CINEMATIC STUDIO WOODWINDS

A powerful wind instrument sample library for Kontakt Player

Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is a superbly versatile library that will add a new and important dimension to your musical palette. With the gorgeous sound and stunning realism of these instruments you’ll find yourself wanting to feature woodwinds in your musical creations in new and exciting ways. Boasting the same intuitive and efficient GUI as the strings and brass, CSW is designed to perfectly complement the rest of the Cinematic Studio Series. This outstanding orchestral wind instrument library is available now for Kontakt and Kontakt Player.

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Features at a glance

NEW! Cinematic Studio WOODWINDs
Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is the latest addition to the Cinematic Studio Series collection. Whether you want to blow the roof off with the bright penetrating sound of the piccolo, express emotion with the beautiful lyrical oboe, or vibrate the floor with the deep and powerful bass clarinet, these superb instruments bring warmth and vitality to your orchestral template. They perfectly complement the rest of the series: the Strings, Solo Strings, Brass and Piano.
Intuitive, easy-to-use interface
At the heart of Cinematic Studio Woodwinds is its intuitive and efficient GUI. This means one patch per instrument, easily assignable keyswitches and MIDI CCs, and a full mixer with output routing options plus reverb. To save memory, articulations can be loaded in or out of RAM with a couple of clicks. As the layout is functionally the same as for Cinematic Studio Strings and Brass, these features and many others are all accessible via the main GUI page.
Broad Palette — Soloists and Sections
To record Cinematic Studio Woodwinds we used a marvellous selection of top-tier players to capture the full range and character of each of nine solo instruments and four sections. Whether you want the fine detail of a soloist, or the warm collaborative synergy of our two-player sections, we recorded the full dynamic range to harness both nuance and power. Every instrument was treated equally, including the piccolo, cor anglais, alto flute, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.
Versatility and realism
CSW features a range of articulations including playful short notes, expansive textures with flutter-tongue and trills, and a stunningly realistic legato engine. We spent countless hours recording true long-form legato transitions for each note, resulting in unparalleled realism. Because we’ve kept an authentic, human element in the sound you’ll feel like you’re in the room with the players. Every sample was tuned by ear, and carefully edited and programmed to ensure a delicate balance between consistency, playability and realism.
Fully Mixed — Load and play

We used a variety of beautiful ribbon and condenser microphones to record Cinematic Studio Woodwinds at four mic distances: Close, Overhead, Main and Room, which you can combine to create your own mix inside Kontakt or via the output-routing option. Alternatively, you can use our ready-to-go mix position that contains all four mics in a stereo mix if you want a great sound with fewer resources. A Full Ensemble patch will be released as an update in the near future.

Compatible with free Kontakt Player
Cinematic Studio Woodwinds 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, along with the Komplete Start free bundle with 2,000 sounds and 6 GB of content. CSW is also designed for use with the new exciting range of NKS Keyboards. Information on adding your new library to Kontakt can be found here.

Instruments and articulations

  • Solo flute
  • 2 Flutes
  • Solo oboe
  • 2 Oboes
  • Solo Clarinet
  • 2 Clarinets
  • Solo bassoon
  • 2 Bassoons
  • Solo piccolo
  • Solo cor anglais
  • Solo alto flute
  • Solo bass clarinet
  • Solo contrabassoon
  • Sustains — with and w/o vibrato
  • Legato — with and w/o vibrato
  • Repetitions
  • Staccatissimo
  • Staccato
  • Sforzando
  • Half and whole trills
  • Flutter tongue (flutes only)
  • Marcato
  • Playable runs
  • Measured repetitions

Videos & Tutorials

Legato walkthrough
Essential information for using our libraries

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, 16GB RAM, 105GB hard drive space.

Keyboard controller with mod wheel highly recommended.

Kontakt 5.8.1 or Kontakt Player 5.8.1 is also required.

Cinematic Studio Woodwinds 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 – prior to purchase.
There is an 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. After downloading the library please consult this link if you are unfamiliar with adding third party libraries to Kontakt.
CSW isn’t designed to work with notation software such as Sibelius, Finale or Dorico, etc, and we cannot provide assistance if attempting to use CSW with these programs. The library 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 do not officially endorse these efforts.
Latency / Delay: All of the libraries in the Cinematic Studio Series have been designed to maximise realism, especially when playing legato. To achieve this, we incorporated a delay system, whereby each new note you play in a legato phrase will be delayed by up to around 1/4 of a second. This requires practising playing your melodies slightly ahead of the beat, which will become natural after a short while. We feel that it’s worth the effort; this is a fundamental aspect of the library, and will not be changed.

Tuning: Throughout the entire production process of every library we create, great care has been taken to make sure the tuning of each instrument is as realistic as possible. To do this, we left much of the natural performance of each instrument intact. While auto-tuning is always an easy option, we opted instead to tune the entire library manually, by ear, rather than stick rigidly to perfect tuning. It is this focus on realism, combined with simplicity, that makes our libraries stand out from the crowd.

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 CSW. 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 CSW on another machine is to copy the CSW 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 CSW folder. You will also then need to click “authorise” and enter your serial number, so your second installation will be registered in our database.

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.

Yes, if you purchase Cinematic Studio Woodwinds you are automatically given the option to add Cinematic Studio Strings for US$279, Brass for US$279, Solo Strings for US$199 and/or Cinematic Studio Piano for half price ($34.50). You can also receive these lower prices (for CSS, CSB or CSSS) at a later time through our loyalty discount program.