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Spitfire Studio Strings Professional

Your control, your creativity

Spitfire Studio Strings marks the first release of a vital all-new Spitfire Orchestra range. Our ambition was to create an incredibly versatile pro-end dry stage sample library. By choosing the crisp and vibrant setting of Air Studio One, a smaller, more controllable space than the opulent Lyndhurst Hall, we offer our fellow composers a string library with depth, detail and focus all at once. It will work on anything from passionate period dramas to modern Scandi noir. It’s a fit for quirky indie and crisp pop, but can also tackle epic film and games scores.


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Modern Tension Bed — Christian Henson (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 2:40)

Jäva County Revisited — Christian Henson (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 3:08)

Legion Advance — Paul Thomson (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 2:06)

A New Beginning — Christian Henson (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 1:04)

Candlelight Seduction — Paul Thomson (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 1:41)

Winter In Berlin — Oliver Patrice Weder (Professional Edition) (0:00 / 2:10)

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Product Info

  • 210.6 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 421.2 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later, 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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This new set of orchestral libraries, two years in the making, has all the treasured Spitfire hallmarks: A-list London session players, priceless instruments and an unparalleled signal path recorded to tape by Grammy award-winning engineer Simon Rhodes. As with our existing symphonic and chamber ranges, we have applied a “no stone unturned” approach: an encyclopaedia of articulations (playing styles), vibrato control, numerous dynamic layers and round-robins for seamless, nuanced realism.

Our new Studio Strings package is a medium chamber (or small symphonic) ensemble recorded by section (1st violin, 2nd violins, violas, cellos and double basses), and is available in two versions: Spitfire Studio Strings, and the more extensive Spitfire Studio Strings Professional.




Spitfire Studio Strings takes you straight to the heart of our most pristine orchestral library to date: 148 articulations across the full 30-piece string section (8.6.6.6.4), from soaring legato and our signature whispering super-flautando, right down to spiccato, hairpins, grace notes, and FX. Immediately usable, instantly compelling.


The Professional edition of the library offers all of this and more, opening the door to peerless detail and control — 5 extra mics, 2 extra mixes, large band (16.12.12.12.4) and divisi for each section.


We were determined to go the extra mile and offer divisi (half sections) in the Pro library, which empowers a new level of modular control. Your string orchestra is now configurable from the fibrous intimacy of dual four-piece 1st violin sections, three-piece 2nds, three-piece violas and three-piece cellos (4.3.3.3) up to the rich power of 16.12.12.12.4 – a combination of the main sections (including basses) plus two divisi.

In addition to an all-embracing 232 articulations, you can access and personalise your mix of the full microphone armoury of Simon Rhodes — six different setups, from pin-sharp to super-wide, picked up by the best from Neumann, Schoeps, Sennheiser and others.






Spitfire users now have a comprehensive range of orchestral manoeuvres. We believe Studio Strings suits users of our existing Lyndhurst Hall ranges as an essential sonic alternative. It is also perfect for those looking to buy a strings library that will give them the most bang for their buck – being usable in the widest range of musical settings, ready for your own favourite reverbs and FX. With the versatility we have engineered into this library, we have no doubt that Spitfire Studio Strings will be a cherished part of your music-making over the next decade.





Simon Rhodes was an obvious choice for our entirely new Studio orchestra range — a microphone magician with multiple Grammy awards to his name, and a senior engineer at Abbey Road Studios. He has worked at the highest level in film score recording, having been James Horner’s go-to engineer for 18 years. Blockbuster movies such as Avatar, Skyfall and Spectre have also had the Rhodes treatment.


You can choose Simon’s mix, or with the Professional edition of the library, customise from the various mic options, from close to ambient, as well as two ‘Tree’ setups, both using Schoeps microphones. “The second uses Schoeps MK 21 wide cardioids (or sub-cardioids), which are great for keeping the room sound at bay while allowing you to get a sense of distance and perspective. This was especially important for our prized divisi recordings, where we recorded different sets of players in separate chairs, divided between inside and outside desks. With a touch of reverb on, this library is going to sound very lush and beautiful, but at the same time keep hold of all the detail.”








GUIs

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.

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.

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.

