Spitfire Sable R.I.P. - Press Release

Without exception the pet favourite library of everyone who works at Spitfire is our Sable chamber strings library. A rare set of recordings featuring just 16 players proving that small can be more beautiful and that detailed sampling makes for better composing! We’re happy too that Sable has a core global following of dedicated and in many ways patient users.

It has been a 4 year labour of love, growing, blooming into a very detailed sampling project. However as users ourselves and as a developer who takes pride in listening to our customers we understand that it has been an incredibly difficult library to maintain and for new users it has all the appeal of a kit car!

For this reason we are retiring Sable in favour of a rationalised and refreshed new product.

For those of you wanting just one volume (we particularly recommend Sable ensembles as a great entry level volume or Sable 1 for the 1st Violins and Celli as a great staple) or wanting to complete the full range with all bells and whistles (with the bundle at nearly 50% off) this is your last chance!

But the most important thing is anyone who has bought any Sable products now or in the past will all have a discounted crossgrade path up to a new exciting, rationalised and refreshed new product...

On the 21st of July Spitfire Chamber Strings will be launched at an RRP of £549 with a promo price of £412 until the end of July. Later in 2016 we will launch an “expansion pack” for Spitfire Chamber Strings aimed at those of you wanting all the bells and whistles of the original Sable without the fuss. This will retail at £349 RRP and as it is an expansion pack there will be no initial promo.

All current users of Sable will have a discounted crossgrade to both products with owners of all 5 volumes getting both Spitfire Chamber Strings and the Expansion Pack for free. We have also paid for the Kontakt Player license for all existing users and will not pass that cost on to you.

To know how much your crossgrade path will be simply go to buy Spitfire Chamber Strings when it is released (preferably during the promo periods!) and see how much you have to top up to get your hands on it. Owners of all five volumes will receive their download details via email prior to release as no transaction will be required.

  • If you know you will want the expanded version with all mics and mixes, it’s the same price to complete your bundle now as it will be to buy the library during the launch promo period, and then buy the expansion pack later: £761 (Bundle is currently £761, SCS during launch promo: also £761 BUT SCS plus Expansion at FULL price will be £898). If you do this and therefore own all 5 parts, you will receive the new library at no additional cost upon release.

  • If you are happy with the CTA mics and don’t need the extra mics and mixes, wait until SCS is released and then cross grade.

  • If you only want one specific volume (or a few) then get them now as it’s the last chance to buy individually (and we’ve set up a great discount of 24% on individual products)

Here are a few post-launch example prices (if you want to see EVERY combination, please see here)

What is in Spitfire Chamber Strings?

16 star players, 4 1st Violins, 3 2nd Violins, 3 Violas, 3 Cellos & 3 Basses super deep sampled with over 244 articulations, including 38 shorts, 53 longs, 19 FX, and 45 extraordinary legato patches programmed by Andrew Blaney. Recorded with multiple round robins, dynamic layers and presented with 3 essential and versatile microphone positions. In addition to each individual section we also have a comprehensive selection of articulations and techniques presented in an ‘ensemble’ format designed for sketching and composing with ‘out of the box’ satisfaction.

What ISN’T in Spitfire Chamber Strings that is in Sable?

Frankly the tons of mic positions and stereo mixes. We’ve listened to many of you and it is simply the case that not all of you want, use or have space and a download capability for all these additional mics and mixes. So Spitfire Chamber Strings contains three diverse sounding mics (Close, Tree, Ambient) which allow Chamber Strings to be used on a variety of uses from expansive Hollywood to tight Pop.

More importantly, the structural file complications of Sable are no longer in Spitfire Chamber Strings, so maintaining and upgrading it will become a thing of pleasure not of pain!

(See table below for exactly what you get. Simple version immediately below.)

What IS in Spitfire Chamber Strings that isn’t in Sable?

Spitfire Chamber Strings is now a Kontakt Player library which you can access from your library pane. It has a simplified folder architecture that offers accessibility to newbies and intuitive ease of use and convenience for veterans.

We’re proud to announce that Spitfire Chamber Strings is our first product to ship with Native Control Standard offering ease of use with Native Instruments’ excellent keyboard controllers.

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Spitfire Chamber Strings comes with a more intuitive GUI including inline help, so you can boot up and play without having to consult user manuals, search the internet, or get your mates round to help you use it!

Whilst we pride ourselves on the quality of our wares, Sable has been a complicated beast to maintain. So we’ve given it a spring clean, safe in the knowledge that the update now is a simple ‘start from scratch’ ensuring you all get the product we want you to have!

I already own everything why crossgrade even if it is for free?

Other than the enhancements we have already talked of we have to admit it’s for you that we have worked months to do this for. We have listened to your feedback and your wonderful music. We have shared with you our love of this library but it has become increasingly difficult to maintain, update and care for. We feel that the new Spitfire Chamber Strings experience will offer you the chamber strings library we have always wanted. Deep and friendly, detailed and easy to use. Spitfire Chamber Strings ensures that we keep maintaining this rare set of samples well into the future and we thank you for your support.

Here’s what is in both Spitfire Chamber Strings and its forthcoming Expansion Pack: