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Optimizing Sibelius

Playback
with Vienna Ensemble
A guide to get more out of your scores
By Andreas Olszewski / Vienna Symphonic Library

2016 Vienna Symphonic Library


Introduction
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Material for Sibelius users on the vsl.co.at website
At the following location you can find a video tutorial on how to work with Sibelius and Vienna
Ensemble:
http://www.vsl.co.at/en/Products/Software#!Video_Demos

The Sound Set Installer can be downloaded in the MyVSL area of the Vienna Symphonic Library
website under Notation related.
http://www.vsl.co.at/en/MyVSL

Currently we offer the following sound sets:

VE Special Edition: Works with the Special Edition Volumes 1 4, as well as with the
following Instrument collections: Bsendorfer Imperial, Vienna Imperial, Konzerthaus
Organ

VE Special Edition PLUS: Works with the Special Edition PLUS matrices for Volumes
1 and 2 and the Special Edition Volumes 3 and 4, as well as with the following
Instrument collections: Bsendorfer Imperial, Vienna Imperial, Konzerthaus Organ

VE Epic Orchestra: Works with the Epic Orchestra

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+II, as well as with all Woodwinds and Brass Single
instruments

VE Strings: Works with the following Instrument collections: Solo Strings I+II, Chamber
Strings I+II, Orchestral Strings I+II, Appassionata Strings I+II, Dimension Strings I+II,
Harps, as well as with the Solo Violin 2, Solo Cello 2 and Harps Single instruments

VE Percussion: Works with the Percussion and Elements Instrument collections and
Single instruments

VE Choir: Works with the Vienna Choir, the Soprano Choir, the Solo Voices and the
Vienna Whistler

In addition to the sound sets we offer Vienna Symphonic Library House Style files for Sibelius 5,
6, 7, 7.5 and 8 (= no version number).

Software
Please always use the latest version of the Vienna Instruments and Vienna Ensemble software,
which can be downloaded in the MyVSL are under Software Installers. Vienna Instruments Pro
and Vienna Ensemble PRO will also work with Sibelius.

http://www.vsl.co.at/en/MyDownloads/Software_Installers

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How to install and use Sound Sets
The VSL Soundset Installer can be downloaded in the MyVSL area of the Vienna Symphonic Library
website under Notation related.

http://www.vsl.co.at/en/MyDownloads/Notation_Related

It will install sound set files, the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style for Sibelius, VI presets and 3
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. Thats 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
playback config-
uration and activate
Vienna Ensemble (or
Vienna Ensemble
PRO - for details
about how to use
Vienna Ensemble
PRO please also
check the according
manual) from the list
of available devices.
Then choose the
appropriate sound
set in the right-hand
column. See page 2
for which sound set
must be chosen for
which collection or
Single instrument.

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

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than once, please also reserve the according number of channels for them. Then save your
playback configuration.

In Vienna Ensemble, insert as many instruments as you need (screenshot point 1). Set the
channels (point 2) and load the presets that came with the Sound Set Installer. These presets
can be found in the Sibelius folder (points 3 and 4). Then save your playback configuration in
Sibelius. Be aware that some presets need lots of RAM. In order to save RAM you can load 4
smaller presets (L1) or use the Learn/Optimize function of the Vienna Instruments. VI Pro 2
users can disable cells or matrices they don't need.

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. Dont forget to save your playback configuration after that.

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For Vienna
Ensemble PRO
users it is possible
to have all loaded
instruments in one
instance, even if
5
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 31additional 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.

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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:

1. Playback dictionary: For some articulations there are special keywords in the Sibelius 6
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.

2. Instrument definitions: (Mainly important for the VE Percussion, VE Strings and VE


Woodwinds+Brass sound sets). 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:

1. In Sibelius you can select a House Style when creating a new score or load it at a later point
in the menu Appearance/House Style/Import.

2. Select Vienna Symphonic Library

3. Under Import Options, keep at least Playback dictionary and Instrument definitions
selected.

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How to trigger articulations with the
Sound Set
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VE Special Edition
This sound set works with all Special Edition collections. It can also be used for the Bsendorfer
Imperial, the Vienna Imperial and the Konzerthaus Organ.

Sustain: This patch is triggered by default.


If you want to switch back from a different articulation, use one of the following Technique
Text commands (<Ctrl>+T on Win, <Command>+T on OS X): ord., natural, normal.

Staccato: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) Use the keypads staccato mark.
2) Create the Technique Text command stacc or staccato.

Legato: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) Use slurs.
2) Create the Technique Text command legato.
To switch back to non-legato playing use the Technique Text command non legato.
Also see page 19.

Legato-sus: Create the Technique Text command sus. (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.) This command can also be used in combination with
slurs.

Detache: Create the Technique Text command detache.

Portamento: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) A section where all notes are played portamento: Create the Technique Text command
portamento.
2) Two notes played portamento: Join the two notes with a portamento line from the lines
menu.
Also see page 19.

