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The world's finest chamber strings library volume one; violins and cellos playing essential articulations. Small can be beautiful, ultra detailed and delicate. Part one of a band of 16 players (4,3,3,3).
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.
• 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.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.

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BACKGROUND

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 focussed 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.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS BML SABLE
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 7 mic positions, recorded at 96k through vintage valve and ribbon mics to tape through Neve premaps 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 Volume 1 features two key 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. Volume 1 is a personally curated selection of "essential articulations" giving you everything you need to get up and running, writing fine chamber scores and finer detailed string parts.
Volume 1 features four 1st violins and 3 cellos. They are seated exactly in situ so once combined with the rest of the sections in volumes 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 2nd 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. We have also specially commissioned 3 exclusive Jake Jackson mixes of every sample to save you time and system resources. These mixes are specially designed to work in different applications from pop to chamber to epix cinematic and by using these mixes across the BML range you can achieve total mix integrity, just as Jake would do it!

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.

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.

Ostimatum GUI Image
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
V1 (a4) 1st VIOLINS
• Legato
• Long (NV)
• Long (Vib)
• Long Con Sord (NV)
• Long Con Sord (Vib)
• Short Spiccato
• Short Spiccato (feathered)
• Short Staccato
• Short Staccato (dig)
• Short Con Sord
• Short Pizzicato
• Short Bartok
• Short Col Legno
• Flautando
• Tremolando
• Trill (Maj)
• Trill (Min)
.
VC (a3) CELLI
• Legato
• Long (NV)
• Long (Vib)
• Long Con Sord (NV)
• Long Con Sord (Vib)
• Short Spiccato
• Short Staccato
• Short Con Sord
• Short Pizzicato
• Short Bartok
• Short Col Legno
• Flautando
Tremolando
Trill (Maj)
Trill (Min)
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:
86.9 GB in download product from 173.4 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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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."
MacPro Video
"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."
Audio Fanzine
"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."
Music Radar

Links to reviews

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 devided 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 stringslibrary I have been dreaming about and waiting for all my musicmaking life. It is simply perfect. Thanks sooooo much to everyone at Spitfire.”

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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