Synchron Strings standard 1: Crossgrade Synchron Strings Pro
Synchron Strings I opens a new chapter in sampled strings by combining extraordinary musicianship, engineering, recording technology and software innovation. Played by members of the Synchron Stage Orchestra, recorded at our own Synchron Stage by top engineers, and backed by 17 years of sampling experience – Synchron Strings I is about to set a new standard in sound, playability and realism.
Recorded at Synchron Stage Vienna
Synchron Strings I is our first String Library that was recorded with the signature ambience of one of the best-sounding scoring stages on the planet – Synchron Stage Vienna. This represents a significant step for us, marrying hall-ambience recordings with the leading-edge sampling technology Vienna Symphonic Library is known for.
Since its renovation and reopening in 2016, Synchron Stage Vienna has already hosted a wealth of music recordings for international film and TV productions (such as Inferno, The Crown, Lego Batman, Ghost in the Shell, Comrade Detective, MEG), in addition to video games, commercials, and classical recordings, with many more to come. The acoustics of the 540 m² (5,813 sq.ft.) main hall are characterized by a lush and warm sound with an average reverb time of 1.8 seconds, while still providing excellent localization of all sound sources, both in depth and in the stereo or surround environment.
Multiple Microphone Positions
To capture the spectacular ambience of the Synchron Stage, our engineers employed eight separate phase-coherent microphone configurations, recorded simultaneously, to provide a broad range of room options while using the library. Any or all of these setups can be mixed to dial in just the sound you’re looking for, from close and focused, to broad and epic!
The sections of 1st violins (14), 2nd violins (10), violas (8), cellos (8), and double basses (6) were recorded separately at their designated positions on stage. Due to the comprehensive selection of discrete audio channels you can mix your string sound in stereo, 5.1 surround or even 9.1 Auro 3D (or any other immersive audio format, such as Dolby Atmos), utilizing the intuitive features of our new Vienna Synchron Player to tailor your sound.
The Beauty of Simplicity
With Synchron Strings I, we have achieved the ultimate in realism and expressiveness, while providing a new level of ease-of-use.
Play short notes, long notes with various attacks, legatos, scalable vibrato intensities and note repetitions with a minimal need to switch articulations, and by moving just one or two preconfigured controllers.
Synchron Strings I works with our existing Vienna Instruments and Vienna Instruments Pro players. Available presets for Vienna Ensemble and Vienna Ensemble Pro will provide a well-balanced mix of the multiple microphone configurations at any time.
Very soon, Synchron Strings I will be powered by the all-new Vienna Synchron Player, a dedicated sample player with a brand new engine built from the ground up. Its innovative new algorithms make it effortless to render strings with astounding realism.
Combining a number of microphone positions with a wealth of available velocity layers and note variations for each articulation requires a powerful sample engine. Our upcoming Synchron Player will deliver unprecedented streaming performance, able to trigger more than 300 voices per instrument simultaneously! The new engine will also come with an internal mixer with 3-band EQ, delay for runtime compensation, algorithmic reverb, phase switching and panorama controls.
The Standard Library and Full Library of Synchron Strings I both include the same articulations. The difference lies in the number of provided microphone positions:
| ||Standard Library ||Full Library |
|1. Close Mic (Mono) ||• ||• |
|2. Front Mic – Front of Ensemble (L/R) ||• ||• |
|3. Rear Mic – Back of Ensemble (L/R) || ||• |
|4. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R) ||• ||• |
|5. Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center) ||• ||• |
|6. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R) || ||• |
|7. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R) || ||• |
|8. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R) || ||• |
The main surround microphone settings may also be used instead of the main stereo room mics in order to achieve a wider and more ambient mix. Blending surround signals with the other microphone signals creates a denser, more lush overall sound, even in stereo applications.
The Standard Library and the upgrade to the Full Library (sometimes referred to as the Extended Library) are separate downloads.
Synchron Strings I – Articulations
|Short notes ||8 velocity layers, 10 variations |
|Long notes – with vibrato ||8 velocity layers, 10 variations |
|Long notes – no vibrato ||8 velocity layers, 10 variations |
|Long notes – portato ||6 velocity layers, 10 variations |
|Long notes – lyrical ||4 velocity layers, 10 variations |
|Sforzando ||4 velocity layers, 4 variations |
|Sforzando – crescendo ||4 velocity layers, 4 variations |
|Legato – regular ||8 velocity layers |
|Legato – slurred ||8 velocity layers |
|Legato – fast ||8 velocity layers, 6 variations |
|Tremolos ||5 velocity layers |
|Trills – half-tone ||5 velocity layers |
|Trills – whole-tone ||5 velocity layers |
|Pizzicato ||5 velocity layers, 8 Variations |
|Snap pizzicato ||1 velocity layer, 8 Variations |
|Releases damped || |
|Releases ringing |