The story

In the middle of April 2021, I had booked a 3 hour slot part of a shared recording session offered by Manchester based Northern Film Orchestra, in order to record a few ambient, textural chamber strings cues for a short film I had been scoring.
As the players were so incredibly brilliant, the recordings were wrapped up halfway through the session, and I had previously asked Jack Hughes, director of the NFO, whether I could capture a few samples of the chamber strings ensemble, with the objective of making a sample library. Jack had happily agreed to that , so we went ahead and started sampling both long and short notes, starting from the lowest C0 and going up in 5ths to F6.The long samples were recorded twice, whereas the short ones were recorded four times. I had time to record only a single dynamic layer, which I decided to be mezzoforte.
In the end, I was sent about 3 gigabytes of samples, and I decided to use the Close, Stereo Pair, Outriggers, and Room ones, therefore, for this reason, the library features four mic positions.
Also, I obtained a few IR samples from my fellow peer Dora Kmezic, who recorded them at “The Friary” in Liverpool, formerly a church known as St. Mary of the Angels and now home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, and decided to include them as a reverb for the library.
This is the companion bundle to the Longs one, and includes a Shorts patch, as well as a Keys and Pulses patches (not available for Decent Sampler). The Pulses patch is tempo-sync’ed, and has 3 keyswitches: 8th, 16th and 8th triplets, visualised as red coloured keys in the higher register of the keyboard. The 8th keyswitch is selected by default.
These samples are intended to be used more as a sound design tool, rather than a regular strings library, so feel free to mangle and destroy them to your heart’s content!

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: a few of the short samples are not perfect in terms of tuning or cleanliness, I am not able to replace them with better ones. Time was not enough to do another recording pass, so I could only try and polish them up as much as I could without sacrificing the sound quality during the processing phase. Thank you for your understanding.

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  • Just, Thank You!

    This library is a treasure, thank you so much for taking the time to create it.

    angelvazquez20 April 2023
  • Perfect!!!

    Sound very good... and for free is really great!! Thank you very much for share this!!

    Raul Villanero03 November 2022
  • This? For Free????

    This is literally the best short chamber staccatos i have heard yet in my life. And for free. The sound is so intimate and cuts out perfectly. This is a must have for every one of you.

    JashandeepReehal24 May 2022
  • Oh man this is good!

    I can't believe that is is free. I could easily see this being a Spitfire Originals or something. The quality of these recordings are great, and has all the tweakability I need. The Mic positions are a great addition here. Instruments like this are what gives me the inspiration to finally try to tackle the wonderful world of sampling.

    The interface is clean, maybe a little hard too see with the chosen background image? But besides that this is definitely going into the rotation. Bravo

    Minirehak21224 May 2022
  • These short strings sound incredible!!!!

    I am really impressed, this is a full-string family with incredibly nice and intimate shorts. They sound rather quite powerful and have a lot of detail. You get 4 mic positions to match the space to taste, which is just incredible.

    Unfortunately, it does not have multiple dynamic layers, but it does control the volume with the velocity AND it has round robins, so honestly, this is no issue. This is still incredible for a free library, and I highly recommend you to download this and try it for yourself.

    BenBerkenbosch26 September 2022
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