Vienna Symphonic Library has announced the release of a new library featuring string ensemble runs. Following the recent Soft Imperial and Celestial Strings, the fifth virtual instrument in the “HELLO Free Instruments series” is Violin Runs.

There’s a special quality to fast scales performed by an ensemble of string players. It’s the simultaneous presence of precision and minimal random deviations in a well-rehearsed ensemble that creates the smoothness and vividness of string ensemble runs.

So to increase liveliness and authenticity in a track, it may be better to use pre-recorded runs than creating a string run out of single notes. That’s why VSL recorded octave runs performed by an ensemble of 14 violin players in all scales and modes, presented in the well-organized patch structure of the Vienna Synchron Player.

The runs are available in all minor and major scales as well as in Greek modes, played upwards and downwards. Two variations are included.

“Fixed runs” trigger a fast run as soon as you hit a key, landing on a long sustained note one octave higher or lower. “Perform runs” work differently: You play a long note, and once you hit a note one octave above or below, the run is performed toward that note which then is sustained again. You can also create beautiful longer passages by connecting upwards and downward runs, or by adding variations through triggering only a part of the runs.

Violin Runs is available for the free Synchron Player (VST/VST3, AU, AAX and standalone). Requires iLok account.

More information: Vienna Symphonic Library