Soft String Spurs

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

The story

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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  • Great String Tone!

    I don't know what libraries have the most demos before the demo submission policy changed, but if the number of demos for this one are any indication, this might be one of the most useful libraries on Pianobook. Great string sound. Especially if you blend with the "extras" that Dan has put together. I can see these sounds finding a home in various projects. Download yours now!

    dafingaz26 October 2021
  • Delicate and emotional Viola - swelling

    Another beautiful capture of Strings - sampling his own Viola. I love how he programs the dynamic swelling sound for his library. Same with other libraries of DK, I use this library alone or mix with another collection of his and they match perfectly each other.

    Asuka Amane13 October 2021
  • Best Free Strings Ever

    This is without a doubt the best free strings on the internet. They're so full, rich and natural sounding. They have a bit of vibrato that really brings realism also, as opposed to a lot of string ensemble patches that just feel too static. Even though i have spitfire intimate strings more often than not i still go for soft string spurs. Its also amazing how good this sounds in any range on the keyboard considering its viola samples pitched up and down. The low end sound amazing. I can't stress enough how awesome this library is

    septemberwalk29 October 2021
  • I wish I had this before I finished my album...

    It's been a long time since I had goosebumps just by playing a few notes. Strings full of emotion and character that will give you the chills guaranteed. I really, really wish I had this when I wrote my concept album. One day I will remaster it and I will make sure to include this.

    Leaving the personal opinion aside, this instrument is very well sampled with no audible noise. There are tons of options inside to customize it to your needs, but there is no way to control the reverb completely. The knob design could have been more classical, but who cares, I will give it a 5/5 because it deserves to be at the top.
    Big, big thanks to Dan!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Sweet Viola tone and ambience

    I have a lot of Violas in my virtual instrument collection, but this is my new go-to option for that instrument. These samples produce such a rich tone and character.

    dtherrien29 November 2021
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