Legion Series: 66 Cello Ensemble

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  • Price: $198
    Pro-Grade Cinematic Instruments
  • Professional Cinematic Cellos
  • Deep-Sampled 66 Player Ensemble
  • 22 GB Compressed to 11 Gb (15,730 Samples)
  • 5 Sustain variations and 4 Styles of True Legatos
  • Range of Arcs and Short Notes
  • Poly Arcs for seamless voice transition within Arcs
  • Host-Sync’d Ostinatos
  • 3 Hall microphone perspectives
  • 5 Independent Spot microphone perspectives
  • ‘Clean’ and ‘Trailer’ Mixes for instant cutting-edge sound
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.8 or later required

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Legion Series: 66 Cello Ensemble overview

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.

Massive Articulations

66-Cellos contains a large set of common articulations including five different types of sustains, four different styles of natural legatos and eight different styles of dynamic arcs, all extending from soft and delicate to over the top and loud. We also included aggressive and punchy spiccatos, which can be either played one-shot or rhythmically synced to your DAW. With an ensemble this size, we wanted to capture a set of unique articulations including massive Bartok Pizzicato, Seagulls, and Spiccatos, as well as different styles of clusters and our all-new polyphonic arcs (which allow you to move voices through Arcs seamlessly). Alongside the master patches, we have included single-articulation patches for faster load times.

About the Ensemble

66-Cellos contains the largest symphonic cello ensemble ever recorded. A once-in-a-lifetime collection of 66 professional cellists in a large, modern concert hall. We removed all chairs and baffles in the hall to enhance the color of the sound, achieving a unique epic experience. It is the same hall we used for the other members of the Legion Series, Majestica, Lacrimosa, Acoustic Grand Ensembles, CAGE, and many other libraries.


66-Cellos contains 10 different microphone perspectives, including 2 microphone mixes (Main, Trailer). Each microphone set was expertly placed within the hall to capture the unique sonic details of this epic ensemble. With 4-Hall Microphone Positions (Decca, Mixed, Far, Wide) that mirror the Hall Microphone Positions from our past Legion Series and 5 Spot Microphones that perfectly capture the closer details of this colossal ensemble.

A True Legion

With the introduction of the 66-Cellos, the Legion Series is now an army of hundreds of Players! We wanted to bring you a brand new grand ensemble that blows the roof off of your studio, and these libraries come together to create a low-end assault of sound catering to the production needs of epic music. Whether you need epic in-your-face style strings, dynamic low-end effects, or massive spiccatos both tempo-synced and multi-sampled, the Legion of Cellos will be your go-to epic string library. 


  • Sustain 
  • Tremolo 
  • Sul Tasto 
  • Harmonics
  • Marcato 

Sustains Looped:

  • Sustain 
  • Tremolo 
  • Sul Tasto 
  • Harmonics


  • Sustain 
  • Tremolo
  • Sul Tasto 
  • Marcato 

Legato Looped:

  • Sustain 
  • Tremolo 
  • Sul Tasto 

Arcs (One-shot and Poly):

  • Short Arcs PP – P – PP
  • Short Arcs P – MP – P
  • Short Arcs MP – F – MP
  • Long Arcs PP – P – PP
  • Long Arcs P – MP – P
  • Long Arcs MP – F – MP
  • Short Arcs 
  • Long Arcs 


  • Tuning Cluster 1
  • Tuning Cluster 2
  • Extremely Long Crescendo
  • Seagulls
  • Short Arcs PP-P-P
  • Short Arcs P-MP-P
  • Short Arcs MP-F-MP
  • Long Arcs PP-P-PP
  • Long Arcs P-MP-P
  • Long Arcs MP-F-MP
  • Short Arcs CC1
  • Long Arcs CC1


  • Pizzicato
  • Spiccato
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcatos


  • Decresendo Ostinaot 1/1
  • Cresendo Ostinato 1/1
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/1 P
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/1 MP
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/1 (CC1)
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/4 P
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/4 MP
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/4 (CC1)
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/8 P
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/8 MP
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/8 (CC1)
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/16 P
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/16 MP
  • Spiccato Ostinato 1/16 (CC1)

Microphone Positions:

  • Mix
  • Decca
  • Wide
  • Far
  • Trailer Mix
  • Spot 1 Independent Position
  • Spot 2 Independent Position
  • Spot 3 Independent Position
  • Spot 4 Independent Position
  • Spot 5 Independent Position
  • All Patches come in DFD and TMPRO variants
  • Alongside the master patches, every Articulation comes as a single patch for faster load times
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.8+ required / Not compatible with free Kontakt Player
  • Runs as host or stand-alone application, VST® or Audio Units plug-in, AAX® under Pro Tools
  • Minimum: Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended. For TMPro Patches, i7 or equivalent is highly recommended.
  • 66-Cellos requires 11GB of Hard Drive Space
  • 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended
  • Sample resolution: 48Khz / 24Bit stereo .wav, .ncw format
  • Format(s): Kontakt