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Hans Zimmer Strings

Groundbreaking String Sampling

To create the greatest film scores in the world, you need to think outside the box. Hans Zimmer, the Godfather of Orchestral Sampling, came to Spitfire to produce this spectacular innovation; 344 players, AIR Studios… Only technology can allow you to play an ensemble this big. From thundering basslines to glass-like high strings, this is symphonic strings maximised.

With the help of design and user experience agency UsTwo (Monument Valley, DICE), Hans Zimmer Strings is available as a plugin developed primarily for composers, by composers. Take the dynamic of your scores to levels you’d never imagined with our most ambitious library yet.

Futuristic Sleigh Ride - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:32)

A Last Dance - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:40)

Gigue - Paul Thomson (from an original idea by Duruflé) (0:00 / 2:12)

Paradigm Shift - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:02)

Pulse Adrift - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:06)

Montaigne - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:35)

The Survivor - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 5:16)

Traitor's Motif - Blake Robinson (0:00 / 2:16)

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Product Info

  • 205501 Samples
  • 183.0 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 183.0 GB disk space required
  • 200 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 (dual core), 8GB RAM, 184GB free HD space (7200rpm). Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM, 184GB free SSD space. 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, 184GB free HD space (7200rpm). Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM, 184GB free SSD space. Machine must be connected to the internet during install
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Hans has often said that ‘the true magic of sampling is when you are creating something that’s impossible in reality’.



For Hans Zimmer Strings, we’ve adopted his groundbreaking approach to large group sampling and taken it to another level. We assembled the greatest players in London to perform on this library, recorded at Air Studios, and it’s the combination of such vast numbers of top-tier session players performing together, as one, that led to results we couldn’t have dreamt of.



Here’s how the 344 players break down



These musicians have been sampled performing a large number of playing techniques and, as a result, what’s available is a huge amount of composition possibilities. You’ll be able to use this on projects for years to come.



And how does it sound? It's hard to describe, but our founders Christian and Paul have a go:



“When you gather large string forces it is like the thread count with Egyptian cotton sheets; the higher the count, the silkier the feel. Hans Zimmer Strings offers an oceanic patina of strings and articulations. Where some techniques are often angular, here they suddenly take on a fresh beauty; try out the Col Legno Trattos, a totally unique sound.” – Christian Henson

“This really will make you feel like you can create something totally new and extraordinary sounding - for example, the first experience of hearing 60 exceptional cellists playing muted as softly as possible is so memorable! Being able to realise my own musical ideas with this unusual creative toolkit is extremely inspiring.” – Paul Thomson




This library is available as a plugin (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX) and we’ve worked with UsTwo, one of the world’s best design and user-experience agencies, to create a composition tool that’s easy to use, intuitive and inspiring.



Built To Perform

Honed exclusively for these samples, Hans Zimmer Strings is clutter-free and focused.





Simplified Control

Featuring sliders for expression and dynamics, and the knob that can be easily customised to the user's personal workflow.





Intuitive Navigation System

Tailored specifically for orchestra work, loading instruments is a pleasure. Includes preset filtering.





Clear and Beautiful Icons

At a glimpse, know exactly what you’re working with.





Perhaps the name most synonymous with modern film scoring, Hans Zimmer, has not only composed some of the most memorable scores in recent years, but he has also revolutionised music production for film with his innovative approach to sampling and recording. His daring instrument selection and use of unusual techniques have given his scores a distinctive reputation for making the unexpected sound like it couldn’t have been anything else.


With Hans Zimmer Strings, we offer you a string library so ambitious and exciting that you’re sure to unlock areas of creativity you didn’t imagine possible.





