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Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional by Spitfire Audio Review
Today we are taking a look in our review at Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional by Spitfire Audio. Spitfire Audio has been producing excellent samples libraries since 2007. Spitfire Audio is known for their film composer ready orchestral instruments libraries.
In recent years Spitfire Audio has been raising to one of the top library makers beside other industry-leading companies with a large range of sample libraries like 8Dio, Cinematic Studio, CineSample, E-instruments lab, Native Instruments, Orchestral Tools, and SoundIron. And let’s not forget the more focused boutique producer like Cinematique instruments, Fluffy Audio, Gothic Instruments, Heavyocity, Hybrid Two, Impact Soundworks, MusicalSampling, Output, ProjectSam, SampleLogic, Soniccouture, Sonokinetic, Sound Dust, Strezov Sampling, and many more.
The complete Studio Series suits producers and composers, especially at this aggressive price point. Spitfire Studio Brass Professional, Spitfire Studio Strings Professional, and Spitfire Studio Woodwind Professional are as a combination a complete set, add percussion to have a small orchestra on hand. The three Studio Series libraries are known for their clear and crisp sound.
You use the download and install tool provided by Spitfire and register the downloaded libraries in Native Instruments Native Access using the provided serial. Kontakt or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher is required. During install you need over 203 GB and the library itself does require a bit more than 102 GB.
There are two versions available we are looking at Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional. A core version called Spitfire Studio Woodwinds is also available. You can upgrade for pretty much the delta between the price of both libraries. Speaking of the best time to buy, look out for wish list sale or go for bundled products which the company calls collection. I would recommend going for the professional version, you could start with the core version if it makes business sense to go that route.
Core and Pro Version compared
|Spitfire Studio WoodwindsSpitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional11 Instruments with 143 articulations|
7 Solo instruments
|15 Instruments with 260 articulations|
11 Solo instruments
Close 1, Close 2, Tree 1, Tree 2, Ambients, Outriggers, Mix 1 and 2
The library Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional was recorded in Studio One at Air. Spitfire did push over the last years the fact that their more symphonic libraries are recorded in Lyndhurst Hall. All their Symphonic range have been recorded in Lyndhurst Hall which comes with a rich and big tone. The Spitfire Studio Series (Brass, Strings, and Wood) has been sampled in Studio One at Air which provides a sound that is drier and can be shaped easier plus it is a more focused and detailed sound. You get a so-called dry library as the room has very little reverberance. This library recorded in Studio One is an excellent choice for a composer who is in need to have further control over the resulting aspects of the character and tone.
In this woodwinds library, you have the choice between a wide range of instruments. The single instruments come with an extended range of articulation (compared to the core version) and what spitfire calls their extended techniques.
- Piccolo Flute
- Flute Solo
- Flutes a3
- Alto Flute
- Bass Flute
- Oboe Solo
- Oboes a3
- Cor Anglais
- Clarinet Solo
- Clarinets a3
- Bass Clarinet
- Contrabass Clarinet
- Bassoon Solo
- Bassoons a3
Overall 15 instruments were recorded for this woods library with some instruments that you do not find in other libraries. The included articulation is very consistent, as long as the instruments to support the special articulation. The samples are wonderfully sensitive to expression control (use a controller for that) and extremely playable for lifelike lines.
Recorded microphones are a so-called Easy-Mix: you can control a more Closer or Far away tone. You also get two stereo mixes: one direct, one spatial or six microphone signals plus Close 1 & 2, Tree 1 & 2, Ambient and Outrigger. One main benefit of the higher priced version (Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional) is the flexibility and additionally recorded mics.. The resulting sound and their differences are audible. It helps you to create easier and emotion with a flexible setup driven by the mics you can use.
Combining Symphonic and Studio Versions
If you do have access to Symphonic Woodwind Libraries you should look into combining a Symphonic version with the studio version. A Symphonic Woodwind library would give you that ambient, lush, loose, symphonic, epic, filmig and cinematic sound. The studio library is intimate, private and dry. You may think TV, producing music, and ads are a good fit for Studio Libraries and a Symphonic library for epicness. The studio version is more defined and combining that with the more epic libraries. The result could be an epic score with some detailed voicing, just add some reverb, compression and mastering effect tools.
User interface & Usability
The UI is a classical Spitfire Audio interface and is in line with their other products released for some years. Now with Kontakt 6 and larger screen real estate, I would like to see Spitfire to upgrade their look and feel and as with their non-Kontakt libraries provide a UI that is just larger and offers more information which comes with easier to read for many as well. In these days their UI used on common high res screens is extremely small. Any composer who owns another Spitfire library will find their way around rather quickly.
With the included Ostinatum feature you can create rhythmic patterns. Results are best with short articulations. It is all very tiny (see above) and you can think about it as a mixture between a limited sequencer and arpeggiator. The design asks for a tutorial video on how to use it.
Rating: Five out of five stars
Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional is a comprehensive library for woodwinds. It has a uniquely extensive range of articulations, recorded mics, and instruments. The move to record this kind of focused tone library in a studio instead of Air is a logical move for such a library with a smaller size and different use. With the dry space, you have much more control over the resulting tone and vibe. Magnanimous pro points are the range of uniform articulations across 15 woodwinds instruments. Great Value for the money spend.