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Vienna Symphonic Tutorial

Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained

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Vienna Instruments

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    0:35

    Eli welcomes you to Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained.

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    Tutorial 2

    Installation

    6:03

    See how to download and use the eLicenser Control Center app to manage your activation codes, how to download the Vienna Download Manager, Vienna Instruments, Vienna Ensemble pro, and the *vsldownload file for the Epic Orchestra library, how to use the Library Installer if installing from a DVD, and how to use the Vienna Directory Manager to keep track of the drives and folders your data is stored in so that it is recognized within your Vienna Instruments.

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    Tutorial 3

    Vienna Instrument Basics

    7:44

    Discover the fundamental architecture of Vienna Instruments. Articulation units are called patches. Matrices are a two dimensional array of cells used to combine and manage patches. Cells are switched between using real time performance controls. Presets allow you to combine multiple matrices. Watch as a simple matrix is built up using key switching and mod wheel switching.

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    Tutorial 4

    Switching Between Articulations

    7:51

    Explore the use of speed and velocity as a means of switching between cells, and learn how to assign and use the Perform Slot Xfade slider to crossfade between articulations contained within the same cell.

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    Tutorial 5

    The Slot Rack

    9:33

    Learn how to use the slot rack to stack patches for a layered sound, transpose the slots individually, set independent velocity curves, independent ADSR settings, crossfade between them using the velocity crossfade fader, and adjust their volume and pan settings.

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    Tutorial 6

    Global Controls

    6:15

    Learn how the global controls found in these tabs are used to affect the whole Vienna Instrument instance.

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    Tutorial 7

    Working With Matricies

    10:13

    Explore some simple ideas on how to personalize the factory Epic Orchestra matricies. Learn how to work with multiple matricies in a single preset, and how to save all the customized settings.

Vienna Ensemble Pro

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    Tutorial 8

    Vienna Ensemble Pro Overview

    6:27

    Discover the Vienna universe, where server interface plug-ins connect to server instances hosted within a server metaframe, which are in turn connect to Vienna Ensemble Pro projects.

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    Tutorial 9

    VEP Connections

    7:16

    See how the three main elements, the server interface plug-in, the server, and Vienna Ensemble Pro act and function together when accessed from within Logic Pro X.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Preserve & Decouple Functions

    15:44

    See how the Preserve function is used to save and recall the connection between the Vienna Ensemble Pro Server Interface pug-in and the Server app instances, as well as to recall and load the VEP project data. Learn how to save VEP projects as viframes, server setups as metaframes, and how to use the Decouple function to prevent the server interface plug-in from saving and loading the associated VEP project data.

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    Tutorial 11

    VEP Interface

    7:44

    Learn how to work with channels, channel sets, selection groups, windows, and basic project navigation and settings.

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    Tutorial 12

    Ins & Outs

    7:19

    See how to set up a multi timbral / multi output instrument within in your DAW to communicate with multiple independent single channel instruments hosted within a VEP project.

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    Tutorial 13

    VEP Sends & Busses

    4:28

    See how busses are created and used either as send destinations or as subgroups for VEP instruments.

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    Tutorial 14

    VEP & Multi Timbral Instruments

    5:07

    Learn how to host multi timbral / multi output software instruments within VEP and access the instruments discreet outputs via VEPs aux track function.

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    Tutorial 15

    Multi Port Setup in Logic Pro

    6:39

    Watch how, using the template provided from the Vienna website, Logic Pro is set up to access multiple discreet MIDI ports within a single VEP project.

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    Tutorial 16

    The Event Input Plug-In

    4:31

    See how this plug-in is used as an alternate way of addressing multiple MIDI ports within a single VEP project.

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    Tutorial 17

    Multi Port Automation

    11:17

    See how the VEP Event Plug-in is used to manage automation on multiple ports within a single project, and how to use the VEP automation mapping window to assign parameters on Spectrasonics' Trilian and Omnisphere plug-ins for automation.

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    Tutorial 18

    Audio Input Plug-In

    8:03

    See how this plug-in is used to route audio out of your sequence and in to VEP for processing on Input tracks.

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    Tutorial 19

    VEP & Pro Tools

    6:18

    Learn how to set up and route to a multi port VEP configuration from Pro Tools.

