Liikkuva (prounounced “Lee Koo Vah”) is a string textures sample library based on the sound of modern “Scandi” or “Nordic” soundtracks such as The Killing, Wallander and Bordertown.
It contains a range of articulations split into “High Strings” and “Low Strings” that all have a sense of movement and evolution.
These string textures reflect the landscape of Scandavian countries – cold, bleak and empty yet are perfect for use in both cold, dreary underscore as well as more warm and shimmering tracks.
Our aim with LIIKKUVA (the Finnish word for “moving“) was to create a selection of string textures that are commonly heard in modern “Nordic” or “Scandi” TV series and films. But what exactly is Nordic or Scandi?
When used to describe a musical genre/sound, the term “Nordic” or “Scandi” generally means a particular mood rather than a specific set of techniques. Scandi strings are a reflection of the landscape in Scandinavian countries like Finland, Norway etc. and thus mirror the dark, icey, dreary and empty landscapes of those countries. Scandi strings usually sound more raw and organic than a “standard” string orchestra with more movement and evolution in the sound. Scandi or Nordic string ensembles are also usually comprised of smaller ensembles recorded up close.
Some examples of soundtracks that could be described as “Nordic” or “Scandi” would be “The Bridge,” “The Killing,” “Bordertown,” and “Trapped”
To create the “Scandi” sound, we recorded a small string orchestra with no violas to scoop out the mid-range and give them their silky sound with a boomy bottom and airy top.
The players were recorded in a beautiful church in Zagreb, Croatia with an assortment of Rode ribbon and AKG/Neumann condensers and three mic positions were used – Close, Mid & Far – to give plenty of sonic options, allowing you to create your own mix.
The strings are soft and delicate with a silky airiness and distinctly raw, icy tone to them. They have a definite up close sound allowing many intricate details to shine through.
Liikkuva was recorded with no violas, so the patches are split simply into two folders: High Strings and Low Strings.
Liikkuva features a simple, easy to use GUI with a minimalist set of controls. On the interface you’ll find:
The Sus Attack & Sus Decay knobs allow you to control the initial attack and decay times of the patch and the Rel Attack and Rel Decay knobs control the attack / decay times of the release samples. This allows you to create a more organic and natural sounding fade in or fade out for each patch.
Additionally, we’ve included a “Random Start” button which will randomise the start position of looped samples, creating a more human feel overall and helping to avoid phasing issues.
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