spitfire audio spitfire symphonic strings user manual

spitfire audio spitfire symphonic strings user manual
SPITFIRE AUDIO
SSS
SPITFIRE SYMPHONIC STRINGS
USER MANUAL
C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S
WELCOME
Thank you for purchasing Spitfire Symphonic Strings. We are sure they’ll bring you many years of pleasure. Our mission statement with this,
your new workhorse library, was to create the ‘daddy’. Spitfire Audio has taken its decade of experience making virtual string instruments and
for this product, has spent the last five years recording the best of the best at one of the most sought-after locations in the world:The Hall at
Air Studios, London for this, a definitive compendium of orchestral strings.
60 Star Players, 16 1st Violins, 14 2nd Violins, 12 Violas, 10 Cellos & 8 Basses super deep sampled with over 175 articulations,
including 59 shorts, 94 longs, and 5 extraordinary performance
legato patches programmed by Andrew Blaney. Recorded with
multiple round robins, dynamic layers and presented with 3 essential and versatile microphone positions. In addition to each
individual section we also have a comprehensive selection of
articulations and techniques presented in an ‘ensemble’ format
designed for sketching and composing with ‘out of the box’ satisfaction.
Quick Specs
Table Of Contents
• 89,365 Samples (48k recorded at 96k)
• 147.6 GB uncompressed WAV
• 101.1 GB disk space required
• 202.2 GB disk space required during install
• NKS Ready
• Compatible with Native Instruments hardware
• Free Kontakt Player Included
• New intuitive GUI with inline help
• Essential microphones (CTA)
• Deep sampled:
- Multiple Instruments
- Multiple Articulations
- Multiple dynamics
- Multiple round robins
- Release Triggers
- True Legato
WELCOME     
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DOWNLOADING & INSTALLING     
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REGISTERING WITH KONTAKT PLAYER     
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FOLDER STRUCTURE     
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A QUICK LOOK     
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THE ‘GENERAL OVERVIEW’ PANEL     
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INSTRUMENTS     
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ARTICULATIONS     
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ARTICULATIONS (CONT’D)     
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BASIC ORCHESTRATION PRINCIPLES     
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THE EXPERT VIEW     
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THE OSTINATUM     
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APPENDIX A - RECOMMENDED TECH SPECS      19
APPENDIX B - KONTAKT vs KONTAKT PLAYER    19
APPENDIX C1 - ARTICULATION LIST     
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APPENDIX D - MIC & MIX ACRONYMS     
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APPENDIX E - UACC     
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APPENDIX F - FAQS & TROUBLESHOOTING      23
This is our shot at creating the definitive compendium of Symphonic strings, recorded with a no-holds-barred approach. From
classic and elegant vibrato, and expression controlled ‘dolce’
samples, to our own up-to-the-minute techniques designed by
our award winning team of composers and producers. Highlights of these include our hugely popular ‘flautando’ and ‘super
sul tasto’ articulations.
Go as detailed as you wish with each section individually, or
dive in with our specially curated ‘ensembles’ tools designed for
quick writing and broad brush strokes.
Buying or cross-grading into this core set of samples allows you
the opportunity to purchase expansion packs with more microphones and mixes, and other exciting add-ons, like the exclusive
and much sought after “Evolutions” pack.
FEATURES
Every articulation for every section plus ensembles formerly
available in Mural volumes 1, 2, 3 & Ensembles in a single encyclopaedic compendium:
• 175 articulations, including 59 shorts, 94 longs, & 45 legatos
• 60 Top London string players
• Recorded in situ (ie: in the positions they occupy in a scoring
session)
• Recorded using priceless valve and ribbon mics
• Neve Montserrat Pre-amps into a Neve 88R desk
• Recorded digitally at 96k via 2” Studer tape
• Deep sampled with multiple dynamic layers and round robins
• Diverse and detailed with essential, additional and some totally
unique articulations
• Legatos designed by Andrew Blaney
• Individual sections and ensembles
• 3 essential, diverse and most favoured mic positions: C(lose),
T(ree), A(mbient)
• Kontakt Player included
• NKS-ready
• New intuitive GUI with inline help system
• As used by A-list composers and producers around the globe!
http://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/instruments/strings/spitfire-symphonic-strings/
BACKGROUND
PRECAUTIONS
If you’ve never used a Spitfire instrument before there are two very basic principles to grasp. Once you’ve got these, you’ll be up
and running and ready to go. By all means read on, but the first two rules are:
TOP TIP: The little ‘i’s on your
GUI are ‘inline’ help. Click on
these to find out stuff.
Spitfire Audio was built on a very simple core concept. Surely
the best way to create samples that enable people to recreate
some of the most successful, award-winning recordings of recent times, is to not imitate, but simply replicate where and how
they were recorded. Along with the instruments and talent that
appeared on those recordings, and the way they were instructed
to play.
SSS is a consolidation of nearly a decades worth of sampling experience, befriending London’s finest string players and through
a process of Kaizen (that can be tracked through over 20 unique
strings libraries we have made) perfecting the ideal balance of
life, realism and soul with the accuracy, playability and scripting
innovations that you have come to expect, from a library that
contains a component that was awarded “Best Sample Library
Of The Year 2014” by Music Tech magazine.
By rationalising what was formerly contained in 4 separate volumes, SSS is now an encyclopaedic compendium of Symphonic
Strings.
1.) Use these switches to change the articulations... they also correspond to keyswitches on the very bottom of your keyboard.
2.) On long notes make sure you always use your Modwheel
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D O W N L O A D I N G & I N S TA L L I N G
R E G I S T E R I N G W I T H KO N TA K T P L AY E R
Thank you for buying Spitfire Symphonic Strings. If you are a total newbie to this kind of thing you can get up to speed here:
http://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/basics/
If you’ve never used one of our libraries before and you don’t own a copy of Native Instruments Kontakt, you’ll need to download the free “Kontakt Player” here:
First though, grab our ‘Library Manager’ app from this link: this app will enable you to download the library
http://www.spitfireaudio.com/info/library-manager/
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5/downloads/
When you launch the app you will be prompted to login using
the same details you use at our site. Then you’ll see your available downloads:
Once you’ve selected the location you can proceed with the
download. NOTE THAT THE DOWNLOADER WILL CREATE
A SUB FOLDER FOR YOUR LIBRARY IN THE LOCATION SELECTED. This is important: if you have a multi part library, or an
update, it means that the Library Manager app will look INSIDE
the selected location for your library folder. If its not there, it
will create a new library folder. So, if you mistakenly select the
actual ‘Sss library’ folder itself, when adding content or doing an
update, instead of the location (one folder level up) that CONTAINS this library folder, you’ll end up with a nested mess!!
TOP TIP: You will need approx TWICE the amount of hard drive
space as the library uses (see the product page on our site for this
info) to download: this is because the zip files are all downloaded, and
then unzipped. This process takes a while so don’t panic if it looks
like its frozen!
If you’d like to find out more about the differences between
Kontakt and Kontakt Player (we know, very confusing!) go to
Appendix A.
If you’d also like to know what we recommend as an optimal set
up please go to Appendix B.
1. Install Kontakt Player (skip this step if you already have it)
2. Open the player (or Kontakt 5 full version if you have that)
and click ‘add library’ in the library browser window:
frequently updated and often simply won’t work on any previous versions.We cannot describe the multitude of painful symptoms you will experience if you don’t do this!
NKS - USE WITH NI HARDWARE
For more information about NKS and integration with Native
Instruments hardware controllers and keyboards please checkout their online instructions:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5/downloads/
TOP TIP 2: If you get in a total mess you can reset the download
of either the whole library or just the latest update from the ‘Library’
menu of the app. This is limited to a couple of downloads as bandwidth is expensive! Please only do this if you actually need to.
Once you have selected what you wish to download on the left
pane, and clicked the ‘download’ button you will have the option
to select a location.
You’ll see an option also to Change Install Location, if you selected the wrong one, at any time you can hit the PAUSE button
to pause the download, then select CHANGE INSTALL LOCATION and the app will move all the downloaded files to the new
location. Once it has finished - you’ll be prompted if you want
to proceed, THEN you can hit the RESUME button to continue
the download in the new location.
3. Navigate to and select the library folder, for example: the
‘Spitfire xxx library’ folder that contains your library’s instruments and samples folders, and also contains the ‘nicnt’ file
4. Now, you have added the library to Kontakt, and you will be
prompted to enter your serial number.
5. Enter the serial number in this format:
xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
...It can be found in your ‘ready to download’ email.