Tremolo: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) Create the Technique Text command trem or tremolo.
2) Use the tremolo symbol with 3, 4 or 5 beams across the stem from the Sibelius keypad to
switch to tremolo. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Pizzicato: Create the Technique Text command pizz or pizzicato.


To switch back to arco playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural, normal or arco.

Sforzato: Create an Expression Text command (<Ctrl>+E on Win, <Cmd>+E on OS X)


starting with sf (sf, sfz, sffz, sforz, ). (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House
Style loaded.)

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Staccato/Sustain combined cell: Use the keypads accent mark. (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)
If you prefer accents to just trigger a higher velocity and not the Staccato/Sustain cell, remove
the Sound ID change entry of the Sibelius dictionary entry Articulations/Accent.

Vibrato (only guitars): Create the Technique Text command vib or vibrato.
To switch back to non vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord., 8
natural, normal or senza vibrato.

Whammy Bar (E-Guitar): Create a w/bar line from the Lines menu. (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Motor on (Vibraphone): Create the Technique Text command motor on. To switch back to
playing without motor, use the Technique Text command motor off.

Sustain Pedal (Bosendorfer Piano): Create a Pedal symbol from the lines menu.

Cymbal sounds: For the Sibelius instrument Cymbals (=a2 cymbals) you have four different
variations.
C6 = Normal Variation 1; C#6 = Choked Var. 1; D6 = Normal Var. 2; D#6 = Choked Var. 2
C6 is played by default. The other sounds are only available with the Vienna Symphonic
Library House Style loaded. For C#6 create the Technique Text command choke, for D6
create 2 and for D#6 combine both commands. To reset the Sound ID of an instrument,
write ord. or normal.

If you want the suspended cymbal instead of the a2 Cymbals please use the Sibelius
instruments Cymbal A-D. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style
loaded.)

With the commands written in the previous paragraph you can also switch to 2nd variations
and choked sounds with this instrument and you can also address the roll sounds with the
tremolo symbol.

Tam-tam: For the Sibelius instrument Tam-tam you have four different variations.
G6: triggered by default
The other sounds are only available with the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.
G#6: add tremolo sign (with 3, 4 or 5 beams)
A6: Technique Text "2" (without quotation marks)
A#6: Technique Text "scrape" (without quotation marks)

Drum rolls: There are two ways to trigger these rolls:


1) Choose the tremolo articulation symbol with 4 or 5 lines crossing the stem or the buzz roll
symbol. If the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style is loaded, the 3 line tremolo symbol
can also be used.
2) Create the Technique Text command roll. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library
House Style loaded.) To switch back to single hits, use one of the following commands:
ord. or normal

Timpani rolls: like tremolo.

Left hand/right hand (drums, timpani): Create the Technique Text command L for left hand
strokes and R for right hand strokes.

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Triangle: Use the Sibelius instrument Triangle and the Manual Sound Sets program
Percussion. By default the open single hit (C5) is triggered. The closed single hit (C#5) can
be triggered with the staccato or the + articulation symbol. With the Technique text
command 2 it is possible to trigger a variant of the same technique (open and closed). For
tremolo (E5) use one of the tremolo symbols.

Metal Chimes (Sibelius instrument "Wind Chimes [1 line]" from the "Other Unpitched 9
Percussion category): On the Manual Sound Sets page reserve a channel with the program
"Percussion".

The different sounds can be triggered as follows:


A3 (default): No Technique Text command or "ord." or "normal".
The other sounds are only available with the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.
B3: Technique Text "2"
C3: Technique Text "up" and "slow"
D3: Technique Text "down" and "slow
F3: Technique Text "up" and "fast"
G3: Technique Text "down" and "fast"

Cymbal, drum and percussion sounds in general: A different approach of using these
sounds would be by creating a Percussion [5 lines] system with Sibelius and editing the
instrument (Home/Instruments/Percussion [5 lines]/Edit Instrument/Type of staff: pitched).
You will also have to choose a Sound ID or instrument under Playback Defaults/Best Sound
and reserve a program/channel for the chosen instrument on the Manual Sound Sets page.
For example you could choose a pitched percussion instrument (like Marimba, Vibraphone or
Xylophone) that you don't have in your score. Now you can trigger the samples according to
the pitch you enter.

VE Special Edition PLUS


Everything written for the VE Special Edition sound set applies to this sound set too. Here are
the PLUS articulations.

Staccato repetition: The perf-rep staccato (or spiccato) patches are played by default for
staccato notes, because they sound more natural with repeated notes than the normal
staccato patches.
If you want to use the normal staccato patch instead of the performance repetition, use the
keypads staccato mark and add the Technique Text command 1. (Only available with
Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Perf-rep legato: Create the Technique Text command rep. (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Fortepiano: Create the Expression Text command fp. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic
Library House Style loaded.)

Portato: Create the Technique Text command portato.

