String Libraries

When I got a little bored with my go-to string libraries a couple of weeks ago, I started making an excel of all the string libraries I could find, so I could get a clear picture of what’s available on the market. Then I thought “what the hell, why not share it with others on my webpage?”. So here it is! Enjoy.

Please note: This list is by no means complete, but I do believe I have most bigger brands in here. Join my mailinglist to get notified on new additions.

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BrandLibrarySingle/Solo/Chamber/EnsembleDryMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.FXCopyFormatGBPrice €Deal €Notes
VSLStrings Complete Standard LibrarySolo, Chamber, EnsembleDry2nd vn (solo)DBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI505.93240Solo, Chamber, Dimension, Orchestral & Appassionata combined. Has less articulations than "Full library".
VSLStrings Complete Full LibrarySolo, Chamber, EnsembleDry2nd vn (solo)DBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI505.94980Solo, Chamber, Dimension, Orchestral & Appassionata combined.
VSLSolo Strings Bundle StandardSoloDry2nd vn (solo)DBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI104.0695Solo Strings I & II. Has less articulations than "Full library". Also has 2nd cello.
VSLSolo Strings Bundle Full LibrarySoloDry2nd vn (solo)DBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI104.01090Solo Strings I & II. Also has 2nd cello.
VSLSolo Strings I StandardSoloDryDBInt.eLicenserVI55.7275Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLSolo Strings I Full LibrarySoloDryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserVI55.7570
VSLSolo Strings II Standard LibrarySoloDryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI31.0235Like Solo Strings I but muted. Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLSolo Strings II Full LibrarySoloDryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI31.0390Like Solo Strings I but muted.
VSLChamber Strings Bundle Standard LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI40.8495Chamber Strings I & II. Has less articulations than "Full library".
VSLChamber Strings Bundle Full LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI40.8890Chamber Strings I & II.
VSLChamber Strings I Standard LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI29.3295Has less articulations than "Full library".
VSLChamber Strings I Full LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserVI29.3650
VSLChamber Strings II Standard LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI11.4255Like Chamber Strings I but muted. Has less articulations than "Full library".
VSLChamber Strings II Full LibraryChamber (6-4-3-2)DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI11.4350Like Chamber Strings I but muted.
VSLOrchestral Strings Bundle Standard LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-6)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI42.5495
VSLOrchestral Strings Bundle Full LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-6)DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI42.5990Sordino not for all articulations.
VSLOrchestral Strings I Standard LibraryEnsemble (14-10-0-0)DryInt.eLicenserVI23.5335ONLY Violins & Violas, NO cello & basses
VSLOrchestral Strings I Full LibraryEnsemble (14-10-0-0)DryVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI23.5690ONLY Violins & Violas, NO cello & basses. Sordino not for all articulations.
VSLOrchestral Strings II Standard LibraryEnsemble (0-0-8-6)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI19.0295ONLY cellos & basses, NO violins & violas.
VSLOrchestral Strings II Full LibraryEnsemble (0-0-8-6)DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoeLicenserVI19.0590ONLY cellos & basses, NO violins & violas. Sordino not for all articulations.
VSLAppassionata Strings Bundle Standard LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI19.4545Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLAppassionata Strings Bundle Full LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBVib CtrlInt.SordinoeLicenserVI19.4870
VSLAppassionata Strings I Standard LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI12.0335Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLAppassionata Strings I Full LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBVib CtrlInt.eLicenserVI12.0590
VSLAppassionata Strings II Standard LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI7.5275Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLAppassionata Strings II Full LibraryEnsemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI7.5370
