Spitfire revisits Solo Strings instrument library

Spitfire Audio has updated its Solo Strings virtual instrument library. First released six years ago, Solo Strings featured virtuoso violinist Andrew Haveron, viola virtuoso Bruce White, and widely-recorded British cellist Caroline Dale.

Since then, Spitfire Audio has collectively clocked up over 2,500 hours of sampling time and associated awareness.

The company returned to the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London’s legendary AIR Studios to record Spitfire Solo Strings. Scores such as Dunkirk, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, and Paddington 2 were recently recorded there, as well as classics like Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Dark Knight, and Gladiator.

It was recorded by award-winning engineers, who captured each soloist using world-class equipment — namely, Neve ‘Montserrat’ preamps, which were paired with ribbon and valve mics through the world’s largest Neve 88R large-format console onto 2-inch tape before being converted with Prism A/D (Analogue-to-Digital) convertors at 96kHz.

This all-new sample library is designed to sit perfectly alongside Spitfire Audio’s acclaimed orchestral ranges, utilising the same location, peerless signal chain, mic positions, and range of articulations.

“They lock together nicely — within the stereo image field, as well as the sound of the instruments,” said Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson

“So, when you’re using these to compose as one unit, they fit really well with each other, but also within the context of Spitfire Chamber Strings and Spitfire Symphonic Strings as well — everything designed to work out of the box, exactly as you need it to work.”

Spitfire Audio is already accepting pre-orders on Spitfire Solo Strings here at a time-limited introductory promo price of £299/$339/€339 until 26th July 2018 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £349/$399/€399.

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