Spitfire Audio has released Appassionata Strings which they describe as the next generation in string legatos. Here's their press release with the full details...
Passion Through Performance
Infuse your music with more passion than ever before with the best-sounding, most alive string legato sound available today. Ushering in the next generation of highly detailed string legatos, Spitfire Appassionata Strings has been made possible thanks to an incredible amount of work and research behind the scenes at Spitfire Audio HQ and recorded using our new "Impulse Legato" technique. Delivering flowing and emotive lines, the legatos are the main event, with perfectly balanced vibrato, enabling composers to write in a beautiful, soaring melodic style in stunning detail.
Referencing the aesthetic of classic melodies from the scores of composers like John Williams and Thomas Newman, this medium-sized string band (8,6,6,6,4) delivers a highly desirable and much sought after style of performance that is now yours for the taking -- we believe this is simply the best sounding and most alive, passionate string legato sound captured thus far. Appassionata will allow you to compose with intention, emotion, inspiration and of course passion.
Soaring and Beautiful Legatos
Spitfire Appassionata Strings is made to create melody lines that deliver unrivaled passion, emotion and intensity. These beautiful long and flowing notes – performed by some of London's finest musicians at Lyndhurst Hall in AIR Studios – beautifully complement AIR libraries such as Spitfire Symphonic Strings and Spitfire Chamber Strings, as well as other libraries. Inspiration will come in moments, as these legatos require minimal tweaking and offer instant gratification right from the keys.
Delve in deeper with a wide variety of legato types available in great detail. The main combi patch features a combination of slurred, bowed and intense Sul I intervals with repetition based alt-attacks. These techniques offer five dynamic layers delivering incredibly smooth and expressive performances, four round robin attacks, vibrato, and velocity-controlled switching between legato types. This library is both easy to use and highly playable. Simply put, Appassionata lets the composer focus on the pure joy of creating beautifully passionate and realistic melodies.
Crafted From Years of Experience
The legatos found inside Spitfire Appassionata Strings are the result of 15 years of research and development, from our earliest bespoke instruments right through to today. This library benefits from and is informed by those years of learning and expertise, a time in which Spitfire Audio have been crafting samples creating a custom UI, collaborating with AIR Studios and fine tuning the process of capturing the intensity of a performance, through hours of research and development and attention to detail, culminating in a market leading finished product.
- 30 top London string players
- 5 discrete dynamic levels (pp, mp, mf, f, ff) with 4 Round Robin 'Impulse Attacks'
- Slurred and Bowed Legato intervals with up to 3 dynamic levels
- A unique and intense Sul available for the Violins 1, Violins 2 and Cellos
- Multiple Hairpin types
- 11 professional signals, featuring 7 mic positions and 4 expertly engineered mixes
- Mic positions: Close, Tree, Ambient, Outrigger, Close Ribbons, Stereo Room, Mids
- Recorded in situ using priceless valve and ribbon mics
- Neve Montserrat Pre-amps into a Neve 88R desk
- Recorded digitally at 96k via 2" Studer tape
The Hall at AIR Studios
No Time To Die, The Green Knight, Loki, Cruella, The Underground Railroad, Zack Synder's Justice League, Small Axe: Mangrove, The Crown, Wonder Woman 1984, The Trial of The Chicago 7, James Bond, Interstellar, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Gladiator -- all of these were recorded in Lyndhurst Hall at London's AIR Studios, Spitfire Audio's spiritual home and a room where blockbuster scores are born.
Architecturally unique, the acoustic properties of Lyndhurst Hall's interior are renowned globally, loved by composers and musicians alike. There is a gentle reverberation in the room that adds a beauty to anything played there. The sound produced by a soloist, chamber ensemble or indeed a full symphonic orchestra expands and blooms inside the space, a truly versatile palette giving access to a range of textures from delicate and intimate to thunderous and epic.
Pricing and Availability:
On offer until 10th February 2022 at £149 / $179 / €179 (Regular price: £199 / $249 / €249)
Owners of Spitfire Symphonic Strings, Spitfire Chamber Strings, Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions & Symphonic Motions will receive 35% off RRP.
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