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release date: 16.04.2018

Chris Hein Ensemble Strings

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Chris Hein Ensemble Strings - the designed String Ensemble

Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings is an incredibly detailed, flexible and musical string-ensemble-library. A special feature of this library is that the ensemble-sounds were not recorded in a group. Instead, the carefully selected and matched instruments were recorded and edited separately. Thus, each instrument is perfectly in tune, offering excellence in timing and still (or thereby) seamlessly fits the ensemble’s sonic character. You will not find a wrong note that ruins the whole ensemble.

Recorded with greatest care, precisely edited and combined into ten useful Kontakt Player instruments with a custom made user interface and comprehensive scripting, Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings offers highest sound-quality, lots of articulations and incredibly realistic results.

Crossgrade IconRegistered users of at least one Chris Hein Solo Strings Instrument, are eligible of purchasing the Crossgrade at an reduced price.

Library Content

Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings has been compiled out of a pool of more than 120,000 samples of violins, cellos and double basses being combined into harmonic ensembles. Each individual recording was carefully adjusted in tuning, timing and the panorama placement. Subsequently, these files were mixed with other recordings (naturally in 24 bit resolution) to forge an ensemble. Because of this procedure, articulations such as pizzicato or col legno can be played in „loose“ and „tight“ versions.

Ensemble Strings Basic GUI Screen

2 Ensemble sizes „Full“ & „Small“

There are two ensemble-sizes for different applications available:

  • „Full“ offers a big and wide sound experience

  • „Small“ provides a tinier, more delicate character

Both sections offer up to eight dynamic layers. As in Chris Hein – Solo Strings, Ensemble Strings offers four “dynamic modes“, functions such as „note-head-designer“, „key-vibrato“, „hot-keys“ as well as the practical concept of articulation-presets which, in combination with the user-interface, really gives the musician the feeling and impression of playing these instruments live. Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings and Chris Hein - Solo Strings perfectly play together. The string ensemble provides the best possible background for solo instruments.

The Articualtions

Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings offers no less than 32 different articulations and play-styles for its instruments. Thanks to a straightforward key-switching-system, these can be easily used with highest musicality while playing. The articulation tempo, especially for repetitions and runs, can easily be adapted to the host-tempo of your DAW.

  • Sustain
  • Sustain Vibrato
  • Dynamic Expression Long
  • Dynamic Expression Short
  • Accent Vibrato
  • Flautando
  • Ponticello
  • Trill 1 Minor
  • Trill 2 Major
  • Tremolo
  • Repetition
  • Pizzicato Tight
  • Pizzicato Loose
  • Col Legno Tight
  • Col Legno Loose
  • Effects
  • Short 1
  • Short 3
  • Short 5
  • Short 6
  • Spiccato 1
  • Spiccato 3
  • Spiccato 5
  • Spiccato 6
  • Run Up
  • Run Sown
  • Octave Long
  • Octave Short
  • 1 Octave Up
  • 2 Octave Up
  • Cluster Cloud 1
  • Cluster Cloud 2

Ensemble Strings GUI Articulations Screen

Ensemble Maker

Although offering ensemble-sounds, this library features the so called Ensemble Maker known from Chris Hein’s solo-libraries. Here, several voices can be layered to create an even huger sound-impression. A voice-partitioning in the stereo-panorama and fine detuning increases the effect. Needless to say, that all articulations are still available here.

Ensembel Strings DSP GUIDSP-Effects

The library-sound is brought to perfection by a DSP-section containing ten effects. There are two independent convolution-reverbs available offering 63 high-quality impulse responses.

Who´s it for?

Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings delivers outstanding, detailed and primarily musical results. Especially in film-scoring and for cinematic purposes, the flexible ensembles can be used with the highest level of expression. However, pop-music-productions and ballads truly benefit from the exceptional sounds and options of this library as well.

But Chris Hein – Ensemble Strings has even more to offer. The library provides special effect-sounds and extraordinary articulations such as cluster clouds, octaves, repetitions, runs, flautando and ponticello which are ideally suited for sound-designs, game-sound-production and musical experiments.

Features Overview:

  • 10 Instruments
  • 2 Ensemble sizes „Full“ & „Small“
  • 30 GB Content  
  • 53.000 Samples
  • 32 Articulations
  • Up To 8 Dynamic Layers
  • 4 Dynamic Modes
  • Dynamic Expression Sustains
  • Special „designed“ articulations
  • Note-Head Designer
  • Hot-Keys
  • Intelligent Legato & Portamento
  • Glide-Mode To play realistic runs
  • 10 built in DSP-Effects
  • 2 independent Convolution Reverbs
  • 63 high class impulse responses
  • Ensemble Maker
  • Micro-Tuner
  • Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI
  • Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ
  • Customizable Auto-Vibrato
  • Key-Vibrato

Chris HeinLibrary-producer Chris Hein has more than 30 years of experience in sampling. This knowledge has been brought into this library, resulting in a maximum of flexibility, configurability and practical use.

Kontakt Player 5.7 or newer required.

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Finale

Maybe this will not be your only string library, but you still need to cover many aspects of a string arrangement, so you will definitely need it to sit alongside another bigger, but less flexible one.

There are orchestral tasks that I will probably still do with my Studio Cinematic Strings or even Albion One, especially whenever I want that epic lush orchestra sound. But whenever I need a tool for a somewhat more intimate or complex orchestral arrangement, then this is where CH Ensemble Strings really shines. While all other strings libraries sound a bit lost in space, this one sounds like you are directly in front of the orchestra. Every instrument in this library brings a really well defined sound.

