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  • What's included
  • Tech specs
  • Designed to stand out

    Sometimes you need the intimacy and detail of a single voice to rise above the force of an orchestra. Reach for Spitfire Solo Strings, featuring exceptional first-call London virtuosos, ideal for adding individuality and definition to your scores and production.

    Solo Strings is designed to stand out, but also to fit in: this entirely new library sits perfectly alongside the Spitfire orchestral ranges, utilising the same location, peerless signal chain, mic positions and range of articulations that make up the DNA of our high quality orchestral packages. Single players, recorded in the acoustic luxury of The Hall at AIR Studios, captured on rich sounding 2” tape.

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    Includes Kontakt Player (free download)

    Compatible with NKS

    String quartet

    CTA

    Kontakt Player

    Listen to Spitfire Solo Strings

    Contextual

    Cello legato contextual

    Features Hans Zimmer Strings, Albion Tundra and Spitfire Symphony Orchestra


    Solo Violin Total Performance only

    Solo Cello Total Performance only

    Solo Strings bassist

    Soloists are exceptional players, and capturing them on a recording presented unique challenges. We needed to go beyond expectation, making each instrument versatile enough to match the emotional temperature of your music, offering a vast range of mic positions and articulations to blend perfectly with our Symphonic and Chamber collections.

    Our new solo violin can be played in three distinct modes and was performed by three distinctly different players: Virtuoso, 1st Desk and Progressive, each containing not only their own range of articulations, but also a range of recording locations in the hall and different styles of performance. Virtuoso, with a standing player, captures the sound of a sonata, or a featured soloist out in front of the orchestra performing in a ‘concerto’ style. 1st Desk was recorded on the front desk of the first violins, perfectly placed for adding individuality and definition to a string line, while still able to blend in with the section. Our “1st Desk” performer plays “out”, leading the orchestra. Our progressive player was recorded further away from the conductor, designed to fit into larger string sections, or offer up solo passages in a more contemporary vernacular, opening the door to a modern, filmic sound of extended techniques including “Mandolin pizzicato” and “Tremolo whispers”.

    These three violins are joined by three exceptional string players on viola, cello and double bass, all with an equal attention to detail and depth of sampling. This gives us an exceptionally versatile set of tools that can create anything from a single searing cello line to multiple parts added to larger sections, providing added definition and personality and bringing together a very unique sextet of players with unprecedented control and malleability.

    Solo Strings cellist recording
    Solo Strings violinist
    The studio with violinist in the centre

    Andy Blaney - Jack In The Box Youtube thumbnail

    Total performance

    Our highly intuitive Solo Violin (Virtuoso) and newly added Solo Cello Total Performance instruments are included in Spitfire Solo Strings, and are also available to purchase as separate Kontakt Player libraries — follow the links below to find out more. At your fingertips are our most detailed and advanced solo violin and solo cello to date, performed by world-renowned virtuoso concert violinist Jack Liebeck and concert cellist Richard Harwood respectively, in The Hall at AIR Studios.

    Complete your orchestra

    The overview panel

    Overview panel GUI
    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.

    The Ostinatum

    Ostinatum GUI
    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.

    General controls panel

    General controls GUI
    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.

    What's included

    Individual articulations

    Violin (Virtuoso)

    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long CS
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long Flautando
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long Harmonics
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long Progressive Vib
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long Sul Pont
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long Tremolo
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Long
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Col Legno
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Harmonics
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Noise Staccatissimo
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Pizzicato
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Spiccato
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Short Staccato
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Violin (1st desk)

    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long CS
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long Flautando
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long Harmonics
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long Progressive Vib
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long Tremolo
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Long
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Bartok Pizz
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Col Legno
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Harmonics
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Mandolin Pizzicato
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Pizzicato
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Spiccato
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Short Staccato
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Violin (progressive)

    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long CS
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Flautando
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Harmonics
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Progressive Vib
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Sul Pont
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Super Sul Tasto
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long Tremolo
    • Violin (Progressive) - Long
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Bartok Pizzicato
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Col Legno Pencil
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Col Legno
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Harmonics
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Mandolin Pizzicato
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Paganini
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Pizzicato
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Spiccato CS
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Spiccato
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Staccato
    • Violin (Progressive) - Short Super Sul Tasto
    • Violin (Progressive) - Tremolo Harmonics
    • Violin (Progressive) - Tremolo Whispers
    • Violin (Progressive) - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Violin (Progressive) - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Viola