VSLDimension Strings Bundle Standard librarySolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBInt.SordinoDiv.eLicenserVI284.81250Dimension Strings I, II & III. Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLDimension Strings Bundle Full librarySolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.eLicenserVI284.81545Dimension Strings I, II & III.
VSLDimension Strings I Standard LibrarySolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBInt.Div.eLicenserVI175.8495Has less articulations than "Full library"
VSLDimension Strings I Full LibrarySolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Div.eLicenserVI175.8790
VSLDimension Strings II (Sordino)Solo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBInt.SordinoDiv.eLicenserVI71.0495Sordino version
VSLDimension Strings III (Sul Tasto)Solo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
DryDBInt.Div.eLicenserVI38.0395Sul tasto version
VSLSolo Violin 2Single ViolinDryVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserVI7.5185ONLY one solo violin, not full section.
VSLSolo Cello 2Single CelloDryVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserVI9.8185ONLY one solo cello, not full section.
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 1Solo, Ensemble (14-10-8-6)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI27.0295148Cut down version of Solo & Orchestral. Also has brass, woods, keys & percussion.
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 1 PlusSolo, Ensemble (14-10-8-6)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI11.5285143Expansion to Special Edition Volume 1.
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 2Chamber (6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.eLicenserVI26.7295148Cut down version of Chamber & Appassionata (very simple version). Also has brass, woods, keys, percussion & guitars
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 2 PlusChamber (6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.Sordino (only simple appassionata)eLicenserVI9.1265133Expansion to Special Edition Volume 2.
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 3 (con sordino)Solo, Chamber (6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-14-12-10)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI19.1325163Cut down version of Solo, Chamber & Appassionata. Also has a harp.
VSLSpecial Edition Volume 5 (Dimension Strings)Chamber (8-6-6-4)DryDBInt.SordinoeLicenserVI56.4345Cut down version on Dimension Strings (no divisi)
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 1Solo, Ensemble (14-14-10-8-6)Dry2nd vnDBInt.eLicenserSynchron63.6295Cut down version of Solo & Orchestral. Also has second cello, brass, woods, keys & percussion.
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 1 PlusSolo, Ensemble (14-14-10-8-6)Dry2nd vnDBInt.eLicenserSynchron12.4285Expansion to Synchron-ized Special Edition Volume 1.
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 2Chamber (6-6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-20-14-12-10)Dry2nd vnDBInt.eLicenserSynchron43.0295Cut down version of Chamber & Appassionata (very simple version). Also has brass, woods, keys, percussion & guitars
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 2 PlusChamber (6-6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-20-14-12-10)Dry2nd vnDBInt.Sordino (only simple appassionata)eLicenserSynchron9.0265Expansion to Synchron-ized Special Edition Volume 2.
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 3Solo, Chamber (6-6-4-3-2), Ensemble (20-20-14-12-10)Dry2nd vnDBInt.SordinoeLicenserSynchron22.5325Cut down version of Solo, Chamber & Appassionata. Also has a harp.
VSLSynchron-ized Special Edition Volume 5 (Dimension Strings)Chamber (8-8-6-6-4)Dry2nd vnDBInt.SordinoeLicenserSynchron51.1345Cut down version on Dimension Strings (no divisi)
VSLSynchron Strings I Standard LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-8-6)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserSynchron255.7595Has less mic positions than full library, but same articulations.
VSLSynchron Strings II Full LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-8-6)Micsin Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserSynchron505.31090
VSLSynchron FX Strings I Standard LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-8-6)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBInt.FXeLicenserSynchron41.2295Has less mic positions than full library, but same articulations.
VSLSynchron FX Strings I Full LibraryEnsemble (14-10-8-8-6)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBInt.FXeLicenserSynchron66.6540
