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October 22, 2004
The Vienna Symphonic Library adds more Horizon Series titles to its list of collections in Steinberg's HALion and Native Instruments' Kontakt format: Opus 1, Chamber Strings, Solo Strings, Epic Horns, Woodwind Ensembles, French Oboe.
All of these libraries come with Vienna's unique Performance Tool for HALion and Kontakt, currently on the PC only. November 2004 will see the release of the Performance Tool for HALion and Kontakt on Mac OS X as well as the remaining libraries, Saxophones I, Vienna Concert Guitar, and Overdrive, in the new formats. All of the Horizon Series libraries are currently configured for Tascam's GigaStudio (PC) and Apple/Emagic's EXS24 mk II (Mac).
The introduction of the new formats is accompanied by an introductory offer: Through November 15th, users can order the String/Orchestra Bundle (Opus 1, Chamber Strings, Solo Strings) and the Winds Bundle (Epic Horns, Woodwind Ensembles, French Oboe) at a 15% discount. This offer applies to all formats, Giga, EXS, HALion, and Kontakt.
The following four libraries have been available in HALion and Kontakt formats since July 2004. Since they don't utilize the Performance Tool they can already be used on both PC and Mac: Glass & Stones, Vienna Harps, FX Percussion, and Mallets.
All of the Horizon Series products include the Giga and EXS24 format on the install DVDs. HALion and Kontakt formatted programs and Performance Tools canbe downloaded after the user registers his or her products on the Vienna website.
The Horizon Series is a collection of instrumental libraries that focus on specific instruments or instrument groups. Some of the libraries include all-new instruments that serve as ideal complements to the Symphonic Editions, like the French Oboe or Glass & Stones. Others are compilations taken from the Pro Edition, customized for specific applications, like FX Percussion or Mallets. But each edition is a powerful library that stands on its own with respect to authenticity and usability.
The series offers both traditional and non-traditional instruments, breaking new ground with products like Overdrive (Performance Distortion Guitar), Saxophones I, and more to come. The most prominent Horizon Series collection is Opus 1, a powerful 25 GB introduction to the universe of the Vienna Symphonic Library. Featuring essential articulations of the entire orchestra, it includes the Legato Performances.
Vienna Symphonic Library products are distributed by ILIO Entertainments.
For more information, visit their web site at www.vsl.co.at