New Spitfire Strings incoming.

kelexys

New Member
Have you checked out the Spitfire Audio videos and audio clips. Plus there are a few independent examples popping up now.
Yes I have, and I do like the sound of it. But I'm afraid when I buy BDT, and then SSSE just to get Aperture, I will have 3 libraries with kind of the same flavor.
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
with kind of the same flavor
With emphasis on the word "kind"

If your wallet can stand it, and you think you can use Aperture, just go for it.

Personally I went for Tundra as it was an easy choice for me, and just the one purchase required to bag Aperture.
 

kelexys

New Member
With emphasis on the word "kind"

If your wallet can stand it, and you think you can use Aperture, just go for it.

Personally I went for Tundra as it was an easy choice for me, and just the one purchase required to bag Aperture.
Yeah, of course. With that I mean, they all tend to be useful for underscore I think. But they do sound great. I just wish Spitfire had something like Heavyocity Rhythmic textures. Great concept, but the sound is too harsh for me compared to Spitfire
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
I'm still not sure. I was going to get british drama toolkit. But if I take another library I can get Aperture. Is it worth to have in your arsenal?
I was thinking about getting symphonic evolutions also to achieve the amount to get Aperture. I'm looking for a nice library to lay underneath piano scores. I also looked at heavyocity Rhythmic textures , but the sound seems a bit sharp. But I do like the runs and loops in that library.
Would the symphonic evolutions be a good investment? I already own Albion one, Arks 1/2, berlin inspire 1/2, css,csss
I would go for OACE before Symphonic Evolutions, personally. Symphonic evolutions feels rather large and the EVOs generally aim at a more intimate feel. Still Symphonic Evolutions are very useful for giving you a wide variety of longs to be used with a larger orchestra. But your pairing it with Aperture got me thinking about whether you could do something Aperture like by pairing Symphonic Evolutions with complementary patches in OACE and indeed the quartet OA Evolutions. BDT is very nice, btw.

I find the Heavyocity stuff (like rhythmic and intimate textures) in this vein very nice but harder to mix into the ensemble. I probably haven't yet found the right reverb settings and EQ.
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Yes I have, and I do like the sound of it. But I'm afraid when I buy BDT, and then SSSE just to get Aperture, I will have 3 libraries with kind of the same flavor.
They don't sound at all alike, and not at all the same flavor except that they focus on longs. But Aperture also does shorts, and the SF ostinatum feature allows you to automate rhythmic patterns there.
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
I'm still not sure. I was going to get british drama toolkit. But if I take another library I can get Aperture. Is it worth to have in your arsenal?
I was thinking about getting symphonic evolutions also to achieve the amount to get Aperture. I'm looking for a nice library to lay underneath piano scores. I also looked at heavyocity Rhythmic textures , but the sound seems a bit sharp. But I do like the runs and loops in that library.
Would the symphonic evolutions be a good investment? I already own Albion one, Arks 1/2, berlin inspire 1/2, css,csss
I thought Aperture would have been a gimmick (because it was "free"), but it is surprisingly good, and I've been using it a lot lately.
 

synkrotron

A creator of Stuff
I have finally gotten around to registering Aperture with Kontakt. Had a play... Not a big library, obviously, so didn't have to play for long. Now I just have to come up with something appropriate...
 

kelexys

New Member
I caved and bought the ton, with BDT, and also bought OACE. Don't regret it at all, such beautiful sounding libraries. I only had Albion one from Spitfire. Waiting now for my Aperture download :)
 

jpb007.uk

Active Member
An update following a chat with the Spitfire support team this morning (thank you Jack and Harry). It seems the multi-output options are NOT currently available, but will be made available in an update which is due out in the coming days.
So we mere mortals will have to be patient ;) :)

This will definitely make HZ Strings more useful to our core studio template and projects going forward, and, if multi-outputs are made available to the BBCSO then that could also be a purchase in the future (if / when its on sale).
HZ STRINGS UPDATE:

Following the update to HZ-Strings last week, I'm now experiencing CPU massive and SA PlugIn issues.

Wit just one articulation of Violins and with all outputs separately routed via the SA PugIn's 16 stereo outputs and in to 16 inputs in Vienna Ensemble Pro 7 (aka VEP7 64-bit version) and then in to Cubase10 - its impossible to play more than 2 notes without maxxing out the allocated 24 CPU threads on the Vienna Ensemble Pro server!!

However, closer inspection shows that Spitfire Audio's plugin does not appear to be functioning correctly - not multiprocessor compatible. It only appears to be using one CPU thread out of the 24 threads that I allocated for each VEP7 Instance. I've actually only loaded up one instance with one HS-Strings Violins articulation (though I have tried this with Flautando, Long, Sul Tasto - same result).

I've tried this on one of our VEP7 servers - a physically separate Dell server with dual CPUs giving a total of 24 CPU threads, with 256GB RAM. No other sample library has maxxed out the allocated VEP7 CPU threads like this.
Reducing the number of allocated CPU Threads in VEP7 just makes the CPU max out almost permanently in SA's plugin. And reducing the number of playable voices in SA's PlugIn just makes the instrument sound awful.

There is something going on here that makes no sense. Either the Windows10 CPU performance monitor is not correctly showing CPU utilisation, or SA's PlugIn is not utilising the CPU thread allocation correctly. I suspect the latter.


To become playable then the only way forward is to reduce the number of active Microphone's down to 3 or 4. Its workabe but means that mixing everything in the DAW now becomes a challenge. I'm going to try having one instance for each HZ-Strings articulation. This is not what VEP7 is designed for and will make the whole setup somewhat clumsy and unwieldy. But I suppose its worth experimenting with whilst I have a little time to find a workable solution to get around the Spitfire Audio plugin issues.

Has anyone else experienced this?