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The new gold standard in symphonic strings. A sixty piece strings band (16,14,12,10,8) playing essential articulations. Everything you need to get started with the best symphonic strings library there is.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
• THE FINEST PLAYERS IN LONDON
• THE FINEST INSTRUMENTS
• PERFORMING WITH LIFE AND CHARACTER
• RECORDED AWARD WINNING JAKE JACKSON
• IN THE HALL AT “AIR STUDIOS”
• POSITIONED “IN SITU” - SPACIALLY SOUND
• PRODUCED BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• VIA THE FINEST VALVE AND RIBBON MICS
• VIA BESPOKE NEVE MONSERRAT PRE-AMPS
• INTO THE WORLD’S LARGEST NEVE 88R DESK
• TO METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED 2” TAPE.
• 96K 24BIT DIGITAL PRISM A/D.
The Mural band is a large symphonic string band with 16 1st Violins, 14 2nd Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos, 8 Basses. Each section is recorded in-situ and is can be controlled totally independently within the collection.
This volume features a carefully curated selection of articulations that get you everything you need to start writing with Great British strings.
Articulations include Longs with controllable levels of expression and vibrato (including specially recorded non-vib articulations). Fully functional fingered legato. Con sordino or muted longs again with controllable expression and vibrato. Haunting harmonics, and flautando. Tremolando, longs sul ponticello and short articulations including, spiccato, pizzicato, snapping bartok pizz and col legno.
• 30+GB OF DATA FROM 10,000S SAMPLES
• NUMEROUS ROUND ROBINS & DYNAMIC LAYERS
• ARTICULATIONS CURATED BY COMPOSERS
• FULLY FUNCTIONAL “TRUE LEGATO”
• NUMEROUS MIXABLE MIC PERSPECTIVES
• JAKE JACKSON MIXES - EASE OF USE
• INTELLIGENT ARTICULATION SWITCHING
• INTUITIVE FRONT END GUI
• BUILT BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
• SONICALLY FITS WITH OTHER SPITFIRE PRODUCTS
• INSTANT INSPIRATION.

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BACKGROUND

After the masterful simplicity of the Albion - epic 'out-of-the-box' orchestral ensembles and the finely crafted detail and beauty of the Sable chamber string range, Spitfire at last are creating the ultimate symphonic-sized detailed string collection as part of their comprehensive British Modular Library. Spitfire's long term project to create the greatest sounding, deepest sampled and ultimately future proofed living orchestral virtual instruments collection on the planet today.
All the players are recorded in situ and mixed carefully with the correct perspective and placing so that they lock together which each and every BML module as if they were all in the same room together when recording. This means that when you start putting sections together it simply works. No mixing, panning, or careful manipulation of reverbs is required to create ultra realistic true sounding mockups, demos and masters. It is designed for ease of use and instant satisfaction with numerous mic positions and essential Jake Jackson mixes to give you options to change the character of the recording, and apply the Mural sound to any number of applications.
Mural offers a grand 60 piece string band (16,14,12,10,8) but is recorded and performed in such a way as to provide you with ultimate detail. It is not an epic dirgy sludge of trailer-making strings. It is pure in its detail and beauty and is designed to encourage and inspire you to write better orchestral music for your canon.

FEATURES

Mural also features many scripting and sampling innovations developed when producing our seminal Sable range and comes with the full feature set and intuitive GUI developed for the whole of the BML range. As you would expect with BML, Mural will feature a comprehensive selection of microphone perspectives and labour saving Jake Jackson mixes. Mural also has some additional expression features including intensity, tightness and control of release triggers to give even more human elements and a further ability to tweak.
VOLUME #1 ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
As working award-winning composers the collective that is Spitfire Audio know and understand what it takes to make world-class film, TV and games music. Mural #1 is a carefully curated selection of essential articulations from the entire Mural band to give you everything you would need to compose great music for a symphonic string section.
Recorded deeply with up to 8 round robins and numerous dynamic layers and controls including vibrato and intelligent legato switching.
Volume 2 will contain more esoteric detailed and advanced selection of tools but we have no doubt that this first volume will get you up and running straight away with our great British symphonic string sound. These sounds will be your workhorse and what will provide you with 90% of your flying time in the future! Each section in BML Mural Volume 1 features some or all of the following articulations.