Detache short: Create the Technique Text command short.

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Harmonics: Harmonics can be reached in three ways.
1) Add the Harmonic/Open articulation sign to the note (that's the small circle).
2) Write harmonics above the first note where a section of harmonics starts.
3) Notate a diamond notehead a fourth above the fingered note (only with "Vienna
Symphonic Library" House Style 2.0 or higher loaded).

Harmonics staccato: Just combine a staccato marking with one of the three ways of triggering 10
harmonics.

Pizz-snap: Add one of the symbols for snap pizzicato from the Symbols menu to the note(s).

Col legno: Create the Technique Text command col legno.

Trill 1 / Trill 2: Create a trill line from the Lines menu. Sibelius automatically triggers the right
trill (half or whole tone) according to the diatonic surrounding. You can also switch manually
between half tone and whole tone trills in the Inspector/Playback (in Sibelius 5 and 6 thats
called Properties/Playback) window. To do so, select the trill line and uncheck Diatonic.

Sul ponticello: Create the Technique Text command sul ponticello.


To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural or normal.

Sul ponticello staccato: Use the keypads staccato mark during a sul ponticello section.

Sul ponticello tremolo: Use one of the ways to trigger tremolo during a sul ponticello section.

Con sordino (=mute): Create the Technique Text command con sordino or mute. To switch
back to senza sordino playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural, normal or senza sordino.

Con sordino staccato: Use the keypads staccato mark during a con sordino section.

Con sordino tremolo: Use one of the ways to trigger tremolo during a con sordino section.

VE Strings
This sound set works with the following collections and single instruments:
Solo Strings I+II, Solo Violin 2, Solo Cello 2, Chamber Strings I+II, Orchestral Strings I+II,
Appassionata Strings I+II, Dimension Strings I+II, Harps

Attention: On the Manual Sound Sets page, the "Chamber", "Orchestral", "Appassionata" and
"Dimension" programs only work correctly when the corresponding instruments included in the
"Vienna Symphonic Library" House Style are used in Sibelius. If you use the default Sibelius
instruments for string ensembles (Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello,
Contrabass, Double Bass), please use the "Ensemble" programs. The Dimension Strings only
work correctly with the [VSL Dimension Strings I or II] instruments from the Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style and the Dimension programs on the Manual Sound Sets
page. Solo Violin 2 and Solo Cello 2 also need the according programs on the Manual Sound
Sets page and the Sibelius instruments that are included in the Vienna Symphonic Library
House Style.

Most of the techniques for the Special Edition and Special Edition PLUS also apply to the
dedicated string sound set. Here are the additional articulations. Many articulations can also be
combined with each other.

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Vibrato/Senza vibrato: By default the vibrato articulations are used. To switch to non vibrato
create the Technique Text command senza vibrato. To switch back to vibrato, use the
Technique Text command con vibrato or vibrato. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic
Library House Style loaded.)

Strong vibrato: There are two ways to trigger these patches:


1) Create the Technique Text command vib or vibrato and create a second Technique 11
Text command heavy.
2) Create the Technique Text command molto vibrato or espressivo. . (Only available
with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)
To switch back to vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural or normal. To switch back to non vibrato use the Technique Text command senza
vibrato.

Progressive vibrato (Dimension Strings): Create the Technique Text command


progressive. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Staccato/Stac-rep/Spiccato: See the staccato entry in the VE Special Edition sound set
section. Vienna Ensemble automatically chooses the best fitting patch according to speed
control.
(For the "Dimension Strings" staccato is triggered with the staccato mark. In order to trigger
the spiccato-repetition either use the staccatissimo mark or create the Technique Text
command spiccato.)

Legato/Fast legato: See the legato entry in the VE Special Edition sound set section. Vienna
Ensemble automatically chooses the normal or the fast legato patch according to speed
control.

Marcato: There are two ways to trigger these patches:


1.) Use the keypads marcato mark.
2.) Create the Technique Text command marcato.

Sforzatissimo: Create the Expression Text command sffz. (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Repetitions: Create the Technique Text command rep. Vienna Ensemble automatically
chooses the best fitting repetition patch according to speed control. (Only available with
Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Harmonics repetition: Create the Technique Text command rep and use one of the ways for
triggering harmonics (see VE Special Edition PLUS section). (Only available with Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Harmonics tremolo (Dimension Strings): Just combine a tremolo marking with one of the two
ways of triggering harmonics.

Sul tasto (Solo Strings extended): Create the Technique Text command sul tasto.
To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural or normal.

Sul tasto and sul ponticello can also be combined with the following articulations: staccato,
tremolo, sfz and detache

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Sul C, G, D, A, E (Dimension Strings I+II): Create one of the following Technique Text
commands: sul C, "sul G", "sul D", "sul A" or "sul E".
To switch back to the regular patches, use one of the following Technique Text commands:
ord., natural or normal.