VSLSynchron-ized Chamber StringsChamber (6-6-4-3-2)Dry2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserSynchron27.8445Synchron-ized Chamber Strings I with additional articulations
VSLSynchron-ized Appassionata StringsEnsemble (20-20-14-12-10)Dry2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.eLicenserSynchron11.0445Synchron-ized Appassionata Strings I with additional articulations
VSLSynchron-ized Dimension Strings BundleSolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
Dry2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Div.eLicenserSynchron231.91430Synchron-ized Dimension Strings I, II & III.
VSLSynchron-ized Dimension Strings ISolo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
Dry2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Div.eLicenserSynchron141.9795Synchron-ized Dimension Strings I.
VSLSynchron-ized Dimension Strings II (con sordino)Solo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
Dry2nd vnDBint.SordinoDiv.eLicenserSynchron62.8495Synchron-ized Dimension Strings II.
VSLSynchron-ized Dimension Strings III (sul tasto)Solo, Chamber
(8-6-6-4)
Dry2nd vnDBint.Div.eLicenserSynchron27.2395Synchron-ized Dimension Strings III.
Spitfire AudioSymphonic StringsEnsemble (16-14-12-10-8)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoFXKontakt Player203.6799599
Spitfire AudioSymphonic Strings EvolutionsEnsemble (16-14-12-10-8)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBint.FXKontakt Player55.4299224Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping. Great expansion to Symphonic Strings
Spitfire AudioHans Zimmer StringsEnsemble (140-40-140-24)MicsDBVib Ctrlint.Div.FXDedicated plugin183799479344 string players!
Spitfire AudioChamber StringsChamber (4-3-3-3-3)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoFXKontakt Player161.8699524Same articulations as Chamber Strings Professional, but less mics
Spitfire AudioChamber Strings ProfessionalChamber (4-3-3-3-3)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoFXKontakt Player470.4999749Same articulations as Chamber Strings, but more mics
Spitfire AudioOlafur Arnalds Chamber EvolutionsChamber (4-3-3-3-3)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBint.FXKontakt Player38.8299224Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping. Great expansion to Chamber Strings
Spitfire AudioStudio StringsChamber (8-6-6-6-4)DryMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoFXKontakt Player13.2249186Like Studio Strings Profesional, but less mics and no divisi and one size section (8-6-6-6-4)
Spitfire AudioStudio Strings ProfessionalChamber (8-6-6-6-4 and (4-3-3-3),
Ensemble (16-12-12-12-4),
DryMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoDiv.FXKontakt Player210.6499374Like Studio Strings, but more mics, divisi and a larger section (16-12-12-12-4).
Spitfire AudioOrchestral SwarmSolo-Ensemble (hard to define)DryMicsIn SituDBint.FXKontakt Player59.4249186The concept was to record multiple players performing random short notes of the same pitch. The effect is a granular 'cloud' of notes. Also contains woods and brass.
Spitfire AudioSpitfire Solo StringsSolo (3 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.SordinoFXKontakt Player87399299Combines well with Chamber Strings and Orchestral Strings
Spitfire AudioLondon Contemporary Orchestra StringsChamber (6-4-3-2)DryMicsIn SituDBVib CtrlNoVibint.FXKontakt Player45.7349261A selection of never-before-sampled ultra modern articulations that will put you at the very cutting edge of the zeitgeist.
Spitfire AudioAlternative Solo StringsSoloDryMicsIn SituDBNoVibint.FXKontakt Player59.2299224An alternative take on a solo strings sample library
Spitfire AudioSacconi Strings QuartetSoloMicsIn Situ2nd vnVib CtrlNoVibint.Kontakt Player106.6499374Very traditional quartet sound.
Spitfire AudioOlafur Arnalds EvolutionsSoloDryMicsIn Situ2nd vnint.FXKontakt Player31.4299224Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping.
Spitfire AudioBritish Drama ToolkitSoloDryDBint.FXKontakt Player13.6199149Very unusual and inspiring. Also contains solo woodwinds.
Spitfire AudioFragile String EvolutionsChamber ((4-3-3-3-1)DryMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibint.FXDedicated plugin27299224Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping.
Spitfire AudioAngular String EvolutionsChamber ((4-3-3-3-1)DryMicsIn Situ2nd vnVib CtrlNoVibint.FXDedicated plugin33299224Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping.
