A classic strings sample library for Kontakt Player

Cinematic Strings 2 is a much-loved orchestral sample library renowned for its great sound out of the box and its easy-to-use interface. Recorded in a large concert hall, CS2 has a warm lush sound, and is one of the easiest-to-use professional-level string libraries on the market. Originally released in 2012, CS2 was our first major strings sample library, and paved the way for our more advanced “Cinematic Studio Series” orchestral range. It also blends well with all the newer libraries.

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Features at a glance

Introducing Cinematic Strings 2
Cinematic Strings 2 was recorded in Sydney’s world-class Verbrugghen Hall and is well known for its lush concert-hall tones. Because CS2 was created to meet the needs of working composers in the film, television and video game industries, our focus was on maximising both efficiency and authenticity. With this in mind CS2 provides a realistic mockup tool that will save you from the hassle and wasted time spent tweaking parameters, modifying CC data, or applying drastic EQ and reverb effects to emulate the sound you’re after.
Intuitive, efficient interface
Thanks to the all-in-one GUI, Cinematic Strings is incredibly easy to use. Loading and unloading articulations, assigning keyswitches, adjusting the microphone balance using the new mixer, and controlling a built-in reverb are all just a click or two away. The full ensemble patches are ideal for quick sketching or filling out a track while saving on RAM. With all these features accessible from the main GUI page, you’ll have Cinematic Strings working alongside you on your latest project within minutes. 


Smooth legato engine
Real legato transitions were sampled for Cinematic Strings. Our new legato engine is designed to be more authentic and efficient, allowing the transitions to be integrated seamlessly into your melodies. This is made possible by our advanced scripting system that adjusts the dynamics and timbre automatically while you play. The new engine compensates for your playing speed automatically, so that when you play fast, shorter more natural legato transitions are triggered. This leaves you to focus on what you write, not how you write it.


"Mix" Microphone Position
Cinematic Strings utilises three microphone positions – close, stage, and room. Mixing these three together will allow you to take advantage of the deep concert hall warmth captured in the recordings. Additionally, you can achieve a full sound while saving on computer resources by using the “mix” microphone position. This sounds so good that we’re willing to bet you’ll be using this 99% of the time.
Full Ensemble Patches
Cinematic Strings features two ensemble patches – Full Ensemble and Lite Ensemble. These patches are perfect for sketching out ideas or quickly filling out a track. It’s our aim to do what we can to make a composer’s life easier, so we hope you’ll enjoy them! This video looks at the features and operation of the new patches and includes a MIDI file so you can load them into your sequencer and see them in action.


Compatible with free Kontakt Player
Cinematic Studio Strings is fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player as well as the full version of Kontakt. There is no need to purchase additional software as Kontakt Player is available free of charge from our friends at Native Instruments here. When downloading Kontakt player you might like to check out the Komplete Start bundle, which contains a range of great sounds and instruments.

Other key features

  • Controllable vibrato using a MIDI CC (user selectable)
  • 4 dynamic layers for all articulations
  • All common articulations sampled:
    • Sustains (with and without vibrato)
    • Tremolo
    • Trills (half and whole tone)
    • Staccato
    • Staccatissimo
    • Pizzicato (with Bartok Snap)
  • Specialised ‘Runs’ mode for creating realistic fast string runs
  • 4 x Round Robin samples for all short notes – essential for realistic repeated notes
  • User-adjustable short note lengths
  • Built-in algorithmic reverb, adjustable from main GUI page
  • Selectable high and low playing positions – controlled via GUI control or velocity sensitive keyswitch

Videos & Tutorials

Full ensemble patches

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, the library is available by direct download, as this is the 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.

Yes, the library is available by direct download, as this is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to distribute CS2. And thanks to our Advanced Download Manager, you can be assured you’ll get your library as quickly as your internet connection will allow.

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.

Yes, provided both machines are owned and used solely by you for the production of music. The best way to install CS2 on another machine is to copy the CS2 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 CS2 folder. You will also then need to click “authorise” and enter your serial number, so your second installation will be registered in our database.

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.

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.

Windows / Mac

Windows 7/8 or Mac OSX 10.7+, Quad Core CPU, 4GB RAM, up to 45GB Hard Drive space for installation. Kontakt 5.1 or Kontakt Player 5.1 is also required.

Please note – these are the minimum requirements. CS2 is a high end sample library, and we recommend 8 GB RAM to really get the most out of the library. 4 GB RAM will allow you to load the whole library using the mixed mic position, but you wont be able to load much else after that. 8 GB RAM was used to create the demo compositions, on a single computer. Ideally, Cinematic Strings 2 should be used with a fully 64 bit system.

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.

CS2 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.

Please update to the latest version of Kontakt via the Native Instruments Service Centre. This will solve the problem.

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