Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds

Seminal Orchestral Woodwinds

Often neglected by modern media composers, the Woods are your secret weapon to add real power to your productions. Spitfire Audio has taken its decade of experience making woodwind instruments and has spent the last five years recording the best of the best at one of the most sought-after locations in the world: The Hall at Air Studios, London for this, a definitive compendium of orchestral woodwinds.

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Overview

After a decade of exhaustive sampling, and four years spent capturing our finest woodwind players, Spitfire are proud to present Symphonic Woodwinds. It is a definitive collection of orchestral woods recorded and 'deep sampled' at Air Studios, London. Featuring multiple dynamics, vibrato control, numerous round robins and a variety of traditional and more esoteric articulations (clarinet flutter tongue? tick!). Not only does SSW feature the usual suspects, our deep sampling has been extended through the extraordinary lesser used areas of the wood choir, alto and bass flutes, contrabass clarinets to name but three!

Originally released in modules as part of the BML (British Modular Library) project, Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds is a rationalisation of these numerous, deep sampled components, along with many improvements, including a host of new articulations (totalling an additional 30% of content). We've created a more affordable entry into what we believe to be the finest orchestral woodwinds library available today.

To justify these claims we cite this small list of contributing factors:

  • British woodwind players are arguably the best in the world
  • Spitfire has cherry picked the best of the best
  • Recorded to tape at Air Studios via an unparalleled signal path
  • Deepest articulation, dynamic layer, round robin set of woodwind samples we've yet to see
  • Produced by an award winning team of composers, producers & engineers
  • Presented in an intuitive interface based on a decade of award-winning sampling experience and a quarter century as working composers

With playing styles from lyrical solo oboe to thunderous contrabassoon making noises that you get in a room like The Hall at Air Studios. Whether you're an aspiring John Williams or Alexandre Desplat, we're sure this compendium of wind will keep you busy for many happy years to come.

Background

London woodwind players are considered amongst the best in the world. Where film music sessions are concerned it could be argued that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. Woodwinds are commonly under-represented in modern orchestral scoring, and yet are an essential part of your orchestral palette. They can add genuine power to your productions.

For the more traditional and 'popular instruments' (say oboes, C flutes, clarinets, and bassoons) these fine players have been recorded solo, and two are recorded in unison. They are seated exactly in situ so combine the a2 patches with the solo ones for a slightly larger section whilst maintaining spectral integrity.

But it is also the spirit and diversity of our music scene in London that breeds a diversity of skill sets and broadens our palette beyond the standard symphonic woodwind hegemony. So also to be found within SSW is a colourful palette of bass and contrabass clarinets, alto and bass flutes to enrich your compositions with the diverse zeitgeist being created near the shores and mud-banks of the Thames!

Features

  • A broad band covering both solo, and a2 sections. Combine both and create your a3 sections
  • Traditional piccolos, flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons across to modern 'zeitgeist' selection of instruments from alto, bass flutes, bass clarinets, contrabass clarinets and a thunderous contrabassoon
  • Super deep sampled, many articulations, dynamic layers and round robins
  • Most comprehensive selection of articulations, and additional techniques available today
  • Entry level core pack has full functionality of BML offering
  • Core pack shipped with 3 distinct mic positions C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient)
  • New add on pack coming soon with additional mics and mixes

NEW IN SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC WOODWINDS

  • In addition to all articulations in BML, new 'Volume 2' articulations
  • NKS ready
  • Kontakt Player included, access files via the library pane
  • New, more intuitive interface design
  • New rationalised file architecture will allow for improvements and enhancements in the future
  • Many tweaks, and performance / musical improvements

GUIs

The Overview Panel

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

General Controls Panel

A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

The Ostinatum

Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Alto Flute:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Long Harmonics
  • Long Overblown
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Overblown
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Bass Clarinet:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Bass Flute:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Long Overblown
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto

Bassoon a2:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto

Bassoon Solo:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Long Harmonics
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Clarinet Solo:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Short Staccato
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Clarinets a2:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Contrabass Clarinet:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto




ContraBassoon:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto

Cor Anglais:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto

Flute Solo:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Long Harmonics
  • Long Hollow
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Marcato Sfz
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trills (Major 2nd)
  • Trills (Minor 2nd)

Flutes a2:

  • Legato Slurred
  • Legato Detache
  • Long
  • Long Flutter Tongued
  • Long Harmonics
  • Long Hollow
  • Long Overblown
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Marcato Sfz
  • Short Overblown
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trills (Major 2nd)
  • Trills (Minor 2nd)

Oboe Solo:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Oboes a2:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)

Piccolo Flute:

  • Legato
  • Long
  • Long Flutter
  • Long Harmonics
  • Multitongue
  • Short Marcato
  • Short Staccato
  • Short Tenuto
  • Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Trill (Minor 2nd)