GUI

We like instruments that just open and play. So we have worked for many years to create a simple to use and uniform GUI so you learn one, you learn them all. With improvements being made constantly we frequently update the whole range to maintain uniformity in our interfaces across our entire range.

Overview GUI Image
THE OVERVIEW PANEL
Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

General Controls GUI Image
GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

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THE OSTINATUM
Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpegiattor, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi tounging effects!

PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
16,14,12,10,8:
Longs nonvib
Longs vib
Legato Fingered
Longs Con Sordino nonvib
Longs Con Sordino vib
Longs Harmonics
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Longs Flautando
Longs Tremolando
Longs Sul Ponticello
Spiccato
Pizz
Bartok Pizz
Col Legno
MICROPHONES
• CLOSE
• TREE
• AMBIENT
• OUTRIGGER
• STEREO MIC
• CLOSE STEREO RIBBON
• GALLERY
• 3 x JAKE JACKSON MIXES

Specifications

Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
MAC:
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
FOOTPRINT:
70.0 GB in download product from 34.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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Review Quotes

"This is a spiffing symphonic string library with a beautiful sound and very easy to get along with. It’s not really designed for detailed classical writing but it’s perfect for film, TV and game music. It’s not prohibitively expensive, either, considering what you get."
Music Tech Magazine
"As for me, I'd only highly recommend Mural. Definitely worth of 33GB of space! Get it, and if you like it, buy it"
AudioSex.Pro
"I will say Mural is sure to become a staple even integral feature on the soundtracks of major Hollywood film and network television scores."
The Economic Voice
“If you’re looking for a high-quality large string section then Mural will tick a lot of boxes for you.”
Ask Audio
"Spitfire strikes a mighty blow with BML. True, the budget for the whole orchestra will add up to quite a sum (don't ask us how much since we don't have the info nor do we know how many volumes are foreseen). For the volumes already available the prices are: BML201 (Horn Section Vol.1, $278), BML203 (Low Brass, $403), BML301, BML302 (Sable Vol1 and 2 $657, each) and BML303 (Sable Vol.3, $492). That makes $2487 (without considering the different offers, bundles, etc. available). Yes, it might seem quite a lot. But it might not be that much if we consider that the library has no real match given the number of mic positions, the variety and number of articulations, the player's stability and power, and the possibility to install it on as many computers as we want (impossible to do with the iLoks or e-Licensers of competing products and which implies paying top price for an additional key or license)... And don't forget that VSL's Symphonic Cube, the only potential contender when BML is complete (and considering only the number of articulations but not the number of recordings), costs $7200."
Audiofanzine