Product Reviews

Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

All-in-one patches

  • Violins 1 (16)
  • Violins 1 (8)
  • Violins 1 (4A)
  • Violins 1 (4B)
  • Violins 2 (12)
  • Violins 2 (6)
  • Violins 2 (3A)
  • Violins 2 (3B)
  • Violas (12)
  • Violas (6)
  • Violas (3A)
  • Violas (3B)
  • Celli (12)
  • Celli (6)
  • Celli (3A)
  • Celli (3B)
  • Basses (4)

Advanced

Extended techniques
  • Violins 1 (16) - Core techniques
  • Violins 1 (16) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 1 (8) - Core techniques
  • Violins 1 (8) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Core techniques
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Core techniques
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 2 (12) - Core techniques
  • Violins 2 (12) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 2 (6) - Core techniques
  • Violins 2 (6) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Core techniques
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Decorative techniques
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Core techniques
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Decorative techniques
  • Violas (12) - Core techniques
  • Violas (12) - Decorative techniques
  • Violas (6) - Core techniques
  • Violas (6) - Decorative techniques
  • Violas (3A) - Core techniques
  • Violas (3A) - Decorative techniques
  • Violas (3B) - Core techniques
  • Violas (3B) - Decorative techniques
  • Celli (12) - Core techniques
  • Celli (12) - Decorative techniques
  • Celli (6) - Core techniques
  • Celli (6) - Decorative techniques
  • Celli (6) - FX
  • Celli (3A) - Core techniques
  • Celli (3A) - Decorative techniques
  • Celli (3B) - Core techniques
  • Celli (3B) - Decorative techniques
  • Basses (4) - Core techniques
  • Basses (4) - Decorative techniques

Individual articulations

Violins 1 (16)
  • Violins 1 (16) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 1 (16) - Long CS
  • Violins 1 (16) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 1 (16) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 1 (16) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 1 (16) - Tremolo

Violins 1 (8)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Falls
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Gliss
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Grace Note Semitone
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Grace Note Tone
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Grace Note x2
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Grace Note x3 to Dominant
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Grace Note x3 to Tonic
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Hairpin
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Phrases
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Slide 4th to Tonic
  • Violins 1 (8) - FX Slide 5th to Dominant
  • Violins 1 (8) - Legato (Portamento)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long CS Blend
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long CS Sul Pont
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long CS
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Harmonics
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Sul G
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Sul Pont
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • Violins 1 (8) - Long
  • Violins 1 (8) - Marcato Attack
  • Violins 1 (8) - Runs
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Brushed CS
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Brushed
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Col Legno
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Harmonics
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Spiccato CS
  • Violins 1 (8) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo CS Sul Pont
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo CS
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo Measured (150bpm)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo Measured CS (150bpm)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo Measured Sul Pont CS (150bpm)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo Measured Sul Pont CS (180bpm)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Violins 1 (8) - Tremolo
  • Violins 1 (8) - Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Trill (Major 3rd)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Trill (Minor 2nd)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Trill (Minor 3rd)
  • Violins 1 (8) - Trill (Perfect 4th)

Violins 1 (4A)
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Long CS
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Long
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Tremolo

Violins 1 (4B)
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Long CS
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Long
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Tremolo

Violins 2 (12)
  • Violins 2 (12) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 2 (12) - Long CS
  • Violins 2 (12) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 2 (12) - Long
  • Violins 2 (12) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 2 (12) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 2 (12) - Tremolo

Violins 2 (6)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Falls
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Gliss
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Grace Note Semitone
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Grace Note Tone
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Grace Note x2
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Grace Note x3 to Dominant
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Grace Note x3 to Tonic
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Hairpin
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Phrases
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Scales
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Slide 4th to Tonic
  • Violins 2 (6) - FX Slide 5th to Dominant
  • Violins 2 (6) - Legato (Portamento)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long CS Blend
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long CS Sul Pont
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long CS
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Harmonics
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Sul G
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Sul Pont
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • Violins 2 (6) - Long
  • Violins 2 (6) - Marcato Attack
  • Violins 2 (6) - Runs
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Brushed CS
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Brushed
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Col Legno
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Harmonics
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Spiccato CS
  • Violins 2 (6) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo CS Sul Pont
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo CS
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo Measured (150bpm)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo Measured CS (150bpm)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Violins 2 (6) - Tremolo
  • Violins 2 (6) - Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Trill (Major 3rd)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Trill (Minor 2nd)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Trill (Minor 3rd)
  • Violins 2 (6) - Trill (Perfect 4th)

