If there was a single line of products that could sum up the foundation of Spitfire’s approach to sampling it would be Mural Symphonic Strings. Recorded at the same studio that has played host to billions of dollars worth of blockbuster scores, with the same players playing the same instruments. Deep sampled with an affluence unlike any other sample library. As a project of nearly 4 years we released it as a series of modular volumes. Power users out there appreciated the in-depth microphones and mixes, everyday users enjoyed being able to consume Mural in smaller more affordable iterations (especially with our Mural Ensembles degustation volume!). 

Spitfire Mural R.I.P. - Press Release

For reasons we’ll give in a minute, we’ve decided to take Mural 1, 2, 3, Ensembles & Evolutions off our shelves in their current form.

After nearly 4 years of hard graft we’re proud of what we consider to be the definitive selection of Symphonic Strings Samples. However having this broad selection of tools spread across different volumes does make for complications. We also found that without unifying the main body of work, we were unable to take advantage of articulation sharing between the different volumes for greater functionality and ease of use. We also feel if you want to go blockbuster you have to go bold, if you want cinematic you have to go big. So we have decided to take every articulation, dynamic layer, round robin, legato interval and rationalise it into the ultimate encyclopaedic compendium of Symphonic strings sampling to date, recorded in London, with no expense spared. Spitfire Symphonic Strings is the ‘Daddy’.

We will initially release Spitfire Symphonic Strings as a ‘core’ product with everyone’s favourite and most diverse microphone positions C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient). Followed soon after by an expansion pack of Additional Mics & Mixes. 

For those of you wanting just one volume (we particularly recommend Mural Ensembles as a great entry level volume or Mural 1, Music Tech’s ‘Sample Library Of The Year 2014’) or wanting to complete the full range with all bells and whistles (with the bundle now at over 40% off) this is your last chance!

But the most important thing is anyone who has bought any Mural* products now or in the past will all have a discounted cross-grade path up to a new, exciting, rationalised and refreshed new product. And anyone who owns all 3 Mural volumes AND Ensembles will receive a FREE copy of the new library on the day of release.

On the 17th November 2016 Spitfire Symphonic Strings will be launched at a promotional price lasting until the end of November. In early 2017 we’ll release the first “expansion pack” for Spitfire Symphonic Strings aimed at those of you wanting all the mics and mixes of the original Mural without the fuss. As it is an expansion pack there will be no initial promo.

What is in Spitfire Symphonic Strings?

60 Star Players, 16 1st Violins, 14 2nd Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos & 8 Basses super deep sampled with over 175 articulations, including 59 shorts, 94 longs, and 5 extraordinary performance legato patches programmed by Andrew Blaney. Recorded with multiple round robins, dynamic layers and presented with 3 essential and versatile microphone positions. In addition to each individual section we also have a comprehensive selection of articulations and techniques presented in an ‘ensemble’ format designed for sketching and composing with ‘out of the box’ satisfaction.

What ISN’T in Spitfire Symphonic Strings that is in Mural?

Frankly the tons of mic positions and stereo mixes. We’ve listened to many of you and it is simply the case that not all of you want, use or have space and a download capability for all these additional mics and mixes. So Spitfire Symphonic Strings contains three diverse sounding mics (Close, Tree, Ambient) which allow Symphonic Strings to be used on a variety of uses from expansive tight modern action music to sweeping romanticism.

More importantly, the structural file complications of Mural are no longer in Spitfire Symphonic Strings, so maintaining and upgrading it will become a thing of pleasure not of pain!

(See table below for exactly what you get.)

What IS in Spitfire Symphonic Strings that isn’t in Mural?

Spitfire Symphonic Strings is now a Kontakt Player library which you can access from your library pane. It has a simplified folder architecture that offers accessibility to newbies and intuitive ease of use and convenience for veterans.

We’re proud to announce that Spitfire Symphonic Strings will ship with Native Control Standard offering ease of use with Native Instruments’ excellent keyboard controllers.

Learn more here

Spitfire Symphonic Strings comes with a more intuitive GUI including inline help, so you can boot up and play without having to consult user manuals, search the internet, or get your mates round to help you use it!

Whilst we pride ourselves on the quality of our wares, Mural has been an increasingly complicated beast to maintain. So we’ve given it a spring clean, safe in the knowledge that the update now is a simple ‘start from scratch’ ensuring you all get the product we want you to have!

I already own everything. why crossgrade even if it is for free?

Other than the enhancements we have already talked of we have to admit it’s for you that we have worked months to do this. We have listened to your feedback and your wonderful music. We have shared with you our love of this library but it has become increasingly difficult to maintain, update and care for. We feel that the new Spitfire Symphonic Strings experience will offer you the symphonic strings library we have always wanted. Deep and friendly, detailed, inspiring and easy to use. Spitfire Symphonic Strings ensures that we keep maintaining this rare set of samples well into the future and we thank you for your support.

What happened to Mural Symphonic Evolutions?

We’ve relaunched this product as Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions. This is available to all customers, and Spitfire Symphonic Strings owners receive a special 10% discount.