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String Size

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by TimCox, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. TimCox

    TimCox Senior Member

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    So, I'm dealing with severe sample acquisition syndrome and want to gather some opinions.

    Right now I have Hollywood Strings Diamond, LASS, as well as CSS. I love all of them and the front runner right now is CSS but the smaller size is sometimes painfully obvious. HS is a big resource hog which makes it a harder option and LASS is slightly dated (not by much). I believe Spitfire Symphonic Strings is large sections and I am wondering what the general consensus is in terms of playability and ease of use? I'm not big into layering so I'm just trying to find a good solution for large strings
     
  2. kimarnesen

    kimarnesen Composer

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    My experience is to layer large Strings anyway with smaller sections. So a large library with a chamber size orchestra + solo Strings. It gives the lush symphonic sound but with more details because you have the smaller ones in there as well.
     
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  3. chrisphan

    chrisphan Senior Member

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    credited @NoamL

    LA Scoring Strings - 62 players
    Trailer Strings - 60 players (Vln1+2 recorded as one section; no legatos)
    NI Symphonic Series Strings - 60 players
    Spitfire Symphonic Strings - 60 players
    Hollywood Strings - 57 players
    Cinestrings Core - 55 players

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    Cinematic Strings2 - 40 players
    Soaring Strings & Adventure Strings - I can't find any info but I think they're around 40
    Albion ONE - 37 players (only high/low string sections available)
    Cinematic Studio Strings - 35 players (39 with added Solo Strings)
    Berlin Strings - 28 players (32 with added First Chairs)

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    Auddict United Strings of Europe - 20 players
    Light & Sound Chamber Strings - 18 players
    Spitfire Chamber Strings - 16 players
     
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    TimCox Senior Member

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    Wow! Thanks for that, that’s some great info!
     
  5. NoamL

    NoamL Senior Member

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    I agree with @kimarnesen



    In this mockup I was trying to recreate JunkieXL's live string sound. I found that the best option was to combine the closest mics of CSS + CSSS (so detailed! ;) ) with the F mix of Mural, and a big reverb. And then in the final version I added in some tree sound for CSS/S because the two libraries just weren't gluing together.

    Unfortunately it is slower than using CSS alone but CSS's far mic perspectives would not be useful for this mockup; they give away that the ensemble is "only" 40 strings. The close mics are useful for layering with practically any other string library I reckon.
     
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