Product Reviews

Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Individual Techniques:

Violins
  • 60 Violins - Short
  • 60 Violins - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 60 Violins - Short Soft Col Legno
  • 60 Violins - Long
  • 60 Violins - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 60 Violins - Long Super Flautando
  • 60 Violins - Long Soft CS
  • 60 Violins - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 60 Violins - Legato
  • 60 Violins - FX
  • 20 Violins LHS - Short Tight
  • 20 Violins LHS - Short Pizzicato
  • 20 Violins LHS - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Violins LHS - Long
  • 20 Violins LHS - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Violins LHS - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Violins LHS - Long Sul Tasto
  • 20 Violins LHS - Long CS
  • 20 Violins LHS - Legato
  • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo
  • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo Harmonics
  • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo CS
  • 20 Violins CTR - Short Tight
  • 20 Violins CTR - Short Strummed Pizzicato
  • 20 Violins CTR - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Sul Tasto
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Sul Pont
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Harmonics
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long CS
  • 20 Violins CTR - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 20 Violins RHS - Tremolo Harmonics
  • 20 Violins RHS - Tremolo CS
  • 20 Violins RHS - Short Strummed Pizzicato
  • 20 Violins RHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 20 Violins RHS - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long Tremolo Harmonic Waves
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long Harmonics
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long CS
  • 20 Violins RHS - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 20 Violins RHS - Legato
  • 20 Violins RHS - FX
  • Violins Galleries - Tremolo CS
  • Violins Galleries - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins Galleries - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Violins Galleries - Short Col Legno
  • Violins Galleries - Long
  • Violins Galleries - Long Super Flautando
  • Violins Galleries - Long Sul Pont
  • Violins Galleries - Long CS
  • Violins Galleries - Long Col Legno Tratto

Violas
  • 20 Violas CTR - Short Tight
  • 20 Violas CTR - Short Strummed Pizzicato
  • 20 Violas CTR - Long
  • 20 Violas CTR - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Violas CTR - Long CS
  • 20 Violas CTR - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 20 Violas CTR - FX
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo Harmonics
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo Harmonic Waves
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Short
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Pizzicato
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Long
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Harmonics
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Long CS
  • 20 Violas WIDE - Legato

Cellos
  • 60 Cellos - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
  • 60 Cellos - Short
  • 60 Cellos - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 60 Cellos - Short Soft Col Legno
  • 60 Cellos - Long
  • 60 Cellos - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 60 Cellos - Long Super Flautando
  • 60 Cellos - Long Soft CS
  • 60 Cellos - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 60 Cellos - Legato
  • 60 Cellos - FX
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo Harmonic Waves
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Short
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Harmonics
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long CS
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 20 Cellos RHS - Legato
  • 20 Cellos RHS - FX
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Tremolo
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Tremolo CS
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Short
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Pizzicato
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Col Legno
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Harmonics
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Long CS
  • 20 Cellos LHS - Legato
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Long
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Super Flautando
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Sul Pont
  • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Harmonics
  • Cellos Galleries - Tremolo CS
  • Cellos Galleries - Short Pizzicato
  • Cellos Galleries - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Cellos Galleries - Short Col Legno
  • Cellos Galleries - Long
  • Cellos Galleries - Long Super Flautando
  • Cellos Galleries - Long Sul Pont
  • Cellos Galleries - Long CS

Basses
  • 24 Basses - Tremolo
  • 24 Basses - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
  • 24 Basses - Short
  • 24 Basses - Short Pizzicato
  • 24 Basses - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • 24 Basses - Short Col Legno
  • 24 Basses - Long
  • 24 Basses - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • 24 Basses - Long Super Sul Pont
  • 24 Basses - Long Super Flautando
  • 24 Basses - Long Sul Pont
  • 24 Basses - Long Harmonics
  • 24 Basses - Long Col Legno Tratto
  • 24 Basses - Legato
  • 24 Basses - FX2 (Chatter)
  • 24 Basses - FX1 (Cluster Slides)

Mics & Mixes

Number Of Mics

  • 60 Violins - 21
  • 20 Violins Left - 13
  • 20 Violins Centre - 14
  • 20 Violins Right - 13
  • Violins Galleries - 15
  • 20 Violas Wide - 17
  • 20 Violas Centre - 15
  • 60 Cellos - 26
  • 20 Cellos Left - 15
  • 20 Cellos Centre - 14
  • 20 Cellos Right - 15
  • Cellos Galleries - 18
  • 24 Basses - 21