Hans Zimmer Strings by Spitfire Audio


Hi, guys. Ian Vargo here from The Pro Audio Files and
masteringinthebox.com. This one’s for you music composers out there. I recently was able to get my hands on a copy
of Hans Zimmer Strings from Spitfire Audio. Spitfire, of course, is responsible for having
created some of the most comprehensive and thorough orchestral sample libraries and virtual
instruments on the market out there. Team them up with Hans Zimmer, who is one
of the greatest film composers, you can’t really go wrong. So I don’t want to talk too much more. I want to show you a piece of music that I
created using strictly Hans Zimmer strings. It’s about a minute and a half long, and then
we’ll take a look at what I did. [music] So what you just heard is only about an afternoon’s
worth of work, and I had just literally gotten the Hans Zimmer Strings, so I didn’t really
have a chance to explore the plugin and see just how deep it goes, and it goes really,
really deep, indeed. We’ve go this easily navigate-able preset
window, with over 200 presets. These are different instruments and groups
of instruments played a number of different ways. So it’s really versatile and easy to find
the kind of sound, and the kind of performances you’re after relatively quickly, which is
always great. The user interface itself is beautiful and
intuitive. We’ve got this control over expression… [Zimmer strings, adjusting expression] We’ve got dynamics, which is currently mapped
to my MIDI keyboard’s mod wheel. [Zimmer strings, adjusting dynamics] So you can hear there’s an incredible amount
of detail in these performances. We’ve got a very lush and useable reverb. Check this out. [Hans Zimmer strings with reverb] And this is where it really starts to get
nuts. We have over 20 different microphones. So what we were just hearing is the close
mic’d signal. Let’s switch over to ambient, and then we’re
going to add in a couple more. We have so many. Over 20. Let’s add in gallery and riser. Let’s play a note. [strings] We also have control over stereo width and
left and right. So what we’re seeing here in Pro Tools is
sort of an unorthodox method, but I really wanted to put this plugin through its paces. Each of these different instrument tracks
represent an instance of the Hans Zimmer strings that have a different style of playing or
sound, which I performed on my MIDI keyboard, and then froze in Pro Tools, which is always
a great option. So for example, we’ve got the pizzicato Bartok
here. [pizzicato strings] It’s a really unique and interesting sound. And what I really love about this is the ambient
swells and effects that come with it. So let’s check out these viola effects. These are fantastic. [viola effects] So, I mean, you get the idea. It’s instant, if you’re working on a thriller
or horror genre film, this kind of stuff is great. These are great compositional tools. So I went through and created as many different
varied sounds as I possibly could within a day’s worth of work with this plugin, and
I am sure that there are still many deep, dark corners of Hans Zimmer Strings that I
have not yet reached, but I am looking forward to going there. Additionally, I reached out to Spitfire because
I was having a little bit of an issue installing the library, and they got back to me almost
immediately. So kudos to the spitfire team on awesome customer
service, and on creating another great virtual instrument. This has been Ian Vargo with The Pro Audio
Files and Mastering in the Box. Thanks.

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