Violins 2 (3A)
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Long CS
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Long Flautando
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Long
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Tremolo

Violins 2 (3B)
  • Violins (3B) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violins (3B) - Long CS
  • Violins (3B) - Long Flautando
  • Violins (3B) - Long
  • Violins (3B) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violins (3B) - Short Spiccato
  • Violins (3B) - Tremolo

Violas (12)
  • Violas (12) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violas (12) - Long CS
  • Violas (12) - Long Flautando
  • Violas (12) - Long
  • Violas (12) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violas (12) - Short Spiccato
  • Violas (12) - Tremolo

Violas (6)
  • Violas (6) - Legato (Portamento)
  • Violas (6) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violas (6) - Long CS Blend
  • Violas (6) - Long CS
  • Violas (6) - Long Flautando
  • Violas (6) - Long Harmonics
  • Violas (6) - Long Sul C
  • Violas (6) - Long Sul Pont
  • Violas (6) - Long Sul Tasto
  • Violas (6) - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • Violas (6) - Long
  • Violas (6) - Marcato Attack
  • Violas (6) - Short Brushed CS
  • Violas (6) - Short Brushed
  • Violas (6) - Short Col Legno
  • Violas (6) - Short Harmonics
  • Violas (6) - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Violas (6) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violas (6) - Short Spiccato CS
  • Violas (6) - Short Spiccato
  • Violas (6) - Tremolo CS
  • Violas (6) - Tremolo Measured (150bpm)
  • Violas (6) - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Violas (6) - Tremolo
  • Violas (6) - Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Violas (6) - Trill (Minor 2nd)

Violas (3A)
  • Violas (3A) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violas (3A) - Long CS
  • Violas (3A) - Long Flautando
  • Violas (3A) - Long
  • Violas (3A) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violas (3A) - Short Spiccato
  • Violas (3A) - Tremolo

Violas (3B)
  • Violas (3B) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Violas (3B) - Long CS
  • Violas (3B) - Long Flautando
  • Violas (3B) - Long
  • Violas (3B) - Short Pizzicato
  • Violas (3B) - Short Spiccato
  • Violas (3B) - Tremolo

Celli (12)
  • Celli (12) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Celli (12) - Long CS
  • Celli (12) - Long Flautando
  • Celli (12) - Long
  • Celli (12) - Short Pizzicato
  • Celli (12) - Short Spiccato
  • Celli (12) - Tremolo

Celli (6)
  • Celli (6) - Falls
  • Celli (6) - FX Gliss
  • Celli (6) - FX Grace Note Semitone
  • Celli (6) - FX Grace Note Tone
  • Celli (6) - FX Grace Note x2
  • Celli (6) - FX Hairpin
  • Celli (6) - FX Scales
  • Celli (6) - Legato (Portamento)
  • Celli (6) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Celli (6) - Long CS Blend
  • Celli (6) - Long CS Sul Pont
  • Celli (6) - Long CS
  • Celli (6) - Long Flautando
  • Celli (6) - Long Harmonics
  • Celli (6) - Long Sul C
  • Celli (6) - Long Sul Pont
  • Celli (6) - Long Sul Tasto
  • Celli (6) - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • Celli (6) - Long
  • Celli (6) - Marcato Attack
  • Celli (6) - Short Brushed CS
  • Celli (6) - Short Brushed
  • Celli (6) - Short Col Legno
  • Celli (6) - Short Harmonics
  • Celli (6) - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Celli (6) - Short Pizzicato
  • Celli (6) - Short Spiccato CS
  • Celli (6) - Short Spiccato
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo CS Sul Pont
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo CS
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo Measured (150bpm)
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo Measured CS (150bpm)
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo Measured Sul Pont CS (150bpm)
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo Measured Sul Pont CS (180bpm)
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Celli (6) - Tremolo
  • Celli (6) - Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Celli (6) - Trill (Major 3rd)
  • Celli (6) - Trill (Minor 2nd)
  • Celli (6) - Trill (Minor 3rd)
  • Celli (6) - Trill (Perfect 4th)

Celli (3A)
  • Celli (3A) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Celli (3A) - Long CS
  • Celli (3A) - Long Flautando
  • Celli (3A) - Long
  • Celli (3A) - Short Pizzicato
  • Celli (3A) - Short Spiccato
  • Celli (3A) - Tremolo

