Every score needs a soul.

An improvised cello to put life in your music

CELLO UNTAMED

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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 9 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

Intuitive Interface
Easy to use

Listen to some examples

"A cello can provide so many different layers to your music."

POLLY VIRR

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In conversation with

POLLY VIRR

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.

Technical

WALKTHROUGH

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. 

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BEHIND THE MUSIC

CODA

A look at how one of the lead demo tracks was written and produced just using 4 simple cello improvisations. You can watch even more of these tutorials on our YouTube channel.

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.

Articulations

Longs

Improvised A&B
Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont – Soft
Sul Pont – Grit
Tremolo
Circular Bowing
False Harmonics

Short

Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok

Microphone Mixer

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,

Sound

Saturation 
Add some extra grit and thickness with this included tape saturation control. A little goes a long way.

Width
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.

Reverb 
A natural sounding convolution hall reverb which gives a really pleasing immediate sound and will blend in to most existing mixes.

EQ

Low/Mid/Hi 
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!

Intuitive interface

Our custom designed user interface – simple enough to use without an instruction manual, but powerful enough to quickly craft the sound of the cello so you can keep on writing and spend less time tweaking.

Product Information

  • Instrument Type: Cello
  • 11 Articulation Patches
  • 4 Microphone Positions
  • Over 4800 Samples
  • 18GB Uncompressed WAVs
  • Full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 and above
  • Mac OS X10.10 Intel Core Duo
  • Windows 7,9,10 Intel Core Duo
  • 5.55GB download size
  • 11.1GB disc space needed during installation

PLEASE NOTE 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.

FAQ

What kind of music is this most suited for?

For any music that needs a soul.

Will this sound good on epic trailers ?

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.

Will this work on the free Kontakt Player?

No. You will need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing.

Can I use this in commercial releases?

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.

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