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Concluding their year of renovation for now, British sample library developer Spitfire Audio just released another orchestral library: Symphonic Strings. What was originally known as the Mural series, a massive four-part symphonic string libraryis now celebrating its reincarnation as a modernized, streamlined single volume.
Just like with other recent releases from Spitfire Audio like Chamber Strings former Sable range and Symphonic Brass former BML Brass rangewith the new Symphonic Strings, the developers want to provide the user with a comprehensive, deep-sampled product while keeping the playability and ease of use as high as possible.
Compared to Chamber Strings, which had a smaller, more intimate sound, Symphonic Strings goes for the big and bold, featuring a piece string band. With over different articulationsfeaturing multiple round robins, dynamic layers and three microphone positions to choose from, Spitfire Audio strove to deliver the definitive, encyclopedic compendium of orchestral strings. In addition to the five individual string sections, the library also features a variety of ensemble patchesideal for quick writing and sketching.
To ensure, every string section sounds from the right position in the stereo field, the library was recorded in situ — meaning at their position in the orchestra. No additional panning needed.
As with the other recent releases, prolific composer and scripting wizard Andy Blaney programmed all the legato patches for each individual section. Be prepared to bring along some time since a GB download can take quite a while. After successfully downloading all the necessary files, the library manager unzips and install the library automatically as part of the installation process.
Symphonic Strings is a licensed Kontakt library following the NKS standard, which means it is fully compatible with hardware from Native Instruments and will run even with a free version of Kontakt 5. Luckily for owners of other Spitfire Audio products, the interfaces of all recent libraries work exactly the same and look very similar, too. Therefore, if you know one, you know them all. Spitfire Audio — Chamber Strings. Spitfire Audio — Symphonic To Spring - Domenico Savino And His Symphonic Strings - Strings In Stereo . Spitfire Audio — Sacconi Quartet.
The folder structure of recent Spitfire Audio libraries is usually quite similar, too. On the top layer, To Spring - Domenico Savino And His Symphonic Strings - Strings In Stereo have all the different string sections plus the ensembles instrument laid out as multi-articulation patches.
These patches include a bunch of the most essential articulations for a given section. The selection of pre-composed playing techniques usually includes various longs, shorts, trills, pizzicatos and tremolos.
Let me skip ahead for just a second and continue with one of the most interesting features of the librarythe performance legato patches. In contrast to the normal legato patches, a performance legato patch not only includes true legato transitions and an adapting legato style scriptbut it also adds distinctive attacks to the notes depending on velocity.
This allows you to perform both smooth legato passages and accentuated marcato lines with one single patch, just by differing your velocity and by leaving gaps between the notes.
Back to the original order. These are very useful for situations, where you know you Two Below Zero - Various - Blues N Folk need to use one or two playing techniques from a section.
Not having to load up a whole multi-articulation patch every time can save you plenty of RAM in some situations. It includes several economic — meaning CPU saving — patches for every section as well as a couple of so-called Time Machine patches.
On to Bump That (Instrumental) - B2K - Bump That the most essential question of a sample library review: how does it sound? In the tried-and-tested Spitfire Audio way, all the samples and articulations were recorded meticulously and with high attention to detail. None of the patches feels static but feature an inherent liveliness that makes it a pleasure to compose music with. In fact, Harry Gregson-Williams the composer of the latter movie was one of the very first who used the original sample library on a Hollywood blockbuster.
With the three All I Really Want To Do - Cher - The Album microphone positions available Close, Tree, Ambient you have plenty of tonal options from bitey and upfront to a wide and grandiose orchestral sound.
Overall, Symphonic Strings features a polished and powerful soundauthentically reproducing a large string band in a concert hall. Again, Spitfire To Spring - Domenico Savino And His Symphonic Strings - Strings In Stereo managed to revive and condense a successful range of libraries into a new one with a contemporary approach.
Although no new sample material is includedSpitfire Audio effectively took a renowned product and even stepped it up on notch. The smart programming of not only the performance legato patches but also the multi-articulation instruments makes it a breeze to come up with Chant Down Babylon - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Confrontation and great sounding string arrangements.
If you already own the entire Mural range however, you can update to Symphonic Strings for free. Home Reviews. More reviews from Martin Krause.
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