Soaring strings review
Since then, we have clocked up over 2, hours of sampling experience, so we knew it was time we revisited these essential instruments. They can add individuality and definition to big string writing, as well as capture soaring solos, whether for film, games or pop music. Soloists are exceptional players, and capturing them on a recording presented unique challenges. We needed to go beyond expectation, making each instrument versatile enough to match the emotional temperature of your music, offering a vast range of mic positions and articulations to blend perfectly with our Symphonic and Chamber collections. Our new solo violin can be played in three distinct modes and was performed by three distinctly different players:
Spitfire Solo Strings
The molto espressivo playing style gives them a very lush and rich sound, that is often missed in other sample libraries. On the other hand, this is also a down side, since this playing style might not be suitable for many genres. The legatos perform really great in playing slow — medium tempo lines, but as many other string sample libraries, they start struggling with faster passages.
The legato transitions sound extremely natural. If my ears work correctly, I also feel like they slightly change with the tempo in which you are playing at. The four dynamic levels of the legatos are quite adequate and the cross-fade transitions between them are very smooth.
The loudest FFF dynamic level really cries emotion. You can almost feel the recorded musicians giving it their very best. This is a useful feature, if you are working fast and do not have time to tweak CC11 expression or CC7 volume simultaneously, to create your complete fade-outs.
Sustains Sustain patches are often overlooked in string samples libraries, but I think Musical Sampling did a great job with the sustains in Soaring Strings. I was utterly surprised by how much realism I was able to achieve with only using a soft sustain patch and a violins legato patch from Soaring Strings! My favorites are the legato violas and my least favorite are the legato and sustain double basses, since they are too bright for my taste and lack warmth and depth. The only things you can select or deselect are the repetitions feature, to silence feature and change your dynamics CC, that is by default set to CC1.
For users, that like to delve deep into their sample libraries and tweak the setting, the lack of settings in Soaring Strings will be a minus, but if you are someone, that just wants to load up a patch and immediately start composing, the lack of settings will be a huge plus.
Conclusion The library delivers exactly what the name suggests. In my opinion the library will find home with professional composers, that are searching for a more emotional, espressivo, soaring and lush legato strings sounds, that they have not found in other sample libraries.
One could only wish, that Musical Sampling will come out with additional content with additional playing techniques for this library in the future. As I have stated at the beginning, I was immediately inspired and enchanted by the playability and the sound of the library. To put things into perspective, I composed the 3 minute demo track, that I have created for the purpose of testing the library, in about two and a half hours.
I simply played in all the legato and sustain lines and tweaked the dynamics. The library really does not need any huge tinkering; just add a nice reverb and you are set.
The molto espressivo playing style gives them a very lush and rich sound, that is often missed in other sample libraries. On the other hand, this is also a down side, since this playing style might not be suitable for many genres. The legatos perform really great in playing slow — medium tempo lines, but as many other string sample libraries, they start struggling with faster passages. The legato transitions sound extremely natural. If my ears work correctly, I also feel like they slightly change with the tempo in which you are playing at.
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Soaring Strings sells for $ from Musical Sampling forward to use with Sustain presets for kontakt for the full ensemble (All Strings) as well. (yes, I have to say it) soaring string lines and dramatic passages by having the players really dig in with the vibrato and giving us all they had with the triple forte . Musical Sampling Soaring Strings KONTAKT – AudioTorrentz https://audiotorrentz .org//05/21/musical-sampling-soaring-strings-kontakt/ .