Available for download, the Symphonic Strings Mural Ensembles from Spitfire Audio is a performance-oriented virtual instrument based on 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 a symphonic string ensemble. 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.
Designed for use as a quick compositional or sketching tool, this ensemble version of the Symphonic Strings Mural merges all five string sections into a single patch. This means that instead of recording each section separately, you simply play your polyphonic score on your keyboard and the virtual instrument does the orchestration. Because Mural Ensembles requires considerably less system power than Mural 1 and 2, it is also ideal for use as a scaled-down version of the library when you are working on a laptop.
Mural Ensembles features a selection of articulations form Mural 1 and 2 including long notes, flautando, harmonics, sul pont, col legno, pizzicato, Bartok pizzicato, major & minor trills, and tremolo. 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.
Close, tree, ambient, and outrigger mic perspectives 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 Ensembles 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.