Celli (3B)
  • Celli (3B) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Celli (3B) - Long CS
  • Celli (3B) - Long Flautando
  • Celli (3B) - Long
  • Celli (3B) - Short Pizzicato
  • Celli (3B) - Short Spiccato
  • Celli (3B) - Tremolo

Basses (4)
  • Basses (4) - Legato (Portamento)
  • Basses (4) - Legato (Slurred)
  • Basses (4) - Long Flautando
  • Basses (4) - Long Harmonics
  • Basses (4) - Long Sul Pont
  • Basses (4) - Long Sul Tasto
  • Basses (4) - Long Super Sul Tasto
  • Basses (4) - Long
  • Basses (4) - Marcato Attack
  • Basses (4) - Short Col Legno
  • Basses (4) - Short Harmonics
  • Basses (4) - Short Pizzicato Bartok
  • Basses (4) - Short Pizzicato
  • Basses (4) - Short Spiccato
  • Basses (4) - Tremolo Measured (150bpm)
  • Basses (4) - Tremolo Measured (180bpm)
  • Basses (4) - Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Basses (4) - Tremolo
  • Basses (4) - Trill (Major 2nd)
  • Basses (4) - Trill (Minor 2nd)

Legato techniques
  • Violins 1 (16) - Legato performance
  • Violins 1 (8) - Legato performance
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Legato performance
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Legato performance
  • Violins 2 (12) - Legato performance
  • Violins 2 (6) - Legato performance
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Legato performance
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Legato performance
  • Violas (12) - Legato performance
  • Violas (6) - Legato performance
  • Violas (3A) - Legato performance
  • Violas (3B) - Legato performance
  • Celli (12) - Legato performance
  • Celli (6) - Legato performance
  • Celli (3A) - Legato performance
  • Celli (3B) - Legato performance
  • Basses (4) - Legato performance

Other patches
  • Violins 1 (16) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 1 (16) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 1 (16) - Light resources
  • Violins 1 (16) - Time Machine
  • Violins 1 (8) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 1 (8) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 1 (8) - Light resources
  • Violins 1 (8) - Time Machine
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Light resources
  • Violins 1 (4A) - Time Machine
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Light resources
  • Violins 1 (4B) - Time Machine
  • Violins 2 (12) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 2 (12) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 2 (12) - Light resources
  • Violins 2 (12) - Time Machine
  • Violins 2 (6) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 2 (6) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 2 (6) - Light resources
  • Violins 2 (6) - Time Machine
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Light resources
  • Violins 2 (3A) - Time Machine
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Economic Longs
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Economic Shorts
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Light resources
  • Violins 2 (3B) - Time Machine
  • Violas (12) - Economic Longs
  • Violas (12) - Economic Shorts
  • Violas (12) - Light resources
  • Violas (12) - Time Machine
  • Violas (6) - Economic Longs
  • Violas (6) - Economic Shorts
  • Violas (6) - Light resources
  • Violas (6) - Time Machine
  • Violas (3A) - Economic Longs
  • Violas (3A) - Economic Shorts
  • Violas (3A) - Light resources
  • Violas (3A) - Time Machine
  • Violas (3B) - Economic Longs
  • Violas (3B) - Economic Shorts
  • Violas (3B) - Light resources
  • Violas (3B) - Time Machine
  • Celli (12) - Economic Longs
  • Celli (12) - Economic Shorts
  • Celli (12) - Light resources
  • Celli (12) - Time Machine
  • Celli (6) - Economic Longs
  • Celli (6) - Economic Shorts
  • Celli (6) - Light resources
  • Celli (6) - Time Machine
  • Celli (3A) - Economic Longs
  • Celli (3A) - Economic Shorts
  • Celli (3A) - Light resources
  • Celli (3A) - Time Machine
  • Celli (3B) - Economic Longs
  • Celli (3B) - Economic Shorts
  • Celli (3B) - Light resources
  • Celli (3B) - Time Machine
  • Basses (4) - Economic Longs
  • Basses (4) - Economic Shorts
  • Basses (4) - Light resources
  • Basses (4) - Time Machine

Mics & Mixes

Mics
  • C1 - Close mics
  • C2 - Leader close mic
  • T1 - Tree 1
  • T2 - Tree 2
  • A - Ambience mics
  • O - Outriggers

Mixes
  • M1 - Mix 1
  • M2 - Mix 2