Cinesamples launches Tina Guo Volume 2 acoustic cello library

Cinesamples Tina Guo Vol 2 feat

Cinesamples has announced a new volume of the Tina Guo artist series of virtual cello instruments. Where Tina Guo Acoustic Cello Legato features a romantic, espressivo style of playing, the new library allows for an agile, more connected style of playing. Faster playing naturally allows less time for vibrato on passing notes. Volume 2 also […]

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New percussion and cello Splice Originals with Gowanus & Hadas Kleinman

Splice Originals Gowanus & Hadas Kleinman

Splice has launched two new sample packs in the Splice Originals series of recording sessions and sample collections from acclaimed musicians with unique perspectives. Gowanus Street Percussion features 180 one-shots and loops by Gowanus. The talented percussionist and aurally adventurous Caleb Spaulding used a pair of drumsticks and some microphones to capture the block-by-block audio […]

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Intimate Solo Strings Bundle by Embertone 60% OFF!

Embertone Intimate Solo Strings Bundle sale

Audio Plugin Deals has launched a sale on the Intimate Solo Strings Bundle by Embertone, a collection of 4 string instrument libraries for Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player. Embertone’s Intimate Solo Strings Bundle is an astonishing collection of the most detailed, life-like solo strings on the market today, with all the controls necessary to […]

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Save 90% off The Orchestral Bundle for Kontakt by Aria Sounds

VST Buzz Aria Sounds Orchestral Bundle

VST Buzz is offering a huge 90% discount on the Orchestral Bundle by Aria Sounds as part of its Black Friday sale. The bundle comprises 11 orchestral Kontakt instrument libraries. “The Orchestral Bundle” by Aria Sounds is an astounding collection of almost 100GB of content that includes strings, percussion, keys and ethnic categories. With such […]

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Organic Loops releases Real Strings – Classic Soul Strings sample pack

Organic Loops Real Strings Classic Soul Strings

Organic Loops has launched a new title in Pete Whitfield’s Real Strings series. Classic Soul Strings features beautiful bowed moments that take influence from the classic soul string arrangements of the 60s and 70s. Spanning over 750 MB of content, Classic Soul Strings was concocted to bring studio session quality string sections to producers who […]

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Save 74% off United Strings Of Europe string ensemble library by Auddict

VST Buzz Auddict United Strings Of Europe

VST Buzz has launched a sale on United Strings Of Europe by Auddict, a string ensemble instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt. The “United Strings of Europe” is a dazzling string ensemble library with an amazing seven mic positions for ultimate sonic flexibility. It also comes with a wealth of articulations and multiple true legato […]

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Neocymatics releases Simulation Strings ensemble & solo string instrument

Neocymatics Simulation StringsNeocymatics has released its latest Kontakt instrument library Simulation Strings, a deeply innovative ensemble and solo string library that breathes a more scientific approach into the art of sampling. The instrument allows you to control every possible aspect of each individual instrument in the ensemble. This Project’s challenge was to create a highly expressive, flexible […]

Spitfire Audio releases Spitfire Studio Strings orchestral instrument

Spitfire Audio Studio StringsSpitfire Audio has announced availability of Spitfire Studio Strings, the first release in an all-new orchestral library range recorded in a new space as an incredibly versatile pro-end dry stage sample library. Spitfire Studio Strings marks the first release of a vital all-new Spitfire Orchestra range. Our ambition was to create an incredibly versatile pro-end […]

Free download: amps and cellos under your fingertips in the new LABS

If you don’t have a studio, four cellists, amps and recording equipment plus an engineer handy, try this — it’s free.

“Amplified Cello” is the latest instrument in the ongoing LABS series from our friends at Spitfire Audio, a boutique sample house in the UK. They promised some more “experimental” content, after the soft piano and strings and drums, and here you go.

Not only do these cellos get routed through amps for extra edge, but Spitfire founder Christian Henson and engineer Harry Wilson actually did that processing live during recording – cellos in one room, tracking through the amps in another.

But what really makes this interesting to play around with is, they’ve put a bunch of different articulations and gestures in the library. My graduate level musicology education here wants to use words like glissandi and tremolo, but actually, their words “evil,” “wobbly,” and “tension” are both more descriptive of the music and, let’s be honest, truer to our lives sometimes.

And there’s quite a selection:

Now, LABS are really easy and fun to play with, but here we do run up against a limitation: there are a bunch of different samples for various articulations here, and you can only get at them one at a time. Do try out the minimalist controls, as they have more of an impact on the result. It might also be worth setting up a multi-instrument to play with these. (Might get back to you on that!)

These minimal controls may confuse long-time sample users, but – don’t think too much; have a play.

To install, as before you head to the LABS page, login or register, and then click “GET” for each library you want. You can then choose where your plug-ins go, where to store the sample content (as on an external drive), and then download from the Spitfire app:

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/

That app also has updates for Spitfire’s other LABS instruments.

Spitfire’s audio app has also improved. You can finally set a default path for VST2 (essential on Windows) and choose default install paths and plug-in paths, plus log in automatically.

I’m still surprised at readers’ resistance to these sorts of apps, but I’m guessing that means you’ve had a bad experience with some developers. (That part, I understand.) This app for me is reducing frustration, not adding to it, and I’ve tried on both Mac and Windows machines.

Enjoy! Previously:

LABS is a free series of sound tools for everyone, and you’ll want it now

Pretend you can play and produce drums with this free plug-in

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Spitfire Audio Releases Free LABS Amplified Cello Quartet

Spitfire Audio has introduced LABS Amplified Cello Quartet, the latest in their LABS line of free virtual instruments. … Read More Spitfire Audio Releases Free LABS Amplified Cello Quartet