Every score needs a soul
An improvised cello to put life in your music
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CELLO UNTAMED is a solo cello library with the idea that samples should sound like a performance. At the heart of the instrument is our unique Improvised articulation; a series of emotional, evolving and improvised notes. This sounds like a musician taking your composition and adding an individual direction and human performance.
We recorded every single note over three octaves at 3 different intensities with two variations for each layer, giving you 222 totally unique performances. The quietest layer is subtle and delicate, the medium layer brings more emotion and character, whilst the loudest layer sounds wild, intense and often chaotic. They sound beautiful alone as individual notes or even more compelling when played as chord progressions.
With 11 other standard and extended articulations included, all performed with the same philosophy, CELLO UNTAMED is a Kontakt library for the composer that wants to add a raw, human and soulful element to their scores.
Made for Kontakt
Full version 5.6.8 and above
4 Mic Positions
Spot | Close | Room | Gallery
Easy to use
Listen to some examples
Our custom designed user interface – simple enough to use without an instruction manual (although there’s one built-in should you need it). Powerful enough to quickly craft the sound of the cello so you can keep on writing and spend less time tweaking.
"A cello can provide so many different layers to your music."
A guide through the whole instrument. Listen to all of the articulations and microphone positions. Find out our best settings and what the instrument is most suited for.
In conversation with
We talk to the amazing cellist behind the library. Find out her approach to the performances, the history of the instrument and her hopes for composers to understand the potential of the cello.
BEHIND THE MUSIC
This is how we recorded it
Recorded at The Nave, one of the North of England’s finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room. Engineer Alex Greaves used an impeccable set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the cello.
A single Neumann FET47 is at the heart of the mix, providing a really rich, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a close stereo overhead perspective. A pair of Royer 121 ribbon mics adds more depth to the room, whilst some Audio Technica 4081’s do a perfect job of capturing the natural reverb tail of the studio. We collected this really wide range of perspectives for you to mix exactly the sound you need.
Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors. An original Empirical Labs Distressor helped to really focus and draw out the detail of the spot mic.
Improvisations Round Robin
Glue & Glue 8vb
Sul Pont – Soft
Sul Pont – Grit
Pizzicato inc. Bartok
Spot | Neumann U47 FET | Mono
The classic smooth and rich microphone from the 70s. Use this mic for a dry, upfront and super detailed sound. Driven through a characterful Neve 1073 pre-amp and Distressor to really bring every subtle nuance from the performance.
Close | Neumann K184 | Stereo
Adding more perspective and positioning over the spot mic, this overhead stereo pair brings the sound of the cello alive.
Room | Royer 121 | Stereo
Bring a much more lively and in-person sound with with this position. Royer 121 ribbon mics are a classic for a reason.
Gallery | Audio Technica 4081 | Stereo
Placed high up in the gallery of the studio, use these mics to add air and the beautiful, natural reverb tail of the room,
Add some extra grit and thickness with this included tape saturation control. A little goes a long way.
A powerful control which allows you to dial in the stereo width of the cello, from a purely mono signal to an immersive wrap around sound.
A natural sounding convolution hall reverb which gives a really pleasing immediate sound and will blend in to most existing mixes.
A simple and broad stroke EQ. The controls allow you to cut or boost a wide part of the frequency spectrum and will add or remove a lot of sound very quickly.
You don’t need to do a lot to achieve a big difference, so go steady!
Good to know
This instrument is only compatible with the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 and above.
It will not work with the free Kontakt Player.
W A T E R M A R K I N G
CELLO UNTAMED is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.
For any music that needs a soul.
If you’re looking for the classic polished Hollywood sound then this might not be the library for you. The sound is raw and unfiltered so isn’t for everyone, but you never know, it might sound perfect on movies about huge green angry scientists.
No. You will need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing.
Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about an adopted, fatherless clown.