The New Century Strings 2.0 Bundle

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Overview

  • Price: $598 
  • Deep-sampled Emotional Ensemble Strings
  • New in 2.0: True Polyphonic Legato & Arc Legato
  • New in 2.0: Two Microphone Positions (Stage & Lush Hall)
  • New in 2.0: Two Ensemble lite sketching tools.  Write faster
  • 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)
  • 6 Microphones (Mixed A, Mixed B Close 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • 287GB installed (313.909 Samples)
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.8 (or later) Required.

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The new in Century 2.0

Century Strings 2.0 is the largest and most advanced upgrade to any library collection we have ever produced. The 2.0 upgrade includes our new, true polyphonic legato, 2 new microphone positions in natural orchestral seating, advanced articulation browsing, speed optimization, and an additional Century Sordino Strings Lite scoring library for all owners of Century Strings & Ensemble.

The new true polyphonic legato is designed both for traditional, dynamically-layered legato and for our popular arcs. You can literally play as many notes as you want – whether it is a single melody with chords or playing strings in octaves. We call this “Chordal Legato.” Our new advanced arc legato gives you the ability to play the arcs with true polyphony, while following the natural emotion and movement of the arc. We call this Poly-Time Legato.

Century Strings 2.0 also includes two custom-made “in place” microphone mixes, with instruments situated in a traditional orchestral seating position. We expect the majority of our users will gravitate to using these new mixes for most purposes. Mix A is a focused scoring stage, whereas Mix B is bigger sounding and designed for large-scale, blockbuster mixing. The various mix options on different instruments can help increase the separation in your sound, which is a great way to bring specific instruments to the forefront of your productions. We have also optimized the entire library, allowing for more advanced features and superior performance on various workstations. The newly added Century Strings 2.0 Chaos Effects offers you the ability to customize the signal path and post-processing with over 140 impulse responses, stereo delays, EQ, and much more.

In addition, all owners of Century Strings and Century Sordino Strings will receive our new Century Strings Lite with their upgrade. Century Strings Lite is an additional scoring tool added to the collection – offering you the ability to quickly write with all the string sections pre-loaded in natural orchestral seating positions. Frequent articulations like Arcs, Staccatissimo, and many others have been mixed with all the string sections together. Century Strings 2.0 has been in production for over two years, including reprogramming, remixing, and optimization.

A Century of Strings

Century Orchestral Strings 2.0 is a new leap forward in truly realistic symphonic strings sampling. 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 2.0 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 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 was 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. Seven different microphone options, including Mixed A, Mixed B, Decca, Wide 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 2.0 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. Let’s not forget the short notes, which were recorded so deep they may never need to be sampled again.

Deep Emotion

The beating heart of Century Strings 2.0 is its completely realistic sound, playability, and emotion. Every string section has a unique character and a wide dynamic profile. You can easily weave in and out of dynamics. All new polyphonic 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. There’s a multitude of different types of short notes. And perhaps, more importantly, is the fact we’ve 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 achieving that motion picturesque, soft, silky, and emotional sound.

True. Polyphonic Legato

Century Stings 2.0 raises the bar for professional legato sampling with the introduction of the world’s first true polyphonic legato. The polyphonic legato offers the ability to play as many notes you want and have the engine trigger all the legato intervals. The polyphonic legato doesn’t just allow you to play melodies and chords together, but the legato also contains multi-layered dynamics controlled via the mod wheel. In addition we added true polyphonic legato to the many dozens of noble arcs. The end-result offers you the ability to move between dynamics freely. The sound is truly authentic, dynamic, and lyrical. All of the instruments have personality, designed to move you, designed to move your audience. Infused with personality. Effortless Playability.

Microphone Control

Century Strings 2.0 comes with seven dedicated microphone positions. We’ve spent two years mixing two new microphone positions designed for ease of use. Our new Mixed A offers a warm stage sound and our new Mixed B offers that of an airy, lush orchestra.  The library also comes with DECCA and Wide positioned microphones for more classical mixing. In addition, you can add up to three dedicated near-field 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 these 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 both Close and DECCA mics. The many panning options allow you to place the strings exactly where you want them – both in regards to distance (mic gain) and panoramic perspective (pan).

Two Sketching Tools

Writing should be easy and inspiring. Century Strings 2.0 contains two new sketching tools featuring the entire string ensemble all together. The first sketching tool is for common strings and contains all the major core articulation for essential string writing. All types of short notes, sustains, trills, tremolos, pizzicatos, and our magical arcs, of course. The second sketching tool is specifically for sordino (muted) strings. It also contains all the major articulations, but with that soft, velvety, silky quality that only sordino can offer.

Instant access

Century Strings 2.0 offers you instant access to every single articulation with a single click. We’ve created our own built-in user interface that allows you to easily build your own articulation matrix, assign keyswitches, and access every articulation with just one click. Century Strings 2.0 was designed around ease-of-use. Whether it is accessing all articulations with one click, writing faster with our two sketching tools, ready-to-go mixed microphone positions, or simply the sheer wealth of content, we want to shorten the distance from thought to creation.

We have updated our flagship Century Strings 2.0 series with a variety of deep workflow improvements. Two new dedicated mixes. True polyphonic legato and Arc legato. Lite ensemble sketching tools. Smart and adaptive release triggers. The update has taken over 2 years to polish to perfection.


Century Strings 2.0 now includes two tailor-made “in place” mixes, with instruments situated in a traditional orchestral seating position. We expect the majority of our users will gravitate to using these new mixes for most purposes. Mix A is a focused balance, whereas Mix B is broader and more ambient. Using varied mix options on different instruments can help increase the separation in your sound, which is a great way to bring specific instruments into the forefront of your productions.

We have also optimized the entire library, allowing for more advanced features and superior performance on a variety of workstations. The entire Century Strings Collection now features our latest Chaos Effects, allowing you to customize the signal path and post-processing with over 140 impulse responses, stereo delays, EQ and much more.

This latest update also includes individually available articulations as well as several extended options, such as our “Poly-Time” articulations. These allow you to play Arcs at a speed that suits your composition, as well as fluently play these articulations in a legato style. We have also included our popular “Chordal” legato instrument variant, which features a true polyphonic legato with accurately sampled intervals, enabling you to play multiple harmonies within a single track.

  • 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 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 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)
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Marcato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Sustains
  • Trills Half-Note
  • Trills Whole-Note
  • Tremolo
  • Arcs Short
  • Arcs Long
  • 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