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    Tutorial 20

    Conclusion

    5:39

    A summary of useful VEP workflow tips and keyboard shortcuts.

Presented by orchestral and studio wiz Eli Krantzberg, this series is the one Vienna Ensemble Pro users have been waiting for. Eli covers all the features and functions of the industry standard, world-class Vienna Instruments and Vienna Ensemble Pro , and shows you creative ways to maximize their power and sound. If you use Vienna Ensemble Pro, this series is a must see.

Eli starts with an introduction welcoming you to the series and lays out the road ahead. Next he jumps right into installation and authorization of VEP, followed by an in-depth video covering the important basics. of Vienna Instruments. Switching between Articulations is then demonstrated followed by the powerful Slot Rack, where you'll learn how to stack patches for a layered sound, transpose the slots individually, set independent velocity curves, adjust volume and pan settings and much more. Eli then reveals the Global Controls and how to work with Matricies, giving you complete control over the entire instrument as well as personalize the factory Epic Orchestra.

Now Eli focuses on Vienna Ensemble Pro, including the server features , VEP Connections, the Preserve and Decouple Functions and more. Continuing on, you'll also learn in-detail about the VEP Interface, using Ins and Outs, Sends and Busses, and Multi-Timbral mode to name just a few.

Wrapping up the series, Eli dives into the Event Input Plug-In which can be used to address multiple MIDI ports within a single VEP project, Multi-Port Automation for assigning parameters to 3rd Party plug-ins for automation and the Audio Input Plug-In for routing audio out of your sequence and in to VEP for processing on Input tracks.

Finally, Eli shows you how to setup VEP in both Logic Pro X and Pro Tools, and gives you a ton of workflow tips and keyboard shortcuts to make life with VEP creative and fast. Realize total integration with Vienna Ensemble Pro... Watch "Vienna Ensemble Pro Explained" today!

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Submitted 1 week ago

Very helpful for understanding the complex VEP

As usual, Eli has done a great job of explaining VEP, which is a very complex and far from intuitive program (or should I say group of programs???) E.g. I have no other software that is designed to distribute audio processing across multiple PCs or Macs. The "buttonology" to get everything running is not particularly difficult but it's so different from just about anything else available that there is a significant learning curve. The videos help you a lot to understand not only what is possible but also the details of how to get it all working. Vienna Instruments, a major piece of the VEP puzzle, is also well explained (although the series title doesn't even mention the program). Its matrices are quite different from the techniques used to select different articulations in other programs (not that that's a bad thing!) and Eli does a great job explaining and demo'ing how to use them. Despite the above, I deducted a half star for ease of use because I think the first Introduction video is so short, i.e. 34 seconds, that it borders on pointless and unless you're already somewhat familiar with the multiple programs covered in the series (there's at least 3), the intro doesn't tell you anything useful. Instead, I think the video should have assumed the viewer knows nothing about VEP (and VI and the networking software) and the intro included (1) an overview of what each piece of software does, (2) how multiple instances can be created on a network (using a UML-style deployment diagram), and (3) why you'd want to do so (using a UML-style use case diagram). I mention UML because I think anyone that's heavily involved with SW and networking tech should be (or should become) familiar with UML diagrams, just like musicians are expected to understand music notation.

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Pianopaul
Submitted 1 month ago

Good but needs update

Good but Vienna Explained Pro 6 is out now and the interface is slightly different and better and it takes a bit of explaining to yourself to transpose what is explained about version 5 and apply it to version 6. Not Grooves fault as it's advertised as for version 5 but if you recently bought the new version caution is advised.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Kwao
Submitted 4 months ago

Lots of Info but a bit non-detailed and fast-paced

Faults aside, the tutorials should prove to be quite helpful.

I am a: Musician

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nkinla
Submitted 5 months ago

Mostly happy but I have comments...

