London Contemporary Orchestra Strings

Ultra Modern Strings

Everything you need to make cutting-edge strings music. There is a shift in string writing that is becoming a global movement - based on innovative techniques and performance styles, it’s notoriously impossible to program with the tools currently available. We’ve partnered with the London Contemporary Orchestra, whose work with the likes of Radiohead and Jed Kurzel (Alien: Covenant) has contributed significantly to this shift, to create a string library that gives you access to this unique, experimental palette. This library contains multi-sampled violin, viola, cello and bass sections, and has been recorded at our dry stage in London. With a host of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable and musical, and will transform your work.

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Awakening - Paul Saunderson (0:00 / 4:07)

Beneath - Hugh Brunt (0:00 / 1:30)

A Tear Drops Pt1 - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 3:01)

A Tear Drops Pt2 (contextual) - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 4:13)

A Fisherman's Heart - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 3:12)

Pillars Of Man - Harnek Mudhar (0:00 / 2:52)

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Overview

A distinct collection of multi-sampled, multi-dynamic and most importantly “playable” strings recorded on our dry stage with the LCO by in-demand engineer Joe Rubel and Spitfire's Head of Product, Stanley Gabriel. We recreated their popular “workshop” approach to playing to curate a musical, deeply versatile set of never-before-sampled articulations - a complete set of playing styles that give you, at long last, an ability to demo and create cutting-edge string writing; the kind of work that is winning hot new composers plaudits across the compositional landscape. From sharply angular to sincere beauty, these up front strings are designed to make you think differently about string writing. And, by encouraging the LCO to create the ‘impossible’ (ie. by recording detuned strings to form playable single instruments), they have embraced technology to deliver us instruments you would never hear outside a sampler. This truly is a unique set of tools.




Background

Members of LCO became interested in working with us when we started experimenting with our Evo Grid lines. Over a period of two years we met and talked about how we could make a library that was unlike any other, and it became clear to us that working with the LCO could only lead to that outcome…

Winner of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015, the London Contemporary Orchestra has established itself as one of the UK’s most innovative and respected ensembles – promoting the best new music and cross-arts collaborations to an increasingly wide audience. Formed in 2008 by co-Artistic Directors Robert Ames (above left) and Hugh Brunt (above right), the LCO has collaborated with a distinguished array of composers, artists and brands, including Radiohead, Secret Cinema, Actress, Vivienne Westwood, Jonny Greenwood, members of Arcade Fire, Boiler Room, Goldfrapp, Nike, Terry Riley, Beck and Foals. Highlights include sold-out performances at the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre and at the Barbican, There Will Be Blood: Live, the critically-acclaimed site-responsive series Imagined Occasions, and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. The orchestra’s soundtrack output features The Master, Theeb, Slow West and Macbeth, and the LCO strings and choir feature prominently on Radiohead’s 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool.

Creating this library allowed us to do two things: capture the unique techniques and styling of an extremely exciting group of musicians for use in our own compositions and create new instruments with them that could only be possible by harnessing the power of modern sampling technology.

Features

The library comprises recordings of 6 Violins, 4 Violas, 3 Celli and 2 Basses with the Celli in octaves, all in a tight room. Over 100 articulations were captured across all sections and we’ve created a unique ‘Detuned Open String’ instrument for all sections.

For each articulation:

  • 2 mic positions, Close and Room
  • 2 individual stereo mixes, Full and Pumped
  • 2 additional, printed analogue FX
  • Integrated reverb, matched to the room, with control on the GUI

GUIs

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 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.

The Ostinatum

Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, 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-tonguing effects!

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Instruments:

  • Violins
  • Violas
  • Celli
  • Basses + Celli

Individual articulations:

