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Spitfire Strings Comparison (Spitfire Studio Strings)

rhye

Member
Great comparison! Interestingly enough, chamber was my least favorite. What did you do for mixing?
 

bigisland

New Member
Interesting. They all have qualities for sure. Isn't the Symphonic Strings the old BML line of libraries repackaged? Or did I get this wrong?
 

Mrted

New Member
May I ask you the midifiles for me to study Hermann's Music and Orchestration and how you produced it on a DAW ? thanks a lot !
 

rottoy

Plebeian
I really don't understand why the natural attacks of the shorts aren't kept in these libraries.
I'm always disturbed by the cut off attacks. Other than that, it sounds good!
 

Gerbil

Active Member
I'm suprised to find that I enjoyed the concentrated sound of the studio strings the most. I'd probably change the mics a bit and add a touch of verb. Best solution might be to have them up front and use the symphonic strings as a pseudo verb.
 

Monkberry

Member
This is great. Very helpful!! I think they all have their own place where they shine. I guess I have to buy all!
 

Tice

Active Member
That solo strings violin has such heavy vibrato. I hope you can control that manually?
 

Monkberry

Member
That solo strings violin has such heavy vibrato. I hope you can control that manually?
Agree, that's the only one in the comparison that I didn't care for but without owning it or watching a more-dedicated walkthrough I can't be sure of that assessment. I do like Chamber Strings though.
 

borisb2

Active Member
I think if studio strings would have better 1st violins legato it would be a killer library.

In my new template I dont have the legatos on 1st violins even loaded, but sustain instead - what a shame.
 
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victorkws

victorkws

New Member
Great comparison! Interestingly enough, chamber was my least favorite. What did you do for mixing?
Just a slight EQ and reverbs.

May I ask you the midifiles for me to study Hermann's Music and Orchestration and how you produced it on a DAW ? thanks a lot !
Yes! I have also included the links in the description box. Here you go,
Legatos https://gumroad.com/l/GNnVc
Shorts https://gum.co/qTeeh

That solo strings violin has such heavy vibrato. I hope you can control that manually?
You can manually control the vibrato but I always find it is either too much vibrato or no vibrato at all. Sacconi Strings has a much smoother transition in their vibratos.
 

ism

Senior Member
That solo strings violin has such heavy vibrato. I hope you can control that manually?
Yes, there's a lot of discussion on the vibrato on various threads around here. And to get the best results from this library you really need to ride the vibrato.

It's only on/off at the moment, except for

- all instruments have the progressive in the longs
- the first violin legato has a very nice option for progressive vibrato
- and it also has a very clear (though processor intensive) time machine mechanism to increase the vibrato.

That said, I really like this piece even as it is. With another pass to add variate and nuance via the vibrato, it could really be brilliant.

@victorkws - Happy to have to go at adding vibrato nuances myself , in the event that you're up for sharing the midi/logic file.
 

Monkberry

Member
I was all set to pull the trigger on the Chamber Strings but now I'm really liking the Studio Strings on the shorts. Anybody have both Chamber and Studio? I have some good reverbs if I need to add to the Studio Strings. Just wondering about strengths and weakness of one vs the other.
 

miket

Senior Member
I was all set to pull the trigger on the Chamber Strings but now I'm really liking the Studio Strings on the shorts. Anybody have both Chamber and Studio? I have some good reverbs if I need to add to the Studio Strings. Just wondering about strengths and weakness of one vs the other.
I don't have Chamber Strings, but I do have Studio Strings.

I think it's got tons of potential, but you almost definitely will want the Professional version; same for the brass. The one mic you get in the basic, Tree 1, doesn't really provide the sound I'm after. It has a little more room in it than I'd like for most purposes, and if you're buying these libraries for the flexibility they offer, you'll probably feel the same way. I know some people were skeptical about needing more mic positions in Air 1 than in the Hall, but they really are all different and useful, going by the Herrmann Toolkit.

I can't wait to upgrade and get the Outriggers. The additional instruments in the brass and the divisi functionality with the strings are obviously enticing, too.
 
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