A default location will be generated but you’ll most likely want
to change this. Here’s how! Click on the two little vertical arrowheads to the right of the default location. You will be presented
with the following options, and you’ll want to click ‘CHOOSE’.
6. Your library is authorised. If the library does not add to the
libraries pane, or disappears when you re-open Kontakt, see
Appendix E - Troubleshooting and common problems
If you have never used Kontakt before we wholeheartedly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the basics of patch
(or instrument) loading, multi management, outputting and midi
routing detailed in the Kontakt user-manual and native instruments website:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5/downloads/
If you are an established Kontakt user please make sure you
absolutely have the latest version of it downloaded via the NI
service centre or the NATIVE ACCESS apps. Our libraries are
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FOLDER STRUCTURE
A QUICK LOOK
SWITCH ING VIEWS
If you click the ‘instruments’ bar to expand it you will see that
you have a ‘basic’ startup palette for each instrument section,
plus the Ensemble. These are your basic patches which contain
a selection of curated ‘work-horse’ articulations. Within this are
five further folders. At the bottom is an ‘Advanced’ folder that
has more folders which contain more curated articulation sets,
the different legato options and patches with advanced editing
possibilities.
If you click the ‘Advanced’ folder to expand it you will see that
your instruments fall into 5 categories. You can double click the
folder name to open that folder. Double click it again to go back
up a level in the folder structure.
Extended Techniques - contains ‘core’ and ‘decorative’ techniques for each section and can be viewed as the next stage in
detail up from the ‘basic’ startup patches.
Individual Articulations - each separate articulation in its own
patch.
Legato Techniques - these monophonic patches rely on you
playing the notes ‘joined up’ so it can fill in the joins for you for
super realism. Especially popular with single solo top lines.
Other Patches - Have another three sub-folders:
Economic - A pre-curated smaller selection of articulations
which wont break you RAM bank.
Light - Stripped back articulations that reduce the stresses on
your CPU.
Time Machine - These patches contain all of the short articulations fully loaded into RAM so that you are able to vary the
length of the short notes via CC.
This large orchestra was recorded via priceless ribbon and valve
mics via Neve Montserrat pre amps, the largest 88R Neve console in the world and onto pristine 2” tape before being converted with the top-of-their-class Prism AD converters at 96k.
The orchestra is presented in carefully orchestrated sections,
sometimes in unison across the entire orchestral range sometimes in high low and middle sections. Alongside many ‘work
horse’ long and short articulations are expertly prepared legato
patches; a menu of effects and a huge selection of string runs.
There are four mic positions (close, tree, outriggers & ambient)
to load and mix to suit the type of music you’re writing and the
scale you want to achieve. Spitfire also provides a popular “ostinatum” designer that allows you to instantly create exciting,
tense or action packed rhythmic passages.
ASSIGNING CONTROLS IN KONTAKT
All GUI controls can be assigned a unique controller number
so you can automate or adjust via an external controller (vital
when playing in virtual Orchestral parts). To un-assign, assign or
just to see what CC number is assigned to any control RIGHT
or CTRL CLICK.
You can then alter the controller parameters in the “Automation pane” want your mod wheel to go all the way from top to
bottom but the control to have restricted bandwidth change
default of 0-127 to 20-100 say. Or if you want the controller
to make the GUI control in the reverse direction change from
default 0-127 to 127-0.
When you first load up a Spitfire Orchestral preset you’ll be
greeted with this GUI.This is one of 3 pages that you can switch
between using the panel switcher...
O PE NI NG YO U R F IRST IN STRUMEN T.
Click on these to switch views or pages:
1. General Overview (the view shown above)
2. Expert View
3. Ostinatum.
All of which ore discussed in more detail over the next few
chapters...
Simply double click an ‘nki’ file (this is Native Instruments’ file extension for a Kontakt instrument) to load, or indeed drag the
instrument (it’ll have the little keyboard icon and the suffix .nki) from the left pane into the right pane.
If you can’t hear anything double check first that the midi channel you are transmitting on with your keyboard is the same as the
one in the Kontakt Instrument!
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T H E ‘ G E N E R A L OV E RV I E W ’ PA N E L
3.
4.
INSTRUMENTS
Welcome to the wonderful world of orchestral strings. Here’s a quick crib sheet of the instruments that we’ve recorded with some
quick facts. We’ve curated ranges that fit within the reasonable demands of professional players in London. If you’re looking for
further reference sources for string writing we recommend ‘Orchestration’ by Walter Piston and ‘The Study Of Orchestration’ by
Samuel Adler which both have a very easy “at a glance” approach to taking you through the orchestra.
1st Violins (or Vn)
G3
C#7
16 players
Usually the largest of the string sections with the widest expected range. They sit to the left of the conductor and their
principal player is referred to as the orchestra ‘leader’
Violas (or Va)
2.
1.
1 . ART I C ULATIO N SW ITC HER
2. SI DE B AR
The notes denote key articulations, display the current articulation playing and act as switches between them (alongside their
associated keyswitches at the bottom of your keyboard).
Tells you what articulation you’re playing.
If what you’re playing stutters, or feels delayed or cuts out make
sure everything is loaded, as some of these articulations are
very deep sampled.
The orchestra was recorded with several different mic perspectives. Move this slider up or down to change the perceivable
distance from the band. NB: the first time you use this it will
need to load in the samples, so give it a moment!
LOAD STATUS:
3. EASY MI X
C3
F#6
12 players
Similar in shape, but much larger in size than a violin.These sit
straight ahead and slightly to the right of the conductor. They
often play the simpler more ‘pedalling’ harmonic lines.
Basses (or Contrabass or CB)
C1
F#3
2nd Violins (or Vn)
G3
C#7
14 players
Exactly the same instruments as the 1sts, but in a slightly
more ‘supportive’ role sitting to the right of the 1sts and next
to the violas.
Cellos (or Violoncello or VC)
C2
Bb5
10 players
Arguably the most versatile of the string instruments with a
huge range from very low to heartbreaking highs. They sit to
the right of the conductor and in front of the basses.
8 players
Huge and monstrous instruments that sit to the right of the
conductor and behind the cellos. CBs recorded for Spitfire all
had the low C extension, hence the range.
4. EXP RE SSI V E CON TROLLERS
Dynamics - probably the most important controller you have.
This crossfades between the different dynamic layers recorded.
Make sure Kontakt displays the instrument load status as pictured. If the left hand bar is illuminated and red it’s in a queue
and hasn’t started loading yet, if the middle bar is lit and yellow
the instrument is still loading up. If you try to play before it’s
loaded it may not be nice!
ARTICULATIONS - Click on these notes to select the different articulations, whatever articulation is live is displayed in
the yellow sidebar on the left. You can also select different articulations by hitting key switches, you can do this whilst you’re
playing so if you want to say switch from a “long” articulation to
a short, hit the key whilst you’re playing your last long and the
next note will be a short. For details of articulations recorded
go to Appendix A.
POWER TIP: SHIFT > CLICK to select and play multiple articulations!
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Vibrato - where appropriate this crossfades from no (or senza)
to lots (molto) vibrato.
Release - allows you to change the amounts of release trigger
you and your listener hears.
Tightness - the start of a note is often not the start of the
‘sound’ of the instrument. This cuts further into the note to
make it tighter. But does detract from realism. Worth tightening
up when playing in, then loosening and putting a negative delay
into your DAW to compensate for ultimate reality!
Expression - ostensibly instrument trim (CC11), so this adjusts
the volume within the instrument volume (CC7) great when
used in conjunction with expression.
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WHICH CLEF?
A.
B.
C.
Violins read from the treble clef (A.), violas from the ‘viola’ (C.)
or ‘alto’ clef (where the middle line is middle C). Cellos play
from the bass clef (B.) as do the basses. However the basses
sound an octave lower than written. Want cellos and basses to
play in unison octaves? Give them both the same music and it
will happen!
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A RT I C U L AT I O N S
The following is an explanation of all of the terms used when naming our ‘articulations’ in the library. (An Articulation is basically a
way of playing the instrument, captured as a standalone ‘patch’ like you might have on a synth.)
L EG ATO
Legato in the context of a sample instrument refers to a technique of capturing the sound of an instrument moving from one
note to the next. Capturing this detail gives a lot of added realism, but means that you need to play monophonically (one note
at a time).
To ‘trigger’ the in-between sounds, you must make sure that you
hold down the first note while pressing the key of the second
note. As long as you overlap the notes in this way, the engine will
know that you want to trigger what we call a ‘legato transition’.