Spitfire AudioEvo Grid 3Solo/Chamber (hard to tell)DryMicsint.FXKontakt Full36.8249186Evos evolve, change, mutate, and return to their original state before looping. Tempo Synced.
Spitfire AudioIgneous Electric CelloSingle CelloDryMicsVib CtrlNoVibInt.FXKontakt Full8.79974Artisan Electric Cello.
Cinematic StringsCinematic Strings 2.0Ensemble (12-8-7-7-6)MicsIn SItu2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Player45282211Same developer as the newer Cinematic Studio Series.
Cinematic Studio SeriesCinematic Studio StringsChamber to Ensemble (10-7-7-6-5)DryMicsIn SItu2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Sordino (simulated)Kontakt Player34.5375281Same developer as the older Cinematic Strings. Perfect match with Cinematic Studio Solo Strings.
Cinematic Studio SeriesCinematic Studio Solo StringsSoloDryMicsIn Situ2nd vnVib CtrlNoVibInt.Sordino (simulated)Kontakt Player45282211Same developer as the older Cinematic Strings. Perfect match with Cinematic Studio Strings. No bass!
AudiobroLASS Full 2.5Solo, Chamber (8-8-6-4-4 and 4-4-3-3-2), Ensemble (16-16-12-10-8)DryIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVib (not for solo)Int.Div.FXKontakt Player241271453Probably the most sophisticated divisi library.
AudiobroLASS LS 2.5Chamber (8-8-6-4-4 and 4-4-3-3-2), Ensemble (16-16-12-10-8)DryIn Situ2nd vnDBInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Player7.1135Extension to LASS2.5, adds legato sordino patches.
AudiobroLASS Lite 2.0Ensemble (16-16-12-10-8)DryIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Player4453163Lite version of LASS2.5, without divisi.
AudiobroLASS First Chair 2.0SoloIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlInt.Kontakt Player1.7362125Same as the solo strings in LASS2.5 but as a separate library.
AudiobroLASS Full 2.5 + LASS LS 2.5 BundleSolo, Chamber (8-8-6-4-4 and 4-4-3-3-2), Ensemble (16-16-12-10-8)DryIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.FXKontakt Player31.11724544Bundle of LASS Full 2.5 and LASS LS 2.5
AudiobroLASS Lite 2.0 + LASS First Chair 2.0 BundleSolo, Ensemble (16-16-12-10-8)DryIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVib (not for solo)Int.FXKontakt Player5.7634272Bundle of LASS Lite 2.0 and LASS First Chair 2.0
CinesamplesCinestrings COREEnsemble (16-12-10-10-7)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Player50453227The library was designed by composers, for composers, with direct feedback from the film music community during its development.
CinesamplesCinestrings SOLOSoloMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt. (not fingered but bow legato)Kontakt Player50362181The library was designed by composers, for composers, with direct feedback from the film music community during its development. Matches perfectly with Cinestrings CORE
CinesamplesCinestrings RUNSEnsemble, only violins (probably 16-12)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBInt.FXKontakt Player1.313568Runs, trills and rips. Only violins. Extension to Cinestrings CORE
CinesamplesCinestrings COMPLETE BundleSolo, Ensemble (16-12-10-10-7)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.FXKontakt Player101.3817408Bundle of Cinestrings SOLO, CORE and RUNS
CinesamplesTaylor Davis ViolinSingle ViolinDryInt. (not fingered but bow legato)Kontakt Player99045Artist series
CinesamplesTina Guo Acoustic Cello LegatoSingle CelloInt.Kontakt Player49045Artist series
CinesamplesTina Guo vol 2Single CelloInt.FXKontakt Player119045Artist series. Expansion to Tina Guo Acoustic Cello Legato
CinesamplesTina Guo Legato BundleSingle CelloInt.FXKontakt Player1516381Bundle of Tina Guo Acoustic Legato Cello and vol 2.
CinesamplesTina GuoSingle Cello, Electric Cello & Erhu Int.Kontakt Player13272136An expansive arsenal of innovative sound design and composition tools brought to life through a collection of expressive electric / acoustic cello and erhu performances.
CinesamplesTina Guo Complete BundleSingle Cello, Electric Cello & Erhu Int.FXKontakt Player24326163Bundle of Tina Guo vol 2 and Tina Guo
Orchestral ToolsBerlin StringsChamber (8-6-5-5-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Sordino (simulated)Kontakt Player268840Price without VAT for EU buyers -
Orchestral ToolsBerlin String Special Bows IChamber (8-6-5) no cellos and bassesMicsIn Situ2nd vnInt.FXKontakt Player48210Price without VAT for EU buyers - Special Bows I is a collection devoted to additional bowing styles and adds
unique orchestral colors to your compositions. Special Bows I will also add Col Legno to your Berlin Strings library.
