NEO STRINGS is a modern solo string ensemble comprising of violin, viola, cello and double bass. Recorded in the same beautiful space through 4 mic signals, and a huge 24 articulations captured for each instrument in great detail. Comprising over 60,000 samples.
With articulations ranging from the staple bread and butter articulations of a stringed instrument (though still jam packed with unique character) to ultra modern textural playing effects and extended techniques.
AT A GLANCE
- 1 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Double Bass
- 24 articulations per instrument (17 main, 7 extended techniques & FX) [listed in detail at the bottom of the page]
- True Legato, Dynamic Crossfading & live Vibrato/Non-Vibrato control
- 4 mic positions; Close (Overhead), Room (Left & Right), Ambient
- RAM light stereo pre-mixed versions
- 14.4GB download size
- 60,000 samples
Important Note: Neo Strings requires the FULL version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or above (also works with the FULL version of Kontakt 6). Do not purchase this if you only have Kontakt Player.
ENSEMBLE PATCH NOW INCLUDED (WALKTHROUGH BELOW)
CONTEXTUAL DEMO 1 - LIBRARY HIGHLIGHT: EXPRESSIVE LONGS
CONTEXTUAL DEMO 2 - WRITING A TUNE FROM SCRATCH WITH NEO STRINGS
"Until now I didn't feel like I needed a new string library, but now I've used Neo Strings it's completely changed the way I think about solo string libraries..."
This library at it's heart is a selfish endeavor on our part to create something that existed between a broken and character driven sound world of the likes of Tom Waits, or Marc Ribot. Blended in an orchestral instrumentation setting of the likes of Bartok. With his string quartet no. 1 being a good frame of reference for the way in which this library wanted to feel. For example, the performed trills, which unlike plenty of readily available and wonderfully put together libraries, has a non continuous finite bows length, full of the individual performers character and playing style. To paraphrase Waits 'I like beautiful melodies, telling me terrible things'. That encapsulates what was attempted to be captured here...
All articulations are present for each instrument unless specified otherwise
Sustained Longs - Vibrato & Non-Vibrato (With True Legato & Dynamic Crossfades)
Polyphonic Sustained Longs - Vibrato & Non-Vibrato (With Dynamic Crossfades)
Staccato (Shortened notes, still with some length)
Staccatissimo (Very short notes)
Spiccato (Short notes with Bow starting off string)
Pizzicato (Plucked with fingers)
Col Legno (Struck with the Back of the Bow) [On all instruments bar the Violin]
Expressive Longs - Non-Vibrato (Notes with a natural performance arc)
Expressive Longs - Vibrato (Note with a natural performance arc & vibrato)
Sforzando Decrescendo (A dramatic Decrescendo from Fortissimo)
Ornaments (Semi-tone and Whole tone turns both up from the root note and down)
Trills (Whole-tone and Semi tone performance trills, with a dynamic arc)
Tremolo (With accented start)
Extended Techniques & FX
Extreme Sul Pont (Bowed on the edge of annihilation at the bridge)
Pont-Tasto Cycles (A circular bow from bridge to fingerboard, like breathing)
Extreme Sul Tasto (Bowed over the fingerboard for a woodwind-esque texture)
Behind the Brige FX (Scratchy, harmonic laden special FX with bowing post bridge)
Sul Pont Erratic Trems (Slow to fast erratic trems on the edge of the bridge)
Erratic Vibrato (Ultra wide to narrow vibrato)
CONTEXTUAL DEMO 3 - PLAYING GERSHWIN'S LULLABY
DEMO IN ACTION
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” - John Cage