Today, we’re taking a look at Spitfire Audio’s new orchestral string library Chamber Strings. Instead of a standard symphony-sized string band (somewhere between 50 and 70 players), with Chamber Strings, we’re dealing with a much smaller ensemble of 16 players in total. Now to avoid any misconceptions right from the beginning, let me tell you that Chamber Strings is an evolution of Spitfire Audio’s highly praised Sable chamber strings range and therefore contains no new samples or recordings. Instead, all of the five individual volumes of Sable were condensed into a big and complete new library. The “old” samples got a thorough renovation job, including fresh programming and scripting, lots of tweaks as well as a brand new interface that is geared both towards ease of use and flexibility alike.
With the recent release of Chamber Strings, Spitfire Audio consequently puts their Sable range to its well-earned rest. For those of you, who don’t know the Sable range, let me quickly go over what it was made of (and therefore, what is now included with Chamber Strings sample-wise):
With a chamber ensemble consisting of 4 1st Violins, 3 2nd Violins, 3 Violas, 3 Celli and 3 Basses, a terrific total of 244 articulations was recorded (See the full list of articulations here). The sampling, including various dynamic layers and round-robins, took place in Spitfire Audio’s favorite recording location – The Hall at AIR Studios, London. Recorded “in situ“, meaning at their position in an orchestral setup, you get control over 16 of London’s top string players, both playing as individual sections and as an ensemble.