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bent grass | spitfire audio sable strings

"Bent Grass" is new piece I've just composed to test/demonstrate the new strings sample library from Spitfire Audio - Sable Strings.

The audio below was recording using just vol.1, but I will be replacing the appropriate lines with additional parts from vol.2 and vol.3 as they're released.

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spitfire audio | loegria (polyphonic legato vs sustains)

I thought I play around with the newly introduced poly-legato feature in Loegria 1.1
and see it compares to the regular sustain patches in this post.

To do this, I played in triadic chords with the sustain patches, added cc1 (mod wheel) data,
and then copied this to another track an octave lower for the low strings.

After that, I copied each of those to matching Legato tracks and adjusted each of the triad members' velocity data,
as that is how Loegria determines the polyphonic function.

Rinse and repeat for the half sections, and c'est voila!

poly-legato vs sustain

    • 0:00 - Full Sustain
    • 0:25 - Full Legato
    • 0:49 - 1/2 Section Sustain
    • 1:13 - 1/2 Section Legato

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 demos

To further show how I've personally used these two different libraries,
here are two demos that hopefully show off some strengths of each library.

Albion i

albion ii

Ultimately, I think combining the two libraries will give the most flexibility,
and offer the most variety in ensemble sizes and articulations.

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (brass longs and legato)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 Brass Longs and Legato patches.

From Albion 1, I'm using the Horns/Bones, and from Albion 2,
I've used the Horns/Euphoniums and Sacbuts.

longs

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Horns/Bones Longs
    • 0:16 - Albion 2 Horns/Euphoniums Longs
    • 0:32 - Albion 2 Sacbut Longs

legato

    • 0:51 - Albion 1 Horns/Bones Legato
    • 1:05 - Albion 2 Horns/Euphonium Legato
    • 1:19 - Albion 2 Sacbut Legato

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (string shorts)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 String Shorts Patches.

shorts

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Shorts
    • 0:20 - Albion 2 Shorts
    • 0:39 - Albion 1 Pizz
    • 0:59 - Albion 2 Pizz
    • 1:18 - Albion 2 Shorts (con sordino)
    • 1:37 - Albion 2 Col Legno
    • 1:57 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2 Ostinatum + Celli Ostinatum (Time Machine)

More comparisons to come, including horns.

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spitfire audio | albion 1 & 2 (string legato)

Here is a comparison of the Albion 1 & 2 String Legato Patches.

I've divided this into high and low strings. Lines are played at the octave, depending on the patch used.

High Strings

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2/Viola (con sordino)
    • 0:11 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2/Viola
    • 0:20 - Albion 1 Violin1/Violin2 (octaves)
    • 0:29 - Albion 2 High Strings
    • 0:38 - Albion 2 High Strings 1/2 Section

Low Strings

    • 0:47 - Albion 1 Cello/Bass (octaves)
    • 0:56 - Albion 2 Low Strings
    • 1:05 - Albion 2 Low Strings 1/2 Section

More string comparisons to come, including shorts.

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Spitfire Audio | Albion 1 & 2 (String Longs)


Spitfire Audio has released the next iteration of their (mostly orchestral) Albion series, with Albion 2 'Loegria'.
If the focus of vol. 1 was on the epic cinematic style, vol. 2 is all about cinematic beauty and detail.

Here is a comparison of string longs from both libraries playing the same material.

Articulations in both Albion 1 & 2

    • 0:00 - Albion 1 String Longs (con sordino)
    • 0:25 - Albion 2 String Longs (con sordino)
    • 0:47 - Albion 1 String Longs
    • 1:10 - Albion 2 String Longs

Articulations in only Albion 2

    • 1:36 - Albion 2 Strings 1/2 Section
    • 1:58 - Albion 2 Strings Flautando

More string comparisons to come, including legato and shorts.

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