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FANTASTiC | 27 September 2020 | 13.6 GB
Fusing the power of technology with the organic beauty and emotion of the piano, Stratus is a vast, dynamic new instrument that will add depth, movement and colour to your music. Made in collaboration with BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer and producer Ólafur Arnalds, this versatile, multidimensional tool bends space and time through an intricate network of polyrhythmic piano performances. Awe-inspiring patterns and atmospheric clouds of harmonic refractions swell and die away at your fingertips, unfolding based on what you play and instantly sparking new ideas.

Instantly playable and easy-to-use, Stratus is presented in a bespoke interface made up of eight multi-layered piano and synthesizer matrixes, each offering a unique sonic experience — plus detailed customisation options and mind-blowing warped sounds, offering a full spectrum of emotion.

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

In our fourth collaboration with renowned composer Ólafur Arnalds, we bring you a brand new, multidimensional instrument, based on his acclaimed software: sophisticated midi algorithms programmed to trigger a mix of straight and syncopated rhythmic patterns of notes, on two identical self-playing pianos. Spitfire has used this model to create a highly intuitive and interactive tool enhanced with unique features, while recording full performances to capture the profoundly emotional, organic nature of the pianos themselves — instantly adding echoes of movement to anything you play, and pushing you to explore new possibilities.

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

Stratus makes it easy to create nuanced piano-based music from the most simplistic of arrangements. Designed to help you write music or finish that track or score, hold down a note or a chord and lose yourself in unique, inspiring clouds of harmonic refractions and rhythmic performances as they swell, evolve and die away at your fingertips. Whatever the mood you are trying to create, it offers a whole spectrum of emotion, derived from user input — from intimate loops, swells and textures to intricate rhythms falling like rain, and dreamy, expansive soundscapes.

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

While specially curated by Ólafur, you control how these combinations of harmonic elements develop — both by what you play, and with extensive built-in customisation options, as well as a comprehensive range of effects. The four piano-based matrixes capture the stunning organic sounds of Ólafur’s pianos, panned across the stereo field to give a true representation of the pianos in their space, seamlessly blended into one, while the four synthesiser matrixes employ the same technology to create similar patterns, with stunning tempo-locked rhythmic loops made using Olafur’s Korg PS-3100, and dreamy swarm-like textures from his Juno-60. The Randomise bar features experimental controls to further randomise Stratus’ behaviour, taking advantage of the library’s generative nature. Stratus’ versatility lends itself to solo compositions, as well as adding texture and unpredictable elements to orchestral libraries, and complementing the libraries in our acclaimed Ólafur Arnalds series.

Stratus works by taking a single note and repeating it according to a curated rhythm, splitting the rhythm between the two self-playing pianos while at the same time relocating the note up or down the octave based on a curated level of randomness, that chooses whether or not the octave should jump. Where our Evo Grid technology is triggered by note range, the Stratus matrix works by voice groups — dependent on the order in which you play the notes, and how many you play.

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

After suffering acute nerve damage following a car accident that left him unable to play with his left hand, Ólafur was motivated to develop intelligent custom software that could trigger self-playing, semi-generative ‘ghost’ pianos — his ‘robot writing partners’, and after spending two years experimenting with programmer Halldór Eldjárn to painstakingly perfect this technology, he incorporated it into his live show — playing an electronic keyboard on stage while his two identical pianos accompanied him to create a cascade of complementary notes and patterns, with each performance unique to each audience. The Stratus pianos also play an integral part in the sound world of his acclaimed 2018 record, re:member.

Captivated by this stunning fusion of emotive organic physicality and the ingenuity of electronic innovation, we spent several weeks at Ólafur’s studio in Reykjavik capturing these unique-sounding Yamaha DU1E3 felt-dampened pianos in their natural habitat. Rather than sampling single notes, we made full recordings of multitudes of polyrhythmic patterns and textures performed by both pianos, triggered simultaneously by algorithms, carefully curated in collaboration with Ólafur. Recorded close using vintage KM83 and Coles microphones and pristine Millenia preamps, we have retained the beautiful resonances, and full dynamic and tonal range of his distinctive sounding pianos, brought to life by stunning technology.

Ólafur Arnalds is a BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer and producer, known for pushing the boundaries of music with his unique blend of organic and electronic soundscapes. Always a keen experimenter and innovator, with musical foundations as both a heavy metal drummer and pianist, Ólafur develops chamber strings and piano arrangements with effects, loops, beats, and his own innovative, custom-built software. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ólafur’s approach to sound and composition has inspired a new generation to enjoy and create modern neoclassical music.