We have recorded a number of different types of transition, to
help you play really expressively and musically using the library.
‘Fingered’ - this is the most basic kind: simply adding or re-
moving a finger on the left hand while the bow continues without change.
‘Bowed’ - this is when the bow changes direction while changing note with the left hand - this produces a slightly more defined and strong change.
‘Portamento’ - this is a sliding transition from one note to the
next. This is achieved by literally sliding the finger on the fingerboard. It is necessary on larger intervals to cross the strings as
well.
‘Fast’ - these are recorded in a unique way that Spitfire have
developed to enable the very fast playing of instruments. These
can be used when you want to play fast arpeggios for example.
‘Runs’ - again a Spitfire proprietary development that enables
you to play incredibly realistic sounding runs from the keyboard.
‘Sul G/C’ - the expression ‘Sul G’ means ‘played on the G
string’ - on the Violin, the G string is the lowest string. Playing a
melody solely on this string gives a very characteristic ‘throaty’
sound that can be very expressive. The lowest string on the
Viola and Cello is tuned to a ‘C’.
LONG ART ICUL AT IONS
CS BLEND
NORMALE
This is the most vanilla of the ‘long notes’ we have recorded.
The basic standard playing style, recorded with and without vibrato, and sometimes with ‘molto vibrato’ or a lot of vibrato!
Occasionally you’ll see ‘senza vib’ which means ‘without vibrato’.
You’ll sometimes see ‘dolce’ which means ‘sweetly’ and this refers to a tasteful amount of vibrato. You can use the Modwheel,
or a slider set to CC1, to control the ‘dynamic’ of the sound,
this smoothly crossfades between very soft (or ‘pp’) recordings,
through to very loud (or ‘ff’). Also you can use a slider set to
CC21 to control the amount of vibrato, smoothly crossfading
between no vibrato all the way up to the maximum vibrato.
FLAUTANDO
This refers to a soft ‘flute-like’ way of performing on a stringed
instrument. Often the bow will be near or over the fingerboard,
which gives a very different character to the sound from the
usual bow position. Sometimes we describe this to the players
as ‘harmonic like’ and this gives them a steer toward a more
‘glassy’ and delicate, often non vibrato sound.
HARMONICS
If the player holds down lightly on the string a perfect 4th interval up from the note they are fingering, you hear what is
called an ‘artificial harmonic’ sound - two octaves up from the
note being fingered. This is called ‘artificial’ to distinguish it from
the natural harmonic series of the open string. These ‘natural’
harmonics can be heard by moving the finger up and down the
string lightly while bowing.
P ER FO RM AN C E L E G ATO
With the latest versions of the Chamber and Symphonic strings
we have developed special patches called ‘Performance Legato
Patches’. Using the legato transitions above to help you play
really expressively and musically using the library in a ground
breaking and intuitive way.
These patches are designed so that you can forget about keyswitching and all that jazz - and just play. The patch will follow
your playing and attempt to select the most appropriate sound.
You can play short notes, long, loud, soft, trills, runs, arpeggios,
you name it. Here is how it works in practice:
ATTACK - your velocity (how hard you hit the keyboard) controls the opening attack of the phrase: vel 1-9 is smooth, then
10-127 goes through 3-4 dynamic layers of spiccato/staccato
attack, with 6 RR (round robins - alternating recordings to avoid
the ‘machine gun effect’ or hearing the same sample again and
again!)
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A very beautiful sound - we asked the players to divide themselves ‘by desk’ and half of them to apply their mutes. So, of a
‘desk’ of two players, one will be muted, and one ‘normale’. This
gives you the beauty of the Sordino sound, with the full body of
the unmuted sound. A great combination!
SUL PONT DISTORTED
Playing on the bridge, but really grinding the bow hard onto the
strings to produce a more distorted sound. This varies over the
range, you’ll hear where it makes the most difference.
SUL TASTO
Playing with the bow over the fingerboard, to produce a thinner
more delicate tone. This is different from ‘Flautando’ in that it is
not specifically required to be ‘flute like’ or ‘harmonic like’ and
therefore is more of a very very soft delicate but yet ‘normale’
sounding tone.
SUPER SUL TASTO
Taken to the extreme! The players asked to play as softly as
humanly possible, so that a large proportion of the sound is
the lovely ‘hiss’ of the rosin on the bows. A very exciting and
delicate sound.
RACHMANINOFF MOLTO VIB
This is taking the molto vib to its logical conclusion, a super
appassionata sound, with a lovely wide vibrato, played in the
late-romantic style!
CON SORD
MARCATO ATTACK
SLOWER transitions - if you are playing slowly, the velocity
of the note you move to in the phrase affects the type of note
transition you hear: 1-19 gives you the portamento, 20-84 is
the standard slurred ‘fingered’ transition, and 85-127 the bowed
heavier transition.
This is short for ‘con sordino’ which means ‘with the mute’. A
small rubber mute is attached onto the bridge, and this has a
damping effect on the strings, that produces an extremely beautiful sound. This is softer than the ‘open’ sound, but still very
dynamic in range.
Played with a very heavy accented and abrupt start to the note.
FASTER transitions - if you play faster, vel 1-84 gives you a
slurred ‘fingered’ fast transition, while 85-127 gives you a faster
fingered legato with a slight accent.
SUL PONT
RUN transitions - if you play very fast, you enter this mode,
where vel 1-84 gives a fingered ‘runs’ style for fast realistic runs,
and vel 85-127 a more accented transition.
Your playing speed will automatically select the correct set of
transitions. Check out this video tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLvPstdnnSs
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SH ORT ART ICUL ATI O NS
SPICCATO
Short for ‘sul ponticello’ - meaning ‘on the bridge’ - here the
player bows very close to the bridge which produces a brittle
and edgy sound, always reminding us of nails on a chalk board!
CON SORD SUL PONT
This combines the ‘on the bridge’ bowing with the mute attached - and has a very nice and unusual sound.
Spiccato techniques can create extremely heated discussions!
For Spitfire, we define our Spiccs as having a nice very tight
sound, with the bow bouncing on the string. This creates a
sound that can be used either as a nice short staccatissimo, but
also as part of a sequence of fast short notes.
SPICCATO CS
The same as above - with the mutes applied.
CON SORD
A staccato muted note - not as short or tight as the Spiccato.
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BRUSHED SHORTS
TRI LLS AN D TREMS:
A more delicate sound, brushing the strings with the bow in a
leisurely fashion, that reminds us of soft baroque period playing.
TRILL Minor 2nd, Major 2nd, Minor 3rd, Major 3rd
A Trill is where the player alternates between two notes with
the left hand very quickly, we’ve recorded a number of options
for this interval. These can be used as accented performance
embellishments, or you can play them very softly and create a
lovely ‘cloud’ texture with them.
BRUSHED CS
As above, but with the mutes on.
COL LEGNO
Literally, ‘With Wood’ and short for ‘Col Legno Battuto’ or ‘hit
with the wood’. This style of playing is to turn the bow over and
strike the string with the wood of the bow. Usually players will
bring a practice bow or a less expensive one for this, as their
main bows can cost tens of thousands!
PIZZICATO
UNMEASURED TREM
This Tremolo is where the player rapidly moves the bow while
keeping the left hand fingering a single note.The effect is a shimmering one when played softly, and a very aggressive one when
played loud. Unmeasured means that there is no particular
rhythm to the bow, just ‘as fast as possible’.
UNMEASURED TREM CS
Plucking the strings with the finger.
The muted version of the above!
PIZZICATO BARTOK
In this technique, the player plucks so hard that the string ‘snaps’
back onto the fingerboard producing a characteristic percussive
noise almost like the ‘col legno battuto’ sound. To be used sparingly unless you want your players to all develop blisters!
HARMONICS
The short version of the artificial harmonic described earlier in
the Long notes section.
TREMOLO MEASURED 150bpm / 180bpm
These are played strictly to a tempo, as sixteenth notes (or
‘semiquavers’).You can lock these to tempo on the GUI so that
they will be in time with your piece.You can use them in a lot of
different ways, one way is to perform a sequence of 8th notes
(‘quavers’) with them, and if you get the timing right you’ll hear
that very characteristic ‘John Williams’ style that produces a
‘scattery’ effect and can be incredibly exciting in a track.
TREMOLO MEASURED CS 150bpm
0.5’
This is a staccato played to the length of half a second (approx!)
As above - but muted.
