CINEMATIC STUDIO SOLO STRINGS

Beautifully detailed, intimate and expressive solo strings

With Cinematic Studio Solo Strings, we’ve taken the simplicity, workflow and authentic sound of the Studio Series and applied it to solo violins, viola and cello to create an incredibly realistic solo strings sample library, for Kontakt and Kontakt Player. The whispering harmonics and tremolos, emotional legatos and portamentos, and biting staccatos and staccatissimos of Cinematic Studio Solo Strings will give you the tools you need to truly bring your music to life. CSSS is both a perfect “first chair” complement to blend with our hallmark Cinematic Studio Strings library, and an extensive standalone library that brings a classy, vibrant and elegant string quartet section to your productions.

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  1. Reflections (quartet) Alex Wallbank 2:10
  2. Masquerade (fast passages) Alex Wallbank 1:30
  3. Falling Leaves (1st chair) Alex Wallbank 2:22
  4. Tokyo Sunset (full ensemble patch) Alex Wallbank 2:03
  5. Killing Time (various articulations) Jack Midworth 1:50

Features at a glance

PRESENTING CINEMATIC STUDIO SOLO STRINGS
Cinematic Studio Solo Strings is the latest instalment in the Cinematic Studio Series, bringing you solo violins 1 and 2, viola and cello to add a tantalising new dimension to your musical creations. We spent more than 120 hours recording Australia’s finest string players in a world-class scoring stage, using a unique combination of microphones to capture the individual character and charm of each instrument. The result is a stunning package of playable, realistic solo strings that stands out from the crowd either on its own, or as a perfect complement to Cinematic Studio Strings.
VIRTUOSO SOLO, QUARTET OR FIRST CHAIR
Cinematic Studio Solo Strings brings all the emotional depth and virtuosity of an outstanding quartet to your fingertips, making it the perfect compositional tool for exposed lyrical solo or quartet passages. And because we maintained positional accuracy and recorded the same diverse range of articulations, CSSS provides a vibrant first-chair accompaniment to our full section library Cinematic Studio Strings. This allows you to seamlessly transition between writing for solo strings and full sections.
INTUITIVE, EASY TO USE GUI

The GUI is streamlined and efficient, with a minimal number of patches making it quick and easy to learn. The layout is functionally the same as for Cinematic Studio Strings, so you can double the solo instrument patches with their section counterparts (eg Solo Violin I with 1st Violins), and play them at the same time on one MIDI channel. This first-chair functionality serves to reinforce the sound of each section, with the lush sound of the section bolstered by a 1st-chair solo patch. This blending together of the two libraries creates an even smoother, richer sound.

UNPARALLELED REALISM
Cinematic Studio Solo Strings are expressive, emotive and powerful, with a smooth realistic sound that gives any melody that elusive human touch. Every sample was tuned by ear, and carefully edited and programmed to ensure that delicate balance between consistency, playability and realism. All of the dynamics have been preserved in their natural state, and as with CSS, no EQ or reverb was applied to the demos, so what you hear is the pure, out-of-the-box sound.
COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ARTICULATIONS

Cinematic Studio Solo Strings features a comprehensive list of playing articulations and styles, including true long-form legato for enhanced realism, portamentos and marcato. There is an excellent range of short notes, as well as tremolos, trills, and col legno. The articulation list, dynamic layers and keyswitch layout of the library match Cinematic Studio Strings in order to provide  a perfect first-chair accompaniment.

Compatible with free Kontakt Player
Cinematic Studio Solo 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. CSSS is also designed for use with the new exciting range of NKS Keyboards.

Articulations

  • 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 & Tutorials

INTRODUCTION  &tab;
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TECHNICAL WALKTHROUGH
ARTICULATION DEMO &tab;
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LEGATO INTRODUCTION
CLASSIC LEGATO DEMO
FIRST CHAIR TUTORIAL

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.

Windows / Mac
Windows 7+ or MacOS 10.10+, Quad Core CPU, 8GB RAM (16GB recommended), 41.7GB Hard Drive space.

Keyboard controller with mod wheel highly recommended.

Kontakt 5.6.8 or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 is also required.

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

All of our libraries run inside the Kontakt sampler (full or free version), and therefore you require a good understanding of how Kontakt works before purchasing any of our libraries. Usually Kontakt is run as a plugin within a DAW such as Cubase or Logic (it runs inside all major DAWs). If you are new to Kontakt you can download the free version (Kontakt Player) here: https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/samplers/kontakt-6-player/. Just download “Komplete Start” and you will get instructions for installing Kontakt Player as well as factory library with 2,000 sounds and 6 GB of content. This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the platform, and once you’re comfortable with how Kontakt integrates into your setup, using our libraries should be a straightforward progression from there. 
 
You should be comfortable with MIDI sequencing and editing, and although our libraries work without a MIDI keyboard, we thoroughly recommend using one. We are a small team and I’m afraid that while we support our products we cannot provide MIDI tutorials and tech support for Kontakt, various DAWs etc. Please inquire via the Support button if you’d like any further clarification.

Yes, the library is available by direct download, as this is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to distribute CSSS. 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 CSSS on another machine is to copy the CSSS 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 CSSS folder. You will also then need to click “authorise” and enter your serial number, so your second installation will be registered in our database.

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.

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.

CSS isn’t designed to work with notation programs such as Finale, Sibelius, Notion or Dorico.

Yes, if you purchase Cinematic Studio Strings you are automatically given the option to add Cinematic Studio Solo Strings for US$199 ($100 off) and/or Cinematic Studio Piano for half price ($34.50). Alternatively, if you purchase Cinematic Studio Solo Strings first, please contact us via the Helpdesk for a discount coupon for $100 off the price of Cinematic Studio Strings.