London, UK: Spitfire Audio has announced upcoming availability of Hans Zimmer Strings. Spitfire and the godfather of orchestral sampling, Hans Zimmer, created a spectacular string sampling library with 344 of the greatest players in London at Air Studios. Ultimately, technology transformed them into an extraordinary-sounding ensemble available as a plug-in for composers, by composers.
Arguably one of the greatest — certainly one of the most prolific — film composers of our time, notable for integrating electronic sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements, Hans Zimmer himself has often said, “The true magic of sampling is when you are creating something that’s impossible in reality.”
In reality, creating the greatest film scores in the world involves thinking outside the box. Hans Zimmer, the godfather of orchestral sampling, came to high-quality virtual instrument and sampling libraries producer Spitfire Audio to turn Hans Zimmer Strings into reality. It takes the dynamic of any score to unimaginable levels with what is Spitfire Audio’s most ambitious sampling library yet.
Spitfire Audio adopted Hans Zimmer’s groundbreaking approach to large-group sampling and has taken it to another level by assembling 344 of the greatest players in London to perform on this library and recording them at AIR Studios. It is the combination of such vast numbers of top-tier session players performing together as one whole that led to such great results.
By breaking down those players into violins (grouped as 60 full, 20 right, 20 centre, 20 left, and 20 galleries), violas (20 centre and 20 wide), cellos (60 full, 20 right, 20 centre, 20 left, and 20 galleries), and basses (24 centre), the Hans Zimmer Strings production team had the freedom and flexibility to sample them performing a large number of playing techniques, resulting in an amazing amount of compositional possibilities, usable on projects for many years to come.
“When you gather large string forces it is like the thread count with Egyptian cotton sheets; the higher the count, the silkier the feel. Hans Zimmer Strings offers an oceanic patina of strings and articulations. Where some techniques are often angular, here they suddenly take on a fresh beauty; try out theCol Legno Trattos, a totally unique sound.” — Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Christian Henson
“This really will make you feel like you can create something totally new and extraordinary sounding — for example, the first experience of hearing 60 exceptional cellists playing muted as softly as possible is so memorable! Being able to realize my own musical ideas with this unusual creative toolkit is extremely inspiring.” — Spitfire Audio co-founder and composer Paul Thomson
Spitfire Audio worked with UsTwo, one of the world’s best design and user-experience agencies, to create a composition tool that’s as easy to use as it is inspiring. Hans Zimmer Strings’ GUI is clutter-free and focused, featuring sliders for expression and dynamics, and a knob that can be easily customized to the user's personal workflow. Its intuitive navigation system is tailored specifically for orchestral work.
The name most synonymous with modern film scoring, Hans Zimmer, has not only composed some of the most memorable scores in recent years, but he has also revolutionized music production for film with his innovative approach to sampling and recording. His daring instrument selection and use of unusual techniques have given his scores a distinctive reputation for making the unexpected sound like it couldn’t have been anything else. With Hans Zimmer Strings, Spitfire Audio offers anyone an ambitious string library to unlock new areas of creativity.
Spitfire Audio is already accepting pre-orders on Hans Zimmer Strings at a time-limited introductory promo price of £549.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $599.00 USD/€599.00 EUR (inc. VAT) — rising thereafter to an MSRP of £699.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$799.00 USD/€799 EUR (inc. VAT)
(Anyone pre-ordering will receive the limited-edition Hans Zimmer Strings book.)
As of March 28, 2018, Hans Zimmer Strings will be available as a dedicated (AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3) plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.10, 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13— 184 GB HD or SSD space required) and PC (Windows 8, 10 — 184 GB HD or SSD space required).
For more in-depth information and audio demos, visit the dedicated Hans Zimmer Strings webpage.
About Spitfire Audio
Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company producing high-quality virtual instruments and sample libraries.The company collaborates with the world’s best composers, producers, engineers, and studios to create detailed and realistic recordings of instruments and sounds for use in computer-based music production. Prominent collaborators include Hans Zimmer, Air Studios, Eric Whitacre, and many more.