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.