Links to reviews

Customer feedback

Mural is unbelievably good. Perfection.
Erik W. (Zendesk)
Sounds amazing, game changer.
(M.R. Zendesk).
Cannot say how amazing that sounds…..just mind blowing.
The release slider is a superb addition.
I genuinely think it is now possible to embark on symphonic compositions without having to down tools through lack of an expressive medium.
This will be an essential purchase.
– Richard Henley Davis. (Facebook)
Just wanted to say that I am absolutely in love with Mural Strings Vol.1 – I have been playing with the spiccato articulations for the past 2 hours and this is by far the most expressive short articulation I have ever used in a string library, so a very happy customer in here.
Thanks again guys, and congratulations for the release!!
– Oskari Korenius. (Email)
Well done SF. Your Flauts are to die for. Still only using just the main mics too. Much more to check out so back to playing..
Having just recently purchased Berlin Strings and owning HS I was a little scared of buyers remorse…thats a negative. I am a sucker for your sound!
– ETMuz (V.I.C)
Just tried it out today
I am extremely happy!
The words that come to mind are Lush and beautiful
– Eclipse (V.I.C)
Great sound Spitfire team… This is all about “depth”!!
I hate you guys for a dent in my wallet, although I had decided that I wouldn’t buy another library having spent money on Berlin Strings. Mural is a total no brainer. I
– Daryl (V.I.C)
Spitfire, you guys just broke the internet with that one! Holy Moly!
So much for all the debating on CineStrings vs Berlin Strings. I’ve officially abandoned the idea of starting a Teldex template, I’ve invested so much money in Spitfire libraries that completing this template would just be fantastic!! (Also, Andy Blaney’s demo for the new Flute Consort helped seal the deal there)
I also LOVE that Mural is going to have basic arts in all sections in vol 1. as opposed to the more modular approach of Sable.
– Prodigalson (V.I.C)
Just got back from work. Mural – downloaded. Just starting to play. The best of its type I have ever heard – period. I do have a load of orchestral stuff, but this is the first library I have ever played where I can honestly visualise real players right in my little studio.
– Mark Stuart Ramsay (Facebook)
My internet has finally allowed me to download and the
few hours I’ve been playing around I’m in love. My bank is not loving me,
but it is worth every cent.
Jean Pierre (Zendesk).

A selection of review quotes from other Spitfire products


"Britannia rules with Albion"
J. Buchanan - Future Music Magazine
"Albion is the creme de la creme."
K. Gemmel - Music Tech Magazine
"The Best of British. This collection of instruments is enough to make Britannia drool."
D. Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine.
“Spitfire’s libraries just seem to get better with each release – and this superb horn library is no exception. The attention to detail is striking and the workflow is fast and intuitive”
Music Tech Magazine.
“Spitfire have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with worldwide”
D. Stewart Sound On Sound.
"Great sounding scoring tools that are both intuitive and flexible to use."
Future Music
"Sure to become a staple even integral feature on the soundtracks of major Hollywood film and network television scores."
The Economic Voice

Reviews of other Spitfire products

"I’m am absolutely blown away by the tone, quality and value for money this library delivers! I’m a composer from Australia that has a crap load of software samples from all the major companies out there, but am absolutely in awe by what you guys have produced here! And this is defiantly the best value for money sample library I have bought to date. Well I’m pretty sure you now have a life time customer in me because of this one product and I’ll probably be up all night tonight being re-inspired by this library"
“I’ve been playing with it all morning long, and it’s making me giddy. If you’re on the fence about buying it and you’re wondering “Is everyone overhyping this or is it really this good” — there’s no over-hype here. It really IS that good. There’s a density to the sound, or maybe a wideness or warmth, that I haven’t heard in libraries before — not even in Symphobia. Just buy it. Totally worth going into debt over.”
“I’m absolutely speechless, this library is beyond my expectations. It features the BEST strings I have EVER heard!”
“Thanks you guys! My music has become much better thanks to your work and inspiration that you constantly give. This is the most incredible instruments in my opinion with widest range of possibilities. And I think, having all instruments from Spitfire is like having the one instrument devided to volumes… all of them perfectly works together.”
“Bottom line, the sound is fantastic…"
“First of all: I’m at a loss for words to describe the sensational experience that is exploring and playing Sable. I really don’t know what to say. Magnificent achievement. Seriously: this is the stringslibrary I have been dreaming about and waiting for all my musicmaking life. It is simply perfect. Thanks sooooo much to everyone at Spitfire.”
"WOW! Sounds like I invited a real players… It’s so amazing! Thanks guys."
"Cannot say how amazing that sounds…..just mind blowing."
"The best of its type I have ever heard – period. I do have a load of orchestral stuff, but this is the first library I have ever played where I can honestly visualise real players right in my little studio."

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