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jbuhler

Senior Member
I just pulled the trigger on Spitfire Chamber Strings. So many back and fourth reviews on the Spitfire Solo Strings. Chamber reviews seem to lean toward the "I'm happy with my investment."
I don't think you can go wrong with SCS, so long as you like how it sounds in the demos. You might be able to get to something you are happy with spending less money, and you are likely to decide you want additional string libraries for certain applications, but SCS is just so solid and so broad in its applicability.
 

transverb

Member
Yes, I use SCS far more than I use SSS. I don't even especially like SSS, though there are times when I have to use them.
More and more I feel like I just need to get a basic core lib like SStS or LSCS and save up for SCS...
 
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arznable

Member
Quick question here. Wondering if I already have Ark 1, 2, 3 & Tundra, would it be redundant for me to complete the Albions Bundle? Or they complement each other well?
 
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transverb

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whiskers

Perpetual student
Sweet! Let's us know what you think.

I have not heard back from support in a couple days either.

Almost last call for real this time - 3.5HRS to go https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Spitfire+Audio+Christmas+Wish+List+2018+Codes+Expire&iso=20181231T2359&p1=136
support is likely gone for the day as it's like 20:35 GMT, which is why I went ahead and picked it up. Not really feeling like paying 50$ for Kinematik, so lets hope Spitfire Support has a little mercy as I just spent over 1k with them. :). If not I'll just wait to pick it up I think.
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Quick question here. Wondering if I already have Ark 1, 2, 3 & Tundra, would it be redundant for me to complete the Albions Bundle? Or they compliment each other well?
It depends on whether you use the hybrid stuff in the Albions. Albion One would give you upper woodwinds lacking in the Arks, albeit in ensemble form. In some ways the strings are more useable in Albion One compared to those in the Arks, but opinions differ a lot on the Albion One strings. (I personally prefer them to the Ark 1 strings in most instances.) Albion 2 has very nice strings but is comparable to Ark 2, and to some extent Tundra, so it depends on what you are looking for. The smaller ensemble of Albion 2 is definitely nice, and I like these strings a lot. The horn/euphonium patch is also excellent. Sackbutts and recorders? I've never really known what to do with those. But the additional materials in Albion 2 are some of the strongest in the Albion series. Albion 3 is low end, and whether you find it useful depends a lot on the extent of variety you need there. Homay's recent video on this library is excellent for letting you hear another side to this library. I don't have Albion 4, so can't comment on it.

In short, because of the non-orchestral components to the Albions, redundancy is a hard question to answer. Also the utility of Albion 1 and 2 will depend on how well you get along with the strings in the Arks. Somehow you need to fill in the gap of high woodwinds—or decide that is not a sound you care about.
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
*********** Albion 3 is low end, and whether you find it useful depends a lot on the extent of variety you need there. Homay's recent video on this library is excellent for letting you hear another side to this library. I don't have Albion 4, so can't comment on it. ************
Also the utility of Albion 1 and 2 will depend on how well you get along with the strings in the Arks. Somehow you need to fill in the gap of high woodwinds—or decide that is not a sound you care about.
Last minute struggle with:
1) BHCT ….. seems great content to help with NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch, BO_Inspire(s), The Orchestra. Smart Orchestra.

2) Albion 3 _ ICENI …. I respect, trust earlier advices ( as ARK 1 user ) yet Homay's great video makes it even tougher to pass now with WL cost. Honestly, still listening with open mind.

Less than 3 hours …. :confused:
 

whiskers

Perpetual student
Last minute struggle with:
1) BHCT ….. seems great content to help with NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch, BO_Inspire(s), The Orchestra. Smart Orchestra.

2) Albion 3 _ ICENI …. I respect, trust earlier advices _ as ARK 1 user _ yet Homay's great video makes it even tougher to pass now with WL cost. Honestly, still listening with open mind.

Less than 3 hours …. :confused:
Total noob here, but here was my take. BHCT was on my list but hadn't really paid attention to it. Randomly browsed some walkthrough and demos based on a few raves on this forum and it had that captivating 'woah!' factor for me. Not many libs have done that for me. I think it has some interesting combos/textures I wouldn't find elsewhere. Having a dry lib too gives some flexibility.

For me, Iceni didn't seem like a must have with Ark 1 & Ark 2. Then again, not looking to do a bunch of big, bold, brash sounds either.

BHCT is one of the rare purchases that I'm not second guessing either :). Seems like an incredible amount for what they are asking. Would be quite something else if you could separate the combos they include in BHCT, but i guess beggars can't be choosers :)
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Last minute struggle with:
1) BHCT ….. seems great content to help with NI_Symphony Essentials, KH_Diamond Symphony Orch, BO_Inspire(s), The Orchestra. Smart Orchestra.

2) Albion 3 _ ICENI …. I respect, trust earlier advices ( as ARK 1 user ) yet Homay's great video makes it even tougher to pass now with WL cost. Honestly, still listening with open mind.

Less than 3 hours …. :confused:
Personally, I would go with BHCT, even though I don't have it. I do have Iceni. I just think BHCT will give you a lot more variety and you can base the rest of your library purchases around it. According to @Parsifal666, it works well with the Arks. (Do you have both?)
 

miket

Senior Member
For anyone on the fence about BHCT, let me reiterate that it can *definitely* do much more than what its name would suggest.

I rarely write anything Herrmannesque; in fact, I am usually floating in a spacey musical world that would seem to be the antithesis of his upfront, raw, and forceful style, but it's been a useful tool for me ever since getting it last year.
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
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For me, Iceni didn't seem like a must have with Ark 1 & Ark 2. Then again, not looking to do a bunch of big, bold, brash sounds either.
BHCT is one of the rare purchases that I'm not second guessing either :). Seems like an incredible amount for what they are asking.
Definitely the content /instrument /combo range in BHCT that is the draw (@ $299.of course).
Layering /supplementing other libs might be really helpful, vs starting down the Track of adding 'top-tier replacements' for Strings, Brass, Winds. Ha! am I kidding myself ?
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Personally, I would go with BHCT, even though I don't have it. I do have Iceni. I just think BHCT will give you a lot more variety and you can base the rest of your library purchases around it. According to @Parsifal666, it works well with the Arks. (Do you have both?)
Only Ark 1 (bailed on Ark2 at last minute and regrets).

BHCT does feel good ! I truly want to continue using existing libs until I am proficient and ready to move on.
THX !
 

transverb

Member
This may sound like a random question but... for those of you who are using Tundra would it work on indie rock / alt rock type material or is it too moody for epic / meat and potatoes string work? I'm debating SStS vs Tundra.
 
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