TREMOLO SUL PONT
1.0’
A longer staccato. Having these differing lengths gives you more
options.Very useful to combine with the ‘Time Machine’ version
of the short notes in their own patch, where you can shorten
or lengthen the actual recording to get an infinitely variable set
of shorts!
SPICC-PIZZ
Played unmeasured and close to the bridge to get that nice
‘edgy’ and slightly crunchy sound.
FX:
A collection of various FX, from slides through to unusual ‘chattering’ and ‘cluster’ sounds. Have an explore through these
patches!
Another Spitfire curio! We recorded with half the players plucking ‘pizzicato’ and half playing a ‘Spiccato’ with the bow. Split
again by the desk, a very useful sound.
STACCATO DIG
A nice attack on the Staccato, so a very heavily accented start
to the note.
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B A S I C O R C H E S T R AT I O N P R I N C I P L E S
Whilst we wouldn’t dream of trying to sum up the principles of string orchestration in a single page of a technical user manual, we
also understand that the choice can be overwhelming and therefore want to help you dive in as much as we can. The principle of
electronic orchestration is simple. Traditional orchestration has evolved to get the best out of the instruments, so if you empathise
with what an instrument can do best electronically, and in a way that sounds familiar, it will sound realistic and believable. There are
no rules, save that of plausibility. So if you listen to good music and are honest with your own efforts, cast away pre-conceptions
you may have built, and approach things with an open and experimental mind you’ll be well on your way. If you’re not familiar with
each string instrument and what does which best beyond “I like the sound of that”.Then here are a few very general guidelines and
principles, mostly conditioned from physics and how the culture of the string orchestra has evolved over the centuries.
1. WHICH INSTRUMENT TO CHOOSE - Strings tend
to keep to a very strict pitch hierachy, 1st, 2nd violins up top
down to the basses at the bottom. So you’d rarely have an instance where you have violins playing a low-ish drone on G
below middle C with the basses taking a top line above them.
So the first thing to do is to work out who is playing what by
how high you want the melody or top harmony to be coupled
with how rich you want the rest of the harmony. If you want
nothing but shimmering super high violins with a searing high
cello melody great! But if you want that same melody in the
same range to have a rich lower harmonic accompaniment you
should probably reconsider using cellos as the melody makers.
2. RANGE - It is fair to say that the virtuosos, or rather the
people expected to play virtuosic passages are the 1st violins
and cellos. So you’ll probably find both sound very familiar
and comfortable. If you start writing lines that are in the gods
(or very high) for violas and basses this will give you a less familiar sound, and arguably wont help the believability of your
demos. HOWEVER the string players in an orchestra, play the
most. They do the most film sessions, and sight read more than
any other ‘choir’ (ie Brass & Winds). So don’t think because it
sounds high they won’t be able to do it. String players have had
to practise from a very early age, so they will be used to playing
on the very edge of what is physically possible!
3. AGILITY - As with range you’ll find the most demanding
writing historically is for the 1sts and the cellos. But you’ll probably find that all the violins and cellos will handle anything you
throw at them. A lot of agility is down to simply what they’re
used to doing. So writing enormously complicated rhythmic
ostinatos for just the violas may reap slightly more surprising
results than having the violins play them. Conversely getting the
basses to play a lead line using harmonics may be just what
you’re looking for, provided you’re looking for something very...
urm.... honest sounding? If you’re writing super fast runs try and
stick to scales, as this is what the players practise. When switching from arco (or with the bow) to pizzicato (or plucked) allow
a good half bar for them to adjust, and don’t be surprised if
these are looser than you may expect. They’re not easy! Conversely when switching to mutes (Con Sordino, Con Sord, or
CS) allow them time or a re-take to do this.
a smaller, thinner, and quieter harmonic line.This is why sampled
strimgs sound so massive;‘hey listen to me I’m playing a different
note with each of my fingers it sounds HUGE!’. Well ofcourse it
does, you’re likely to be producing the noise a band of 200 players would make! But don’t be surprised if on the day it doesn’t
sound as rich and fat. Which is why we always recommend getting samples to do what they do well (ie hold a high tremolando
ad nauseum, or play complex pizzicato passages) so you can use
your live forces for stuff that matters, like big sweeping melodies.
5. OCTAVE DOUBLING - Another very common technique is to have the 1sts and 2nds playing in octave unisons,
it gives an emotional epic scale to top lines. It also helps each
section tune against each other, which is why this can sound so
strident and confident. Conversely basses usually play in unison
with cellos albeit an octave down. You will find that doubling
makes for less rich harmonic possibilities but with Symphonic
strings the richness can be found in the sheer size of the band.
Want a rich harmony between your bass and cello octave, well
why not try a trombone or horn?
6. KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND TRY STUFF OUT
- Strings are the most wonderfully versatile voice in the or-
chestra. We’re proud to have captured so many of the nuanced
articulations for SSS, so dig deep and try them out. A first step
into more nuanced string writing can be con sordino or con
sord. This is where the players use a practise mute. This gives
a slightly less dynamic but silikier and more tender feel. If you
feel that your rich high string lines are screaming hysterically as
opposed to sobbing quietly in a corner., mutes could be the way
to go, or try flautando (flute like) harmonics even, or a mixture
of articulations. String players will rarely lambast a composer for
trying something new and different, provided its playable.
OK, that’s enough about theory for now... let’s roll our sleeves up and
see what this software based instrument set can do!
4. DIVISI OR NOT DIVISI - When writing for strings it is
always worth remembering that you really only have 5 ‘voices’
to play with. If you write any more harmonic lines the sections
are going to have to divide up or play ‘divisi’. The result of this is
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3.
4.
5.
2. ART ICUL AT ION SWITCH ER
This works the same as it does in the ‘General Overview’ panel, with the addition of ‘load chips’ beneath each articulations.
These load them in and out of memory as you wish... Remember before playing an articulation you’ve loaded in make sure it’s
fully loaded!
specify a triggering time-range in milliseconds. (See right hand
menu above). For example, you could specify that ‘fast legato’
should be activated if the time between playing each interval
is between 0 and 250ms (pictured above). Fully configurable to
suit the user’s playing style and needs and can be deactivated
by unchecking ‘Enabled’ (or if not in the artic switching screen,
simply holding ALT/MENU and clicking the articulation icon on
the stanza).
When an articulation has a ‘trigger’ assigned to it, it shows a
little short-cut icon above to let you know that it has been
customised.
LOAD STATUS
LAYERING ARTICULATIONS - To layer sounds within
1.
2.
1 . SI DE B A R
On the ‘General Overview’ page this simply displays the articulation being played. In the ‘Expert View’ there are some additional functions:
a.
b.
c.
1b. “KEYBOARD SHIMMIER” - This shifts your bank of
keyswitches left or right to suit your needs, preference or performance. Simply click on the icon and drag your cursor left or
right and you’ll see the pink bank of keyswitches follow! Wherever you stop, those will be the new keyswitches.
1c. “KEYSWITCH TO CC SELECTOR” - Use this to assign a CC controller to act as articulation/ keyswitcher. Click on
“CC” and you’ll be prompted to move the controller you wish
to use in order for the instrument to “learn” how you’d like to
select articulations.
d.
1a. THE COG - a. The Cog - Awesome tool for fine tuning &
tweaking your presets.
• HOW SHOULD WE TWEAK? - Then your last note played
will be displayed, if this is correct get tweaking.
• SKIP THIS RR - Will simply make it always jump along to the
next round robin in the cycle.
• ADJUST TUNE/ VOL - Will adjust the tuning and or volume
of the last played note.
• ADJUST RELEASE - This will alter the level of the release
trigger (which will effect the perceived decay of that note).
• SAMPLE START - If it feels loose adjust to the right, tight
adjust to the left (NB this is only available in full “cog” patches).
• REMOVE ALL NOTE TWEAKS - This removes all custom
changes you have made with the Cog.
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the articulation set simply ‘SHIFT’ click on your next articulation. Rather than introducing a multitude of more confusing
‘layered articulation’ options, the front panel shows (and edits)
only the most recently layered articulation.
d. “ARTICULATION LOCKER” - We all like to select articulations and use our templates in different ways. Many composers like to have a single articulation loaded to each instance
of an instrument for example. So it’s worth locking off the articulation switching once you’ve selected one so you don’t have
sounds disappearing from slaves way off in your machine rooms!
Unlocked Artic’ - Is the standard setting, select articulations via
the front panel or associated keyswitch.
Locked Artic’ - This locks your articulation so it doesn’t change
either via front panel or keyswitch.
Locked Keyswitch - This locks your articulation via keyswitch
but you’re free to switch via the front panel.
