Nice detailed comments, but my current ignorance makes me puzzled by CSS ~34GB and SStS Pro ~210GB.
Mics typically raise this number notably, but you mention the Mic info ….
To clarify,I’m surprised this comparison is being made versus the much more obvious 8dio Century Strings (6,4,5,4,4). Not only are they both recorded straight away versus in situ, but there is another missing piece of the Spitfire marketing... and I can only assume this happens because of what I am about to say. The midi transpose-pitch shift trick can give you a potential 18,12,15,8,8 section with two “artificial” sections with 8dio Centurty Strings. You can tailor ADSR to better fake the product. And it is quite convincing! You can get the same results with any smaller sized library recorded straight away. So unless specified, I’d bet this is is how this was recorded. However the marketing would allude otherwise. It is probably just packaged so the user doesn’t have to do this trick manually. I absolutely love Spitfire, so this is not a negative hit on them. This is just something I wanted to point that is possibly getting overlooked. I might be entirely off base on it though! If so, I apologize to Christian & Co. I’m a big Spitfire fan. This library included.
But mostly, I don’t see why CSS would be the point of comparison. Good days to be a composer though! That’s for sure!
This is a direct CSS competitor. There's 30 musicians here, compared to 35 in CSS (and 28 in Berlin). The intro price is also exactly the same as CSS's price so... y'know... doesn't seem like coincidence...
Except, on the other hand, you get so much more than CSS at the same price. Six mic positions instead of three, extended techniques, true sordinos, sul tasto and sul pont, trills beyond half/whole.
The size flexibility is killer. You have a 30-piece string orchestra with divisi in every section (except basses). You have two choices for 17-piece ensembles, which competes with SCS and Light&Sound (and the upcoming Hyperion I suppose). And you can combine the half and full size sections to get a 60 piece orchestra that weighs in with Hollywood Strings, Spitfire Symphonic Strings, and LASS. So while sticking with the studio sound, it competes in the chamber sized, studio sized and Hollywood sized arenas. What really made my day is seeing that Spitfire have prepared NKIs at each section size that already "bake together" the sample content. You don't have to load 3 sets of patches to get the divisi+divisi+full sound. That is a huge usability feature & RAM saver.
Except except, on the other other hand... the longs seem to have 3 dynamic layers (4 in CSS), there are only 2 lengths of short notes (4 in CSS), and there's only one set of legato transitions (quite fast) plus portamento (3+port in CSS). And overall, the sound seems more reserved while CSS feels "musical" in every note. I skimmed through the videos and demos and nothing about this string sound really blew me away the way I remember first hearing the CSS demos (and when I use them every day! ). It's more like Spitfire's other libraries: very neutral, and therefore very usable and flexible.
I think this is gonna be an interesting addition to all the options for strings. Looking forward to user reviews!
Looking beyond that - if it's not totally silly to do so on the day a library drops - this is Spitfire announcing that they're throwing their hat into the ring for another full orchestra.
That means in addition to upcoming dry woodwind and brass ensembles from Cinematic Studio and Soundiron Hyperion (and probably Adventure Woodwinds to complete Musical Sampling's range), there will be a Spitfire Studio option as well. Spitfire Studio Woodwinds will be particularly interesting because in their BML range they showed an interest in sampling the rarer auxiliary winds. I got the opportunity to play with the Bass Flute instrument on a friend's composing rig, and it's a stellar instrument. So Spitfire Studio Winds will be one to watch out for, I think. Heckelphone, Christian? Please?
Ah. Thanks for clarifying. The pics do show a recording of the full section, so I missed that too. Pretty cool.To clarify,
- Main String Section of (8,6,6,6,4)
- Two Divisi Sections (18.104.22.168) We have also included divisi or half sections for the first time to give a new level of modular control
- Large band (22.214.171.124.4) Consisting of the Main Section and the two Divisi Sections
No transpose trickery involved.
Perhaps this explains it a bit:
SF Studio Strings
210 GB;12 Mics (6 mics x 2 mixes); 10 instruments (different sizes)
GB/ Mic/ Instrument = 1.76
Cinematic Studio Strings
34 GB; 3 Mics; 5 instruments
GB/ Mic/ Instrument = 2.26
Imo most of them dont think about how to make libraries so that the user has an efficient workflow. What do you have from millions of articulations when you can´t connect them to a cohesive musical line. Sometimes I think this whole puzzle box of quadrillions of articulations are nice to play around but once you mock up something with musical intention most of that falls apart sorry to say but I speak of ..my daily experience working with all this libraries.. I wish in general developers would concentrate on fewer articulation but useable content and more in depth scripting so that you are able to make some music with it and not just a collection of samples in a row. But thats not a spitfire specific thing. But watching at the walkthough this one makes no exception in that regards too.
Rather than comparing, I'm more interested in the possibility of layering it with CSS, would it be worth getting this just to be able to layer the 2 if I already have CSS/CSSS?
Agreed 100% Alexander
Hollywood Strings and the Chris Hein libraries also have a large variety of short lengths and long attack types. I remember the CH violins did very well in a recent blind test here on VIC.
I guess it depends on what demo you're listening too. I agree that the audio demos aren't really to my liking on the website, but I watched the Spitfire girl's video (sorry can't remember her name) and I thought that it sounded really good. And very intimate.yeah, listening to the walkthroughs and the demos I agree with not loving the sound. To me, it seems to lack any softness what-so-ever... like it's always kinda cranked to 10. Will be interested what people think when they actually get their hands on it...
I am a big fan of Spitfire's libraries (in fact my whole orchestra is Spitfire samples) but I would prefer if they did a few more classical sounding symphonic demos on their websites. Now they usually do minimalist, layering, very modern sounding demos. When releasing an orchestral library they should always have some classical demo piece so that we can hear the legatos in action and the phrasing etc.
I simply can't understand why the divisi sections only have the basic articulations. Makes no sense offering them, isn't it?
I don't have any Spitfire products, but the drier recordings and the price are very tempting. I prefer and stay with LASS. For me, a better sound and the same articulations for all of the divisi groups.