Custom cells (A6, B6, C6 of the basic matrices; Dimension Strings: K1 to K6): Its possible to
use additional patches, that are not included in the VI presets for Sibelius by default. Just add 12
the desired patch(es) to one of the free cells. To switch to these cells from your Sibelius
score, use one of the following Technique Text commands: custom or custom1 for cell A6
(Dimension Strings cell K1), custom2 for cell B6 (DimStr. K2) and custom3 for cell C6
(K3). The Dimension Strings matrices have three additional custom cells (K4, K5, K6), which
can be triggered with the commands "custom4", "custom5" and "custom6". (Only available
with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Most articulations can also be played con sordino. To switch to the muted articulations of Solo
Strings II, Chamber Strings II, Orchestral Strings I+II and Appassionata Strings II, create the
Technique Text command con sordino or mute. To switch back to senza sordino playing,
use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord., natural, normal or senza
sordino.
How to change between Dimension Strings I and II is written on page 20.

Which presets to load with the Dimension Strings I + II:

If you are notating the whole instrument section on one staff, use the "All" presets (only VI Pro).
If you are using Vienna Instruments (as opposed to VI Pro) and want to notate the whole
section on one system, you can do so by loading two instruments in Vienna Ensemble with
the same channel. In the first one load the "G1" preset and in the second one load the "G2"
preset.

If you are notating two to four groups of players on different staves, use the "G1" and "G2"
presets.

If you are notating every player on his own staff, load the according P1, P2, ... presets.

In the "All" and Group presets you can additionally change the amount of players playing with
the following Technique Text commands:
"a8": 8 players unisono
"a7": 7 players unisono
...
"a2": 2 players unisono (1st desk)
"a2.2": 2 players unisono (2nd desk)
"solo": Only player 1 (or player 2 in the "G2" preset)
"div" or "divisi": The first voice will be played by player 1, the second voice by player 2, the
third voice by player 3 and so on.
"div2": All loaded players will be separated into two groups to play two different voices
notated on the same staff.

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Harps:

Normal: This patch is triggered by default.


If you want to switch back from a different articulation, use one of the following Technique
Text commands (<Ctrl>+T on PC, <Apple>+T on Mac): ord., natural or normal.

Harmonics: Harmonics can be reached in two ways:


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1) Add the Harmonic/Open articulation sign to the note (that's the small circle).
2) Write harmonics above the first note where a section of harmonics starts.

Bisbigliando: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) With tremolo (see the tremolo entry in the VE Special Edition sound set section)
2) Create the Technique Text command bisb or bisbigliando.

Mute: Use the keypads staccato mark.

Normal+RS-mute: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) Use the keypads staccatissimo mark.
2) Create the Technique Text command mute.
To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands:
ord., natural or normal.

Damp: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) Use the keypads plus/closed mark.
2) Create the Technique Text command damp.
To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands:
ord., natural or normal.

Pres de la table: Create the Technique Text command pres, pdlt, or pres de la table.

To switch back to normal playing, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural or normal.

Nail: Create the Technique Text command nail or fingernail.

VE Woodwinds + Brass
This sound set works with the following collections:
Woodwinds I+II, Special Woodwinds, Brass I+II, Special Brass, Dimension Brass I+II,
Saxophones, Recorders, as well as with all Woodwinds and Brass Single Instruments

Attention: The "Clarinet Bb 2 (Single Instrument)" and the "Bassoon 2 (Single Instrument)"
programs on the Sibelius Manual Sound Sets tab require the respective "Clarinet in Bb 2 [VSL
Single Instrument]" and "Bassoon 2 [VSL Single Instrument]" instruments from the Sibelius "Add
or Remove Instruments" menu. These instruments are included with the "Vienna Symphonic
Library" House Style. If they don't appear in the Sibelius instruments list, go to
Appearance/Import House Style/Vienna Symphonic Library. For the import keep at least
"Playback dictionary" and "Instrument definitions" checked.

The Dimension Brass I and II instruments will also work better with the dedicated [VSL
Dimension Brass] instruments from the Sibelius "Add or Remove Instruments" menu.

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Most of the techniques written for the Special Edition and the Special Edition PLUS also apply
to the Woodwinds and Brass sound sets. Here are the additional articulations.

Vibrato (not with Dimension Brass): Create the Technique Text command vib or vibrato.
To switch back to non-vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural, normal or senza vibrato.
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Strong vibrato: There are two ways to trigger these patches:
1) Create the Technique Text command vib or vibrato and create a second Technique
Text command heavy.
2) Create the Technique Text command molto vibrato or espressivo.

To switch back to non vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural, normal or senza vibrato.

Progressive vibrato: Create the Technique Text command progressive vibrato. (Only
available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Blare (only Horns, Dimension Brass): Create the Technique Text command blare. (Only
available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Marcato (not with Dimension Brass): There are two ways to trigger these patches:
1) Use the keypads marcato mark.
2) Create the Technique Text command marcato.

