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Cinematic Studio Strings is a library bursting with character. Featuring Australia’s finest musicians and meticulously recorded in a world-class scoring stage, CSS boasts a gorgeous sound, stunning true-to-life dynamics and a wide variety of articulations. With an intuitive and efficient GUI, CSS was created to meet the demands of working composers in today's film, TV and video game industries. This outstanding orchestral strings library for Kontakt and Kontakt Player is available now at a very affordable price.



A powerful strings sample library for Kontakt Player

Features at a glance

CSS features a Hollywood-style string section, recorded in position in Australia’s premiere scoring stage - Trackdown. From the soaring colourful vibrato of the high violins to the dark and woody textures of the low cello and bass notes, you’ll be instantly inspired. Our aim was to create an instrument that’s instantly playable, sounds great out-of-the-box and is backed up by speedy customer support.

Introducing cinematic studio strings

Live sound, no reverb required

With smooth legato, punchy spiccatos, inspiring textural harmonics and con sordino, CSS covers a wide range of the sound palette afforded by a world-class string section. We’ve kept an authentic, human element in the sound, so you’ll feel like you’re at a live session. With this new level of realism, you’ll feel comfortable using CSS without reverb, in fact we recommend it! All of our demos were created without reverb - all you hear is the natural air captured in the samples.

groundbreaking interface

At the heart of CSS is its cutting edge GUI, building on our previous critically-acclaimed library Cinematic Strings 2. This means a short-but-sweet patch list, easily assignable keyswitches and MIDI CCs, and a full mixer with output routing options plus reverb. These features and many others are all accessible via the main GUI page, you'll have CSS working alongside you on your latest project within minutes.

fully mixed - load and play

We used a variety of beautiful ribbon and condenser microphones to record CSS at three distances, which you can combine to create your own unique mix either inside Kontakt or via the newly included output-routing option. Alternatively, you can use our pre-mixed combination of all 3 if you want a great sound with fewer resources. Full and Lite Ensemble patches optimise workflow and are perfect for sketching or filling out a track.

realistic and expressive

CSS features a stunningly realistic legato engine. We painstakingly recorded true legato transitions for each note, up and down, including a beautiful portamento. We also recorded 're-bow' samples, meaning you can play repeated legato notes smoothly and with true-legato realism. For more information please check out the Legato Introduction video in the Videos section below.

compatible with free kontakt player

Cinematic Studio Strings is fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player, and will work as a standalone product with no need to purchase additional software. Kontakt Player is available as a separate download from Native Instruments and can be downloaded free of charge by clicking here. CSS is also designed for use with the new exciting range of NKS Keyboards.

  • Legato, including legato repetition and portamento
  • spiccato
  • staccatissimo
  • staccato
  • sforzando
  • pizzicato, including bartok snaps
  • col legno
  • harmonics
  • tremolo
  • trills (half and whole tone)
  • measured tremolo (tremolo sync and free sync)
  • marcato/fast runs
  • con sordino emulation (whole library)


Videos and Tutorials

 Articulation walkthrough

 technical walkthrough

 legato tutorial

  • Is CSS download only?

    We recommend direct download as this is the quickest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to distribute CSS. And thanks to our Advanced Download Manager, you can be assured you'll get your library as quickly as your internet connection will allow. However backup DVDs are also available for US$33 if ordered at time of purchase, but please note that these can take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.

  • Am I allowed to use music I create with Cinematic Studio Strings for commercial purposes?

    Yes, there are no commercial restrictions placed on music created with the library, even if you have applied for an Educational Discount. See our product Terms and Conditions for more information.

  • Am I allowed to install CSS on a second machine?

    Yes, provided both machines are owned and used solely by you for the production of music. The best way to install CSS on another machine is to copy the CSS folder from the first to the second computer via an external HD. Once you have done that, you will need to run through the same installation process as you would have when you originally installed it, i.e. click "add library," and then locate the CSS folder. You will also then need to click "authorise" and enter your serial number, so your second installation will be registered in our database.

  • Why does the library disappear from the Kontakt Library Browser tab when I re-open my DAW? (from NI FAQ):

    In some special cases, KONTAKT libraries may disappear from the Library tab after restarting KONTAKT. To resolve this issue follow these steps. Firstly, download and install the latest version of KONTAKT 5, which is available via Service Centre or by logging in to the Update Manager on the Native Instruments website.


    Navigate to the following folder:


    Mac OS:

    Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > Native Instruments > Service Center



    C > Program Files > Common Files > Native Instruments > Service Center


    Delete the "Productname.xml" file belonging to the KONTAKT library, which disappears from the Library tab. Launch KONTAKT 5 and add the library again to the Library tab. If you are asked to activate the library, click Activate in the library box and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • I've downloaded the library, how do I install it?

    There is a detailed installation guide in the email you received at the time of purchase. If you cannot find this email, please check your spam folder to make sure it isn't there. If you have any further questions regarding installation please send us a support request via the button at the bottom right of this website.

  • What are the minimum system requirements?

    Windows / Mac

    Windows 7+ or MacOS 10.10+, Quad Core CPU, 8GB RAM, 34.5Gb (up to 70GB Hard Drive space during installation, which will automatically reduce to 34.5Gb after installation has completed).


    Kontakt 5.6.8 or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 is also required.


    Cinematic Studio Strings should be used with a fully 64 bit system.

  • My HDD crashed and I lost all of the samples, can I re-download them?

    Sorry to hear that! The download links provided at the time of purchase remain active for one week before automatically deactivating. We offer an online backup option at the time of purchase for $3.95, which will keep the links open for a year. However we recommend backing up your files by simply copying the entire “Cinematic Studio Series” folder to an external backup HD. To re-install, simply copy the folder back to your preferred location and re-add the library in Kontakt if necessary. In case of an emergency, we will re-activate your links for a fee of $7.50 to cover bandwidth and admin costs.

  • Does CSS work with my notation program?

    CSS isn't designed to work with notation programs, as it relies on an intricate keyswitching and expression system which notation programs often don't support. There are some 3rd party programs which aim to make Kontakt libraries compatible with notation, but we don't offer support or officially endorse these efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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