VSL Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye

A universe of new sounds at the touch of a single key

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VSL Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye is the second in a series of Big Bang Orchestra tutti orchestral recordings. It extends the series with ready-orchestrated phrases and FX for modern effect-oriented composition, allowing you to create large-scale orchestrations from scratch–seamlessly, easily and with a huge out of the box sound.

Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye provides you with all-new musical elements, such as hits, rips, runs, clusters, tension sustains, rhythms, arpeggios, grace notes, echo effects and more, all played in Synchron Stage Vienna by a large 70-piece orchestra.

Now Includes Free Con Sordino Expansion Set!

This Bonus Pack with beautifully enigmatic and quiet tutti performances is available as a free download for all registered users of Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye. It includes a variety of runs and clusters, played very softly by the entire orchestra, in the range from pianississimo to mezzopiano. All string and brass ensembles play con sordino (muted), while the woodwind ensemble consists of different instruments to avoid the higher registers that would stand out from the ensemble. It includes two alto flutes, one bass flute, two English horns, one heckelphone, two bass clarinets, one contrabass clarinet, two bassoons and one contrabassoon.

Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye Key Features 

  • Ready-to-use orchestral textures for super-quick orchestrations.
  • Unique orchestral elements and effects played by a large 70-piece orchestra.
  • Wide variety of clusters, arpeggios, hits, runs and accents.
  • Multiple microphone positions, additional close mic positions.
  • Exceptional acoustics of the large Synchron Stage Vienna.

From rhythmic textures to floating spheres

Hundreds of tension-charged clusters are available as short and long crescendos in several complex stages, with and without marcato. Sustained textures are divided into several groups, some of which either shift slightly in pitch (microtuning), or gravitate gradually towards the root note (or vice versa). Others don’t change in pitch, but in volume, with different sections of the orchestra alternating their volume resulting in a sustained tone that’s constantly changing its colours. 

A “seagull arpeggio” effect is created by flageolet glissandos played on open strings, with the accompanying wind instruments playing arpeggios that follow the overtone series of the strings.

The so-called Shuffled Sustains deliver some form of controlled chaos, where different groups of the orchestra play complementary rhythmic patterns. Due to its complex structure, this effect can be used independently of tempo and provides a propelling density that lends itself well to underscores, for instance.

Dramatic Accents

A special effect for dramatic accents is provided by the “Graced” patch, in which the instruments of the high register rip towards a target note, which is reinforced by the rest of the orchestra with a powerful marcato-staccato. The “staccato-sordino sustains” provide a special spine-tingling sensation – while the fortississimo staccato of brass and low strings rings out, a very soft high note played by the muted strings remains, illustrating the dynamic range of the orchestra in a split second. The Echoes and the Register Delay patches add even more variety to the category of Hits.

What’s more, Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye provides a wide range of “classic” orchestra hits with all major, minor, open and diminished chords, octave grace notes, octave trills, a variety of short rips as well as longer major and minor runs in breathtaking tempos, where especially the instruments of the lowest register were deliberately pushed to their limits.

Microphone Setup

  • Main (Decca tree stereo)
  • Main (Decca tree center)
  • Main surround stereo
  • High stereo
  • High surround stereo
  • High strings
  • Low strings
  • Woodwinds close
  • Horns close
  • Trumpets close
  • Low brass close


VSL's Big Bang Orchestra series is an excellent entry into the world of Vienna Symphonic Library instruments. Create large orchestrations in no time. Beef up your existing tracks by adding some massive tutti layers. Inject some inspiration into your composing process just by pressing a few notes and letting the huge sound work its magic.

Big Bang Orchestra: Black Eye - Mixer Presets

It's easy to create the perfect mix for your arrangement with your Big Bang Orchestra mixer presets. These are the same presets for Andromeda and Black Eye to guarantee a consistent sound. We provide 6 levels of reverberation and additional processed presets with each of our microphone setups:

Mixer Overview

Our factory mixer presets are based on the room microphones, leaving the section microphones disabled.
Section microphones (further to the right in the mixer) can be added to emphasize the power of certain sections.
Activate additional channels by clicking on the channel name. This will load the samples required for playback, and the faders have been set to good starting points to customize your mix.

Change the level, panning, delay and channel EQ settings for each channel, and of course you are free to insert any of the built-in FX plug-ins to further optimize your sound.

Microphone Setups

Room Mix Presets
The most resource-friendly presets: Based on a room mix we created from all available room microphones, you will get an impressive sound that will help you to manifest your orchestral ideas on every device.

Stereo Decca Tree Presets
The "Decca tree" is the microphone tree that is the heart and soul of every orchestral recording. It consists of a main stereo channel and a mono center channel and captures the details of the room from the conductor’s perspective.

Surround to Stereo Presets
Enjoy the massive sound of all available room microphones, including the decca tree mics, down-mixed to a stereo signal. You will get a great impression of the huge sound our Synchron Stage Vienna is known for.

Surround Presets
If you insert your Synchron Player as a surround plug-in in your sequencer, these presets will provide the starting point for your surround setup.

Processed Presets
We have added some compression using the integrated compressor to achieve an even more powerful sound of the Big Bang Orchestra. Feel free to add more FX as you create the symphonic sound of your desire.

Smart Orchestra vs Big Bang Orchestra

What's the difference between VSL's Smart Orchestra series and their Big Bang Orchestra product line? This video explains all... 

  • Download File Size 4.1 GB
  • Installed File Size 11.5 GB

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Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"This extensive range of ready-to-play, pre-orchestrated performances and textures takes the strain out of creating dramatic scores. Practical and affordable for beginners, BBO also has plenty to offer pro users." - Dave Stewart (Sound On Sound) 

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument

Product Specs:

System Requirements 
  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3/3.1 UASP Support) for sample content
  • 88 key master keyboard