Staccato repetitions, Portato repetitions, Legato, Fast legato, Marcato, Fast marcato: See
the respective entries in the previous paragraphs. Vienna Ensemble automatically chooses
the slower or faster patches according to speed control.

Legato+vibrato: Legato and vibrato can also be combined

Flutter tongue: Create the Technique Text command flutter tongue or frullato.

Glissando (Alto + Tenor Saxophone, Tenor + Contrabass Trombone, Clarinet-Bb): Join


two notes with a glissando line from the lines menu.
Also see page 19.

Slap (Flute, Saxophones): Create the Technique Text command slap.

Falls (Saxophones, Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn): Use the Fall articulation mark from the
keypad. With the Technique Text command long or slow you can switch to a longer bend
(only saxophones).

Slides (Trumpet in Bb, Flugelhorn): Use the Scoop articulation mark from the keypad.

Sforzatissimo (Dimension Brass): Create the Expression Text command sffz. (Only
available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Legato repetitions (Dimension Brass): Create the Technique Text command rep. (Only
available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Custom cells (A7 to A12 of the Special matrices; Dimension Brass A/B11 to A/B12; only
available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.): Its possible to use additional
patches, that are not included in the VI presets for Sibelius by default. Just add the desired
patch(es) to one of the free cells. To switch to these cells from your Sibelius score, use one
of the following Technique Text commands: custom or custom1 for cell A7 (Dimension
Brass cells A/B11), custom2 for cell A8 (Dimension Brass cells A/B12), custom3 for cell

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A9, custom4 for cell A10, custom5 for cell A11 and custom6 for cell A12. As Dimension
Brass switches cells on the Y-Axis via Speed-Control, in most cases the same patch(es)
should be placed in cells A11 and B11 (for custom1) and accordingly in A12 and B12 (for
custom2).

Which presets to load with the Dimension Brass:


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If you are notating the whole instrument group (4 players) on one staff, use the 4 player presets
(only Vienna Instruments PRO): Sib_DimBr_4_Horns_PRO; Sib_DimBr_4_Trumpets_PRO;
Sib_DimBr_4_Trombones_PRO; Sib_DimBr_LowBrass_all_PRO

If you are notating three players on one staff, use the 3 Player presets (only Vienna Instruments
PRO): Sib_DimBr_3_Horns_PRO; Sib_DimBr_3_Trumpets_PRO;
Sib_DimBr_3_Trombones_PRO; not applicable for the Low Brass

If you are notating two players on one staff, use the P1-2 (TTB1-2 for the Low Brass) presets.
For a second system with two players of the same instrument use the P3-4 presets (BTB+TU
for the Low Brass).

If you are using Vienna Instruments (as opposed to Vienna Instruments PRO) and want to
notate the whole 4 player section on one system, you can do so by loading two instruments in
Vienna Ensemble and routing them to the same channel. In the first one, load the P1-2 preset,
and in the second one, load the P3-4 preset.

If you are notating each player on a separate staff, load the according P1, P2, P3 or P4 (TTB1,
TTB2, BTB or TU for the Low Brass) preset.

Please notice that Bass Trombone and Tuba of the Low Brass group will sound one octave
lower than notated. If you want to notate these instruments on separate staves, you can load
the corresponding "loco" presets in order to have them sound "loco" (not transposed).

The 4-,3- and 2-player presets contain different matrices. In order to play the right one, please
don't forget to always state with the following Technique Text commands which players are
playing a sequence:

"a4": Played by 4 players unisono


"a3": Played by 3 players unisono
"a2": Played by 2 players unisono
"3.+4.": Played by player 3 and 4 unisono (4 player presets)
"2.+4.": Played by player 2 and 4 unisono (preset Sib_DimBr_LowBrass_all_PRO)
"2.+3.": Played by player 2 and 3 unisono (3 player presets)
"1.": Played by player 1
"2.": Played by player 2
"3.": Played by player 3
"4.": Played by player 4
"div" or "divisi": The first voice will be played by player 1, the second voice by player 2, the third
voice by player 3 and the fourth voice by player 4
"div2": The first voice will be played by player 1 and 2, the second voice will be played by player
3 and 4

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VE Percussion
The VE Percussion sound set works with the Instrument collections Percussion and Elements,
as well as with the Single instruments. When using the Percussion sound set, make sure that
you also import the Vienna Symphonic Library House Style. In the Import House Style menu at
least keep Playback dictionary and Instrument definitions selected.
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Lots of instruments will not work properly or only with some articulations, if you dont import the
House Style.

Please note that because of the big variety of instruments and articulations not every available
sound can be covered with this sound set. Dont worry though, you will get pretty much all the
important ones and even will be able to change beaters with commands from your score.

The list of all included instruments and articulations is too long to be covered here, as this is the
most complex sound set of all. You will find this list in a separate manual called VE Percussion
Sound Set in your Programs (Windows) or Applications (Mac) folder under VSL Soundsets.

