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How to Use the 'Transposition Trick' in SCS

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Introduction

If you own Spitfire Chamber Strings and often find you would like a 'bigger' sound, this transposition trick could be useful to you. This trick works by borrowing samples from a neighbouring note and tuning them up or down to the same pitch. By doing this rather than layering a sound on top of itself, you avoid phasing issues.

 


 

The Process

1. With Kontakt open, load up 3 instances of the same patch in SCS. For this example, I will be using the 1st Violins 'performance legato' patch.

Note: This will also work with 2 instances, try both and see which you prefer. 

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2. Next, make sure that all 3 of your instances are on the same MIDI channel.

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3. In your 2nd instance, click on the spanner  for "expert view" and then the TransposingGuide_2.png dropdown and select layer +2 (transpose).

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4. You'll notice that this will change a couple of things. The 'tune' dial in Kontakt as well as 'transpose' on the SCS interface.

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5. In your 3rd instance, go to the same dropdown, but this time selecting layer -2 (transpose).

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6. You're done! Your instances should now look like this:

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If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below! 

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Comments

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    Ron Potter

    Very cool! Thank you Spitfire

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    Luke

    You're welcome Ron!

    Luke

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    Magnus Hodne

    Should be noted that this trick can also be used to create divisi sections. If you layer two violin 1 patches, you effectively get eight (2*4) players, which is exactly half of the 16 players in symphonic strings. Great for added realism in your string writing. You could also consider a single SCS patch as your divisi section, and your 2x layered patches as your full section if you want a slightly smaller sound.

    On another note, these articles are a bit hidden on the site, so maybe it would be beneficial to share them on Facebook? Lots of great info to be gathered.

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    Kevin Gibbs

    It's truly unfortunate that you can't do this accessibly. I can't figure out how to instantiate two instances of Ensemble Strings in Kontakt Stand Alone. So, no way to expand the range to E7.