portato||6 velocity layers, 10 variations|
|Long notes – lyrical||4 velocity layers, 10 variations|
|Sforzando||4 velocity layers, 4 variations|
|Sforzando – crescendo||4 velocity layers, 4 variations|
|Legato – regular||8 velocity layers|
|Legato – slurred||8 velocity layers|
|Legato – fast||8 velocity layers, 6 variations|
|Tremolos||5 velocity layers|
|Trills – half-tone||5 velocity layers|
|Trills – whole-tone||5 velocity layers|
|Pizzicato||5 velocity layers, 8 Variations|
|Snap pizzicato||1 velocity layer, 8 Variations|