Vienna Symphonic Library has released Vienna Ensemble Pro 6, the latest version of its network-compatible mixing and host software.

VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro 6
VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro with MIR Pro

VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro shared view

Vienna Ensemble Pro has become the definitive cross-platform network solution in studios and production facilities around the world.

This mixing and hosting application enables you to set up a multiple computer network with both Macs and PCs without the need for extra MIDI and audio interfaces – all you need is a simple Ethernet cable!

Even when you’re using only one computer, Vienna Ensemble Pro improves your work-flow dramatically, with unique functions such as “Preserve” that keeps all your plug-ins and samples loaded while switching from one project to another – a huge time saver!

Changes in Vienna Ensemble Pro 6

  • Retina (HiDPI) graphics support on both Mac and PCs.
  • Tabbed instances – Improved organization with one common window for all instances, with detachable instances, re-ordering of instances, and tab-coloring for better identification.
  • Frozen/Disabled channels allow unloading all plug-ins (including their allocated memory) from a selected channel, while keeping data intact.
  • Intelligent auto-save functionality – Auto-saves project in desired intervals, but only when transport is stopped, so it doesn’t interrupt a playing session. Easily recover projects in the event of a crash..
  • VCA folders let you organize your channels conveniently with folders and subfolders that are easy to color-code.
  • VST hosting on the Mac, allowing for full compatibility with Windows.
  • Channel grouping allows assigning channels to a group, with option to link selected parameters to the entire group.
  • “Raise Instance” is now a Vienna Ensemble Pro plug-in parameter to enable automation/hardware controller assignment for quick instance access.
  • “Auto Raise Instance” option raises the connected Vienna Ensemble Pro instance automatically when you show the Vienna Ensemble Pro plug-in.
  • New code base for about 70% less CPU usage for all internal Vienna Ensemble Pro calculations.
  • Rewritten user interface code resulting in 80% less CPU usage for graphics.
  • Improved multi-threading performance for increased plug-in hosting capacity.
  • Redesigned, resizable plug-in window and Audio/Event Input Plug-in.
  • Faster connection/disconnection times when switching between projects.
  • Unified channel model – No more need to create different channels for Vienna Instruments or 3rd party plug-ins. Every channel now has the capability to be a bus, audio input, plug-in channel, Vienna Instruments, Vienna Instruments Pro or Vienna Imperial channel. Drag & drop plug-ins to any channel..
  • In combination with Vienna MIR Pro: Impulse response files loading up to 5 times faster, improved graphical performance (especially under OS X)..
  • Mixer Interface Customization allows turning on or off sections in the mixer to suit your needs.
  • Transmission of all keys to host – Shortcuts not in use by Vienna Ensemble Pro will be transferred to a connected DAW.
  • Miniature view – Channel strips can now be further collapsed.
  • Faster plug-in scanning.
  • Many more usability improvements throughout the application.

Vienna Ensemble Pro 6 is on sale for 235 EUR until August 31st, 2016 (regular 285 EUR). An update from Vienna Ensemble Pro 4 or 5 is 85 EUR (regular 105 EUR).

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library / Vienna Ensemble Pro 6