    • Viola - Long CS
    • Viola - Long Harmonics
    • Viola - Long Progressive Vib
    • Viola - Long Sul Pont
    • Viola - Long Tremolo
    • Viola - Long
    • Viola - Short Bartok Pizzicato
    • Viola - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Viola - Short Col Legno
    • Viola - Short Harmonics
    • Viola - Short Mandolin Pizzicato
    • Viola - Short Noise Staccatissimo
    • Viola - Short Pizzicato
    • Viola - Short Spiccato
    • Viola - Short Staccato
    • Viola - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Viola - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Cello

    • Cello - Long CS
    • Cello - Long Flautando
    • Cello - Long Harmonics
    • Cello - Long Progressive Vib
    • Cello - Long Sul Pont
    • Cello - Long Tremolo
    • Cello - Long
    • Cello - Short Bartok Pizzicato
    • Cello - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Cello - Short Col Legno
    • Cello - Short Harmonics
    • Cello - Short Noise Staccatissimo
    • Cello - Short Pizzicato
    • Cello - Short Spiccato
    • Cello - Short Staccato
    • Cello - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Cello - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Bass

    • Bass - Long Flautando
    • Bass - Long Harmonics
    • Bass - Long Progressive Vib
    • Bass - Long Sul Pont
    • Bass - Long Tremolo
    • Bass - Long
    • Bass - Short Bartok Pizzicato
    • Bass - Short Brushed Baroque CS
    • Bass - Short Col Legno
    • Bass - Short Harmonics
    • Bass - Short Pizzicato Undamped
    • Bass - Short Pizzicato
    • Bass - Short Spiccato
    • Bass - Short Staccato
    • Bass - Trill (Major 2nd)
    • Bass - Trill (Minor 2nd)

    Legato patches

    Violin (1st desk) - legato

    • Portamento
    • Fingered
    • Bowed

    Viola - legato

    • Portamento
    • Fingered
    • Bowed

    Cello - legato

    • Portamento
    • Fingered
    • Bowed

    Solo Violin (Virtuoso) Total Performance

    • Fingered Legato
    • Bowed Legato
    • Portamento Legato
    • Runs
    • Arpeggios
    • Spiccato
    • Staccato
    • Tremolo
    • Trills
    • Molto vibrato
    • Progressive vibrato
    • Non vibrato

    Solo Cello Total Performance

    • Fingered Legato
    • Bowed Legato
    • Portamento Legato
    • Runs
    • Arpeggios
    • Spiccato
    • Staccato
    • Tremolo
    • Trills
    • Pizzicato
    • Bartok pizzicato
    • Molto vibrato
    • Progressive vibrato
    • Non vibrato

    Other patches

    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Economic
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Light resources
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Time Machine
    • Violin (Virtuoso) - Total Performance
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Economic
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Light resources
    • Violin (1st Desk) - Time Machine
    • Violin (Progressive) - Economic
    • Violin (Progressive) - Extra techniques
    • Violin (Progressive) - Light resources
    • Violin (Progressive) - Time Machine
    • Viola - Economic
    • Viola - Light resources
    • Viola - Time Machine
    • Cello - Economic
    • Cello - Light resources
    • Cello - Time Machine
    • Bass - Economic
    • Bass - Light resources
    • Bass - Time Machine

    Mics

    • C(lose)
    • T(ree)
    • A(mbient)

    Videos

    Reviews

    FAQs

    What is the difference between the "old" Solo Strings and the "new" Solo Strings?

    Whilst we still love the character of the legacy product, it was one of our oldest and longest serving libraries. Times have changed, and we have returned to AIR Lyndhurst to revisit and improve on a Spitfire favourite.


    Is there a crossgrade path for original Solo Strings owners?

    Yes! As a thank you for your loyalty, owners who purchased the original Spitfire Solo Strings before the firesale began on 15th March 2018 will receive a special discount. Add Spitfire Solo Strings to your cart, and our cart will intelligently calculate your crossgrade. Make sure you’re logged in first!


    Why do I need this product?

    Since we recorded Solo Strings in the Lyndhurst Hall at AIR, the library will blend perfectly with most of our existing libraries, including our Chamber StringsSymphonic StringsBrassWoodwinds, as well as all of the Albions. And just like those libraries, Solo Strings was recorded by award-winning engineers, using world-class equipment: priceless ribbon and valve mics through Neve Montserrat preamps, the largest 88R Neve console in the world, and onto pristine 2” tape before being converted with the top-of-their-class Prism AD converters at 96k. There’s a reason that this hall has been the choice for Hollywood directors for decades.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    PC system requirements

    Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel 2.8 GHz i7 (six-core) or AMD R7 2700, 16GB RAM

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    File size

    ~41270 samples

    43.3 GB download size

    87.00 GB disk space required during install

    Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout


    Kontakt player

    Kontakt or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher


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