Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of INTIMATE STRINGS, which they describe as the next big release in their rebranded range of essential cinematic ingredients. They tell us that it features the company's first flautando recordings with the same outstanding quality as its 'full-blown' blue-chip libraries with which it has built its reputation, recorded with well-earned expertise in the reverberant acoustics at London's legendary AIR Studios to deliver delicate, emotional sounds to inspire contemporary film scoring and production. Here's their press release with the full details...
Having introduced its ORIGINALS concept of creating essential cinematic ingredients by bringing original libraries back to life as a revitalised series of instant writing tools -- expertly recorded in the 'Spitfire way' within various high-end studios, simplified and presented in the sound- specialising British music technology company's free, easy-to-use plug-in -- late last year as the aptly-named EPIC STRINGS, Spitfire Audio's INTIMATE STRINGS serves up a tasty selection of detailed and delicate articulations and extended techniques. Tastefully recorded to the highest standard in the hallowed (Lyndhurst) Hall at London's legendary AIR Studios -- itself home to blockbuster film scoring par excellence as one of only a handful of studios in the world with full orchestral recording capabilities -- with a chamber-sized (8, 6, 4, 4, 3) string section featuring 25 of London's finest players baked into one (Strings High and Strings Low) ensemble, intimacy is entirely in mind, musically, this time, though, with Long Flautando, Long Harmonics, and Long Half Section articulations all included, to name just three of nine -- in complete contrast to the symphonic-sized, 60-strong string section of EPIC STRINGS, providing the perfect counterpoint.
As a result, INTIMATE STRINGS, the sixth release in Spitfire Audio's acclaimed ORIGINALS range of essential cinematic ingredients, is a firm favourite of co-founder (and media composer) Christian Henson himself as it features the sound-specialising British music technology company's first flautando recordings -- produced by bowing above the fingerboard, resulting in a purer tone with less overtone strength, emphasising the fundamental (also known as flautando, since it sounds less reedy and more flute-like).
Fortunately for less experienced users, Close, Tree, and Vintage signal chains are always at hand in the easy-to-use plug-in's perfectly formed UI (user interface), the latter creatively combining tape saturation, subtle spring reverb, and EQ -- allowing anyone to add old-school colour to their string arrangements -- alongside similarly straightforward REVERB, RELEASE, and TIGHTNESS controls.
Clearly, the wallet-friendly INTIMATE STRINGS -- and, indeed, its ORIGINALS essential cinematic ingredients-providing CINEMATIC PERCUSSION, CINEMATIC SOFT PIANO, EPIC BRASS & WOODWINDS, EPIC STRINGS, and FELT PIANO siblings -- is a perfectly positioned next step up from Spitfire Audio's free LABS libraries, or even a wonderful way of side-stepping across from BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DISCOVER -- a universal starting point to explore and create with 35 instruments impeccably performed by the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra, brought to life inside another beautifully designed, easy-to-use plug-in, compatible with any major music creation software from Garageband to Pro Tools, and attractively priced at £49.00 GBP/$49.00 USD/€49.00 EUR or free upon completion of a questionnaire (with a 14-day wait for file delivery) -- and onwards and upwards into the far-reaching realms of those 'full-blown' blue-chip libraries with which it has built its reputation.
Making much use of the sound-specialising British music technology company's first flautando recordings, a wonderful world of delicate, emotional sounds to inspire contemporary film scoring and production awaits anyone adding INTIMATE STRINGS to their Spitfire Audio collection of original libraries of original sounds... just ask Christian Henson -- he should surely know, after all!
Note that INTIMATE STRINGS has been made out of Spitfire Audio's existing chamber-sized string recordings for ALBION 11 LOEGRIA -- encompassing an expertly sampled and enchanting chamber-sized string section; woods and brass; cinematic drums; quirky, eccentric loops; and an inspiring organic synth -- originally released in 2012 and discontinued last year. As a result, owners of ALBION 11 LOEGRIA will receive INTIMATE STRINGS for free.
INTIMATE STRINGS is available as an AAX-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) and Windows (7, 8, and 10 -- latest Service Pack) that loads directly into any compatible DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for an RRP (Recommended Retail Price) of only £29.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$29.00 USD/€29.00 EUR (inc. VAT) -- from here.
Spitfire Audio's namesake Spitfire Audio application allows anyone to buy now and download anytime, and is available for free from here.
For more in-depth information, please visit Spitfire Audio's ORIGINALS Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
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