Violins:
  • Violins - Granular Tremolo
  • Violins - Long Detuned Open - Granular Trem
  • Violins - Long Detuned Open - Irregular Trem
  • Violins - Long Detuned Open - Normale
  • Violins - Long Detuned Open - Granular to Ord
  • Violins - Long Granular to Ord
  • Violins - Long Harmonics
  • Violins - Long Molto Sul Pont
  • Violins - Long Slackened
  • Violins - Long Spectral Scrubs
  • Violins - Long Sul Pont
  • Violins - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violins - Long Twitchy
  • Violins - Long Woozy Vib - Quick Pulses
  • Violins - Long Woozy Vib - Slow Pulses
  • Violins - Long Woozy Vib Unmeasured
  • Violins - Vivid Long
  • Violins - Short Harmonics
  • Violins - Short Percussive Pizzicato
  • Violins - Short Slackened
  • Violins - Short Vivid Spiccato
  • Violins - Short Staccato Dig
  • Violins - Short Super Pont Scrapes
  • Violins - Tremolo Sul Pont
Violas:
  • Violas - Granular Tremolo
  • Violas - Long Detuned Open - Granular Trem
  • Violas - Long Detuned Open - Irregular Trem
  • Violas - Long Detuned Open - Normale
  • Violas - Long Detuned Open - Granular to Ord
  • Violas - Long Granular to Ord
  • Violas - Long Harmonics
  • Violas - Long Molto Sul Pont
  • Violas - Long Slackened
  • Violas - Long Spectral Scrubs
  • Violas - Long Sul Pont
  • Violas - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violas - Long Snores
  • Violas - Long Twitchy
  • Violas - Long Woozy Vib - Quick Pulses
  • Violas - Long Woozy Vib - Slow Pulses
  • Violas - Long Woozy Vib Unmeasured
  • Violas - Vivid Long
  • Violas - Short Harmonics
  • Violas - Short Percussive Pizzicato
  • Violas - Short Slackened
  • Violas - Short Vivid Spiccato
  • Violas - Short Staccato Dig
  • Violas - Short Super Pont Scrapes
  • Violas - Tremolo Sul Pont
Celli:
  • Celli - Long Detuned Open - Granular Trem
  • Celli - Long Detuned Open - Irregular Trem
  • Celli - Long Detuned Open - Normale
  • Celli - Long Detuned Open - Granular to Ord
  • Celli - Long Granular to Ord
  • Celli - Long Harmonics
  • Celli - Long Molto Sul Pont
  • Celli - Long Slackened
  • Celli - Long Spectral Scrubs
  • Celli - Long Snores
  • Celli - Long Twitchy
  • Celli - Long Woozy Vib - Slow Pulses
  • Celli - Long Woozy Vib Unmeasured
  • Celli - Vivid Long
  • Celli - Short Percussive Pizzicato
  • Celli - Short Slackened
  • Celli - Short Vivid Spiccato
  • Celli - Short Super Pont Scrapes
Basses + Celli:
  • Basses + Celli - Long Detuned Open - Granular to Ord (Bass Only)
  • Basses + Celli - Long Detuned Open - Granular Trem (Bass Only)
  • Basses + Celli - Long Detuned Open - Irregular Trem (Bass Only)
  • Basses + Celli - Long Detuned Open - Normale (Bass Only)
  • Basses + Celli - Long Granular to Ord
  • Basses + Celli - Long Harmonics
  • Basses + Celli - Long Molto Sul Pont
  • Basses + Celli - Long Slackened
  • Basses + Celli - Long Spectral Scrubs
  • Basses + Celli - Long Twitchy
  • Basses + Celli - Long Woozy Vib - Slow Pulses
  • Basses + Celli - Long Woozy Vib Unmeasured
  • Basses + Celli - Vivid Long
  • Basses + Celli - Short Percussive Pizzicato
  • Basses + Celli - Short Slackened
  • Basses + Celli - Short Vivid Spiccato

Extended techniques:

  • Violins - Long techniques
  • Violins - Short techniques
  • Violas - Long techniques
  • Violas - Short techniques
  • Celli - Long techniques
  • Celli - Short techniques
  • Basses + Celli - Long techniques
  • Basses + Celli - Short techniques

Other patches:

  • Violins - Economic Long
  • Violins - Economic Short
  • Violins - Light resources
  • Violins - Time Machine
  • Violas - Economic Long
  • Violas - Economic Short
  • Violas - Light resources
  • Violas - Time Machine
  • Celli - Economic Long
  • Celli - Economic Short
  • Celli - Light resources
  • Celli - Time Machine
  • Basses + Celli - Economic Long
  • Basses + Celli - Economic Short
  • Basses + Celli - Light resources
  • Basses + Celli - Time Machine

Mics & Mixes

Mics

  • C - Close
  • R - Room
  • FX1
  • FX2

Mixes

  • MX1 - Full Mix
  • MX2 - Pumped Mix