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Sospiro Strings
Sospiro Strings by Osterhouse Sounds is Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows.
Product
Version
1.2
System Requirements
Windows 7/8/10 (Windows 11 should work, but it's not officially supported until the release of Kontakt 6.7 later in February 2022)
Kontakt Version Required:
5.8.1 Full Version (Not for Kontakt Player)
Note: This library will take a substantial chunk of CPU and memory. It is recommended that you have at least 8GB memory.
Dual Core CPU, 3 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required. All sales are final.
Product
Version
1.2
System Requirements
Mac 10.13 and above
Kontakt Version Required:
5.8.1 Full Version (Not for Kontakt Player)
Note: This library will take a substantial chunk of CPU and memory. It is recommended that you have at least 8GB memory.
Dual Core CPU, 3 GB System RAM, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required. All sales are final.
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Sospiro Strings - Ben Osterhouse

Slow, Emotive Strings (Bass, Cello, Viola, Violin).

Product Overview

Sospiro Strings is a Kontakt library for creating slow, emotive strings. It features 4 different length swells and 3 sustained articulations, recorded on bass, cello, viola, and violin.

Features

There are separate nki's for each individual instrument, and there is an nki with all instruments mixed together, to work as a simpler sketching tool, and also to save memory.

There are 2 varieties of Swells:

The vibrato swells are provide a warm, individual sound. The vibrato samples sound better or worse depending on how much they are being timed-stretched, which is why it is especially nice to have non-vibrato as an option. All of the swells were originally recorded at 110 BPM.

The non-vibrato swells have a clear tone which especially brings attention to the change in tone as each instrument louder and softer.

Each version, Vibrato and non-vibrato has a single velocity layer.

Using the Length in Beats slider, you can choose the appropriate length, and the corresponding swell will be chosen and time-stretched if needed.

The Length Multiplier is useful if you have a project with a fast BPM and you want it to sound slow, or vice versa.

The Smart Release feature makes it so that however far into the crescendo-ing part of the sample you have held the note, it will jump that far from the end of the swell. This means that the longer you hold a note, the longer its release will be.

All of the swells can be either vibrato or non-vibrato. The vibrato adds warmth and individuality to the sound, but may be a bit over dramatic in some cases. The non-vibrato has a lot of clarity, and especially brings attention to change in tone as each instrument gets louder and softer. The vibrato samples sound better or worse depending on how much they are being timed-stretched, which is why it is especially nice to have non-vibrato as an option.

The Sync feature is one of the most essential features: with Sync enabled, any notes you add or change in a chord will sync with the first note that was played.

There are 3 varieties of Sustains:

The cold sustains are played with a slow bow and no vibrato --a fragile sound at the edge of breaking.

The warm sustains are played over the fingerboard with a fast, freely changing bow and generous vibrato.

The full sustains are played closer to the bridge with a slow, heavy bow. Vibrato is used with discretion.

There is an option to double the sound, which layers two instances together and pans them slightly apart. This sounds better if you are only using one instrument by itself and only playing a few notes at a time. If you are playing big chords and layering all 4 instruments together, the doubled feature tends to sound more generic and uninteresting.

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