Cinematic Studio Series © 2016-2020 Alex Wallbank
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.
Features at a glance
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
CSSS isn’t designed to work with notation programs such as Finale, Sibelius, Notion or Dorico, 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.
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.
Cinematic Studio Series © 2016-2020 Alex Wallbank