VE Choir
The VE Choir sound set works with the Instrument collections Vienna Choir and Solo Voices,
as well as the Soprano Choir and Vienna Whistler Single instruments. Some of the techniques
written for the Special Edition also apply to the Choir sound set. Here are the additional
articulations.

Vibrato: Create the Technique Text command vib or vibrato.


To switch back to non-vibrato, use one of the following Technique Text commands: ord.,
natural, normal, senza vibrato or non vibrato.
The longer notes for the Solo Voices are always sung with vibrato.
The Vienna Whistler triggers the vibrato articulations by default. For triggering non vibrato
samples, use one of the following Technique Text commands: senza vibrato or non
vibrato.

Legato+vibrato: Legato and vibrato can also be combined.

Performance trills: These patches work well for fast phrases. They can be triggered with the
Technique Text command fast. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style
loaded.)

Performance trills+vibrato: Performance trills and vibrato can also be combined.

Glissando: Join two notes with a glissando line from the lines menu. Note: The Solo Voices
only include octave glissandi and cant be played as performance glissandi.
Also see page 19.

Cluster (only Vienna Choir): Create the Technique Text command cluster. (Only available
with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Creepy (only Vienna Choir): Create the Technique Text command creepy. (Only available
with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

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Breathing: Create one of the following symbols: Vertical line or Comma. (Only available with
Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

Custom cells (cells A9 to A11): Its possible to use additional patches, that are not included in
the VI presets for Sibelius by default. Just add the desired patch(es) to one of these three
cells. To switch to these cells from your Sibelius score, use one of the following Technique
Text commands: custom or custom1 for cell A9, custom2 for cell A10 and custom3 for 17
cell A11. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)

AA + UU: If you have loaded one of the AA+UU VI presets, you can switch between these
articulations. By default the "AA" articulations are triggered. To switch to "UU" create the
Technique Text command oo. To switch back to AA use "ah" or "ord."

Additional patches for the Vienna Whistler:

Portato medium: Create the Technique Text command portato.

Portato short: In addition to the portato command, create the Technique Text command
short.

Portato long: In addition to the portato command, create the Technique Text command long.

Portato long strong vibrato: In addition to the portato command, create the Technique Text
command espressivo.

Marcato: There are two ways to trigger these patches:


1.) Use the keypads marcato mark.
2.) Create the Technique Text command marcato.

Portamento fast: There are two ways to trigger this patch:


1) A section where all notes are played portamento: Create the Technique Text command
portamento.
2) Two notes played portamento: Join the two notes with a portamento line from the lines
menu.
Also see page 19.

Portamento slow: In addition to one of the marks for portamento fast, create the Technique
Text command slow.

Legato repetition: Create the Technique Text command rep.

Portato repetition: In addition to the portato command, create the Technique Text command
rep.

Staccato repetition: Create the Technique Text command rep and put staccato marks on the
notes.

Trill 1 & 2: Create a trill line from the Lines menu.

Bend up: Use the scoop symbol from the Jazz articulations menu.

Fall release samples: Some articulations (sustain, marcato, legato, portamento, performance
trills) offer an alternative release in form of a fall. These release samples can be triggered by
adding a fall symbol from the Jazz articulations menu to the note. In addition the Live duration
of the note has to be shortened with the Sibelius Inspector by at least 1 tick.

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General optimization tips
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Velocity X-Fade
For Woodwinds, Brass, Strings and the Vienna Choir Sibelius sends
velocity and CC11 (MIDI Control Change 11) commands for the
dynamics. With Velocity X-Fade turned on, all dynamic layers get
streamed from the hard disk simultaneously. This way it's possible to
make dynamic transitions within notes. The VI presets for the
aforementioned instruments have Velocity X-Fade already activated
with CC11 assigned by default.

Although Velocity X-Fade is recommended for Woodwinds, Brass,


Strings and the Vienna Choir in Sibelius, it also has two drawbacks.

More voices get streamed simultaneously. For big arrangements


the hard drive may not be quick enough and some voices can get
cut off.

In some cases two dynamic layers may be audible for only one voice in the score.

So it may be useful to turn Velocity X-Fade on and off from within your score like this:

~C28,0 (Velocity X-Fade turned off)


~C28,127 (Velocity X-Fade turned on)

Velocity X-Fade will not work for percussive instruments, because CC11 is not implemented for
these instruments in the sound set. Lots of the percussion sounds don't blend well when
crossfaded.

Dynamic drum and percussion rolls

If you also want to use Velocity X-fades for drum and percussion rolls (included in the Special
Edition presets 12S Drums, 13S Cymbals+Gongs and 14S Percussion), you have to turn
Velocity X-Fade on and add CC11 MIDI commands (written as Technique Text) to your Sibelius
instrument like this:

~C11,0 (for silent)


~C11,127 (for loudest)

There is a Sibelius plugin to create these messages (Plug-ins/Playback/Cresc./Dim.


