Vienna Symphonic Orchestra


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Big Bang Orchestra: Andromeda - Essentials

Big Bang Orchestra: Andromeda is a powerful tutti orchestra extension for the free Big Bang Orchestra. It contains all the articulations of the free version, which have been recorded completely new and slightly different in order to offer more flexibility in terms of sound and design. In addition, the Andromeda expansion offers many articulations that were not included in the free version.

Sonic flexibility

To give you more freedom in designing your overall orchestral sound, the volume levels of the nearby microphone positions for the low and high strings as well as for the woodwinds, horns, trumpets and low winds can be changed separately in the integrated mixer.

For the fortissimo playing styles of the deep brass you can choose between a forced, sharp sound and a softer, round sound. As the icing on the cake, depending on the nature of your arrangement, you can switch the piccolo on or off in order to give the high register a more penetrating or softer sound.

Big Bang Orchestra GUI

Extended articulations

The short notes of the "Big Bang Orchestra: Andromeda" are shorter and sharper in the attack process than those of the free version. This patch also contains optimized samples for tone repetitions, which provide very realistic results, especially with very fast repetitions. The long notes, in turn, are available in a variety of articulations, including "espressivo", "soft", "sfz" and "sffz". The unrestrained power of a large orchestra is particularly evident in the Sforzatissimo patch! The “Dynamics” contain two crescendos of different lengths. VSL's new release sample technology always ensures the right ending, even if the crescendo is played for a shorter time. Special articulations such as tremoli / flutter tongue, major and minor trills and semitone glissandi round off the extensive range of the Big Bang Orchestra:

Free Con Sordino Expansion

This bonus package with wonderfully quiet and also mysterious tutti recordings of the entire orchestra is available to all registered users of the Big Bang Orchestra: Andromeda to download free of charge. It contains the basic playing styles in the dynamics from ppp (pianississimo) to mp (mezzopiano). All the strings and brass play “con sordino” (with mute), the woodwind ensemble has been changed to avoid the high registers and thus prominent instruments. It consists of two alto flutes, a bass flute, two English horns, a heckelphone, two bass clarinets, a double bass clarinet, two bassoons and a double bassoon.

System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • macOS 10.10 (last update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3 / 3.1 UASP support) for the sample content
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
  • AU / VST / AAX Native Compatible Host Program (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB copy protection plug) or other USB eLicenser (e.g. from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other system configurations can work, but are not actively supported.


  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (last update, 64-bit), Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5 / i7 / Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM or more, depending on your registered products
  • 88 key master keyboard

Product activation:
Vienna Instruments and software require a ViennaKey !
The USB dongle from eLicenser (Steinberg, formerly Syncrosoft) is not included in the Vienna Instruments, but must be purchased separately. So you have to order at least one ViennaKey together with your first collection. It is automatically placed in the basket with the first instrument, but can be deleted again if you do not need it. Each ViennaKey can store up to 100 product licenses.
You also need an internet connection on any computer to authorize a ViennaKey.