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We have cherry picked the most esssential and popular articulations from this blue chip library to make Sable available in an “ensembles format” for the first time. Hurrah Sable for both hands! Each articulation has been painstakingly re-mixed to get the best balance of sections with no audible transitions between them. At last we can not only work these into our arrangements and orchestrations but actually compose with them from the get go too.
BML Sable is a totally unique and very special string series that concentrates on extreme detail, beauty and nuance. Made up from a small band (4,3,3,3) of the finest players London has to offer and recorded at Air Studios, one of the greatest recording studios in the world. Sable is part of the British Modular Range, which is arguably the greatest sounding ultra-deep-sampled orchestral range on the planet today.
Ensembles is made up of the “greatest hits” of the four volumes released thus far. From simple longs, longs muted, staccatos and spiccatos, to the beguiling flautando, sul tasto and harmonics. For users unfamiliar with the Sable range this is the opportunity to taste the riches of it whilst having the non fussy ease-of-use of an ensemble range. With the ensemble playing 15 different articulations all with full Sable spec vibrato, dynamic and round robin control, with 4 stereo mic positions, 20,996 samples giving 42.4 hours of pure content, 40.9GB uncompressed 24 bit data with a lossless compressed download size of 28.4GB.

Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.

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BACKGROUND

To many existing users of Sable, there's a sense of being part of a really cool club. Whilst we enjoy the broad symphonic silk of Mural or indeed the broader smile inducing ensembles of the Albion range. There's just something about Sable. She reacts to our musical choices and vision, she plays our melodies and counterpoint with fine heart rending honesty. We're not governed by her, if we want rich we have to write it for her, if we want broad we have to arrange it for her, if we need stark loss and hopelessness she can provide this for us.
Which is why we're so excited to announce the next evolution in this very special range.
Sable Ensembles showcases the best of Sable in a quick playable form. With full, dynamic, vibrato and round robin control as per the rest of the range and an articulation set that features the best Sable has to offer. Designed with existing Sable users in mind who want to use the library with both hands without taxing their CPUs, tirelessly re-mixed and baked for the greatest blend with no audible (joins) it is also an excellent intro into this seminal range for first-time users or indeed those who have one or two libraries who wish to fill in some blanks.
After the delights of enormous string libraries and ensembles providing broad, brushstroke approaches to writing (which have, to some extent, characterised recent film, gaming and TV music), Spitfire are at last proud to present some of the greatest string players in the world to provide you with the tools you need to write detailed and focused chamber parts that have a personality and style that represents your personality, that expresses your creative will and provides you with fresh pastures of experimentation.
Sable Ensembles is part of a new, long-term project entitled The British Modular Library providing composers with the ability to add fine detail, musical expression, beauty and focus to their work. To write music that musicians love to play and to get the most out of smaller ensembles and the wealth of timbral colour and character they can add to any project. After many years of development experience Spitfire will present this library with a user interface and set of features unprecedented in any library to date. With 4 mic positions, recorded at 96k through vintage valve and ribbon mics to tape through Neve preamps and Prism convertors, and presented at 48k, 24bit in Kontakt format, and additionally three extremely useful ‘mixed’ versions.
Sable is presented in modular volumes and consists of the finest players London has to offer, playing in the hall at Air Studios, regarded as one of the greatest scoring stages in the world.
Sable features all four sections from an ensemble cherry picked from some of the greatest orchestras and groups playing in London today, playing rarefied instruments that amount to millions of pounds worth of wood, cat hair and fine European antiquity. This module is a personally curated selection of articulations most suited to ensembles, two handed composition.
They are seated exactly in situ so once combined with the rest of the sections in volumes 1, 2 & 3 spacial integrity is maintained. Moreover combine with other BML modules or indeed the Albion range and you'll find the whole thing slots together like a beautifully conceived orchestral jigsaw puzzle. Remember this is not just panning left to right. If you want them to sound like they’re sitting next to the 1st violins and in front of the horns you have to place them there!

FEATURES

This is a deeply sampled library with a selection of essential articulations curated by multi award winning composers and musicians. The library features multiple round robins, dynamic layers and easily usable fully functional legato with control of vibrato.
The library is presented with numerous microphone positions which you can not only mix and blend to fit the application you’re working on, but also automate for dramatic shifts in focus and depth.

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 that when 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.


PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
Longs
Longs Con Sordino
Longs Flautando
Longs Sul Tasto
Longs Harmonics
Longs Sul Ponticello
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Short Spiccato
Short Staccato
Short Pizzicato
Short Pizzicato Bartok
Short Con Sordino
Short Col Legno
Tremolando
Trills Maj 2nd
Trills Min 2nd
MICROPHONES
• CLOSE
• TREE
• AMBIENT
• OUTRIGGER

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:
28.4 GB in download product from 40.9 GB of WAV data from 20996 samples.

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AWARDS


Review Quotes

Sable Strings Vol.1 offers a glimpse into Spitfire's promising future. We cannot wait to hear the forthcoming volumes and to see similar levels of sonic detail emerge for other orchestral sections over the coming months.
Future Music
The detail and quality of the sounds in Sable are in my opinion pretty hard to beat. All the sections and articulations are recorded to the absolute best quality available. The samples are really fun to play with a whole heap of control over dynamics and expression. Like anything in life you get what you pay for and for the money your getting the players and venue that would cost five times the price of Sable per day. So whether it’s a realistic mock-up or a finished product Sable delivers on all fronts.
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Customer feedback

“Combining Sable Vol 1 & 2 together is jaw-dropping! I have been searching
for the ‘perfect’ string library for years. I thought I found it with the
full VSL library, but Sable blows me away.”
“And all sections together is simply mindblowing. But it’s not all. Load up the Loegria Hi Strings patch and play a note.
Then load V1 & V2 and VA from Sable… and play the same note.
Yes! The positions are identical! This sounds like a same library…
And this is the point where magic begins…
With all three Albions, Solo Strings and Sable,
we can create almost any section sizes.
And it will sounds perfectly in one space.
I can speak about this instruments very long…
But better than reading my post, just try it if you not already tried… ”
“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 divided to volumes…
all of them perfectly works together.”
“Bottom line, the sound is fantastic… Just stunning, glad I bought the 3 vols at once!”
“Just had a chance now to go through some of the violins in Sable…thank you and your team so much for your hard work…it’s truly a pleasure to just sit and play with it…the tone and the playability are really quite special.”
“The library is absolutely stellar chaps – another blinder from Paul and Christian. The detail is phenomenal – the intimacy, delicacy and dynamic range is simply amazing. It also sits beautifully with solo strings and within my template with the bespoke strings.”
“I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED……..that I’ve wasted my money on PAST libraries that I will not be using any more since Sable sounds soooo freakn’ good Great job Spitfire chaps!!!!!!”
“I just want to praise this library sound and the way it is professionally tailored for a real composer.
I get exactly what I want, as a composer and orchestrator: Legatos, Flautando, Sordino, Feathered spiccato (finally!) (technical terms only)”
“This library is a STUNNER! Absolutely Brilliant! Very logical layout and control.”
“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 strings library I have been dreaming about and waiting for all my music-making life. It is simply perfect. Thanks sooooo much to everyone at Spitfire.”

A selection of review quotes from other Spitfire products

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"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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