Orchestral ToolsBerlin Strings Special Bows IIChamber (5-4) no violins and violasMicsIn SituDBInt.FXKontakt Player23160Price without VAT for EU buyers - Like Special Bows I (violins & violas), Special Bows II is devoted to additional bowing styles
and adds unique orchestral colors to your compositions. Special Bows II will also add Col Legno to your Strings palette.
Orchestral ToolsBerlin Strings First ChairsSoloMicsIn Situ2nd vnDB??Int.Sordino (simulated)Kontakt Player75299Price without VAT for EU buyers
Orchestral ToolsBerlin Strings Strings SFXChamber (8-6-5-5-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Sordino (simulated)FXKontakt Player35 249Price without VAT for EU buyers
Orchestral ToolsOrchestral String RunsEnsemble (size unknown)DryMicsIn Situ2nd vnDBInt.FXKontakt Player33.4260Price without VAT for EU buyers - very good runs library!
8dioLegion Series: 66 Cellos EnsembleEnsemble (only cellos: 66)MicsInt.FXKontakt Full2227116266 players, huge sound.
8dioLegion Series: 66 BassesEnsemble (only basses: 66)MicsDBInt.FXKontakt Full2822513566 players, huge sound.
8dioAdagio BassesEnsemble ()4), Chamber (2), Solo. Only basses.MicsDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full78944A Part Of The Anthology Series
8dioAdagio CellosEnsemble (6), Chamber (3), Solo. Only cellos.MicsVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full13.578944A Part Of The Anthology Series
8dioAdagio ViolasEnsemble (7), Chamber (3), Solo. Only violas.MicsVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full11.678944A Part Of The Anthology Series
8dioAdagio ViolinsEnsemble (11), Chamber (6), Solo. Only violins (no 2nd).MicsVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full14.888944A Part Of The Anthology Series
8dioAnthology StringsSolo, Ensemble (11-7-6-4), Chamber (6-3-3-2)MicsDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full47271135Violins, violas, cellos and basses also available separately.
8dioMajestica (240 Piece Epic Orchestra)Ensemble (20-20-30-30)MicsDBFXKontakt Full41.6543161Great for epic music. All ensemble patches. Also contains brass, woods and percussion
8dioIntimate Studio StringsSolo, Chamber (up to 5-3-3-2)DryMics2nd vnDBNoVibInt.Div.FXKontakt Full113271153Up to 256 String Size Combinations
8dioSymphonic ShadowsEnsemble (12-10-8-6-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBFXKontakt Full11.927153A dark orchestral library containing over 7,000 unique aleatoric effect samples. Ensemble patches, but also separate low strings patch
8dioCAGE StringsEnsemble (size unknown), Chamber (using spotmics)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBDiv. (spotmics)FXKontakt Full 27.7453180CAGE stands for Custom Aleatoric Group Effects. Ensemble patches for high and low strings.
8dioCentury Ostinato StringChamber (6-6-4-4)MicsIn SituDBKontakt Full2018089Century series. The library contains four Ultra Deep-Sampled Ostinato sections for both Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses.
8dioCentury Ensemble StringsChamber (6-4-6-4-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Full114.2407162Century series.
8dioCentury Sordino StringsChamber (6-4-6-4-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoKontakt Full91.2316125Century series. Addition to Century Ensemble Strings.
8dioCentury Strings BundleChamber (6-4-6-4-4)MicsIn Situ2nd vnDBVib CtrlNoVibInt.SordinoKontakt Full204.9544271Century series bundle (Ensemble & Sordino)
8dioAgitato Legato ArpeggioEnsemble (11-8-6) no basses and 2nd vnMicsInt.Kontakt Full11.24416Agitato series. Fast playable legato runs etc.
8dioAgitato Sordino StringsEnsemble (11-8-6-4) no basses and 2nd vnMicsDBVib CtrlInt.SordinoKontakt Full7.58025Agitato series. Sordino
8dioAgitato Grandiose Ensemble ViolinsEnsemble (11), Chamber (3) only violins.MicsIn SituVib CtrlInt.Div.Kontakt Full5.54416Agitato series.
8dioAgitato Grandiose Ensemble ViolasEnsemble (8), Chamber (3) only violas.MicsIn SituVib CtrlInt.Div.Kontakt Full4.44416Agitato series.
8dioAgitato Grandiose Ensemble CellosEnsemble (6), Chamber (3) only cellos.MicsIn SituVib CtrlInt.Div.Kontakt Full4.14416Agitato series.
8dioAgitato String BundleEnsemble (11-8-6), Chamber (3-3-3) no basses and 2nd vnMicsIn SituVib CtrlInt.SordinoDiv.Kontakt Full32.722689Agitato series. Bundle with Violins, Violas, Cellos, Legato Arpeggio & Sordino
8dioAdagiettoEnsemble (11-8-6-4)MicsIn SituDBVib CtrlInt.SordinoKontakt Full12.210753Foundation for Agitato series.The only Agitato that has bass section.
8dioElectric ViolinSingle Electric ViolinVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Full8.013553Custom 5-String Electric Violin
8dioElectric CelloSingle Electric CelloVib CtrlNoVibInt.Kontakt Full9.112535

