SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED

SOLO STRINGS FOR KONTAKT

Improvised, expressive and human

SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED

$199

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SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED are a set of  human, raw and expressive solo string instruments. We’ve recorded over 1000 unique, improvised performances over the four instruments. Instantly playable by just playing harder or softer on your keyboard. From soulful and fragile murmurs to impassioned and feverish cries. 

Not for the traditionalist, and not for the faint of heart. This is for fans of alternative scores and inspired by composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jed Kurzel and Jonny Greenwood.

There’s also our unique and powerful articulation, STORMS which can create crescendos from a solo performance to a frenetic ensemble. As well as all of the this, there are many other classic long and short note articulations which complement the sound and character of all the instruments.

It’s here to inspire your writing and is really at home with compositions where you need the mood, feeling and performance do more talking than the melody. They are also equally useful for adding the life and soul to big ensembles.

INSTRUMENT

Solo Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

HIGHLIGHTS

Over 1000 unique and improvised notes
STORMS articulation

REQUIREMENTS

Kontakt FULL 5.6.8 or above
Will NOT work in the free Player

USER INTERFACE

Everything to hand

As with all our custom designed interfaces, we want you to have a logical and clear layout with everything to hand.

To help you easily understand the instrument, you can hover over any control and instructions appear in the info panel of the Kontakt window.

Buy individually

$69

VIOLIN UNTAMED

VIOLA UNTAMED

CELLO UNTAMED

BASS UNTAMED

Buy individually

$69

VIOLIN UNTAMED

VIOLA UNTAMED

CELLO UNTAMED

BASS UNTAMED

STORMS ARTICULATION

This isn't a swarm,
it's a storm.

Storms allows you to fade from single fragile notes to a frenzy of strings.

Great for creating tension before launching your score into a chaotic crescendo.

Hear it in action on the Violin

  • ThePlus Audio

Hear it in action on the Viola

  • Viola Untamed

Hear it in action on the Bass

  • Bass Untamed

SSD drive recommended as the Storm articulation uses multiple samples simultaneously within Kontakt.

DEMO MUSIC

Viola Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Bass Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Violin Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Cello Untamed

GLUE

Subwoofer not included

Included in all of the instruments is a trick we’ve been using for a long time with strings; sine waves. Adding a simple sine wave thickens up the natural sound of strings. We call this Glue as it fills in the gaps and cements the mix. 

To give this the Westwood edge, we sampled every pitch of a sine wave across the entire range of each string instrument through 1″ reel-to-reel tape. This takes away the sterile nature of a pure sine wave and makes it feel more organic. There’s two versions to use; one at the regular pitch and an “8vb” version, which pitch shifts the wave an entire octave down.

PULSE

To add movement to an otherwise static signal, the Pulse section brings a sense of underlying motion.

You can control the intensity of the pulse and the rate which is synced to the tempo to your composition.

EFFECTS

We’ve added a low pass filter which you can use to smooth off the top end for a deeper and more subtle sound.

Use the “Grit” control if you need to roughen up the sound. 

DYNAMICS

Control the dynamics independently or with the expression so the level rides in tandem with the main performance.

There’s also a master volume control so you can precisely blend in the amount you need.

Articulations

VIOLIN

Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2 
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2 
Improvisations C1
Improvisations C2 

Storms

Glue
Glue 8vb

Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Circular Bowing

Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok 

VIOLA

Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2 
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2 
Improvisations C1
Improvisations C2 

Storms

Glue
Glue 8vb

Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Circular Bowing

Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok 

CELLO

Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2 
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2 


Storms

Glue
Glue 8vb

Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Circular Bowing

Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok 

BASS

Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2 
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2 

 

Storms

Glue
Glue 8vb

Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo

Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok
Ricochets

Instrument walkthroughs

Individual guides to all the instruments. Listen to all the articulations, mic positions and how to get the best out of the controls.

MICROPHONES

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 Tom Orrell and Andy Hawkins used an impeccable set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the strings. 

At the heart of the mix, is the spot position. A single Brauner VMA valve mic for the viola and violin, and a Neumann U47 FET for the Cello and Bass all providing a really warm, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a close stereo overhead perspective for all the strings. Lively but still intimate.

For the room position, we used either a pair of Neumann U47s or Oktava MK-012s adding more depth and openness.

A second pair 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.

Interviews

Hear what Polly the cellist and Henry the violinist/violist have to say about their approach to the playing and recording on the libraries.

SOUND CONTROLS

Shape your sound

A wide 3-band equaliser, set for the sound of the strings. Very quickly scoop or boost the frequencies you need to without having to reach for another plugin. A little goes a long way.

A great sounding tape saturation plugin, ideal for thickening up the sound and adding some depth and subtle crunchiness. With gain and warmth controls.

6 curated reverb impulses that match our other instruments. From intimate rooms, to big epic halls, you’ll easily be able to find something that fits the mood and blend well with most mixes.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Good to know

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.

W A T E R M A R K I N G
SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.

FAQ

What type of music is this best suited for?

We think Solo Strings Untamed is very versatile for all sorts of music. The demo tracks should give you an idea that it can be used on anything from gentle modern classical genres, hybrid-scoring, horror movies, and contemporary alternative string quartets. 

They can be used really easily not their own for small intimate compositions or combined with large ensembles to add some real life and human performance.

I'm trying to re-create Four Seasons, will this do the job?

First of all, don’t try to re-create anything. You’re more original than that. But if you really want to reproduce Vivaldi’s finest accomplishment, this probably isn’t the right sound for you.

Will this work on the free Kontakt Player?

You need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. It will NOT work in the free Player version of Kontakt. Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing. If you need help, we have a fully-loaded guide to Kontakt which you can read here.

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 how to murder a king to take the throne yourself.