Alternative Solo Strings

Innovative solo strings from four of London’s finest players

This is our alternative take on a solo strings sample library. We’ve captured the performances of four of the most interesting and progressive string soloists in London, and neatly bundled those into an easy-to-use tool for detailed composition work. Featuring Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, you’ll have access to each instrument performing spirited longs and shorts as well as a series of ‘artisan’ articulations. Alternative Solo Strings offers you an instant and out-of-the-box virtual collaborative experience that will be steeped in personality and distinction.

Cold Hands Working - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:17)

On The Move - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:18)

La Couchette - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:06)

Alternative Solo Strings Trailer - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:00)

La Troubadors - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:41)

Meta Physic - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:34)

Heartbleed - J Ashurst (0:00 / 1:51)


Key Stats

  • 53146 Samples
  • 44.5 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 29.6 GB disk space required
  • 59.2 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit) Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Kontakt version requirements Kontakt or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher
  • Free Kontakt Player Included
  • User manual
  • Apply for educational discount

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The chosen musicians represent some of the most exciting and in-demand players on the London orchestral session circuit. From performances in Oscar-winning movies, to collaborations with the biggest recording artists in the world, there are few major British recordings in existence that haven’t featured these players in one way or another.

Collective credits include:

Captain America: Civil War (Henry Jackman) - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (James Newton Howard) - Victoria & Abdul (Thomas Newman) - Jason Bourne (David Buckley/John Powell) - Interstellar (Hans Zimmer) - Warcraft (Ramin Djawadi) - The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard) - The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer) - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Hans Zimmer) - Inception (Hans Zimmer) - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias) - The Twilight Saga (Carter Burwell) - Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard) - Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Rings (Howard Shore)

Nick Cave - Daft Punk - Adele - Mark Ronson - UNKLE - Editors - Badly Drawn Boy - U2 - Goldfrapp - Joni Mitchell - Max Richter - The Divine Comedy - Christine and the Queens

Alternative Solo Strings adds Double Bass and Viola to our previously released Artisan Cello and Artisan Violin libraries, all re-wrapped with a new interface and Kontakt Player compatible. This also happens to be our first solo double bass library.

All of these instruments carry the signature Spitfire sound - they are designed to provide you not only with that initial spark of inspiration but also to broaden your understanding of this particular group of instruments.

We pride ourselves on making precision tools for composers that deliver effectively on the current demands of the industry but we also believe that creating a series of edgy, raw musical tools that behave with a certain amount of realistic unpredictability leads to the most exciting results.

This library was recorded at Spitfire HQ’s ultra high-spec in-house recording studio - tracked through the finest equipment. As a result, Alternative Solo Strings is a perfect accompaniment to our popular London Contemporary Orchestra Strings, which was recorded in the same location. Whilst the spirited and sometimes unpredictable recordings may pleasantly lead you into unexpected territory, the sonics of our dry stage provides you with ultimate control; whether that be an upfront Warren Ellis style approach, a hyper-produced Hans Zimmer style overdub on top of a large orchestral bed, or indeed a virtuoso performance within the section of a chamber work.


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.

Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Main Instruments

  • Bass
  • Cello
  • Viola
  • Violin

Individual articulations

  • Bass
  • Bass - Long Alternative
  • Bass - Long Harmonics
  • Bass - Long Sul Pont Distorted
  • Bass - Long Sul Pont
  • Bass - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Bass - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
  • Bass - Long
  • Bass - Short Pizzicato Damped
  • Bass - Short Pizzicato
  • Bass - Short Spiccato Brushed
  • Bass - Short Spiccato Dig
  • Bass - Short Spiccato
  • Cello
  • Cello - Long Alternative
  • Cello - Long Harmonics
  • Cello - Long Sul Pont Distorted
  • Cello - Long Sul Pont
  • Cello - Long Sul Tasto
  • Cello - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Cello - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
  • Cello - Long
  • Cello - Short Pizzicato
  • Cello - Short Spiccato Brushed
  • Cello - Short Spiccato Dig
  • Cello - Short Spiccato
  • Viola
  • Viola - Long Alternative
  • Viola - Long Harmonics
  • Viola - Long Into Vib
  • Viola - Long Sul Pont Distorted
  • Viola - Long Sul Pont
  • Viola - Long Sul Tasto
  • Viola - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Viola - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
  • Viola - Long
  • Viola - Short Pizzicato
  • Viola - Short Spiccato Brushed
  • Viola - Short Spiccato Dig
  • Viola - Short Spiccato
  • Violin
  • Violin - Long Alternative
  • Violin - Long Harmonics
  • Violin - Long Sul Pont
  • Violin - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violin - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Violin - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
  • Violin - Long
  • Violin - Short Pizzicato
  • Violin - Short Spiccato Brushed
  • Violin - Short Spiccato Dig
  • Violin - Short Spiccato
  • Other patches
  • Bass - Economic
  • Bass - Light resources
  • Bass - Time Machine
  • Cello - Economic
  • Cello - Light resources
  • Cello - Time Machine
  • Viola - Economic
  • Viola - Light resources
  • Viola - Time Machine
  • Violin - Economic
  • Violin - Light resources
  • Violin - Time Machine
  • Performance Legato
  • Cello - Performance patch
  • Violin - Performance patch