Locked to UACC - This is a new standard being developed by
Spitfire and detailed in appendix E. The default controller channel is #32 but this can be changed by right/ CTRL clicking on
the padlock.
Locked to UACC KS - The functionality of UACC with the flexibility of a keyswitch. When activated, a single keyswitch is available. Pressing this key at varying velocities (according to UACC
standards) changes articulation.
Shared Keyswitches - In larger libraries, this setting allows you
to spread keyswitches across multiple palettes of articulations.
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TRIGGERING - For triggering options CTRL or COMMAND
click on the articulation icon:
“By CC Range” - This will allow you to use a single controller
channel to switch between artics. This allows you to fine tune
on your MIDI event list, or to use a midi controller fader or indeed button with a single range assigned to select your desired
artic’. Our default setting is guided by our UACC protocol.
“By KS” - The default setting. BML is scripted so it won’t switch
mid note but wait ‘til the next note-on event before switching.
This means you’re able to play the key switch say whilst playing
a long note and have it switch to a staccato on your next note.
“By Velocity Range” - This is great for designing intelligent
staccato patches that say become staccatissimo when you hit
the keyboard really hard. A second menu will open up giving you
options for this function.
“By MIDI Channel” - Ingeniously turns your single instance
of BML into a multi timbral instrument. MIDI channel lets the
instrument change articulation based on the incoming MIDI
channel. To use, pop the instrument Midi Ch. to ‘Omni’ mode
in Kontakt. The single instance can now be configured to play
based on the incoming MIDI channel. For example. Set staccatos
to channel 1, longs to channel 2 , legato to channel 3.
“By Speed Of Playing” - A revolutionary new function that
allows you to switch articulations based on the playing speed
of your performance. When selected, it provides options to
Holding down ALT/MENU (PC/MAC) and clicking an articulation with this short-cut above it will toggle the trigger between
enabled and disabled.
It’s a handy way to quickly turn off legato speed/velocity switching if the user doesn’t want it.
TRIGGER PANEL - Reset will clear the trigger for this articulation, allowing you to set it to a different type or disable it
permanently. Legato intervals will only activate this trigger if the
notes played are legato intervals. Ignore if purged means that
this trigger will only occur if the articulation is not purged.
Group allows you to group together triggers. When set, the
trigger only occurs when an articulation in the same group is
currently active. For example, use this if you wanted to set up
speed triggers on legato articulations, but don’t want them to
trigger if you have staccatos/marc/shorts selected.
OTHER WAYS TO SWITCH ARTICULATIONS
Alongside switching your articulations manually by hand, via
keyswitch or via the advanced methods mentioned above you
may also want to try a new system we’ve dubbed UACC (universal articulation controller channel). Whereby each and every
possible style of articulation has been given a unique CC data
number. Simply use CC#32 and the table found in Appendix E to
see how this can work for you.
POWER TIP: Whilst there are many ways to switch between articulations, many pros still prefer to have a different articulation in a
single instance per track on their DAW. This enables them to assign
different reverb levels and bake helpful stems that can be used in
conjunction with live instruments (to work like this it’s best to load up
artics from the individual articulations sub folder).
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3 . MI C RO PH O N E M IX E R
Giving you greater control over the blends of microphone positions for your work.
Use the chips beneath the faders to load & unload different microphones and the faders above to tweak the balance of them.
Turning a fader all the way down will also unload the mics, conversely turning the fader back up will reload. Left click on the
faders to assign CC controllers so you can mix these live for
fantastic shifts in the spacial nature of the samples. Right / Ctrl
click on the mic letters to change Kontakt channel/output assignment.
On the top right of the mixer controller section are some deeper mixing options.
a. b. c. d.
two pan pots panned hard. All the way to the left would be like
having both pots centre,
STEREO PAN - Then allows you to control where in the pan
field the centre of this image is placed.
3c MIC MIX TO ARTICULATION LINKER
The small notation symbol locks the microphone mix or tweak
you’ve made to the articulation selected.This means if you want
to boost any perceived inconsistencies in volume between say
pizzicato and col legno you can. Or indeed if you want to roll off
some of the hall ambience for a short versus the long articulations this is how to fine tune.
3d MIXER PRESETS
4. GENER AL CONT ROL S
RESET FROM F0 - This enables you to control the round robin
cycle (so it sounds identical every time you play) toggle on &
play the key selected (default F0) to reset.
OPTIONS
PRESETS - This allows you to load predetermined sets of articulations affectionately called articulation sets (see General
Overview Panel) quickly and easily to optimise your system
quickly for essential articulations or to start building templates
using empty “shells”.
PURGE UNUSED - This control keeps unloading any samples
you are not using to keep your memory usage as low as possible.
TRANSPOSE - Toggle this on and tweak the number to the
right to transpose your instrument. Note this is not the same
as tuning, the instrument will actually offset the samples to the
selected pitch. A great way to “track up” BML and make it sound
bigger!
CC MAPPED VEL(OCITY) - Click this to control note velocity with the Dynamics slider. If a user has customer the dynamics
slider, that same customised CC will control velocity now.
ROUND ROBINS & LEGATO
3a VELOCITY RESPONSE
A new way to transfer mixer settings between patches, or save
and load presets to disk.
AUTOMATING MIXER FADERS - Each mixer fader has a
dedicated #CC. To change this to suit your MIDI controller or
surface, simply right click (on PC) or command click (on Mac)
on the fader itself to “learn” the new controller.
Pick from 4 different velocity curves to suit your controller.
ROUTING MIC MIXES - To route each mic mixer channel to
unique Kontakt channels simply click on the Mic acronym. Great
for putting your ambient mics in the surround for example. Also
good for tracklaying individual mics for your engineer to control
in your final mix sessions.
3b CLOSE PAN MIC COLLAPSER
• “No extra Functionality” - Is the standard default where
round robins are used as they were intended.
• “Neighbouring Zones” - pulls from neighbouring zones, so
for an ‘8RR’ instrument, you effectively cycle through up to 24
different sounding notes when pressing a key. It’s still just playing
the one RR at a time, though giving you more of them. In legato
mode this also alternates between 3 legato intervals to give a
fake round robin.
• “2x Round Robin With Skip” - plays two RR simultaneously,
so you get a thicker sound, it’s the equivalent of plopping two
notes on top of each other in your DAW (and it drops the
overall volume ~6db so that the levels remain the same but it
just sounds thicker). NB THIS IS NOT AVAILABLE TO LEGATO
TRANSITIONS.This plays the pairs and moves ahead by 2 RR. In
this mode RR is effectively halved. eg, if you press a note it would
play RR1/RR2 then RR3/RR4 ,etc.
The close mics are a stereo mix and this collapser allows you
to refine how the stereo image is handled. All our musicians are
recorded in-situ, ie. where they would be seated on a standard
scoring session, giving you a fantastic spectral spread when putting all the elements together, which helps define the detail. This
panning tool helps you to manage and tweak this to your own
tastes/ needs.
STEREO WIDTH - Allows you to control how far the stereo
image reaches. All the way to the right would be like having your
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NO EXTRA FUNCTIONALITY(NEIGHBOURING ZONES)Next to this lies a pop-down menu with some amazing new
functions:
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• “Layer 2x Round Robins With No Skip” - As above but this
plays a pair but doesn’t move ahead by 2 so that RR isn’t halved.
So if you press a note it would play RR1/RR2, then RR2/RR3,
then RR3/RR4.
RESET ON TRANSPORT - As above but resets every time
you press play! Genius!
SHORT ARTICULATIONS RT - This new option allows you
to toggle whether staccato/tenuto/marcato notes have a release
trigger that plays on release. This lets you tighten up staccatos
or end marcatos/tenutos earlier than they were recorded.
5. EXPR ESSION CO NTRO L S
We curated some of these for the general controls view, here is
the full complement, dial these cc’s into your midi controller for
an infinite choice of emotional and human responses.
DYNAMICS - CC#1 This slider displays and controls which
dynamic layer is live. Also controlled via the modulation wheel.
VIBRATO - CC#21 This mixes between vibrato and non, or
senza vibrato.
SPEED - CC#16 Controls legato interval speed. Great to use
when playing the lines into your DAW for more responsive less
laggy control. Dial back on playback for greater realism.
INTENSITY - CC#15 This is a great way to vary and humanise
the legato articulations. Dial it all the way up for a more pronounced emotional start to each note, dial it back for a more
transparent transition.
