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Spitfire Symphonic Motions


This dynamic new addition to the Spitfire Symphonic Range is an inspiring tool created by composers, for composers, offering the flexibility to design expressive shorts and intricate rhythmic patterns with ease, enhancing the realism of your scores and bringing them to life. Spitfire Symphonic Motions features London’s finest string players performing a range of rebowing movements, rhythms and playing techniques. Experience the same high-end quality as the rest of our celebrated Symphonic libraries, expertly recorded in The Hall at AIR Studios.

These performances are presented in an easy-to-use grid interface inside our award-winning dedicated plug-in, for instant access to almost infinite combinations of tempo-locked rhythms, techniques and realistic rebowing. Quickly express new ideas, or find new, unexpected combinations of notes to inspire your arrangements and compositions, creating tension and momentum.

Coriolis Force — Christian Henson — Contextual (0:00 / 2:25)

The Blight - Louis Rugg (0:00 / 1:45)

Insurgency - Carlton Winston (0:00 / 1:22)

Odyssey - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:38)

Tempest - Kelan Rooney (0:00 / 1:36)

Rushing In - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:10)

Coriolis Force — Christian Henson — Symphonic Motions Only (0:00 / 2:25)

Trailer Music - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:16)


Product Info

  • 13.0 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 13.00 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.15 Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. Intel-based Apple computers only - Apple Silicon/ARM not yet supported. Machine must be connected to the internet during install
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 (dual core), 8GB RAM, 15GB free HD space (7200rpm). Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM, 15GB free SSD space. Machine must be connected to the internet during install
  • Dedicated Plugin
  • User manual
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Spitfire Symphonic Motions makes it easy to create sophisticated sounding kinetic passages, combinations of rhythms and playing techniques to elevate your scores, as well as solving a common problem with virtual string instruments — achieving realistic rebowing. Recorded in the same space, with the same world-class players and attention to detail, this inspiring tool perfectly complements any library in our Symphonic Range, but is also inspiring when used on its own, adding texture, momentum and depth to your cinematic compositions.


Available in our award-winning, easy-to-use plug-in and NKS ready, the sophisticated, intuitive grid layout allows you to easily and quickly create intricate, realistic and expressive rhythmic strings. Much like our Spitfire Evo libraries creating realistic long notes, Spitfire Symphonic Motions offers the same for short and rhythms. Choose from an essential selection of playing techniques, and combine these with short ‘Overlay’ techniques for accents and blending to create a more nuanced, dynamic sound. You also have up to four different rhythms to choose from (6ths, 8ths, 12ths, 16ths) with two phrasing options (discrete/staccato and smooth/legato), locked to the host tempo in your DAW..

Our bespoke Grid interface, inspired by the EMS VCS3 synth, positions ‘pegs’ via an onscreen 12 x 40 grid arrangement, giving you access to recordings across 12 intervals, organised in a grid with a wide range of possible configurations. Instantly select which technique sits on each of those 12 key ranges, toggle your pegs, or hit "Randomise" to generate randomised combinations for instant inspiration.


— London’s finest players, including 22 violins & 12 cellos

— 40 articulations

— 7 essential playing techniques

— 4 different rhythmic patterns - 6ths, 8ths, 12ths & 16ths

— 6 additional Overlay techniques for accents and blending

— 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

— 3 essential and diverse mic positions: C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient)

— 3 curated mixes


If you want that blockbuster sound, you have to go bold. If you want cinematic, you have to go big. These stunning performances have been captured in The Hall at AIR Studios, a space that has played host to scores from the highest grossing blockbusters (Harry Potter, The Dark Knight, Atonement). We've used the same first-call session players as our Symphonic Range, sampled with our usual more is more approach by award-winning engineer, Jake Jackson. The final product offers six signals to choose from, including Close Tree & Ambient mics, and three specially curated mixes.

Jake Jackson recording a session inside Lyndhurst Hall at AIR Studios, London.

Product Reviews

What's included


  • Violins (22)
  • Celli (12)

Motions Grid
  • Normale 6th Discrete
  • Normale 6th Smooth
  • Normale 8th Discrete
  • Normale 8th Smooth
  • Normale 12th Discrete
  • Normale 12th Smooth
  • Normale 16th Discrete
  • Normale 16th Smooth
  • Sul Pont 6th Discrete
  • Sul Pont 6th Smooth
  • Sul Pont 8th Discrete
  • Sul Pont 8th Smooth
  • Sul Pont 12th Discrete
  • Sul Pont 12th Smooth
  • Sul Pont 16th Discrete
  • Sul Pont 16th Smooth
  • Pizzicato 6th
  • Pizzicato 8th
  • Con Sordino 6th Discrete
  • Con Sordino 6th Smooth
  • Con Sordino 8th Discrete
  • Con Sordino 8th Smooth
  • Con Sordino 12th Discrete
  • Con Sordino 12th Smooth
  • Con Sordino 16th Discrete
  • Con Sordino 16th Smooth
  • Sul Tasto 6th Discrete
  • Sul Tasto 8th Discrete
  • Sul Tasto 12th Discrete
  • Sul Tasto 16th Discrete
  • Col Legno 6th Discrete
  • Col Legno 8th Discrete
  • Major 2nd 6th
  • Major 2nd 8th
  • Major 3rd 6th
  • Major 3rd 8th
  • Minor 2nd 6th
  • Minor 2nd 8th
  • Minor 3rd 6th
  • Minor 3rd 8th

Overlay Techniques
  • Col Legno
  • Pizzicato
  • Spiccato
  • Spiccato CS
  • Sul Pont
  • Sul Tasto

Mics & Mixes

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient

  • Mix 1
  • Mix 2
  • Mix 3

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