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Spitfire Chamber Strings Professional

Small & Detailed Strings

Small can be beautiful. 16 of the finest string players, playing the finest instruments, via the finest signal path in The Hall at Air Studios, London. This is a super deep-sampled encyclopedia of string articulations and techniques. The professional edition strengthens the core patches from Spitfire Chamber Strings, including four additional microphone positions and three CPU-friendly stereo mixes by award-winning engineer Jake Jackson, giving a hugely diverse range of signals for all sounds.

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Elvish Protocols (alt mics only) - Joaquim Badia (0:00 / 2:11)

Chamber Strings Professional Trailer - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:10)

Baba Yaga - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 4:05)

Rest - Blake Ewing (0:00 / 2:58)

Diversions Of The Anemoi - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:50)

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Chamber Strings



When many of us hear the word "chamber", we think of white wigs and harpsichords. In modern vernacular, however, it simply describes a band that is smaller than a symphony orchestra - anything from a quartet to 40 odd players. Where strings are concerned, it generally means a medium-sized ensemble consisting of 5 sections (1st violins, 2nd violins, violas, cellos and basses).

Our desire was to create the definitive chamber strings project, recorded at Air Studios, giving you the widescreen Hollywood sound we all want, with a detail and ability harder to articulate with larger sized string sample libraries.

16 star players, 4 1st Violins, 3 2nds, 3 Violas, 3 Cellos and 3 Basses; sampled with over 244 articulations, including 38 shorts, 53 longs, 19 FX, and 45 extraordinary legato patches, programmed by Andrew Blaney. Recorded with multiple round robins, dynamic layers and presented with 7 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.





The Professional Edition



This professional edition enhances and provides greater flexibility to the patches from Spitfire Chamber Strings, with four additional microphones for all techniques (excluding Ensembles) - warm Close Ribbon (Cr), close Stereo Pair (St) and Gallery (G) signals, as well as Outrigger (O) signals on all techniques with the essential CTA for added warmth, creating CTAO for the ‘classic’ Spitfire setup.

On top of this we offer the Fine (F), Medium (M) and Broad (B) stereo mixes for all techniques (except Ensembles) for instantly great sounding mixes, with low CPU/RAM usage. This expansion contains over 150GB of additional content to help you make the most of Spitfire Chamber Strings.






Background



Spitfire was built on a Chamber Strings project. Many of our friends, including A-list composers, complained that sampled strings were unwieldy, ill-defined and too epic. That for much of their output, from sensitive and achingly beautiful quiet passages, through to searing lyricism, what they required was attention to detail, rather than huge numbers of players, and that symphonic ranges often tripled and quadrupled in size when playing lots of notes.

So we set about the difficult task of recording a chamber strings range, which we then shared as part of a private project with our nearest and dearest. We were delighted when it was received with huge amounts of optimism and encouragement.

Many, however, noted how it still sounded 'kind of big'. So we returned to the Chamber Strings project with a question: How small can we go before it no longer sounds like a section? The answer was 4,3,3,3,3. We brought together an intimate group of extraordinary players in one of the best recording locations: Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall. Originally available in Sable volumes, this project has now taken 4 years.

For us, if you are a composer looking to stand out from the herd, our Chamber Strings are worthy of your attention.





Articulations and Mixes



GUIs

The Overview Panel

This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

General Controls Panel

This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

The Ostinatum

In this view you can add notes to a pattern sequencer, select which key it triggers on and then play for instant ostinato creation. It’s like an arpeggiator on a synthesiser.