RELEASE - CC#17 Dialled in all the way, this helps blur the
transitions when using long articulations in slow passages in a
natural and musical way. Dial back for more focus and detail..
TIGHTNESS - CC#18 We proudly cut our samples from the
true beginning of the note, as the bow engages the string and
the rosin begins to weave its magic.The net effect of this is laggy
and sometimes very small inconsistencies in timing. Which we
love! It Sounds real! But it’s not to everyone’s taste. This ingenious device allows you to tighten and loosen to your heart’s
content. An excellent use of this is to dial it all the way to the
right in order to play your part in. Once you’re happy, adjust to
taste and put a negative delay in the track header of your DAW
which is the same amount as the Tightness setting.
EXPRESSION - CC#11 Displays the overall instrument volume (0-100%). Remember you can also trim your instrument
volume with CC#7.
ROUND ROBINS - This refers to the number of round robins
(multiple recordings of the same notes that cycle around as you
repeatedly play a note) your instrument uses, the number can be
dragged up and down (1-8) to save you memory.
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APPENDIX A -
Best used with short articulations, this ever evolving device can offer instant chaotic inspiration or be used to create scientifically
designed rhythms, ostinati and arpeggiated sequences as well as shimmering tremolando effects.
1.
2.
3.
RECOMMENDED TECH SPECS
IF YOU PLAN TO USE THIS LIBRARY WITH THE FULL VERSION OF KONTAKT PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE
LATEST VERSION OF KONTAKT 5 INSTALLED.
RECOMMENDED SPEC:
The better your computer, the better the performance of any
Spitfire module. But not to worry if you’re not spec’d up to the
hilt. All programs are provided with a set of parameters that
enable you to dial back the CPU demands of any given patch.
But moving forward, we’re confident this module will keep your
computer busy for many years to come! We recommend a combination of high processor speeds, a good chunk of memory
and a devoted 7200rpm eSata, USB2 or 3, or Thunderbolt audio drive. The more memory you have, the less demand placed
on your drive, and having a totally devoted drive gives you the
chance to load less into memory and reduce load times. The
higher the speed of your CPU, the more capable your computer will be to deal with some of the amazing, but complicated
scripts we’ve written.
1 . SE T T I NG S
MODE - Selects how the Ostinatum will interpret your playing.
Ostinatum will sequence a maximum of 10 notes (one for each
of your fingers). It needs to arrange them into a note order “110” and this determines how it does that.
LEVEL - Adjust these bars up and down to adjust the velocity
levels of each notes, this will bring your rhythm sequence to life
and provide you with all sorts of surprising syncopated accents.
LOAD/ SAVE - Allows you to store your previously made Ostinati.
OFF - The default position Ostinatum remains dormant.
ORDER PRESSED - This will organise the notes in the order
you pressed them.
ASCENDING - From bottom to top.
DESCENDING - From top to bottom.
3. PATTE RN SE LEC TOR
CONTROL KEYSWITCHES - Allows you to set up a section
of the keyboard that controls the state of the ostinatum. These
keyswitch let you turn it off, or set the Mode.
SOLO KEYSWITCHES - Allows you to dedicate a section of
the keyboard to keyswitches that solo each ostinatum track.
The first keyswitch turns all tracks on, the following keyswitches
solo each individual track.
By default these layer on top of each other, but you can also
configure them to be solo using either the Ostinatum track options:
CHORD MODE - This ignores any note order and simply plays
everything polyphonically, great for measured trem style effects.
2 . R H YT H M CO M P U TE R
NOTE MENU - Click these to place a note into the computer
at the length you desire. Click the trash can to delete, or choose
a preset from the drop down on the right. The cog allows you
further fine tuning and configuration tools.
LENGTH - This displays the note lengths in sequence that you
have selected from the Note Menu. Drag down here to create
rest versions of the note length.
KEY - Under each note you can then select which key (displayed in real time in the Transport) this note is attached to.
Scroll up and down to select.
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PCs:
We recommend Windows 7 or later (latest Service Pack, 32/64
Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (8 GB
recommended).
DRIVES:
USB2 or USB3,Thunderbolt, or eSata, 7200rpm. Ask your dealer
for drives that are suitable for “AV use”. If you can afford an
SSD drive, this will massively increase the power of your system.
Instead of 7-9ms seek time, the usual seek time is <0.1ms.These
are fast enough to run a patch ‘Purged’ of all its samples, and
they can load on the fly as you play the notes. You can also reduce your sampler’s “pre-load” buffer tenfold meaning you’ll be
able to load enormous orchestral palettes into a single machine.
HOST:
The Kontakt 5 platform should work comfortably on most
commonly found platforms and DAWs. As always make sure
you’re as up-to-date as you can afford! If your main DAW is not
a newish machine, or has a limited spec, and you’re planning on
building or adding Spitfire to an already large orchestral palette,
you could consider running your library independently of your
DAW, either on your host computer (e.g. via Re-Wire) or on a
slave device (e.g. via Midi or MOL). This will assist your loading
times, and will allow your DAW to do what it does best, sort
out all your note ons and note offs! We heartily endorse Plogue
Bidule (http://www.plogue.com) as a virtual rack/ routing system.
MACs:
We recommend Mac OS X 10.10 or later (latest update), Intel
Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended).
With the Ostinatum machine, there’s a dropdown on the
rhythm computer allowing you to switch between (and create)
up to 8 different patterns.
APPENDIX B -
KO N TA K T v s KO N TA K T P L AY E R
Kontakt Player is a free version of the Kontakt sample playback
engine available to download:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5/downloads/
Or using the ‘solo keyswitch’ option. With Solo Keyswitch, 9
new (customisable) keyswitches are added to the keyboard:
The very first one unmutes all tracks so that they play together.
The next eight solo each individual track respectively.When you
press them, everything but that keyswitch’s track is muted.
The second image shows how you could programme crazy
16ths on track 1, lazy halves on track 2, and then keyswitch
between them in your DAW.
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It works with libraries that the developer has paid a license fee
for. Essentially, you’ve bought this playback engine along with
your library.
The Kontakt player gives you full access to all the sounds and all
the editable parameters on the front panel.Also, unlike non-Player libraries, these libraries will also have a banner that appears
on the Kontakt Libraries pane.
If the library you want to use is NOT a ‘Player’ library (the
majority of our libraries) then you need to buy the full retail
version of Kontakt.
Then you can also load ‘non-Player’ libraries like some of our
other ranges, Spitfire LABS, Harp, Piano, Harpsichord, Solo
Strings etc. Please note that non-Player library instruments will
not appear on the Kontakt libraries pane and so can’t be added
as a library as Player libraries need to be. Instead, these libraries
will simply need to be loaded via the Kontakt files browser or
alternatively you can add the library as a favourite to the Kontakt Quick Load window.
If you want to go deeper into editing you’ll need a full version.
As you will already own the free Kontakt player and have bought
one of our ‘player’ libraries you will be eligible for a discount upgrade to Kontakt via the NI website. See here for more details:
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-5/pricing/crossgrade-offer/
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A RT I C U L AT I O N L I S T
APPENDIX D -
MIC & MIX ACRONYMS
STANDARD ARRAY:
EXTENDED ARRAY:
C - Close mics, a selection of valve mics placed for optimum
O - Outriggers, a set of vintage mics placed wide apart to the
left and right of the tree. These give a similar balance of room
and band but with a broader stereo spread. The effect of this
mic is somewhere between the tree and ambient mics.
(available as part of the ‘core’ product)
(available as part of the ‘Mics and Mixes’ expansion pack)
focus close to the instruments. This mic control is great to add
in for added definition and at times a bit of “rounding of sound”,
in isolation it can be a way of achieving a more intimate or
pop-music style sound.
T - Tree. This refers to the “Decca” tree of three mics placed
above the conductors podium. In the case of Sable; 3 priceless
vintage Neumann M50s. These are placed to give the ultimate
sound of the band, the hall and are the default mic position that
loads in with each patch.
A - Ambient. A set of condenser mics placed high up in the
gallery away from the band. This mic position gives a massive
amount of stereo spread and room sound over the band. Great
mixed in with the other mics but also ideal fed to your Ls & Rs
speaker sends for true surround information.
ST - Stereo Mic. These are totally different mics in a totally
different position to the tree (closer to ground level) and have a
more direct and immediate sound than the tree.
G - Gallery mics, three mics at the very furthest point from
the band way up in the gallery. A true representation of Air-Studios’ amazing ambience.
CR - Close ribbons. Placed next to the standard close mics
but using a rarefied selection of vintage ribbon mics to add a
warm and rounded tone.
