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NATIVE INSTRUMENTS String Ensemble – Symphony Series

If you’re out to score lush-sounding soundtracks, String Ensemble, a new 60-piece string orchestra from Native Instruments, could be just what you need. Keith Gemmell takes it section by section

Although Native Instruments has developed a vast number of sample libraries over the years, until recently, it has steered clear of a full symphonic library suitable for film scoring and other media use. But suddenly, a few months back, it announced a new Symphony Series and released the first two libraries, Symphony Brass Ensemble and Symphony Brass Solo. Both were developed especially for Native Instruments by Soundiron. Would Soundiron produce the upcoming string library, too, we wondered? Nope – it’s different strokes for different folks, and Audiobro, the producers of LASS (LA Scoring Strings) are behind the Symphony Series String Ensemble.

Tool up

The Symphony Series’ rationale is, of course, to provide composers with a comprehensive toolset for creating realistic orchestral productions. In keeping with this philosophy, String Ensemble provides a production-ready stereo mix, plus the ability create your own mix using close, mid and far microphone positions. There’s a dedicated mixer page with parametric EQ, convolution reverb and compression, plus a choice of key switches or MIDI CCs that can be used for assigning articulations. A huge plus for many will be the Auto Divisi feature for distributing voices to smaller sub-sections. Users of Komplete Kontrol S-Series keyboards can also use the pre-assigned performance controls. It runs in both Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player.

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