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Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Vienna Instruments

  • Introduction 0:35


    Eli welcomes you to Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained.

  • 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.

  • Vienna Instrument Basics 7:44

    Vienna Instrument Basics

    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.

  • Switching Between Articulations 7:51

    Switching Between Articulations

    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.

  • The Slot Rack 9:33

    The Slot Rack

    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.

  • Global Controls 6:15

    Global Controls

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

  • Working With Matricies 10:13

    Working With Matricies

    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.

Chapter 2 : Vienna Ensemble Pro

  • Vienna Ensemble Pro Overview 6:27

    Vienna Ensemble Pro Overview

    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.

  • VEP Connections 7:16

    VEP Connections

    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.

  • The Preserve & Decouple Functions 15:44

    The Preserve & Decouple Functions

    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.

  • VEP Interface 7:44

    VEP Interface

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

  • Ins & Outs 7:19

    Ins & Outs

    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.

  • VEP Sends & Busses 4:28

    VEP Sends & Busses

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

  • VEP & Multi Timbral Instruments 5:07

    VEP & Multi Timbral Instruments

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

  • Multi Port Setup in Logic Pro 6:39

    Multi Port Setup in Logic Pro

    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.

  • The Event Input Plug-In 4:31

    The Event Input Plug-In

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

  • Multi Port Automation 11:17

    Multi Port Automation

    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.

  • Audio Input Plug-In 8:03

    Audio Input Plug-In

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

  • VEP & Pro Tools 6:18

    VEP & Pro Tools

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

  • Conclusion 5:39


    A summary of useful VEP workflow tips and keyboard shortcuts.

Product Overview

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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Vienna Ensemble Pro 5 Explained® is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great tutorial but can't make VEP7 work? Eli, Great tutorial just like all your others. I know this is a VEP5. I've upgraded to VEP7 and watching tutorial #14 VEPAndMultiTimbralInstruments and can't get this to work in VEP7. I'm using Omnisphere and everything exactly the way you show in #14. Really frustrating. This seems like it should be so simple.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Pace The presenter explains the specific terms that VEP Pro uses very well
Date published: 2017-08-30
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
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