Spitfire Audio Releases Appassionata Strings

Spitfire appassionata

Get your John Williams on with Spitfire Audio’s Appassionata Strings hailed as ‘the next generation of string legato instruments’.

Recorded at Air Studios, Appasionata Strings aims to solve the various issues faced when composing legato strings. Without a real orchestra, this is as close to the real thing you’re going to get.

Having been recorded at Air Studios, Spitfire follows in the footsteps of The Crown, James Bond, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Gladiator, and many more.

Spitfire Appassionata Strings has been designed to create long and flowing melody lines. The product sits seamlessly alongside Spitifre’s other AIR libraries such as Spitfire Symphonic and Chamber Strings. Ultimately, these legato strings require minimal tweaking.

The main ‘combi’ patch features a combination of slurred, bowed and intense Sul I intervals (Sul I only available in ​​V1, V2 and Celli) 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.

All of this has been made possible by using their new ‘Impulse Legato’ recording technique.

Spitfire Appassionata Strings

This new library of string legatos is made up of an “8,6,6,6,4” sized band, where life-like re-bowing and an exclusive performance style is displayed.

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How does Appassionata Strings sound?

As The Dust Settles – Blakus

Going Home Again – Luke Olney

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

VIOLINS 1 (8)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

VIOLINS 2 (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

VIOLAS (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

CELLOS (6)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

BASSES (4)

  • Legato (Combo)
  • Legato (Slurred)
  • Sustain
  • Glancing Attack
  • Hairpin (Short)
  • Hairpin (Medium)
  • Hairpin (rebow)

MIXES

  • Mix 1 – A balanced mix that perfectly blends the cinematic sound of the hall together with closer details on the instruments.
  • Mix 2 – A large cinematic mix that allows the hall to really speak out.
  • Mix 3 – A tighter mix that showcases more of the instruments.
  • Mix 4 – An even more intimate but still very classic mix.

MICS

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient
  • Stereo Room
  • Mids
  • Close Ribbon
  • Outrigger

TERMINOLOGY

  • Legato (Combo): The core legato technique – a combination of slurred, bowed and intense Sul I intervals with repetition based alt-attacks. (with Vibrato, 5 Dye, 4 RR, velocity controlled switching between Legato Types)
  • Legato (Slurred): A slurred legato, with multiple dynamics of slurred intervals and repetition based alt-attacks. (this is split off from the main Combo patch)
  • Sustain: A sustained note, recorded at 5 discrete dynamics. Cnn be played polyphonically
  • Glancing Attack: A short brushed bow, ideal for accenting notes.
  • Hairpin (Short): A short hairpin, utilising the alt-attacks.
  • Hairpin (Medium): A medium hairpin, utilising the body of the alt-attacks.
  • Hairpin (rebow): A long hairpin, featuring the bow-change used in capturing the sustain

What else?

Exclusive Offer:

Owners of Spitfire Symphonic Strings, Spitfire Chamber Strings, Spitfire Symphonic Strings Evolutions & Symphonic Motions will receive 35% off RRP.

How much is it?

Spitfire Appassionata Strings is out now and costs £149 on promo until 10th February 2022. The typical RRP after 10th February is £199.

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