Disgruntled with the format and contents of budget orchestral libraries, I have spent the past two years working with a small team of international musicians, artists, scripters, and sample editors to create something lightweight but high-fidelity and packed with instruments.
Designed for beginner composers and aspring developers, the Community Edition is a basic sample library with 3 GB of content!
A great starting library for any hobbyist composer, featuring basic articulations for 35 standard orchestral instruments, the Standard Edition is a happy medium between the power of the Professional Edition and the light weight of the Community Edition, plus it comes as an easy-to-install VSTi or Audio Units plugin.
A vast collection of over 90 standard and extended (and we mean extended) orchestral instruments, with multi-mic, faux-legato, and more, all carefully hand-tweaked and refined in a professional-grade orchestral library that stands up against libraries even twice its size and price, while being small enough to put on a thumb drive for composing on the go: the ultimate sketching library.
Take the professional version with you mounted on a customized high-speed USB 3.0 flash drive for composing on the go, collaboration, and music creation anywhere Kontakt 5.5+ may be found.
VSCO 2 takes the speed and size-factor of a sketching library and combines it with the extensive detail and quality one has come to expect out of a modern orchestral library. It was designed and conceived by a team of working media composers to bring top-dollar quality to a budget-driven and neglected corner of the industry.
For years, the only libraries available below the $300 price-point have been either antiquated legacy products recorded in the late 90's, hardly-useful sketching libraries consisting of inflexible sections that limit truly detailed composing, or lacking basic necessities such as velocity layers and multi-sampling or crucial articulations like tremolo.
We've recorded all the essential articulations and then some, incorporating aleatoric and player-chosen extended techniques as well, such as chops or multiphonics- now over 500 articulations total.
VSCO might as well stand for "Versilian Studios Community Orchestra" because of the incredible community of people involved in helping us make it a reality. Recordings took place across over half a dozen different locations across New England and "Old" England, incorporating performances by over 40 musicians.
In addition, we've created a special Professional Edition for Kontakt 5.5+ that realizes the total potential of the library with multiple mixable mic positions, extra articulations, numerous rare and unique instruments, realistic reverb, faux legato, and powerful stereo positioning controls.
The Professional Edition is also available on a high-speed USB 3.0 flash drive, capable of streaming the orchestra without having to install any files on your computer, and working on the go: the "Go Edition".
Credits and Thanks
Sam Gossner (Versilian Studios LLC)- Project Lead, American Recording Lead, Community Edition Developer & Designer, Performer
Simon Autenrieth- Pro & Standard Edition Developer & Designer
Elan Hickler (Soundemote)- Sample Cutting & Processing
Tomás Lobos Kunstmann- Kontakt Scripting & Consultation
Simon Dalzell (Ivy Audio)- English Recording Lead, Additional Sample Cutting & Consultation, Performer
Samuel Hébert- Canadian Recording Lead, Performer
Volunteer Product Testers:
Kurt Landre', Lawson Madlener, Rikard Berg, Zach Striefel, Stephan Wells, Fredrik Park, Zach Striefel, Joe Kataldo, Turgut Mavuk, Alexander Strukelj, Remo P., Jim Wolk, Javier Gramajo, Falk Au Yeong, Prin Keerasuntonpong, Brian Mowat, Marvin Kopp, Gaetano De Paola, Dylan Eddies, Matt Waldron, Davey Perron, Wesley Weirich, "MysterBlu", Aramis Perez, Szymon Szewczyk, Babis Trihos, Quetzal Marchiori, and Andy Sizemore.
Flutes: Linda Dallimore, J. Azevedo, Laura Intravita, Sam Gossner; Oboes: Sam Burke, Katie Hattier; Clarinets: Dean Coutsouridis, Kevin Bjarnason; Bassoons: Gabby Liriano, Peter Sauter. Ethnic Flutes & Recorders: Sam Gossner.
Solo Horns: Mackenzie Oprean, Sam Gossner; Horn Section: Jonathan Foo, Braden Williams, Marina Krickler, Andrew Capetandes, Ran Lu; Solo Trumpets: Sam Hebert, Christian Conti, Diego Verdin; Cornets: Sam Hebert, Sam Gossner; Trumpet Section: Hannah O'Connor, Yizhak Carmona, Tyler Hauer; Solo Trombones: Sam Gossner, Joe Ricard; Trombone Section: Joe Ricard, Yoshie Nakayama, Mariel Austin, Rex Bennett, Tom Chalmers, Blake Manternach; Solo Bass Trombones: Sam Gossner, Joe Ricard; Other Brass: Sam Gossner.
Percussion: Justin B. Belanger, Sam Hebert, and Sam Gossner.
Keys: Sam Hebert (Grand), Simon Dalzell (Upright, Organ), Sam Gossner (Harpsichords); Harp: Kaity Smith.
Violins: Lily Lyons (Soloist), Meitar Forkosh, Brendan Klippel, Sadie Currey, Rosy Timms; Violas: Brendan Klippel (Soloist), Jenny Frantz, Dan Lay, Gerson Martinez; Cellos: Cristobal "The Chillest Cellist" Cruz-Garcia (Soloist), Addy Harris, Parker Ousley; Contrabasses: Justin Belanger, Brittany Karlson.
Mattias Westlund, 'Big Bob' Villwock †, Jose Hernandez, Dean Coutsouridis, Lisa Larsen, Sarah Cantor, D'Anthoni Wooten, Jesse Hartov, Lee McQuillan, Røde Microphones, Focusrite, Berklee College of Music, and Connecticut Regional School District 13.
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