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Cinematic Strings 2.1 Review

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Strings, these Classic instruments can give so much extra dynamic to a song if used correctly.
Not many other musical instruments can bring the sound of joy and happiness and also be able to bring sounds of tears and sorrow like a String ensemble.´

Today we are going to have a look at a sample library with the name Cinematic Strings 2.

What’s included.
Cinematic Strings is a 21,1GB Library for Kontakt that also is supported by the FREE version Kontakt player.

The original CS 2.0 came with 5 Patches: 1st Violins, 2nd Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses.
The patches have been setup so when all patches are loaded you get what is known as a “Standard” String ensemble with 6 Basses, 12 1st Violins, 8 2nd Violins, 7 Violas and 7 Cellos.

With the 2.1 update 2 more patches named Full Ensemble and Lite Ensemble have been included to give even more of that full ensemble sound.




The GUI of CS 2.1 i felt that i was in for a treat, this is a cleverly designed GUI that feels like its been designed to guide the users to the sound they are after.
The two images above Shows the 1st Violins patch loaded and the concept is the same for most part of the CS 2.1 where we have the mic, level and pan controls on the left, In the center we find the  Matrix / advanced Tabs and on the right Play position, Reverb /  more options.


The Mixer

The mixer gives us the ability to load the complete sound by either using the Mix channel or individual channels for more control, i welcome this feature as i can tweak the sound directly from the GUI.

Articulations a Keyswitch away


There are a huge variety of articulations built into CS 2.1 and by utilizing Keyswitches the user can fast and easy change articulation directly on the keyboard, DAW piano roll or use a MIDI CC.

Playing position & Short notes switch
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When using the Arco articulation we are given further options for play position (Low / High).

For example – playing a high position G3 on the violins (G one octave above low G) will be performed on the G string. This has a much smoother and richer tone than a low position G3, which is played on the D string – which sounds much brighter. Each have their distinct uses, and we recommend experimenting with each to gain a better idea of what to expect,                                                                                                Source

when we use the Staccato and Marcato articulations we are given the option to choose  Staccatissimo / Staccato.


Built in Reverb.

CS 2.1 also comes with a nice sounding Hall Reverb.

Lets go advanced

In the advanced Tab we are giving control sliders for the short notes, so that we can tweak the way the short notes act / sound when played.

More Options

Staccato Overlay: This is a nice feature that ads a Staccato layer above the start note when using the arco, tremolo or trills articulations.

Vibrato Control: Lets usdecide how the vibrato should be played / used.

Releases: “Releases are triggered automatically via our advanced scripting system – which adjusts the volume of all triggered releases automatically depending on the volume of the current note you are playing and its position in the passage” Source

Realism with Live Mode Intensity


Live Mode Intensity give CS 2.1 that extra realism and natural effect.


The two new patches..

As  mentioned earlier, Two ensemble patches With the CS 2.1 update
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With the Ensemble patches the Mixer is removed and replaced with a Envelope control.
The Lite Ensemble only features three different articulations and short note control.

So how does it sound?
There is no doubt here my friends, CS 2.1 just sounds amazing!!!!
I love the character of the bass and cello, they are deep yet full of life.
The full ensemble is for what i do my favorite, i can use it on anything and it just fits right in.
I made a small little tune using CS 2.1 in a rock tune so you can get a feeling of its potentials.


I am impressed with the sound quality of Cinematic Strings 2.1, For a basic user like myself all the different control features and different articulations is overwhelming.
Working with CS 2.1 is fun and easy, the layout of the GUI is very easy to understand and thanks to the Keyswitch feature most of the work can be done without actually having to adjust much in the actual GUI.
There are tweaking options “if needed” and these options does the job well to make most of us happy.

No matter what sort of music you are in to Strings" is a must have as it can bring so much life to a song, Cinematic Strings 2.1 is spot on so i happily recommend it to anyone no matter what music you are in to.

The Verdict

I want to thank Cinematic Strings for letting me do this review.
And to my readers….. THANK YOU!!!

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