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B - Broad, a cinematic/ symphonic mix that allow the hall to
really speak out.
M - Medium, a more intimate but still very classic version of
the mix above.
F - Fine, a much more detailed and immediate sound with less
hall, great for pop!
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APPENDIX E -
APPENDIX F -
UACC
With the development of Spitfire’s BML Sable it was proving quite difficult to standardise how to access the ever-growing number
of articulations contained within instruments and libraries. While they worked adequately, Keyswitches and CC32 were inconsistent between sections and instruments and it could prove a pain to do something as simple as substituting a Viola for a Violin section.
To address the problem, Spitfire developed UACC , a specification that hopes to standardise articulation control between instruments and libraries. UACC is turned on via the Keyswitch locking option (
) and utilises the same CC as above (and can be
customised identically). When UACC is activated you can change articulation by setting CC32 to specific values that correlative
with different articulations. Here’s the latest (v2) spec:
Long (sustain)
1Generic
2Alternative
3Octave
4
Octave muted
5
Small (1/2)
6
Small muted
7Muted
8
Soft (flaut/hollow)
9
Hard (cuivre/overb)
10Harmonic
11
Temolo/flutter
12
Tremolo muted
13
Tremolo soft/low
14
Tremolo hard/high
15
Tremolo muted low
16
Vibrato (molto vib)
17
Higher (sultasto/bells up)
18
Lower (sul pont)
19
Lower muted
Legato
20Generic
21Alternative
22Octave
23
Octave muted
24Small
25
Small muted
26Muted
27Soft
28Hard
29Hramonic
30Tremolo
31
Slow (port/gliss)
32Fast
33Run
34Detache
35Higher
36Lower
80
81
82
Short
40Generic
41Alternative
42
Very short (spicc)
43
Very short (soft)
44
Leisurely (stacc)
45Octave
46
Octave muted
47Muted
48
Soft (brush/feather)
49
Hard (dig)
50Tenuto
51
Tenuto Soft
52Marcato
53
Marcato Soft
54
Marcato Hard
55
Marcato Long
56
Plucked (pizz)
57
Plucked hard (bartok)
58
Struck (col leg)
59Higher
60Lower
61Harmonic
Phrases & Dynamics
90
FX 1
91
FX 2
92
FX 3
93
FX 4
94
FX 5
95
FX 6
96
FX 7
97
FX 8
98
FX 9
99
FX 10
100
Up (rips/runs)
101
Downs (falls/runs)
102Crescendo
103Decrescendo
104Arc
105Slides
Various
110
111
112
Synced - 120bpm (trem/trill)
Synced - 150bpm (trem/trill)
Synced - 180bpm (trem/trill)
Disco up (rips)
Disco down (falls)
Single string (Sul C/G/etc.)
Decorative
70
Trill (minor2nd)
71
Trill (major 2nd)
72
Trill (minor 3rd)
73
Trill (major 3rd)
74
Trill (perfect 4th)
75Multitongue
76
Multitongue muted
For example, turning on UACC and changing CC32 to 26 will change the current articulation to Legato - Muted. Setting it to 52
would change to Short - Marcato. You can set these manually in your DAW but it’s much easier to utilise DAW functionality such
as VST Note Expression, or a dedicate tablet app such as Lemur, TouchOSc, LiveControl, etc.
The advantages of UACC are that it’s consistent between all supported libraries (ie. setting CC32 to 52 will change to Marcato
regardless of the library or patch) and easily configurable on tablet apps such as Lemur. It remains consistent between updates (any
product using v2 will have the articulations mapped to the above spec). It also takes up no space on the keyboard.
FAQS & TROUBLESHOOTING
Q: HOW DO I AUTHORISE A KONTAKT PLAYER
LIBRARY ON A MACHINE NOT CONNECTED TO
THE INTERNET?
You have to use the Native Instruments Service Centre. There
is an offline system. Copy it over to the offline machine, add the
library as usual, then run Service Centre - it will generate a file
that they can copy back to the online machine. Its explained as
you do it.
Q: HOW DO I DOWNLOAD AND AUTHORISE A
KONTAKT FULL LIBRARY ONTO MY MAIN RIG IF
IT ISN’T CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET?
Simply use our download manager on a computer that IS connected, transfer over either over your LAN or via a shuttle
drive. No further authorisation is required.
Q: THE LIBRARY KEEPS DISAPPEARING FROM MY
KONTAKT ‘LIBRARIES’ PANE OR I CAN’T ADD
THE LIBRARY - IT FAILS EACH TIME I TRY?
This is a known Kontakt bug. Please contact our support team
to obtain a small file which should enable you to workaround
the problem.
Q: “NO LIBRARY FOUND” ERROR MESSAGE
If you are getting the error message “No Library Found” in Kontakt when trying to add a new library, it’s because the product
you have purchased isn’t a “Player” library (also see appendix B)
You will therefore need to load the files manually into Kontakt
to load them. This can be done via the ‘Files’ browser, top left
hand side of Kontakt, or by simply dragging the instrument files
over the Kontakt window to load them.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KONTAKT AND KONTAKT PLAYER?
See appendix B
Q: HOW CAN I REDOWNLOAD A PRODUCT?
With the continuous improvements to our Library Manager
app, we have incorporated the ability to reset your own downloads, be it the entire library or the most recent update!
The disadvantages are that it’s difficult to control for live playing (unless using a tablet) and it does not support articulation layering.
This can easily be done via your Library Manager app. To reset
both your entire library download or the latest update;
UACC K E YSWITC H
Open up the Library Manager app and log in with your account
email and passsord.
UACC keyswitching is a new feature set to debut in upcoming Spitfire products and updates. It is a mixture of keyswitching and
UACC to provide the advantages of both methods. When UACC Keyswitch is activated via the lock panel menu ( ) a single keyswitch is available. Using the UACC spec outlined above, this keyswitches velocity is used to switch articulation.
• Select the download you wish to re-download
• In the toolbar under Library > Reset Download > Entire
Download/Latest Update
• This will reset your whole download/your latest update
For example pressing the keyswitch at velocity 70 would switch to the Trill (minor 2nd) articulation while pressing at velocity 56
would switch to Short Pizzicato. As with UACC, you can manually input these velocity values but it’s easier to use your DAW or
tablet app’s functionality.
The main advantage of UACC KS over UACC is that you can layer articulations by overlaying the keyswitche’s notes on the piano
roll.
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Q: DIFFICULTIES IN DOWNLOADING / INSTALLING
Customers may find that they have some difficulties in the
downloading process. If you find that you are having some trouble, please check the list below for possible causes.
• The formatting of your drive, if it is FAT32 this will cause errors, because there is a maximum file size with this format of
4GB and our download files will exceed this limit. To solve this
problem, reformat your drive to a more modern format, or use
a different drive. We recommend NTFS on PC and Mac OS Extended (journalled) on Mac.
• Free space on your hard drive, please allow at least double the
space for the respective library. This is because your library is
downloaded compressed, then uncompressed into a separate
location, then the original is deleted. So briefly during install,
there are two copies of the library on disk.To solve this problem
use a drive with more space (the size you’ll need during install is
listed on the website page of the product you bought).
Other issues;
• Library Manager freezes in the “Extracting” stage for hours.
This may be because our libraries are often very large files, and
this is the stage where the compressed files are extracted and
placed in their final locations on the hard drive. There could be
hundreds of GB of content to unpack, so it really can take hours.
If you’re unsure whether it has crashed or is simply extracting
files, visit the installation folder you chose when you started the
install. If everything is working normally you’ll see various files
appearing in the folder (or one of its sub-folders).
• If you see a “Download interrupted” message may be caused
by a change in IP, usually the case with people using a VPN, or
people who for some reason started a download in one country
and tried to resume it in another. In this case, please submit a
support ticket and we can unblock you.
• If your download gets stuck and is continually cycling and not
resuming, please get in touch with us, giving us as much detail as
possible about your set up. It would be helpful if you can tell us:
Your operating system, where you are downloading from (your
country, and also whether you’re at home or work), your ISP,
and whether there are any proxy servers or firewalls between
your computer and the internet.
Q: I’VE LOST MY INSTRUMENT FILES.
In some cases, instrument files may get lost when transferring
libraries from one place to another, or if an update has gone
wrong. If this happens, the best way forward is to re-download
the library in question. It will ensure you will get all of the content you are missing
You can repeat this process for any of the libraries you own.
