8Dio Adagio Violins – A Part of the Anthology Series

8Dio Adagio Violins – A Part of the Anthology Series

Produced by Academy Award, TEC and G.A.N.G Award Winning Composer, Troels Folmann and Emmy nominated composer and orchestrator, Colin O’Malley, The Adagio String Series is 8Dio’s flagship orchestral collection containing deep-sampled emotional strings and has now been completely updated to be in line with our most recent releases.

Starting with the Violins, this newly reworked volume brings you the latest improvements in programming and workflow previously found only in our critically acclaimed Century Series. The update includes the familiar and easy to use Century interface, remastered articulations, a powerful articulation matrix, integrated mixing capabilities, and for advanced real-time processing, our Chaos Effects.

With the new advanced Articulation browser, you can create your very own matrix of custom playing styles to suit your compositional needs. You can easily balance each articulation and assign each style its own dedicated Key-switch or Midi CC. Whether you are building a template and need to separate the long and short articulations; building performance based patches out of the dozens of playing styles; or creating a custom set of patches needed for your specific arrangement, Adagio gives you the power to shape this iconic sound to your workflow.

Say goodbye to Multis. With the update to Adagio, you will find various remastered layered Legato articulations made from 11 independent styles of lyrical Legato.

These Legatos have been completely reworked and redesigned to make expressive string writing completely effortless. The new legatos now adapt to the way you play, a softer velocity will trigger a more passionate set of Legato transitions, whereas playing more intensely triggers Legatos with a stronger transition.

The Adagio series was recorded in a beautiful church environment and contains three main groups of master violinists; Full Ensemble Violins (11 Players), Small Ensemble or Chamber Violins (3 Players) and a Solo Virtuoso Violinist (1 Player). Each section was sampled to capture the raw emotions and true expression within each string ensemble. Every articulation has been extensively sampled, including a total of 11 individual legato techniques, each with up to three times round robin, and a wealth of dynamic short notes including multiple styles of Spiccato. Each articulation is sampled with movement and character; the natural expression in each sample makes for a truly authentic playing experience that will be instantly noticeable in your next production.

Our Adagio series also includes our Chaos Rack Effects, giving you instant access to a 3 Band EQ, Bit-Crusher & Distortion modules, Modulation, Stereo-Delay, and Dual Convolution Reverbs. The Chaos System allows you to transform the sound of Adagio into something entirely different or roll the dice and randomize each Effects Rack with a simple click.

Emotional Sound

Adagio Violins was sampled in great detail to capture the raw emotion and musical imperfections of a symphonic string section. We have included a comprehensive collection of short notes, including Marcato, Pizzicato, Staccato and varying styles of Spiccatos each sampled with up to 8 round-robin repetitions. Adagio takes deep sampling to another level with its 11 styles of layered legato each modeled after a lyrical melody and wealth of additional articulations that allow you to perform with true authenticity seamlessly. Adagio covers everything you need from soaring Ensemble Strings, delicate and intimate Chamber Strings, to the passion and expression of a Virtuoso Soloist.

Adaptable, Intuitive, Effortless

Adagio has been redesigned so that the iconic and expressive samples can be used out-of-the-box for instantly professional sounding results. We have replaced the original Multis with adaptable velocity-sensitive legato articulations that can fluidly switch between varying styles of legato. The reorganized articulations also give you direct access to any articulation Adagio has to offer, so you can easily create your very own Articulation list to best suit your current project.

Articulation Matrix

With the advanced Articulation Matrix, you can design your very own custom matrix of playing styles. Instantly access all the articulations, balance each playing style and control their respective key-switch or MIDI CC directly within the new browser. No need to load multiple patches across dozens of tracks, Adagio lets you load what you need when you need it.


We recorded Adagio Strings with a vast array of expertly placed microphones allowing us to best capture the different perspectives of each ensemble. We created three independent mixes for the Adagio series, giving you ultimate flexibility over the sound of your ensemble (Mixed, Close, Far). The Mixed Microphone position offers a beautiful combination of both the Close and Far perspectives, giving you a perfectly balanced sound. The Close Microphone contains a unique set of microphones that were intimately placed to capture the true beauty of each player. Finally, the Far Microphone gives you a uniquely wide perspective option allowing for true surround sound.Ensemble Violins:

  • Sustains
  • Legato I w/ 3-layered legato (Slur, Normal, Fast)
  • Legato II w/ 3-layered legato (Slur, Normal, Fast)
  • Arc Control
  • Arc Long
  • Tremolo
  • Trills Minor 2nd (Half-Step)
  • Trills Major 2nd (Whole-Step)
  • Spiccato Feathered
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok Pizzicato

Ensemble Violins Sordino (Muted):

  • Sustains Muted
  • Legato Muted with Expressive Layering
  • Arc Control Muted
  • Arc Long Muted
  • Spiccato Muted

Divisi / Chamber Violins:

  • Sustains
  • Legato I with Expressive Layering
  • Legato II
  • Arc Control
  • Spiccato Feathered

Solo Violin:

  • Sustains
  • Legato
  • Spiccato Feathered
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato

Bonus Ambiences:

  • Bank I
  • Bank II


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