Spitfire Audio teams up with Hans Zimmer for new string sampling library

Spitfire Audio has announced its new Hans Zimmer Strings — a sampling library created with the godfather of orchestral sampling.

344 of the greatest players in London assembled at AIR Studios to transform their ensemble’s impressive sounds into a plug-in.

Arguably one of the greatest — certainly one of the most prolific — film composers of our time, notable for innovatively integrating electronic sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements, Hans Zimmer himself has often said: “The true magic of sampling is when you are creating something that’s impossible in reality.”

In reality, creating the greatest film scores in the world involves thinking outside the box. “It is little wonder, then, that Hans Zimmer went to Spitfire Audio to turn what would become Hans Zimmer Strings into reality,” said Spitfire.

“As such, it is perfected primarily for composers by composers to take the dynamic of any score to hitherto unimaginable levels with what is, it goes without saying, Spitfire Audio’s most ambitious sampling library yet.”

Spitfire Audio adopted Hans Zimmer’s ground-breaking approach to large group-sampling. By breaking down those players into violins (grouped as 60 full, 20 right, 20 centre, 20 left, and 20 galleries), violas (20 centre and 20 wide), cellos (60 full, 20 right, 20 centre, 20 left, and 20 galleries), and basses (24 centre), the Hans Zimmer Strings production team had the freedom and flexibility to sample them performing a large number of playing techniques, resulting in an impressive amount of compositional possibilities.

Company co-founder and composer Christian Henson commented: “When you gather large string forces it is like the thread count with Egyptian cotton sheets; the higher the count, the silkier the feel. Hans Zimmer Strings offers an oceanic patina of strings and articulations. Where some techniques are often angular, here they suddenly take on a fresh beauty; try out the Col Legno Trattos, a totally unique sound.”

Spitfire Audio is already accepting pre-orders on Hans Zimmer Strings at a time-limited introductory promo price of £549.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$599.00 USD/€599.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — rising thereafter to £699.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$799.00 USD/€799 EUR (inc. VAT).


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