Professional Orchestration Review: Vienna Dimension Violins

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What I find exciting about Dimension Strings, especially and particularly because of its divisi capabilities, is that I can do both basic and advanced string writing.

I can set up divisi using either of the two methods used in live symphonic performance. I can pick and choose what desks play what part the way Debussy did in Three Nocturnes and other pieces. I can literally design my own string orchestral sound.

At the very minimum, I can use Virtual Sound Stage for spatial placement and other reverbs to achieve these realities, or I can go the distance and get MIR.

This divisi/small ensemble design factor of Dimension Strings does set it apart from all the other string libs because it gives you such flexibility. But! A major component of Dimension Strings Violins is learning the inner workings of the Vienna Instrument Pro player, which gives you even more flexibility.

Overall, I have to say I am really impressed with what I’ve seen and experienced these past few days with Dimension Strings. I never thought a time would come where I could write a passage for just the red tone color section (per the Spectrotone Chart) on the violin’s G-string and double it with alto flute, or other “red” instrument! I mean, that’s pretty amazing. Add to this spatial placement possibilities, divisi options, small ensemble creation, and so much more.

I think it’s fair to say Dimension Strings are, or will be upon completion, the next generation workhorse string library.

Disclaimer: Alexander Publishing is not a Vienna dealer.

2 Comments

  • Juan A. Matos
    March 13, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

    Very informative review. Well done!

  • Jennifer May
    July 2, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    Peter Alexander is a great teacher and entrepeneur, but when it comes to Sample Libraries, the guy is a VSL fanboy, I don´t buy the disclaimer, I don´t buy the review…

    The Dimension Strings are good? Yes they are, and of course much much better that the old VSL Strings products, that without all the MIR parafernalia sounds like crap nowadays…

    VDS are good, it was about time VSL released new samples!!! but has weak points in Divisi against LASS(the audiobro Divisi is the best of the market by far), has weak points against 8Dio in terms of sensibility/emotion and realism, and weak points against Berlin Strings in playability.

    VDS are the best strings product of VSL, the only good in my opinion, we are in 2014, not in 2006 anymore for God´s sake, but it´s the 5th on the list behind the other Major Stars.

    Best – Jennifer

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