Our Definitive Woodwind Orchestra
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An essential part of your orchestral palette, the woods are your secret weapon to adding real power to your scores. Spitfire Audio has taken its decade of experience recording woodwind instruments, expertly sampling the UK's finest players at one of the most sought-after locations in the world: The Hall at AIR Studios, London. Four years in the making, we offer you three mic positions for extra control, and the most comprehensive range of woodwind instruments and articulations available in any existing symphonic woods library. From traditional piccolos, flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons to a contemporary selection of instruments, from alto, bass flutes, bass clarinets, contrabass clarinets and a thunderous contrabassoon, this timeless collection will add depth and colour to your orchestral compositions.
Seven Experiments - Andy Blaney (also featuring Chamber Strings & Symphonic Strings) (0:00 / 3:38)
A Waltz Between The Reeds - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 2:22)
Symphonic Woodwinds Teaser - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:09)
Escape From The Book Of Ages - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:30)
The Last Farewell - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 3:07)
Carnaval Des Insolites - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 2:55)
Alighieri's Shadow - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:23)
Ruins Of Ashmakhan - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:11)
After a decade of exhaustive sampling, and four years spent capturing the UK's finest woodwind players, we give you this definitive collection of orchestral woodwinds. Expertly sampled and recorded to tape at AIR Studios, London, via an unparalleled signal path, it features multiple dynamics, vibrato control, numerous round robins and a variety of traditional and more sophisticated articulations, such as clarinet flutter tongue, with playing styles from lyrical solo oboe to thunderous contrabassoon. It features the core woodwind instruments, plus lesser used areas of the woods family, such as alto and bass flutes, and contrabass clarinets, and presented in an intuitive interface based on a decade of award-winning sampling experience and a quarter century as working composers.
Whether you're an aspiring John Williams or Alexandre Desplat, this collection of woodwinds will keep you busy for many years to come.
— A broad band covering both solo and a2 sections — combine both to create your a3 sections.
— From traditional piccolos, flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons to a contemporary selection of instruments, from alto, bass flutes, bass clarinets, contrabass clarinets and a thunderous contrabassoon
— Expertly sampled with the most comprehensive selection of articulations, dynamic layers and round robins available in any woodwinds library
— Three distinct mic positions: C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient)
Woodwinds are commonly under-represented in modern orchestral scoring, but they can add genuine power to your productions and are therefore an essential part of your orchestral palette. 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.
For the more traditional and popular instruments (oboes, C flutes, clarinets, and bassoons) these players have been recorded solo, and two in unison. They are seated exactly in situ, so you can combine a2 patches with solo ones for a slightly larger section, whilst maintaining spectral integrity.