Century Strings Bundle for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples

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by Brian Freeland (05/27/2018)
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Overview

  • Price: $598 (save 30% over individual volumes)
  • Century Ensemble- and Sordino Strings (204.9 GB)
  • Complete Room Control from dry to wet
  • 1st Violins (6) and 2nd Violins (4)
  • Violas (6), Cellos (4) and Basses (4)
  • 1st Sordino Violins (6) and 2nd (4)
  • Sordino Violas (5), Cellos (4) and Basses (3)
  • 4 Hall Microphones and 3 Studio/Close Microphones
  • Fluent controls over Dynamics (MW), Expression and Speed
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.6 or later required

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Century Strings Bundle for Kontakt VST-AU-AAX Samples overview

8Dio Century Orchestral Strings is a leap forward in truly realistic symphonic strings. Playable and expressive beyond words. Produced by long-time Academy Award, T.E.C and G.A.N.G Award Winning and Emmy-Nominated producers, Colin O’Malley and Troels Folmann

Century Orchestral Strings is available in three volumes: Traditional Ensemble Strings, Sordino (Muted) Ensemble Strings and a Bundle featuring both that saves you 30% compared to the individual volumes.

The Traditional Ensemble Strings contains five unique string ensembles, including 1st Violins (6 players), 2nd Violins (4 players), Violas (5 players), Cellos (4 players) and Basses (4 players). All the five sections contain many matching articulations, so you can freely orchestrate all the sections. The Sordino Strings also contain a similar symmetry, so everything can be used as one.

Century Orchestral Strings were recorded in a new and advanced environment that allowed us to both have wet (hall) and close (studio) sounding strings at the same time. This means you have total room control. From large, lush orchestral strings to close and intimate studio strings. Six different microphone options, including Mixed, Decca, Wide/Far and three close studio spot mics (Close 1-3).

The new user-interface binds it all together. Access the entire articulation menu with a few clicks of a mouse. As well as instant access to all microphone and articulation controls. Century is complex underneath, yet so simple and beautiful on the outside.

Century Orchestral Strings contains every single articulation you would expect – and a wealth of new and intelligently programmed patches. All legato articulations are dynamically layered and many contain full vibrato control. All arcs are also velocity based. Play soft and get a soft arc. Play harder and get a more pronounced arc. These were also recorded at different speeds, so they can elegantly wrap around your composition. Lets not forget the short notes, which were recorded so deep they may never need to be sampled again.

Real Strings - Real Emotion

The beating heart of Century Orchestral Strings is its completely realistic sound, playability and emotion. Every string section has a unique character and wide dynamic profile. You can easily weave in and out of dynamics. All legatos are dynamically layered and with full ability to control true vibrato. Arcs are also velocity-based, so you can just play and feel the strings. A multitude of different types of short notes. But perhaps, more importantly, is the fact we paid equal attention to traditional and sordino (muted) strings, so you can mix and match between regular and muted strings freely. The combination of the two is integral to that motion picturesque soft, silky and emotional sound.

Control The Room

Century Orchestral Strings comes with 6 dedicated microphone positions. First, you have our three hall microphones: “Mixed, DECCA and Wide/Far”, which offers you the traditional large symphonic sound. Secondly, you have up to three dedicated close microphones: “Close 1, Close 2 and Close 3”, which gives you a much more dry, close and studio like sound. You can freely mix between all the microphones. Perhaps you want those 1st violins playing a melody with a lush DECCA microphone, while the 2nd violins are more present with a mixture of Close and DECCA mics. The many panning options allows you to place the strings exactly where you want them – both in regards to distance (mic gain) and panoramic perspective (pan).

Instant Access

Access all articulations with a few simple clicks. One of the cornerstones of Century is the architecture behind it. All patches in Century comes with 10 empty slots. Double click on any of the slots and gain instant access to all the articulations. Select whatever you want and you are set. Every slot automatically gets assigned to a key-switch (or CC if you prefer), so you can literally create an advanced articulation matrix of up to 10 articulations in just a few seconds. So no more loading different program files for a simple arrangement, and no more hassle. It is all there, conveniently inside of the same patch – just a click away.

Dynamic Legato - Seamless Expression

Century Orchestral Strings sets a new standard for legato sampling. Casting sessions were held and we hand-picked the best players from all across Europe – not just a single country. We created new sampling techniques – allowing us to record the instruments more fluently. The end-result offers you the ability to freely move between dynamics. The sound is truly authentic, dynamic and lyrical. All the instruments have personality. Designed to move you. Designed to move your audience. Infused with personality. With effortless Playability.

A Wealth of Short Notes

Century Orchestral Strings contains the most advanced set of dynamic short-notes available. From the smooth spiccatos to more piercing tapped spiccatos, from staccatos to marcatos, from Short Note Arcs with one and two bow strokes to Pizzicatos, Bartoks, Col Legno, Loure Shorts and everything in between. The short notes were recorded and programmed with a variety of new techniques developed for Century. You can even control the actual speed and definition of the short notes – from gentle, feathery strokes – to more defined and pointy attacks.

Century Bundle

Century Orchestral Strings is offered in two separate libraries. One for Traditional Ensemble Strings and another for Sordino (Muted) Strings. The two libraries were fully designed to be used together and all core articulations are symmetrically designed between the two libraries. We have also created a Century Orchestral String Bundle that contains both volumes and saves you 30% off compared to the individual volumes. And don’t forget our Century Strings Freebie, which gives you a little sneak-peak into the world of Century Strings. The Freebie contains a small selection of our vast expressive arcs – with access to all microphone positions.

  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok
  • Col Legno
  • Ricochet
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Tremolo Sul P
  • Harmonic Trem
  • Harmonic
  • Sul Tasto
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok
  • Col Legno
  • Ricochet
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Tremolo Sul P
  • Harmonic Trem
  • Harmonic
  • Sul Tasto
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok
  • Col Legno
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-V
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Tremolo Sul P
  • Harmonic Trem
  • Harmonic
  • Sul Tasto
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Raw
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok
  • Col Legno
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-V
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Harmonic Trem
  • Harmonic
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feathered
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Marc Sul Pont
  • Pizzicato
  • Bartok
  • Col Legno
  • Rep Phrase 1
  • Rep Phrase 2
  • Legato
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus V-Mv
  • Trills Min 2
  • Trills Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Tremolo Sul P
  • Harmonic Trem
  • Harmonic
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Art Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Marcato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Spiccato Tapped
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Sus Non Vib
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vib
  • Sus Nv-Mv
  • Trill Min 2
  • Trill Maj 2
  • Tremolo
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Spiccato Feather
  • Staccato
  • Legato
  • Sus Vibrato
  • Sus Molto Vibrato
  • Sus V-Mv
  • Arc Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short Decr (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Short 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long Dec (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Arc Long 2 Bows (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Loure Short (Contains Several Sample Sets At Different Speeds)
  • Close 1 (Spot) Microphone Position 1*
  • Close 2 (Spot) Microphone Position 2*
  • Close 3 (Spot) Microphone Position 3*
  • Mixed Microphone Position
  • Decca Microphone Position
  • Close Microphone Position
  • Wide Microphone Position

*  Amount of Close (Spot) Microphones available is dependent on ensemble / section size

  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.6 or later required
  • Kontakt 5 is 32 and 64-bit compatible on both PC and Mac platforms
  • Century String Bundle requires 204 GB of hard drive space
  • Runs as a stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in, AAX® under Pro Tools
  • Minimum: 4 GB RAM. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended