Spitfire Audio's Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings Delivers Scandinavian Sound

Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of its Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings sample library, which promises to deliver a “characteristically Scandinavian” sound.

Designed for both aspiring and established media composers writing intimate scores or for those wanting to add more detail and experimental techniques to larger ensembles, Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings samples a 100-piece orchestra with a 56-piece string section, featuring eight string players performing a selection of experimental techniques at Lyndhurst Hall at London’s AIR Studios.

The eight players performed a selection of experimental techniques, carefully positioned antiphon — at opposite ends of the room — creatively captured in an arrangement.

As there were no violas involved in the production proceedings, the mid-section of the frequency map was (intentionally) removed from the all newly-recorded results.

Representing the 14th fundamental instalment in Spitfire Audio’s ongoing Originals series, Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings utilises a bespoke Super Close signal method, recorded using clip-on microphones on the bridge of each instrument involved.

There are three recorded signals: Close, created using valve spot microphones (including rare, vintage AKG C12s, Gefell UM75s and Neumann U67s) summed together for an upfront image of the string ensemble, Tree, a Decca Tree microphone arrangement allowing for a spacious sound while capturing the natural resonance of Lyndhurst Hall, and Super Close – featuring DPA clip-on microphones.

Borne out of the concept behind Spitfire Audio’s Albion Tundra, Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings is ideal for both small and widescreen settings, and is designed to be utilised straight out of the box.

Control is relinquished to the end user due to the five adjustable settings that are available as part of the affordable plugin’s GUI, and there are 12 presets to play with.

“I have to say, this is one of my favourite libraries, and it’s definitely going to go into my template,” said Dan Keen, in-house composer at Spitfire Audio.

“This is a very small ensemble – eight players – recorded antiphonally in the same arrangement as Albion Tundra, so if you’ve got that library, these are going to work really well together.”

Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings is available as an AAX-, AU-, VST2- and VST3-compatible plugin supporting Native Instruments’ NKS for Mac (OS X 10.10 or later) and Windows (7, 8, and 10 — latest Service Pack) that loads directly into any compatible DAW for an RRP of £29.00 GBP (inc. VAT).