Eli explains things clearly, but I think he's missed pointing out certain aspects of the program that might be clear to him but not to a new user. After going thru some of these tutorials 3 & 4 times I still am having some difficulties and wish Eli were sitting next to me so I could ask for an explanation. For example, I would have liked to have seen more details regarding the naming of instances and projects. Also, because I use Digital Performer, I would have like to have seen at least one video on how to setup templates with DP and VEP on a slave computer.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician

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No Way Jose
Submitted 6 months ago

You need to see this tutorial if you have VSL

Eli explains this so well! Vienna Symphonic Library is so powerful but it is also rather complicated. Vienna Ensemble Pro controls Vienna Instruments Pro, all within your DAW or standalone. I use it in Cubase. Eli makes sense out of this all.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer

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Itzhak Yaron
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Tutorial, Clear and Useful Information

Eli is a great teacher; he explains the connectivity workflow as well as great clear explanations of Vienna Instruments. This is a rich and deep instrument that deserves the time and effort to bring it to life. I purchased this tutorial primarily for the VEPro 5: A preferred host of instruments and CPU Hungry plugins. I use it on a separate dedicated PC that connected as server with good SSD drives and an i7 processor into my good old 2009 MacPro with 16GB of RAM.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Ed Candeo
Submitted 1 year ago

Great Overview!

Eli did great with this one. Most of the needed points were covered. Would have been nice to have a discussion on the best way to turn all of the VEP stuff into audio to begin mixing. (nitpicking here) Anyhow this is an excellent overview for anyone considering or using VEP5.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful for understanding the complex VEP As usual, Eli has done a great job of explaining VEP, which is a very complex and far from intuitive program (or should I say group of programs???) E.g. I have no other software that is designed to distribute audio processing across multiple PCs or Macs. The "buttonology" to get everything running is not particularly difficult but it's so different from just about anything else available that there is a significant learning curve. The videos help you a lot to understand not only what is possible but also the details of how to get it all working. Vienna Instruments, a major piece of the VEP puzzle, is also well explained (although the series title doesn't even mention the program). Its matrices are quite different from the techniques used to select different articulations in other programs (not that that's a bad thing!) and Eli does a great job explaining and demo'ing how to use them. Despite the above, I deducted a half star for ease of use because I think the first Introduction video is so short, i.e. 34 seconds, that it borders on pointless and unless you're already somewhat familiar with the multiple programs covered in the series (there's at least 3), the intro doesn't tell you anything useful. Instead, I think the video should have assumed the viewer knows nothing about VEP (and VI and the networking software) and the intro included (1) an overview of what each piece of software does, (2) how multiple instances can be created on a network (using a UML-style deployment diagram), and (3) why you'd want to do so (using a UML-style use case diagram). I mention UML because I think anyone that's heavily involved with SW and networking tech should be (or should become) familiar with UML diagrams, just like musicians are expected to understand music notation.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good but needs update Good but Vienna Explained Pro 6 is out now and the interface is slightly different and better and it takes a bit of explaining to yourself to transpose what is explained about version 5 and apply it to version 6. Not Grooves fault as it's advertised as for version 5 but if you recently bought the new version caution is advised.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Lots of Info but a bit non-detailed and fast-paced Faults aside, the tutorials should prove to be quite helpful.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Mostly happy but I have comments... Eli explains things clearly, but I think he's missed pointing out certain aspects of the program that might be clear to him but not to a new user. After going thru some of these tutorials 3 & 4 times I still am having some difficulties and wish Eli were sitting next to me so I could ask for an explanation. For example, I would have liked to have seen more details regarding the naming of instances and projects. Also, because I use Digital Performer, I would have like to have seen at least one video on how to setup templates with DP and VEP on a slave computer.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from You need to see this tutorial if you have VSL Eli explains this so well! Vienna Symphonic Library is so powerful but it is also rather complicated. Vienna Ensemble Pro controls Vienna Instruments Pro, all within your DAW or standalone. I use it in Cubase. Eli makes sense out of this all.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Tutorial, Clear and Useful Information Eli is a great teacher; he explains the connectivity workflow as well as great clear explanations of Vienna Instruments. This is a rich and deep instrument that deserves the time and effort to bring it to life. I purchased this tutorial primarily for the VEPro 5: A preferred host of instruments and CPU Hungry plugins. I use it on a separate dedicated PC that connected as server with good SSD drives and an i7 processor into my good old 2009 MacPro with 16GB of RAM.
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Overview! Eli did great with this one. Most of the needed points were covered. Would have been nice to have a discussion on the best way to turn all of the VEP stuff into audio to begin mixing. (nitpicking here) Anyhow this is an excellent overview for anyone considering or using VEP5.
Date published: 2016-03-08