Soft String Spurs

Soft String Spurs


Welcome to Soft String Spurs, a sample library of my viola. There are 3 main components to this collection of sounds; the Core, which has 4 dynamic layers (Levels 1 and 2 were recorded using a mute, Levels 3 and 4 were recorded without a mute), Harmonics (4 time-stretched and manipulated natural harmonics) and Swells. I recorded this diatonically, recording 4 bows per sample, using a combination of AKG C451B close and AKG C214 stereo room mics for width. To enhance the sound further, I also recorded multiple layers. Level 1 has just a single recording and Levels 2, 3 and 4 have 3, 4 and 5 layers respectively.

The samples were produced with minimal compression, EQ and reverb to allow you to have flexibility with the sound, but I must say they take very well to delay and reverb, as outlined in my YouTube walkthrough and tutorial below. The dynamics of the Core library can be faded between using the Mod Wheel and the volume for the Harmonics and Swells can be adjusted with CC21 (Spitfire’s vibrato control). The combination of these plus CC11 Volume controller allow for easy use of all three instruments simultaneously.

I hope you enjoy this submission!



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5.0 rating
April 19, 2021

Maybe one of the most ever inspiring strings sound i ever played. Can’t find any defaults. Instant love with this one.


Just Beautiful...

5.0 rating
December 26, 2020

Dan, I wanted to thank you for creating this lovely instrument. It is such a lovely sound. You have really captured an emotional quality that is rare in sampled instruments. It’s just the feel of the strings when you play notes, it’s heartbreaking, in a good way. Very inspiring. I can’t recommend Soft String Spurs enough. Thank you. Steve 🙂

Steve Jardine

Sensitive sounds

4.0 rating
December 3, 2020

Just wanted to say I am really enjoying your SSS library – lovely, vulnerable and fragile sounds, highly inspiring once I’d cracked the right CC channel for the harmonics and swells. Thank you, Dan

Kevin Sargent

Just so beautiful.

5.0 rating
September 26, 2020

Wow. What a lovely patch. The playability is very good. The swells are particularly well crafted, and just the overall quality of the recordings are really amazing. Very inspiring. For a free library it’s a heck of a deal. Well done, Dan.



5.0 rating
August 26, 2020

Also, I’ll be using them as lead as well as pads. Great one.



A collection of three distinct viola sample instruments including harmonics and swells.

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