Spitfire Audio has been working with Hans Zimmer, to create a string sampling library like no other with no fewer than 344 of the greatest players in London assembled at AIR Studios to have technology transform them into an extraordinary-sounding ensemble available as a plug-in aimed primarily for composers by composers and the result is Hans Zimmer Strings.
Arguably one of the greatest 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.”
Apparently Hans Zimmer approached Spitfire Audio to turn what would become Hans Zimmer Strings into reality and that task became Spitfire Audio’s most ambitious sampling library yet.
Spitfire Audio adopted Hans Zimmer’s approach to large group-sampling by assembling no fewer than 344 of the greatest players in London to perform on this library and recording them at AIR Studios. 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 production team had the freedom and flexibility to sample them performing a large number of playing techniques.
Spitfire Audio co-founders and composers Christian Henson and Paul Thomson told us....
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 the Col Legno Trattos, a totally unique sound.
Paul Thomson added...
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 realise my own musical ideas with this unusual creative toolkit is extremely inspiring.
Hans Zimmer Strings is available as a (AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3) plug-in and the Graphical User Interface has been designed to be clutter-free and focused, featuring sliders for expression and dynamics, and a knob that can be easily customised to the user's personal workflow. The navigation system has been 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 revolutionised music production for film with his innovative approach to sampling and recording. His 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 aims to offer anyone a string library so ambitious and exciting that they’re sure to unlock areas of creativity they didn’t imagine possible!
Spitfire Audio's Hans Zimmer Strings will be available with a time-limited introductory promo price of £549.00 (inc. VAT)/ $599.00 /€599.00 (inc. VAT) which will rise to an MSRP of £699.00 (inc. VAT)/$799.00 /€799 (inc. VAT). It 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 and PC Windows 8, 10 and will require 184GB of hard drive space.