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Spitfire Appassionata Strings

The Next Generation Of String Legatos

Infuse your music with more passion than ever before with the best-sounding, most alive string legato sound available today. Ushering in the next generation of highly-detailed string legatos, Spitfire Appassionata Strings has been recorded using our new "Impulse Legato" technique – the culmination of years of intensive research and development at Spitfire Audio HQ. Delivering flowing and emotive lines, these new legatos offer perfectly balanced vibrato, enabling composers to intuitively write in a beautiful, soaring melodic style in stunning detail.

Referencing the aesthetic of classic melodies from the scores of composers like John Williams and Thomas Newman, this medium-sized string band (8,6,6,6,4) delivers a highly sought-after style of performance, with stunningly-realistic rebowing. Crafted from years of sampling experience, Spitfire Appassionata Strings is your ultimate companion for writing with intention, emotion and – most of all – passion.

As The Dust Settles - Blakus (Contextual) (0:00 / 1:10)

Going Home Again - Luke Olney (Contextual) (0:00 / 2:43)

Twilight Of The Shades - Paul Thomson (0:00 / 2:30)

Reunited At Last - Dan Keen (0:00 / 2:08)

Passionilism - Christian Henson (Appassionata vs Neo) (0:00 / 1:24)

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Product Info

  • 82.4 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 82.40 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.13 to OS X 11 Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz i7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. M1 Apple computers are supported and 64 bit DAW required. (32 bit DAWs not supported). Machine must be connected to the internet during install
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit) Minimum: Intel Core 2.8GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM Recommended: Intel 2.8GHz i7 (six-core) or AMD R7 2700, 16GB RAM Machine must be connected to the internet during install
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SOARING AND BEAUTIFUL
LEGATOS

SOARING AND BEAUTIFUL LEGATOS


Spitfire Appassionata Strings is made to create melody lines that deliver unrivalled passion, emotion and intensity. These beautiful long and flowing notes – performed by some of London’s finest musicians at Lyndhurst Hall in AIR Studios – beautifully complement AIR libraries such as Spitfire Symphonic Strings and Spitfire Chamber Strings, as well as other libraries. Inspiration will come in moments, as these legatos require minimal tweaking and offer instant gratification right from the keys.


Delve in deeper with a wide variety of legato types available in great detail. The main “combi” patch features a combination of slurred, bowed and intense Sul I intervals (Sul I only available in ​​V1, V2 and Celli) with repetition based alt-attacks. These techniques offer five dynamic layers delivering incredibly smooth and expressive performances, four round robin attacks, vibrato, and velocity-controlled switching between legato types. This library is both easy to use and highly playable. Simply put, Appassionata lets the composer focus on the pure joy of creating beautifully passionate and realistic melodies.






CRAFTED FROM
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

CRAFTED FROM YEARS OF EXPERIENCE


The legatos found inside Spitfire Appassionata Strings are the result of 15 years of research and development, from our earliest bespoke instruments right through to today. This library benefits from and is informed by those years of learning and expertise, a time in which Spitfire Audio have been crafting samples, creating a custom UI, collaborating with AIR Studios and fine tuning the process of capturing the intensity of a performance, through hours of research and development and attention to detail, culminating in a market leading finished product.






KEY FEATURES

KEY FEATURES


  • 30 top London string players
  • 5 discrete dynamic levels (pp, mp, mf, f, ff) with 4 Round Robin ‘Impulse Attacks’
  • Slurred and Bowed Legato intervals with up to 3 dynamic levels
  • A unique and intense Sul I available for the Violins 1, Violins 2 and Cellos
  • Multiple Hairpin types
  • 11 professional signals, featuring 4 expertly engineered mixes and 7 mic positions
  • Mic positions: Close, Tree, Ambient, Outrigger, Close Ribbons, Stereo Room, Mids
  • Recorded in situ using priceless valve and ribbon mics
  • Neve Montserrat Pre-amps into a Neve 88R desk
  • Recorded digitally at 96k via 2" Studer tape
  • NKS-ready





THE HALL AT AIR STUDIOS

THE HALL
AT AIR STUDIOS


No Time To Die, The Green Knight, Loki, Cruella, The Underground Railroad, Zack Synder’s Justice League, Small Axe: Mangrove, The Crown, Wonder Woman 1984, The Trial of The Chicago 7, James Bond, Interstellar, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Gladiator — all of these were recorded in Lyndhurst Hall at London’s AIR Studios, Spitfire Audio’s spiritual home and a room where blockbuster scores are born.


Architecturally unique, the acoustic properties of Lyndhurst Hall’s interior are renowned globally, loved by composers and musicians alike. There is a gentle reverberation in the room that adds a beauty to anything played there. The sound produced by a soloist, chamber ensemble or indeed a full symphonic orchestra expands and blooms inside the space, a truly versatile palette giving access to a range of textures from delicate and intimate to thunderous and epic.



Image taken from Hans Zimmer Strings recording session.


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What's included

VIOLINS 1 (8)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

VIOLINS 2 (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

VIOLAS (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

CELLOS (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

BASSES (4)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

MIXES

  • Mix 1 - A balanced mix that perfectly blends the cinematic sound of the hall together with closer details on the instruments.
  • Mix 2 - A large cinematic mix that allows the hall to really speak out.
  • Mix 3 - A tighter mix that showcases more of the instruments.
  • Mix 4 - An even more intimate but still very classic mix.

MICS

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient
  • Stereo Room
  • Mids
  • Close Ribbon
  • Outrigger

Terminology

  • Legato (Combo): The core legato technique - a combination of slurred, bowed and intense Sul I intervals with repetition based alt-attacks. (with Vibrato, 5 Dye, 4 RR, velocity controlled switching between Legato Types)
  • Legato (Slurred): A slurred legato, with multiple dynamics of slurred intervals and repetition based alt-attacks. (this is split off from the main Combo patch)
  • Sustain: A sustained note, recorded at 5 discrete dynamics. Can be played polyphonically
  • Glancing Attack: A short brushed bow, ideal for accenting notes.
  • Hairpin (Short): A short hairpin, utilising the alt-attacks.
  • Hairpin (Medium): A medium hairpin, utilising the body of the alt-attacks.
  • Hairpin (rebow): A long hairpin, featuring the bow-change used in capturing the sustain

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