Native Instruments releases Emotive Strings for Kontakt

Native Instruments has announced the release of Emotive Strings. a new Kontakt instrument featuring live-recorded legato string phrases targeted at score composers of all skill levels, as well as producers writing for popular styles.

Native Instruments Emotive Strings

EMOTIVE STRINGS comprises 28 GB of orchestral legato string lines and arpeggios. Each phrase was carefully created based on a detailed analysis of the most successful major motion picture scores. The essence of what makes these scores so popular was distilled to form a selection of compelling string phrases with universal appeal. To ensure the highest realism possible, all phrases in EMOTIVE STRINGS were recorded live by the Budapest Scoring Symphony Orchestra. Composers can creatively arrange these phrases into fully-realized string scores of their own.

EMOTIVE STRINGS features a user interface designed for fast scoring in any key. The time-tested interface allows composers to trigger the fully-playable phrases with the left hand, while choosing the musical key with the right hand. Velocity determines major or minor tonality, allowing producers to modulate quickly with only the pressure of their fingers. Furthermore, crescendos and decrescendos can be controlled in real time from the mod wheel for flowing, fluid dynamics.

EMOTIVE STRINGS is the third KONTAKT Instrument created in cooperation with the acclaimed team at Dynamedion to be the perfect complement to the dramatic orchestral string instrument ACTION STRINGS. Together with ACTION STRIKES, they form a library of playable orchestral phrases suitable for dynamic scores in any style.

The Emotive Strings library is available for purchase for $299 USD/299 EUR/£249 GBP. The library runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT 5 PLAYER.

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Native Instruments releases Action Strikes for Kontakt

Native Instruments has announced Action Strikes, an intuitive, playable orchestral percussion instrument for Kontakt 5 and Kontakt 5 Player, offering larger-than-life, cinematic rhythms.

Native Instruments Action Strikes
ACTION STRIKES delivers countless rhythmic possibilities via 12 unique ensembles, an additional 65 individual instruments, and 12 single hit sets – all with outstanding real-time control features.

ACTION STRIKES was created with Dynamedion, the renowned score producers behind the acclaimed ACTION STRINGS instrument. ACTION STRIKES features an advanced, one-of-a-kind interface designed for creating orchestral pieces for film, television, and game scores with ease. 12 carefully-assembled ensembles feature signature sounds suited to a range of different film genres. High, mid, and low sections from different ensembles can be mixed and matched with a total of over 1,700 timbral possibilities. An assortment of 105 rhythms with five variations allow for vast rhythmic potential when developing original arrangements.
Composers can augment the sound of the ensembles with 65 individual instruments – each with 32 playable rhythms – and 12 playable sets of single hits.

Focusing on ease of use and efficient, innovative workflow, ACTION STRIKES brings real-time control and creativity to cinematic scoring.
Accents are controlled by the left hand while the right hand chooses variations. The mod wheel adjusts dynamics – from whisper quiet to the loudest fortissimo – while the pitch wheel controls accent strength.
From simple, effective accompaniment to full-blown percussive attacks, ACTION STRIKES offers composers remarkable versatility anywhere the sound of a live, orchestral percussion ensemble is needed.

The Dynamedion team behind ACTION STRIKES has established themselves as leaders in soundtrack composition, orchestral production, and sound design on the international computer games market. The company has won numerous prizes and music awards over the last decade for high profile projects such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Rush, KINECT Star Wars, and Crysis 2 – as well as movie trailer scores for The Last King of Scotland, The Bourne Ultimatum and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Action Strikes is available to purchase for $299 USD / 299 EUR.

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Native Instruments releases Action Strings — Kontakt string orchestra by Dynamedion

Native Instruments has introduced ACTION STRINGS, a phrase-based instrument featuring a 60-piece string orchestra.

Native Instruments Action Strings

Running in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT PLAYER, ACTION STRINGS delivers driving string phrases and short motifs with an extremely natural and expansive sound. The flexible instrument provides producers of all skill levels with a inspiring resource for adding drama and movement to film and game scores, as well as rock, pop and urban tracks.

Performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, Action Strings provides producers with over 14GB of musical phrases, carefully sampled by renowned score production company Dynamedion. The orchestra is made up of a high ensemble featuring 22 violins, eight violas and six cellos, as well as a low ensemble containing ten violas, eight cellos and six basses. The phrases range from basic rhythmic patterns to intricate melodies, each recorded live in every key, and in two dynamic levels.

With ACTION STRINGS, these phrases become playable and adaptable to any project. Producers of any expertise level can instantly create ‘big screen’ orchestral results, selecting phrases with the left hand while controlling chords, melodies and tonality with the right. Created with ease of use and flexibility at the forefront, ACTION STRINGS allows for blending between dynamic levels via the mod wheel, and simple switching of the harmonic patterns to minor or major via velocity level.

All of the over 150 phrases are organized into themes of five, with five additional custom slots available. All slots can be assigned or changed easily via the phrase browser, with every phrase being playable in all keys. The phrases are selectable via keyswitch and can be played in trigger mode or synced to the ‘1’ of a host software’s tempo. Utilizing KONTAKT’s Time-Machine Pro time stretching algorithm, tempo can be adjusted in real time, allowing for the creative use of effects such as Ritardando or Rallentando.

ACTION STRINGS was created by Dynamedion – soundtrack composition specialists renowned for their work in the European computer game market. High profile projects such as Halo Legends, Call of Duty 4 and Battleforge games – as well as movie trailer scores for The Last King of Scotland, The Bourne Ultimatum and 10,000 B.C. – have won the company numerous prizes and music awards in the past decade.

The Action Strings library for Kontakt 5 and the free KONTAKT PLAYER is available to purchase for $339 USD / 299 EUR.

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