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 indulgence 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

We have taken Mural 1, 2, 3, Ensembles & Evolutions off our shelves.

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 have released Spitfire Symphonic Strings as a ‘core’ product with everyone’s favourite and most diverse microphone positions C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient), followed by an expansion pack of Additional Mics & Mixes. 

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 IS in Spitfire Symphonic Strings that WAsn’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. Spitfire Symphonic Strings will ship with Native Control Standard offering ease of use with Native Instruments’ excellent keyboard controllers.

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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 became an increasingly complicated beast to maintain. So we gave it a spring clean, safe in the knowledge that the update is a simple ‘start from scratch’, ensuring you all get the product we want you to have!

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.