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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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.


Superb string library

5.0 rating
August 16, 2020

The sound of the library is top notch. So warm and perfect for so many things.
Excellent job on this. I would love to hear a cello doing the same.
Keep doing these, they’re spectacular.

Jamie Haggerty


5.0 rating
August 6, 2020

Thanks again Dan for something truly amazing! Have linked a song below using this amazing VST!

Thomas Harding

This is hands down one of the most beautiful-sounding and detailed instruments ever released for free.

5.0 rating
June 4, 2020

I do not own any library having soft swtring swells, and through this instrument I am discovering how much I have been missing one.
It’s such an over-hyped phrase these days, but this is instant inspiration out of the box. The quality of the recordings and the way it is presented shows great care and I can’t recommend it enough.
Great for minimalistic or intimate music, with a sound of a small chamber ensemble, if player correctly. It is absolutely brilliant.
Huge, huge thanks for making this available for the composer community!
(Note: I hope that the people who did not have enough trust in a viola now come to realise their mistake :))

Robert Osztolykan


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

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