Note that there is a limit to how many times you can reset your
downloads in a certain time frame. If you do exceed your reset
limit please get in touch.
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Q: I HAVE FAST INTERNET, WHY IS MY DOWNLOAD SLOW?
We have no direct influence on your actual download speeds,
our libraries are hosted on Amazon S3 servers which are normally very quick but it may well be that at certain times of the
day when traffic is particularly busy, your ISP may throttle your
connection speeds.
We would advise you to leave your download running overnight
as speeds should ramp up at less busy times. Our Library Manager downloader aims to use as much of the available bandwidth
as possible to give you the quickest possible speeds, and may
take several minutes to reach its peak.
Q: CAN I INSTALL ON MORE THAN ONE COMPUTER?
With our products you have two licenses. This means that you
are allowed to download and install on two computers you own,
say your main rig and your mobile rig. The best way to get your
library on both of your machines is to copy it from one to another via an external HDD. It saves you from having to re-download the whole library again!
Q: CAN I TRY BEFORE I BUY?
No - it is not currently possible to demo our products.
If you go to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL you’ll see many many
walkthroughs containing detailed info about all our products -you can hear them being played in real time with no smoke and
mirrors!
Q: MY LIBRARIES ARE NOT SHOWING UP IN MY
LIBRARY MANAGER
A handful of customers may find that when they log into their
Library Manager, some of their previous purchased products do
not show up in the ‘Installed’ section or in the ‘Download Ready’
section either. It may be that you have purchased these under
another email address. Checking other possible email addresses for your previous purchases may help to find these missing
products. If this is not the case, and these missing products were
purchased a few years ago, please create a support ticket telling
us your account email address, and any serial numbers you may
have to go with these missing products. Our support team can
also merge one or more accounts together if you’d like to consolidate all your purchases in one place.
The more information, the quicker we can get you back up and
running! Q: HOW DO I UPDATE MY PRODUCTS?
The main premise of downloading our products is that our library manager downloads into the folder you choose, so it is
always good to choose the folder above where you want the
download to go.The best file path for our products is something
very simple, a long file path will cause errors as there is a character limit on how far the library manager to read. We advise a
file path of something along the lines of:
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Samples Drive > Spitfire Audio - always point the downloader
to the folder ‘Spitfire Audio’ (or the folder above) for all downloads and updates.
When it comes to downloading / updating - if you have a folder
called ‘Spitfire Audio’ always point the library manager to the
folder Spitfire Audio - never go into this folder and choose the
actual library in question.
Q: HOW DO I REDOWNLOAD THE LATEST UPDATE?
With the continuous improvements to our Library Manager app,
we have incorporated the ability to reset your own downloads.
This can easily be done via your Library Manager app.
Open up the Library Manager app and log in with your account
email and passsord.
- Select the download you wish to re-download
- In the toolbar under Library > Reset Download > Latest Update
- This will reset your latest update
You can repeat this process for any other updates you wish.
If you do not see the option to reset your download in your
Library Manager App, we would advise to download the latest
version of the library manager from HERE.
Q: I’VE BEEN WAITING AGES FOR MY DOWNLOAD LINKS...???
We run all our orders through a fraud checking process. The
automatic fraud check takes 20 minutes (but can take up to an
hour during a very busy period, eg. Black Friday), but if your order gets caught at this stage, we run a manual order check, and
this can delay the processing of your order for up to 24 hours
(though this would be a rare and exceptional case).
You should however receive an order confirmation email IMMEDIATELY upon placing your order. This confirms that your
order has successfully been logged in our system and that
your payment was successfully taken. Please check your junk
folders before contacting our support. The message will come
from do_not_reply@spitfireaudio.com if you’d like to add us to
your whitelist.
Q: CAN I DOWNLOAD ON A PC, THEN TRANSFER TO A MAC OR VICE VERSA?
All of our libraries are compatible on both PC and Mac computers (as they run inside Kontakt).You can download all of our
libraries on either PC or Mac and they will work if you need to
transfer them across to the other operating system. We advise
to do this via copying which every library you want to move
across to an external HDD, and then copying it to your other
machine.
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Q: ‘SAMPLES MISSING’ ERROR MESSAGES
In some cases, samples files may get lost when transferring libraries from one place to another, or if an update has gone
wrong.You may also get this error in some cases if you installed
your library on a drive with just under the minimum necessary
amount of space to install the library (remembering that you
need DOUBLE the size of the final library to install successfully - see above). If this happens, the best way forward is to
re-download the library in question. It will ensure you will get all
of the content you are missing. For more information on how to
re-download a product, please see the question above.
Q: HOW DO I DL PRODUCTS ON MAC OSX 10.6.8?
Our Library Manager only supports Mac OSX 10.7 and upwards.
If you do not have a system with 10.7 upwards installed, or do
not wish to update your system there is a way of creating an external boot drive that will work with our Library Manager app.
Alternatively, you can download the library to any other Mac or
PC that is compatible with the Library Manager and then simply
copy everything over to your own machine. We suggest doing
this via an External Hard drive.
Q: NON PLAYER INSTRUMENT OPENING IN
‘DEMO’ MODE?
If you are seeing the ‘demo’ button and your patches are timing
out, it means you are trying to run a non-player library in the
Kontakt Player software.You need to upgrade your Player to the
full version of Kontakt. We try very hard to ensure at all stages
of our website that everyone understands which libraries need
full Kontakt and which need the Player only. Essentially our Player libraries don’t need the full Kontakt because we have paid the
license fee on our customers’ behalf -- this is more financially
viable on our higher priced libraries. If you have any of our Player libraries you can qualify for a discount on the full version of
Kontakt see HERE for more information.
HOW TO BATCH RESAVE A LIBRARY
There are two main reasons to batch resave: Firstly it greatly
speeds up the loading of patches once you have batch resaved
them. Secondly, it can help you find missing samples and relink
them to the patches so that you don’t need to search every
time you load a patch. Bear in mind that it can sometimes take
a few attempts to batch resave, and if Kontakt crashes the first
time you try, you could go into the instruments folder and batch
resave a bit at a time -- go by sub folders for example, just to
lessen the load on Kontakt.
Serials, And Downloads section. Under there you will find all of
your serial numbers, including your Spitfire Audio serial numbers. If you find that the serial number you are looking for is
not there, please contact us with all of the relevant information.
Q: I HAVE FOUND A BUG
In some cases we can’t squash them all and bugs shamefully
make their way through. If you think you have found a bug,
please contact us with all the relevant information;
• A description of the bug you have found
• A screencast (video) of the bug happening, or an audio example
• The exact patch name (or patches) in question and also the
library giving us as much detail as possible will help us get to the
bottom of the issue.
Q: WHAT IS THE NCW COMPRESSED FORMAT?
This is Native Instrument’s new lossless compressed sample
format – we have managed to reduce the sample data pool by
around 55% and this also shows a benefit in streaming for you,
along with reduced hard disk space required.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR REFUNDS / RETURNS POLICY?
If you have NOT completed the download / installation process,
then we CAN refund / return your product, please contact supportwith your account email address and order number so we
can handle this quickly. If you HAVE completed the installation
process (even if you’ve not yet registered your serial number),
please see our EULA in regards to why we do not accept refunds and returns. We can refund hard drive orders up until
the point when the drive is dispatched from our office. This is
usually 2-4 days after you order.
Q: I’VE FORGOTTEN MY PASssORD?
If you have forgotten your passsord, please see this link, and click
‘Forgotten Passsord’. If at some point in the past you asked us
to merge two or more accounts but have since forgotten, you
MAY find that the forgotten passsord isn’t working for the email
address you asked us to merge FROM. In this case, please contact support with your name, and any email addresses you think
we might know about, and we’ll work out what has happened.
Q: VEP - CONTROLS / GUI HAS DISAPPEARED!?
You need to ‘connect’ the instance of VEP to your sequencer,
and send it some MIDI - then the controls will reappear. Unless the instance of VEP is ‘booted up’ by actually connecting it,
Kontakt will not complete the setup of the instrument which
includes drawing the GUI.
Q: I WANT TO BUY A COLLECTION, BUT I ALREADY OWN 1 OR MORE OF THE PRODS IN IT
Our cart will intelligently deduct the proportional cost of any
products you already own from the total price when you get to
the checkout.
Q: I’VE LOST MY SERIAL NUMBER FOR PRODUCT
ACTIVATION
Emails get misplaced and you might find that you are out of luck
when you need to find a past serial number. The best place to
find all of your serial numbers would be to log into your Native
Instruments account HERE, and traverse to the My Products,
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