This is a string ensemble library where you can go far beyond just mimicking some general orchestral material. It allows you to go much deeper with your arrangements, creating much more complex, vivid tunes with a lot of different elements without sounding artificial.

For €399 EUR you will get much more than you might expect. Congrats Chris, you did a great job, again!

Full CH Ensemble Strings review at soundbytes.com


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Die Chris Hein Ensemble Strings erfinden das Rad zwar nicht neu – fast alle Features sind bereits aus den Solo Strings bekannt und wurden hier und da nur den besonderen Gegebenheiten eines Ensembles angepasst. Aber: Das ist keinesfalls abwertend gemeint, gehören doch die Solo Streicher von Chris Hein – die zum Beispiel ja auch das innovative Note-Head-Feature ins Spiel gebracht haben – fraglos in die Topliga der String-Librarys.

So bieten dann auch die Ensemble Strings einen Umfang an Artikulationen, an Zugriffsmöglichkeiten und an Spieltiefe, der auch Profis zufriedenstellen dürfte. Was mir gut gefällt: Auch ohne große Basteleien kommt man schon zu vorzeigbaren, guten Ergebnissen. Wer mehr will, muss dann schon ein wenig in die Tiefen der Feineinstellungen eintauchen, die Artikulationen und Keyswitches einrichten und sich mit den Besonderheiten und Möglichkeiten der Chris Hein Ensemble Strings vertraut machen, um so aus dieser Library das Letzte herauszukitzeln. Eine Mühe, die sich durchaus lohnt. Wer sein Chris Hein-Orchester weiter vervollständigen will, macht mit den Ensemble Strings nichts verkehrt.

Plus:

  • viele Artikulationen
  • Note-Head-Funktion
  • Keyswitches lassen sich wahlweise auch als Hotkeys nutzen
  • guter Klang
  • aufwändig aufgezeichnete Ensembles
  • weitreichende Einstellmöglichkeiten

Kompletter Testbericht für Ensemble Strings bei Amazona.de


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Fazit:(Auszug)

Chris Heins Streicher Ensembles ergänzen das vorhandene Repertoire an klassischen Instrumenten des Herstellers ideal. Da für die Solisten und das Ensemble die gleiche Aufnahmetechnik, Architektur und zueinander passende Spielweisen vorliegen, harmonieren die Libraries perfekt miteinander und eignen sich für einen großen Entwurf eines klassischen Ensembles.

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Klangqualität und Samplemanagement setzen Maßstäbe. Der Preis ist angesichts der luxuriösen Ausstattung und des perfekten Klanges ausgesprochen kundenfreundlich. Nebenbei: Die Solo-Strings von Chris Hein habe ich für eine andere Plattform getestet und kann diese ebenfalls nur empfehlen.

Plus:

  •     erstklassiger Klang
  •     fließende dynamische Übergänge einschließlich Artikulationswechseln
  •     luxuriöses Legato und Vibrato
  •     trockene Samples (nach Ausschalten des Halls)
  •     drei Reverbs: Body, Room und DSP-Reverb
  •     intuitiv spielbare Presets (komplexe Artikulationen)
  •     NKS Support

Minus:

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Kompletter ausführlicher Testbereicht für CH Ensemble Strings bei Releasetime.de

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requirements Requirements

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Kontakt Player & NKS LogoThe latest NI Kontakt Player is included in this product!

Please check the product description for the required Kontakt version.

You want more?

This library qualifies for the reduced Crossgrade of full KONTAKT at Native Instruments (€ 249 instead of € 399)
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The following list shows, whether the respective Kontakt version is compatible with your operating system:

Mac

Kontakt 4:

  • OS X 10.6 & 10.7 = until 4.2.4
  • OS X 10.8 and higher = no longer supported

Kontakt 5:

  • OS X 10.6 = until 5.0.3
  • OS X 10.7 = until 5.3.1
  • OS X 10.8 = 5.0.3 - 5.5.1
  • OS X 10.9 = 5.3.0 - 5.6.6
  • OS X 10.10 = 5.3.0 - 5.7.3
  • OS X 10.11 = 5.5.1 - latest
  • Mac OS 10.12 = 5.6.1 - latest
  • Mac OS 10.13 = latest

Windows

Kontakt 4:

  • XP = until 4.2.4
  • Vista = until 4.2.4
  • Windows 7 = until 4.2.4
  • Windows 8 & 10 = no longer supported

Kontakt 5:

  • XP = until 5.2.0
  • Vista = until 5.2.0
  • Windows 7 = latest
  • Windows 8 & 10 = latest

FOR ALL SYSTEMS:

  • 1GB free disk space

  • Additional hard drive space according to the library’s size

SUPPORTED INTERFACES

  • Stand-Alone

  • VST

  • Audio Units

  • ASIO

 

  • CoreAudio

  • WASAPI

  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher)

System FAQs
System FAQs - Chris Hein Ensemble Strings

Q: Can I use the included Kontakt Player for playing other libraries in Kontakt format (.nki plus .wav files)?
A: No, they only work in a 15 minutes demo mode
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Q: When trying to "Add Library" my Kontakt shows a message "No Library found"
A: Then this is not a protected Kontakt library, but an open Kontakt format. You can find additional hints for Kontakt Libraries in that Sounds & Gear Video

online activationProduct Activation:

This product requires Native Access for installation, registration and activation. Start the Native Access-Software and log in using your Native Instruments credetials to start the setup.
To sucesfully activate your product Native Access requires a working internet connection.
An Offline Activation on a different computer is Not Available with this product. 

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