Material for Sibelius users on the VSL website
The Soundset Installer can be downloaded from the Vienna Symphonic Library website: https://www.vsl.co.at/Notation_Related
Currently we offer the following sound sets:
VE SY Special Edition: Works with the SYNCHRON-ized Special Edition Volumes 1–7, 1 PLUS and 2 PLUS, with our pianos, the Big Bang Orchestra and BBO-A.
VE Special Edition: Works with the Special Edition Volumes 1–7, as well as with our pianos and the Konzerthaus Organ.
VE Special Edition PLUS: Works with the Special Edition PLUS Volumes 1 and 2 and the Special Edition Volumes 3-7, as well as with our pianos and the KH Organ.
VE Smart Orchestra: Works with Vienna Smart Orchestra and VSO ExpansionPack.
VE Epic Orchestra: Works with Epic Orchestra, Epic Orchestra 2.0, Jazz Drums and Synchron Power Drums.
VE SY Winds: Works with Synchron collection SYNCHRON-ized Woodwinds.
VE Woodwinds + Brass: Works with the following Instrument collections: Woodwinds I+II, Special Woodwinds, Brass I+II, Special Brass, Dimension Brass I+II, Saxophones, Recorders, Historic Winds I-III, as well as with all Wood and Brass Single instruments.
VE SY Dimension Brass: Works with SYNCHRON-ized Dimension Brass I+II.
VE Strings: Works with the following Instrument collections:Synchron Strings I, SYNCHRON-ized Chamber Strings, SYNCHRON-ized Appassionata Strings, SYNCHRON-ized Dimension Strings I-III,Solo Strings I+II, Chamber Strings I+II, Orchestral Strings I+II, Appassionata Strings I+II, Dimension StringsI-III, Harps, as well as with the Solo Violin 2, Solo Cello 2 and Harps Single instruments.
VE SY Plucked Instruments: Works with SYNCHRON-ized Plucked Instruments.
VE Plucked Instruments: Works with the Single instruments Upright Bass, Concert Guitar and Overdrive.
VE Percussion: Works with the Percussion and Elements Instrument collections and Single instruments.
VE SY-Percussion (SY-Player): Works with the Synchron Percussion I and SYNCHRON-ized Elements Instrument collections.
VE Choir: Works with the Vienna Choir, the Soprano Choir, the Solo Voices and the Vienna Whistler.
Please always use the latest version of the Vienna Instruments & Vienna Ensemble software. Vienna Instruments Pro, Vienna Imperial, Synchron Pianos and the Synchron Player can be opened inside Vienna Ensemble or Vienna Ensemble Pro for use with Sibelius as well: https://www.vsl.co.at/Software_Installers
How to install and use Sound Sets
The VSL Soundset Installer can be downloaded from the MyVSL area of the Vienna Symphonic Library website under Notation related: http://www.vsl.co.at/Notation_Related
It will install sound set files, the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style for Sibelius, VI presets and two manuals. The path where the manuals get installed can be chosen during installation.
On Windows computers it may be necessary to point Sibelius to the VST-Plugins path. This can be done in the Playback Devices/Audio Engine Options/Virtual Instruments and Effects folders menu. Choose the path where the Vienna Ensemble VST plugin has been installed. That’s the path where the file "Vienna Ensemble x64.dll" is located. If you are using Sibelius 6 or Sibelius 32-bit, you will have to add the folder where the 32-bit version of the Vienna Ensemble plugin ("Vienna Ensemble.dll") is installed. Then restart Sibelius.
In the Sibelius Playback Devices menu create a new playback configuration and activate Vienna Ensemble (or Vienna Ensemble PRO ) from the list of available devices. Then choose the sound set in the right-hand column.See page 2 for which sound set must be chosen for which library.
On the Manual Sound Sets page check Use manual sound set and assign channels and programs for all instruments that appear in your score. If you use instruments more than once, also reserve the according number of channels for them. Then save your playback configuration.
In Vienna Ensemble, insert as many instruments as you need (point 1 below). Depending on the library, add the according player (Vienna Instruments (Pro), Vienna Imperial, Synchron Player, Synchron Pianos).Set the channels(point 2) and load the VI presets that came with the Soundset Installer. These presets can be found in the "Sibelius" folder(points 3 and 4). For the Synchron and SYNCHRON-ized libraries there are no dedicated presets for Sibelius. The sound sets for these libraries work with the presets that come with the library content.
Then save your Sibelius playback configuration. Be aware that some presets need lots of RAM. In order to save RAM,you can load smaller presets (L1) or use the Learn/Optimize function of the Vienna Instruments player. Vienna Instruments Pro and Synchron Player users can disable cells/slots they don't need. Disabled patches get removed from RAM.
More than one Vienna Ensemble
If you want to use more than 16 instruments or different collections (and therefore different sound sets) at the same time, you will need more than one instance of Vienna Ensemble.
To do so, simply activate Vienna Ensemble more than once from the Available devices list. Check Use manual Sound Set and set channels and programs for all VE instances on the Manual Sound Sets page. You can switch between the instances in the Device line on that page. Don’t forget to save your playback configuration after that.
For Vienna Ensemble PRO users it is possible to have all loaded instruments in one instance, even if more than 16 instruments and different sound sets are used in one Sibelius playback configuration.
Any additional Vienna Ensemble (PRO) instance that would be needed with the free Vienna Ensemble version can now be substituted with the Vienna Ensemble PRO Event Input Plug-in which delivers up to 31 additional MIDI ports with 16 channels each.
All instruments are routed to the same Vienna Ensemble PRO instance now. MIDI ports have to be set up in Vienna Ensemble PRO for every instrument, which is not necessary for Sibelius users with the free Vienna Ensemble Version, as there simply is only one available port. Sound sets and the settings on the Manual Sound Sets page have to be configured in the same way as explained above.
More details about the Vienna Ensemble PRO Event Input can be found in the Vienna Ensemble PRO manual, which can be downloaded in the MyVSL area of our website under Software Manuals.
How to use the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style
What is a House Style file
The Sibelius House Style defines various things. Some are layout related. For working with the Vienna Instruments two items are very useful:
Playback dictionary: For some articulations there are special keywords in the Sibelius playback dictionary needed. By importing the "Vienna Symphonic Library" House Style all these keywords will be included in the dictionary.The dynamic values are also optimized for playback with the VSL instruments.
Instrument definitions: (Mainly important for the "VE Percussion", "VE Strings"and "VE Woodwinds+Brass" soundsets). For some switches to work correctly, it is necessary to have the instruments from the "Vienna Symphonic Library" House Style loaded in your score.
So by importing the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style file, you will make the cooperation of Sibelius and the Vienna Instruments smoother.
Importing the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style
In Sibelius you can select a House Style when creating a new score or load it at a later point in the menu Appearance/HouseStyle/Import.
Select "Vienna Symphonic Library"
Under Import Options, keep at least "Playback dictionary" and "Instrument definitions" selected.