Native Instruments in Berlin, Germany, introduces Symphony Series—String Ensemble, featuring recordings of a 60-piece string orchestra for use in productions. It includes an interface that is designed to facilitate scoring quickly. The second product in NI’s Symphony Series of orchestral scoring instruments, String Ensemble is available at the NI Online Shop for $499 and runs in KONTAKT 5 or the latest version of the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.
Symphony Series—String Ensemble provides the sound of a full 60-piece string ensemble and was recorded in collaboration with software string instrument developer Audiobro. There are separate instruments for violins, violas, cellos and basses as well as an instrument for the full ensemble. A comprehensive list of long and short articulations, including sordinos, trills, staccatos and octave runs, were recorded in exceptional detail with separate half sections to ensure True Divisi.
String Ensemble provides four stereo mixes—close, midrange, far, and stereo—with dynamic loading for maximum efficiency. Special attention was given to the close-mic mixes. Furthermore, volume, pan and output routing for each position load individually, allowing a greater degree of control over the final mix.
All sections were recorded in two separate A and B parts for True Divisi functionality. The Auto Divisi function intelligently distributes notes between the Divisi partsfor a highly transparent and realistic string performance in all articulations. Every section also features true polyphonic legato and portamento with up to eight-voice automatic voice-leading in real time. Native Instruments states that these features are easily configurable.
Native Instruments developed Symphony Series—String Ensemble especially for KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboard integration. The position and type of key switches and the selected articulations are easily visible directly on the hardware. The Touch Strips directly control the multi-sampled dynamics in STRING ENSEMBLE. Plus, all key parameters automatically map to keyboard controls, allowing composers to start scoring as soon as they load the instrument.
Symphony Series instruments will not be included in KOMPLETE or KOMPLETE ULTIMATE. Owners of KOMPLETE bundles benefit from special cross-grade pricing.