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 bundle includes a Longs patch, as well as two Drone patches. There will be more bundles released in the future.
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!
Reviews for NFO Alternative Chamber Strings
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Straight and warm sound of strings
Just very nice and beautiful!! I appreciate for creating this library. Simple and warm sound of chamber strings would be useful for many music.
Wonderful library. Replacing all my other string libraries with this one. Can't wait for all the other articulations!
A Really Solid String Package!
Thank you Marco for releasing this pack, it's such a solid bundle! The stand out feature of this instrument, is how much flexibility you have at your fingertips - Specifically, the inclusion of the micing and ADSR panel! This pack would be fantastic when used in string layering. Definitely a pack you should try out. Overall, solid job!
Poignant pads and textures...
Extremely nice sounds and a great expansion upon the original library. The low drone is great and my favorite since it keeps the original string sound pretty well while adding in the smoothing pads. As always, Marco's GUIs never fail to impress! Fantastic work here!
Lovely Strings longs with a little tweak
I really love the sound of this library, especially if you connect the mod-wheel with the "Resonance". Otherwise it would sound a little lifeless.