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
  • Love these strings

    Awesome strings, huge thank you to Dan for creating such an amazing and detailed sample pack. The strings are warm, rich, and full of so much character.

    Aus16 August 2022
  • 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
  • Dan the Man

    Dan, I would like to thank you for you work! Your Soft String Spurs library is so inspiring and so wonderfully playable.

    Keep up the good work and all the best to you

    Kind regards,


    Derevitive11 July 2023
  • Nice!

    Very Beautiful Sound! That's perfectly! Awesome strings!

    Yelik13 February 2023
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