How To Layer Strings!

How To Layer Strings!

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How To Layer Strings!

If you’ve ever used a DAW like Logic Pro or Cubase, you may be aware of the technique of using different sample libraries for the same instrument groups, at the same time, to add a different feel to your music, for example, it’s very common to add a little bit of solo or 1st chair string samples, to emphasise a lovely violin phrase, as when there blended together they can sound amazing.

Although it’s common in the DAW world, it’s perhaps not so common in Sibelius, but I’ve been contacted a lot lately by people asking for advice on exactly this issue, so, today we’re going to take a good look at setting it up, as there are some things to be aware of.

For this example, we’ll be taking a look at the set-up using the Special Editions, from VSL although this technique will work perfectly with the full libraries as well, if you use the Special editions, there is something you need to consider, as things can get messy if it’s not set up correctly.

Anyone who knows me will know I’m a huge fan of Sibelius, but I have to admit that it does have its faults, with the mixer perhaps being the biggest one!

We’ll take a good look at that too, along with the instrument staves, as these two areas are the key to a great result!

I really hope this helps you get the best from your samples, as I use Sibelius like this all the time, as it’s brilliant to be able to switch between any ensemble size you like, any time you like!


I’ll be back soon for the next one, where we’ll be looking in detail at Dimension Strings, but in the meantime, if you need any help with anything, or have an idea that you think will make a great blog post, please don’t hesitate to contact me, or leave a comment below and we’ll take it from there.

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