Available for download, the Symphonic Strings Mural 1 from Spitfire Audio is a performance-oriented virtual instrument based on 340,784 samples of a symphonic-sized setting of 60 string instruments. The virtual instrument draws on the sampled material as you play on your keyboard, recreating your playing in the sound of the string section, or combination of string sections, of your choice. The string setting used for recording the samples consists of 16 first violins, 14 second violins, 12 violas, 10 celli, and 8 basses, all performed by Londoner orchestra musicians.
Focused on essential orchestral string articulations, this first installment of Symphonic Strings Mural features long & short notes, legato, harmonics, spicatto, pizzicato, Bartok pizzicato, col legno, tremolo, flautando, sul pont, and con sordino. A speed-control slider allows for intelligent legato switching, giving you a slight delay moving from one note to the next when you select low transition speeds. For further sound customization there are sliders that control the intensity of the vibrato, the tightness of short notes, and the time notes resonate after being played. There is also a dynamics slider which allows for volume modulation within your score, and an expression slider which controls the overall volume.
Multiple mic perspectives and three mic mixes can be combined and blended for effectful shifts in focus and depth. The library is sampled with up to eight slightly varying versions of each sound, known as round robins. Each time you hit a certain key a random round robin plays back, giving your virtual performance a lifelike feel. Recorded in situ within the BML British Modular Library Range, Symphonic String Mural 1 is designed to blend seamlessly with other Spitfire libraries. This full sonic agreement enables you to combine orchestral sections and instruments, and make them sound as if they were being played together in the same room.