Hyperion Strings Micro Review

Hyperion Strings Micro Review

by SoundIron
by Daniel Strongin

Whether you are a seasoned composer, just getting into orchestral writing, or an electronic producer, a high quality orchestral string library is a must have in your tool box.

Adding these professional created string libraries to your productions will give your track the dynamics, sonic interest, and live performance feel that is needed to compete with other music in today's competitive industry.

SoundIron understands these needs of producers and have delivered a breathtaking new orchestral string library, Hyperion Strings Micro.

Hyperion Strings Micro is an orchestral string library for Native Instruments' free kontakt player, Complete Control, and S-Series Keyboards. The library was recorded at the historic Studio A at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, to give you the highest quality recording possible.

While the Micro orchestral library is the smallest of the Hyperion Strings packages, it includes a whopping number of presets for 8 Violins, 6 Violas, 5 Cellos, 4 Double Basses, and a full ensemble preset for you to add to your productions.

No string library would be complete without a way to control the articulations of the instruments.

SounIron made sure to include adjustable controls for the essential core articulations. Included are controls for the two basic dynamic expressions: crescendos and decrescendos as well as a few multi-dynamic articulations. These multi-dynamic articulations include: sustain, staccato, and pizzicato.

A useful feature that was added to this library is the option to control the dynamics of the different dynamic expressions with the velocity sensitivity mode. If writing in MIDI notes and automating articulations is not your preferred way of writing, you can easily create an emotional and expressive string section with your MIDI controller.

Finally, to blend all of the dynamic layers together seamlessly from piano to forte, a handy “Swell" control at the center of the interface was added. While all of the features that this library has may seem complicated to learn and implement, it couldn’t be easier to use. The interface allows the producer to hop right into the instrument and to start producing and using all of its features with little to no learning curve.

One the most notable features on the library is the “Position Map” that is in the space panel which also contains a convolution reverb. This “Position Map” allows you to freely place each instrument where you would like it in the sound stage, from left to right and from close to distant in a variety of different environments in order to ge the exact sound that you want. All you have to do to adjust the positioning of the instrument is to just click and drag the instrument icon and you can freely place each instrument where you would like it.

Finally, the presets offered in the reverb section and effects section give you starting points for designing the exact tone and timbre for the instruments. These presets can also help kickstart the creative process when you are looking for a more unique orchestral sound.

The feature rich interface, high quality sound, and dynamic presets make this library stand out from its competition. Whether you are looking into purchasing your first orchestral library or looking to add new instruments to an existing library, Sound Iron’s latest orchestral library must not be overlooked.

Check out the Hyperion String Micro library on the SoundIron website below!


Daniel Strongin
San Francisco

Daniel is a caffeine dependent, entrepreneur, music producer, sound design junkie, and world traveler crazy about teaching modern electronic music production through his site SoundShock. You can get in contact with him at daniel@soundshockaudio.com

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