The new Horizon Series from the Vienna Symphonic Library consists of seven instrumental sample libraries in Gigastudio and EXS24 formats. The diverse collection of instruments sampled were all recorded at VSL's purpose-built Silent Stage facility and all of the libraries include VSL's ingenious Performance Tool, which allows the user to incorporate convincing performance effects such as slides, bends, legato passages and repeated notes.
Opus 1 is the most expensive library in the range at £660, and features string, brass, woodwind and percussion samples from VSL's Pro Editions.
Solo Strings (£296) features violin, viola, cello and double-bass solo instruments with a full range of articulations (legato, spiccato, détaché and so on).
Vienna Concert Guitar (£177) is a complete nylon-string guitar library with a wide variety of single notes, chords, hammer-ons, pull-offs and other unique guitar performance effects.
For those whose tastes lie closer to Joe Satriani than Julian Bream, Overdrive (£130) samples a seven-string distortion guitar, including harmonics, feedback and string scratches, and features a similar range of slides, runs, chords and bends.
Saxophones 1 (£177) features soprano and tenor sax, with a range of articulations for both symphonic and jazz styles
Mallets (£197) packages together the mallet percussion instruments from the Pro Edition -- celeste, vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, temple blocks and wood blocks.
Finally, Glass & Stones (£165) is an unusual collection of instruments constructed from these materials -- glass harmonica, verrophone, musical glasses and a five-octave lithophone.
All of the sample libraries
in the Horizon Series are available now.