[Updated May 2022]

The Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) SYNCHRON-ized Special Editions library comprises of 7 volumes of instruments (and two additional ‘PLUS’ volumes) from an Essential Orchestra up to a large-scale orchestra, which can even include historic instruments such as Ophicleide, Serpent and Glass Harmonica.  You can buy individual volumes or a bundle package of all the volumes.

VSL have created some Dorico playback templates for all the volumes so that you can quickly and easily start using them with Dorico, either by choosing them at any time from the Play > Playback Templates menu or even making it your default playback template from the Dorico Preferences menu. They have also created playback templates for some of their Synchron libraries (Strings Pro, Elite Strings, Brass, Harp, Woodwinds) including the Synchron Prime Edition.

Using a playback template means that each instrument in Dorico is automatically mapped to the corresponding instrument in your VSL library – the samples will be loaded and the correct expression map assigned so that all the available playback techniques are available.


You can download the playback templates installer by logging into your MyVSL account and visiting the Notation Related section and you can also download the demo projects from the Tutorials/Templates section.

How To Use

The online manual from VSL is available here: Dorico Quickstart VSL Playback Templates – Manual

For details on installation and how to use these templates there is a short tutorial video from Paul at VSL and watch our Discover Dorico live stream session where we go into the detail about how to use the Synchron-ized Special Edition library with Dorico.

There are also some video examples of the demo files that you can watch and listen to on the VSL YouTube channel:

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