Playback/Use C11) for hairpins. So you don't have to type in MIDI values for hairpins.

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Monophonic Patches
Our Performance Interval patches (legato, portamento, performance marcato, performance
trills) are monophonic due to the necessity of interval recognition. So if you write a slur (which
triggers the legato patch), you are limited to one voice.

If you want to notate more voices in one staff with a slur, you can exclude the slur from playback 19
and thus avoid switching to legato. To do so, select the slur and go to the Inpector/Playback
window. (In Sibelius 6 thats called Properties/Playback.) Uncheck the boxes for play on pass 1
8.

The Vienna Instruments PRO player offers a polyphonic legato mode. So excluding slurs from
playback is not necessary with this player.

Optimizing legato, portamento and glissando


To make a note start a new legato phrase, select the preceding note. Then go to the Inspector/
Playback window (Sibelius 6: Properties/Playback). Activate Live duration and make it shorter
than the preset value (the amount depends on the tempo, for example at least -30 ticks at 120
bpm).

Now this note ends the phrase and the next note should be a start-up note in a new legato (or
portamento or glissando) phrase.

Special hint for better portamento and glissando performances: Without any note editing the
portamento (glissando) starts when the second note is played. In reality the portamento
(glissando) would be finished by that time. To get this effect right, edit the Live start position of
the portamentos (glissandos) target note in the Inspector/Playback (in Sibelius 5 and 6 thats
called Properties/Playback ) menu. Enter a negative value. The exact value depends on the
playback tempo and interval.

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Solo and ensemble on the same staff
It is possible to switch between a solo instrument and an ensemble of the same instrument on
one staff.
1) Reserve a channel for the solo and the ensemble instrument on the Sibelius Manual
Sound Sets page and in Vienna Ensemble.
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2a) For wind instruments switch with the Technique Text commands tutti (or a2, a3, a4)
and solo. (Only available with Vienna Symphonic Library House Style loaded.)
2b) For strings create an instrument change (for example from Viola to Solo Viola).

Con sordino (mute) and natural sounds on the same staff


For the VE Strings sound set (except Dimension Strings I+II) refer to page 12.
For the sound sets VE Special Edition, VE Special Edition PLUS and VE Woodwinds + Brass,
as well as Dimension Strings I+II (sound set VE Strings) you can do as follows:
1) Reserve two channels for the instrument on the Sibelius Manual Sound Sets page, one
with the normal program and one with the mute (or con sord.) program.
2) In Vienna Ensemble also add two instruments. Use the same channels you set up on the
Manual Sound Sets page.
3) In one Vienna Instrument load the natural instrument, and in the other one the muted
instrument.
4) To switch from normal to muted, just use the Technique Text con sordino or mute.
Note: The Technique Text command stopped for the Horns only works with the Vienna
Symphonic Library House Style loaded.
To switch back, use ord., normal, natural or senza sordino.

Fine tuning note lengths and velocities


The velocity and note length of a single note can be adjusted in the Playback section of the
Sibelius/Inspector/Playback (in Sibelius 5 and 6 thats called Properties/Playback) window.
Select the note(s), check Live velocity and/or Live duration and edit the values.

A/B-Select
For patches with included A/B-Selection, you can use MIDI commands for switching.

The easiest way is as follows: Set A/B Select to a free controller lets take CC4 in our
example. Now create MIDI commands (Technique Text) as follows:

~C4,0 (will trigger A samples)


~C4,127 (will trigger B samples)

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How to use collections without a sound set
There is also a way to use our Collections with Sibelius when there is no sound set available.
Activate and open an instance of Vienna Ensemble for the instruments in your score without a
sound set. Choose none as sound set.

For every instrument, create a matrix of the patches you need with the X-Axis set to 21
Keyswitches or Control Change. To switch between patches, write the following Technique Text
in Sibelius.

Keyswitches:

~Nxx,64 followed shortly by ~Oxx,64


These are MIDI commands for Note On and Note Off, where xx stands for the MIDI number
of the Keyswitch. (24=C1, 25=C#1, 36=C2, )

Control Changes:

~Cxx,yy
xx stands for the MIDI Controller; yy stands for the value

See the Sibelius Reference chapter 4.17 (Sibelius 6) or chapter 6.18 (Sibelius 7 and 8) for more
information.

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Troubleshooting
Vienna Ensemble not found in the list of available devices (PC)
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If you have installed Vienna Instruments/Vienna Ensemble properly and they do not appear in
the list of available devices, you will have to tell Sibelius the path where your virtual
instruments and effects are located. To do so, go to Playback Devices/Audio Engine
Options/Virtual Instruments and Effects Folder and choose the path where you installed the
Vienna Ensemble VST plugin (= 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.

