string libraries

  1. C

    Spitfire BBCSO + Chamber Strings

    Hi forum, So I'm trying to find a neater, smaller sound for my string arrangements. My main (string) library is Spitfire's BBCSO Pro and while the strings are great, sometimes (often) I wish they could be dialled back - and without having to resort to EQ and mic positioning tricks. I love the...
  2. Beat Kaufmann

    Combining String Libraries for an even more realistic result...

    Playing music, simultaneously with different string libraries, often makes the result sound even more real. The errors of the individual libraries add up to an average whole, so that they are no longer perceived as errors. The combination of libraries of different sizes also allows for more...
  3. R

    Audiobro MSS experience reports

    Very first impressions and tips: tl;dr - It sounds great, but I haven't seen a lib ruin its sound out of the box so badly since... MSB :( Lots of the default settings may trip you up. Things that can ruin the sound (IMO): Auto-divisi keeps the legato from working as expected - they tell you...
  4. nuyo

    Biggest Sized Ensemble Strings Sample Library

    I'm looking for a string sample library with a high amount of players. I know that HZ Strings has a lot but I would like to have a few more options.
  5. Diego Leal E

    Do you know of a String library that can do this sound? (Bass Ensemble: Aggressive, close, very dry shorts)

    Hello there! :) I'm on a quest looking for a modern string library (Bass ensemble) that can do this type of sound. Example 1 - Isolated: Example 2 - Used in a videogame track from 1999 (Compressed audio quality due to hardware limitations back then) As you can hear, It is a very...
  6. ChrisSiuMusic

    Checking Out VISTA by Performance Samples!

    Hey friends! In today's library review, let's break down Vista by Performance Samples, play through the patches, and see what kind of results we get. Enjoy! 0:00 Intro 2:02 5 Violins 4:36 4 Violas 6:16 3 Cellos 7:56 3 Basses 9:30 Full Sustains 10:17 Harp 12:12 3 Violins Overlay 13:11...
  7. C

    A string sound similar to Yuki Kajiura's music (SStS, SCS, LASS, etc?)

    Hey, everyone! I've been a fan of Yuki Kajiura for many years and I'm interested in emulating the close and intimate sound she creates with her strings. They are recorded live but, since I have neither the budget nor contacts, I'm looking for a library which can get as close as possible. Could...
  8. A

    String library suggestions

    Greetings everyone. I'm looking forward to buy the Cinestrings Core library from Cinesamples; Also keen to the sound of LA scoring strings. I do have the Albion range and some libraries from 8dio, but they don't quite cut it. Was looking at this one to use as my main one and underlay the rest...
  9. Jophus

    A good complementary library for Chamber strings.

    What is a good big grandiose sounding string library that would complement the intimacy of Spitfire Chamber Strings? Currently considering Cinematic Studio Strings or just the full Spitfire Symphonic Strings. Anyone care to chime in??
  10. Vik

    Violin and cello (legato examples) compared

    NB - this thread started with a cello comparison. The violin comparison starts here. I initially made this for myself, and I may post a revised version later (and the names of the libraries I have used in a few days). Any comments/preferences before you know what you listen to? In reverse...
  11. F

    Help de deciding between CSS -30% or SStS -50%

    I have no “pro” string library and do much more classical mockups and pop arrangements than film music. Seeing that SStS is probably going for half the price on Apex and having the edu discount for CSS, which one do you think would be a better purchase for my use case? I’m aware that CSS gets a...
  12. Leslie Fuller

    Opinions on Auddict’s United Strings of Europe?

    Just seen this advertised as a current deal by VSTBuzz at €149 (75% off)! Info states it is over 50gb, and wondering if it is overkill. Does anyone have this library, as I don’t see it mentioned much in the forum? Thanks in advance.
  13. nickmurraymusic

    Cinematic Studio Strings (CSS) vs. Spitfire Symphonic Strings

    Hey guys, I did a quick comparison between these 2 popular string libraries. I find they do have a different sound, but actually work well together as well.
  14. Vik

    String library micro reviews (mainly pros and cons)

    I don't know if this will any/many posts, but I think it's worth a try. If you should write a micro review of one of your fav. string libraries, what would you write? I'm thinking of something really short - just a few pros and cons and possibly a 'conclusion'.
  15. Vik

    Most important qualities in a string library?

    Had it been easy to create a string library that would fulfil most users' needs, there would't have been so many of them out there. So - when you consider a string library, and listen to demos/walkthroughs etc... which qualities are most important for you? Please post your answers, if you have...
  16. StrezovSampling

    Strezov Sampling presents AFFLATUS Chapter 1 // 1.2 Update feat. 18GB of new sample content

    A Great Adventure Unfolds: Strezov Sampling are proud to present Afflatus Chapter I Strings Inspired by film and classical music icons this collection pushes the boundaries of traditional sampling methods by introducing revolutionary features like Auto Divisi combined with Polyphonic True...
  17. J

    Spitfire Audio, Chris Hein or Cinematic Studio Strings

    Hi Everyone, I'm new to this forum and hope you can help. I'm considering getting a solo and maybe ensemble string collection. The DAW I work with is Cubase. I'm looking to compose piano and strings. The three main contenders that keep coming up are Spitfire Audio, Chris Hein and Cinematic...
  18. ChrisSiuMusic

    CSS vs. Berlin Strings

  19. Vik

    String libraries section sizes

    I believe that I saw a list somewhere, probably on this site, over a lot of string libraries and the number of players in each of their sections, but can't find it. Does anyone know where I can find such a list? If not, maybe we could turn this thread into such a list - if manufacturers and/or...
  20. amadeus1

    Hans Zimmer Strings vs Synchron Strings - Violins

    This is a comparison between the two libraries for the violin sections.
  21. M

    Final Fantasy-Like Orchestral Library Suggestions?

    What orchestral instrument libraries have sounds similar to "blinded by light" by Masashi Hamauzu or "The Promise" by Masashi Hamauzu (Final Fantasy)? I'm looking for libraries that are intimate, have similar styles of VIBRATO, emotional, fantasy. Preferably looking for string and horn...
  22. R

    NI Symphony Series Strings VS Cinematic Studio Strings

    Which is a better purchase? Looking for real world experience with each library.
  23. Vik

    POLL: What are your favourite string libraries?

    NB - the libraries marked with an asterisk have been added to the poll after the voting started (April 6th 2017 or later). This poll doesn't take into consideration the number of users who use each library, so a library with a low percentage could still be seen as perfect by all it's users (but...
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