Full Instructions & legend

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Single/Solo/Chamber/Ensemble

  • Single means that a library consists of a single violin, or cello or whatever
  • Solo means that the library has a section of soloists.
  • Chamber means the library is a chamber sized ensemble. So anything from say 10 players to 30 or so. If the information was available, I used this notation: x-x-x-x-x where the first x is violins 1, second x is violins 2, third x is violas, fourth is cellos and fifth is basses. Sometimes there are no 2nd violins, sometimes there are no basses etcetera.
  • Ensemble: like chamber, but 30+ players or so.

Dry

Whether a library is recorded “dry”, it means it has no or hardly natural room reverb. This can be useful for pop strings for instance (which I do a lot).

Mics

Whether there are more than 1 set of mics to be chosen (like decca, close, outriggers etcetera).

In Situ

Has to do with the stereo field/panorama. If all players are recorded in situ, it usually means: the section is recorded as players would sit in a hall or studio, so violins left, cellos right etc… the other way of sampling string sections is usually centered, where each violinist is spread left to right in the stereo field. Both have their merits and pitfalls.

2nd vn

Whether a library has a dedicated sampled 2nd violin (section). Some of the libraries have this “faked” using the transposition trick under the hood (which you can often do yourself with non 2nd violin libraries too). Personally I like having a real 2nd violin section.

DB

Whether a library has a double bass (contrabass) instrument.

Vib Ctrl

Whether you can control vibrato intensity, say from normal to molto vibrato. Usually using the modwheel or another CC controller.

NoVib

Whether a library has non vibrato samples. A lot of libraries have even a little vibrato “baked in”. I personally like having the option of no vibrato at all. Usually you can control this using Vib Ctrl.

Int.

Whether a library uses interval samples, for smooth transitions in legato, portamento/glissando etcetera. Most of them do nowadays, thank god!

Copy

Whether a library uses copy protection like iLok or eLicenser.

Sordino

Whether a library has sordino samples (muted). Sometimes these are faked using IR or EQ.

Div.

Whether a library has smaller sections for realistic divisi writing. Often I see this as an extra library: a big ensemble library with divisi could also be used as a smaller chamber library (using the divisi patches). Note that often these have less articulations than their ensemble counterparts.

FX

Whether a library has special FX. Do take this with a grain of salt, some libraries are really wild when it comes to FX, others just have a handful of aleatoric fx, and some are even specialised in FX alone.

Format

Which format the library uses: Kontakt, Vienna VI etc.

GB

Gigabytes. Do take this with a grain of salt, sometimes I list the compressed, other times the uncompressed number. Also just because a library has lots of GB data, doesn’t mean it sounds better.

Price €

As I’m from the Netherlands, I’ve used euros here. Some of the prices I had to convert from dollars. If you’re outside of the US you’ll have to do some conversion. At the moment of writing this 1 American Dollar is 0,91 Euro. Prices may not be up to date! Check the company’s website.

Deal €

Current black friday deal. Keep in mind these deals might be over by the time you read this, consult the website of the brand. Prices may not be up to date! Check the company’s website.

Not included

  • Spitfire Audio Albion series
  • Phrase libraries such as 8dio Solo Cello Designer
  • Big ensemble patch-style libraries (some might have slipped through though)

Disclaimer

I own only a small fraction of this list, the rest I only know of demos and information on the companies websites. This list is made for my personal use, but you may use it to find string libraries that suit your needs. However do keep in mind that I cannot be held responsible for any bad buys you might make, as there are probably some errors in the table. Always consult the library landing page, manuals if available or double check with the company’s support. If you do find an error in my table, please let me know in the comments below or contact me at info at onemanorchestra dot com.

Prices

Prices may not be up to date! Check the company’s website.

Missing libraries

If you miss X or Y library in the list, let me know in the comments and when I get to it I’ll add it.

I want to add these brands later:

Suggested additional table headers

The headings I chose were interesting to me, but if you have suggestion let me know in the comments. I might add these when I can.

Black Friday Deals

Some end friday, others 1 or 3 December.

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