Playback configuration / VE settings dont get saved with the score

The playback configuration (including all settings in Vienna Ensemble) is saved separately. If
you make changes on the Sibelius/Manual Sound Set page or in Vienna Ensemble, please
always save your playback configuration afterwards.

Solo strings dont switch

You have to be careful to choose the right instrument in Sibelius. Use Solo Violin, Solo Viola,
for solo instruments and Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin I, Viola, for ensemble strings. The program
you select on the Manual Sound Set page has to match the instrument.

Ensemble strings switch wrongly (sound set VE Special Edition)

If you mix up ensemble strings (chamber or orchestral) with Appassionata strings in one score,
this may lead to wrong switches. If this happens, you can do the following:

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Create two instances of Vienna Ensemble (see page 4, How to use more than one instance of
Vienna Ensemble). Load the ensemble strings in one instance and Appassionata strings in the
other. In the Sibelius mixer, choose the Vienna Ensemble instance (Initial Playback device) for
the string instruments manually.

Chamber and Orchestral strings together should be no problem.


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Ensemble strings switch wrongly (sound set VE Special Edition PLUS)

If you mix up different ensemble string types (Chamber, Orchestral, Appassionata) in one score,
this may lead to wrong switches. If this happens, you can do the following:

Create one instance of Vienna Ensemble for each ensemble string type (see page 4, How to
use more than one instance of Vienna Ensemble). Load one ensemble string type in one
instance and the other string type(s) in the other(s). In the Sibelius mixer, choose the Vienna
Ensemble instance (Initial Playback device) for the string instruments manually.

Ensemble strings switch wrongly (sound set VE Strings)

On the Manual Sound Sets page, the "Chamber", "Orchestral", "Appassionata" and "Dimension"
programs only work correctly when the corresponding instruments included in the "Vienna
Symphonic Library" House Style are loaded from the Sibelius Instruments menu. If you use the
default Sibelius instruments for string ensembles (Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin I, Violin II, Viola,
Violoncello, Contrabass, Double Bass), please use the "Ensemble" programs. The Dimension
Strings only work correctly with the [VSL Dimension Strings] Sibelius instruments and the
Dimension programs on the Manual Sound Sets page.

The switches will only work correctly when the VI presets that came with the Sibelius sound set
are loaded. They will not work correctly with the preinstalled VI presets.

Instruments switch wrongly or dont switch at all (1)

Generally it is recommended to leave the output device and channel settings in the Sibelius
mixer alone. Making settings there can mess up the playback. If you have already made
settings there or are not sure, reset all outputs in the Sibelius mixer to (Auto).

Instruments switch wrongly or dont switch at all (2)

The Manual Sound Set page needs to be defined for all instruments used in the score. If one (or
more) instruments are left out, some instruments might not switch correctly or play on the wrong
channel. If theres an instrument change in the score, there needs to be a channel reserved for
all involved instruments - for example for solo and ensemble instruments on the same staff or a
change from Piccolo to Flute.

Instruments switch wrongly or dont switch at all (3)

From time to time it can happen that too many Sound IDs sum up. If the switches in an
instrument start behaving strangely at some point, it can help to reset the Sound ID of the
instrument with an ord. technique text command.

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Instruments switch wrongly or dont switch at all (4)

Beware of the Click! If not muted, it can mess up an instrument or even the whole playback. If
you want to use the Click, reserve a percussion channel for it (on the Manual Sound Sets page
and in Vienna Ensemble).

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After changing (or updating) the sound set for a score, it may be necessary to reassign all
programs on the Manual Sound Set page. Dont assign the program at the bottom of the list.

Instruments switch wrongly or dont switch at all (6)

Sometimes problems occur when the same instrument is used more than once. Often it helps to
create a new version of the problematic instrument, cut out the content of the old instrument and
paste it into the new one.

Percussion instruments switch wrongly or are mixed up (1)

Make sure to use the dedicated instruments (like Snare Drum) instead of general instruments
(like Percussion [5 lines]).

Percussion instruments switch wrongly or are mixed up (2)

Sibelius assigns MIDI channels for instruments with the same Sound ID or Drum map in order of
appearance from the first staff to the last one. If there are instrument changes on a staff, all
instruments on this staff come before the instrument(s) on the next staff. Instruments that
appear more than once on a staff only need one channel. Here is an example.

Staff 1 starts with a Bass Drum, includes an instrument change to Snare Drum and returns to
Bass Drum.

Staff 2 starts with a Tambourine, includes an instrument change to Bass Drum and returns to
Tambourine.

In this case four channels with the program "Drums" are needed. Sibelius will play the Bass
Drum from staff 1 on channel 1, the Snare Drum on channel 2, the Tambourine on channel 3
and the Bass Drum from staff 2 on channel 4.

Instruments are very quiet

Make sure that the Expression fader is set to a value of 90 or higher and NOT assigned to
CC11. If the Expression fader is set to CC11, you will have double dynamics. This way piano
and especially pianissimo are very soft.

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