66-Cellos is the latest installment to join our Legion series of epic ensembles, a line dedicated to solving the specific need for large-scale ensembles in modern scores.
Recorded in our favorite modern recording hall, 66-Cellos features only the best cellists gathered from across Europe for this once in a lifetime sampling opportunity. The result of these incredible sessions was an extensive library of purely cinematic strings, with a huge variety of playing styles captured in immense detail. Not only did we record a large set of core articulations for the ensemble, such as sustains, legatos, and short notes but we also recorded a substantial collection of ensemble effects such as tuning clusters, seagulls, and Host-Sync’d ostinatos. The range of these articulations and the instantly massive sound available in every option of the library make it a joy to work with and an essential in any cinematic composer’s toolkit.
66-Cellos was recorded in the same hall as our other Legion Symphonic Libraries (66-Basses, 66-Tubas, 66-Trombones) and our vast catalog of custom ensembles such as our Acoustic Grand Ensembles (AGE) Volumes one and two, Majestica, Lacrimosa, CAGE and many others. The library features 10 different microphone perspectives to best represent the sounds of the space and ensemble. In line with our other Legion series, these include a ‘naked’ mix, our custom ‘Trailer’ mix (which offers a ready-made signature sound), 3 hall-based microphones (Decca, Far and Wide), and 5 strategically placed spot microphones that capture the intimate details of the ensemble.
A range of options included with the library is easily accessible from the familiar 3D-rendered user-interface available with all our Legion Series libraries. These options include our 4-part effects engine, expression, gate, and tuning options as well as an intuitive step sequencer. You can also quickly and easily control or automate the playback of the samples with attack, release, speed, pitch envelope, glide and offset controls.
Sampling ensembles of this size comes with unique challenges and with these challenges spark endless creativity, not only in recording techniques used but also with the textures and styles of articulations that can be created with an ensemble of this caliber. We spared no expense in creating the new standard in epic scoring.