Since his debut album, Eulogy for Evolution, in 2008, he has steadily gained recognition worldwide, both as a BAFTA-winning composer (Broadchurch, Wayne McGregor’s Dyad 1909) and as a touring solo artist, releasing on neoclassical label Erased Tapes and receiving huge acclaim for his 2018 release, re:member. He regularly collaborates with other musicians — as part of experimental techno duo Kiasmos, and releasing a series of piano and synth improvisations with fellow musician Nils Frahm.

Spitfire Audio Olafur Arnalds Stratus KONTAKT screenshot

Discover our bestseller libraries created in collaboration with the celebrated Icelandic composer: Evolutions — unique string quartet textures and long evolving phrases; Chamber Evolutions — introducing his signature 'Waves' strings samples which evolve beneath your fingers; and the intimate Composer Toolkit — recorded on a characterful 'felted' grand piano. A must-have for musicians and composers influenced by the Scandi Noir movement, looking to create beautiful, progressive, hybrid ensemble music.


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  Resident 14.05.2013 2 125
The S-T-R-A-T-U-S
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  Member 4.03.2020 12
Thank you !!!!!
  Resident 12.05.2011 170
Mirrors would be appreciated
  Member 6.03.2018 143
Simply Fantastic! Thanks
You only live once and that's forever.
  Member 29.06.2019 24 56
Yes, I would even say more: Fantastratus !!!
  Resident 29.09.2012 5 494
Finally thanks a lot.
Dream Trance
  Banned 22.10.2018 422
the Comment has been Removed
  Member 10.09.2015 82
hahaha, absolutely. Propably a delayed aprils fools' joke.
  Resident 12.11.2013 2 199
Spitfire = Slowly converting from a serious company to a joke one...
  Member 30.08.2018 92
You could get Omnisphere for that and it's a whole lot more interesting.
  Member 22.10.2016 404
Sounds amazing, presets in warps folder especially.
I thought the porn sound effects library was playing in the background then I realized it was coming from my mouth as I tried out the sounds. Yes but maybe not worth 300. Thanks Fantastic, great share.
  Member 25.12.2018 1 17
Thank you very much
  Member 9.12.2014 157
thanks for this great share: unfortunately this library runs in DEMO mode (os x 10.13.6 / logic 10.4.8 / Kontakt 6.3.2), never had this issue before. The latest Spitfire share (Olafur Arnalds Evolutions) e.g. is working perfectly - any suggestions? Help very much appreciated!
  Member 9.12.2014 157
update: I accidentally copied the wrong SNPID into the .xml-file located in "Service Center" ... this led to DEMO mode ... sorry!
  Contributor 17.03.2015 7943 179
quote by JohnEncoreupdate: I accidentally copied the wrong SNPID into the .xml-file located in "Service Center" ... this led to DEMO mode ... sorry!

its ok
  Member 25.12.2019 1
all links are dead
  Member 29.04.2019 37
Runs in K Portable like a dream, had an eye on this one for ages :)
  Resident 16.03.2014 1261
As usual, Paul Thompson is at the top of his game.
Interesting library.
  Member 5.01.2014 1 333
Thank you.
  Member 23.05.2018 1 11
Sorry for being Thick, could someone please inform me how to install this correctly? I tried installing via Kontakt 5.6, but nothing happens, and if i try to load it just as an instrument, it shows that its a demo version.
Obviously im missing something everyone else seems to know.
Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4.
Once that is granted, all else follows.
  Resident 27.09.2013 384
After you load the library in 5.6.8, open both the .nicnt (in library folder) and xml (Library>AppSup>NI>Service Center) with a text app... find the correct SNPID from nicnt and correct the xml file. Then open your Kontakt 6. version in your daw, and you should now see it. (A restart never hurts)
  Member 23.05.2018 1 11
Worked like a charm, thanks ever so much Sir.
Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4.
Once that is granted, all else follows.
  Member 23.05.2018 1 11
Note - I do have a newer version of Kontakt to actually be able to use it, but when i open it the library doesn't appear.
Freedom is the freedom to say that 2+2=4.
Once that is granted, all else follows.
  Member 4.02.2014 31 19
For me on 6.22 version there was same problem so i went Program Files/Native Instruments/Native Access/Add Library, added library, restarted pc and it was all good :)
  Member 28.09.2020 2
Where is Add Library? In the software or is an .exe?
  Member 4.02.2014 31 19
Add Library.exe in Program Files/Native Instruments/Native Access directory ;)
  Member 8.04.2014 7
can someone help ? how do install it? there are no install files. If I just open it with kontakt, it is in demo mode . Thanks in advance.
  Resident 30.01.2014 7 1516
Thank you VERY MUCH everyone!!
  Member 30.08.2018 92
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