Joe Stevens of Bigcat Instruments returns with An Orchestra – Strings, a free sample-based instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Well, I believe I have worked the bugs out of the String Section. This pack includes 857 samples in the forms of a complete String Section, Solo Violin, Violin Section, Viola Section, Cello Section, Solo Contrabass and Harp. There are 23 NKI patches.
The basic NKI for each instrument or section uses R.D.Villwock aka Big Bob’s WIPs scripts for fake round robin on the longs and legato. The Modwheel NKI does mod-wheel crossfading thanks to Nils Liberg’s script. The Ensemble NKI lets you crank up to 7 time more instruments, though it is set at 3 and too many might sound a bit odd. Jay Bacal wrote the Ensemble script.
As a rule of thumb, the instruments have two velocity layers and are sampled about every third note. The shorts usually have two round robins. The articulations include Arco Vibrato, Tremolo, Spiccato, Pizzicato and single layer Arco Vibrato Loud and Soft.
What makes this release unique compared to the first Kontakt version are the mod-wheel xfades, the ensembles and the three arp and chord scripts using the full string section.
The sample library requires the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt, the Player version isn’t supported.