For those that have been around here for a few years, you may remember my review of Cinematic Strings.
That was very early in the days of my reviewing and was probably the first if not one of the first “high end” libraries I ever reviewed for Kontakt.
Fast forward about 3 years and thousands of products later, and today I’m checking out Cinematic Strings 2
I feel I have much more of an idea in terms of what I look for in a library, what sounds good compared to other libraries, and overall product concepts.
So let’s just jump into this thing!
What is Cinematic Strings 2?
This is a professional grade orchestral string library geared towards film, tv, media, and video game composers.
Of course…you know I feel you can use any sound in any situation when producing music, but this is definitely made with professional composers in mind.
Compared to the first version they definitely streamlined the interface, much to my delight, as you only have one patch for each section.
What they did is put all the articulations into the same patch per section so you can easy switch between them on the fly.
Though having all articulations in one patch does make for longer load times, there are always ways to get around things like that.
- content: 21.1GB, 5 section patches with all articulations for each section, 2 full ensemble patches
- format: Kontakt and Kontakt Player 5
- price: $499.00
How does it sound?
This library has a really smooth and very rich tone to it.
I absolutely love how smooth the legato is, really makes for a realistic sounding string part.
I also love that you can adjust the envelope on the ensemble, as well as the attack/release on the short samples.
Being able to add or remove a staccato layer on the sustain patches is also really cool.
The overall sound isn’t too big or wide, not too much ambiance so you can still adjust to tastes.
The included reverb sounds good and having the control right up front with a big knob makes dialing it in very simple.
Overall I really dig the sound of these strings, they have a nice warm vibe to them.
So what’s the bottom line?
At the end of the day, Cinematic Strings 2 sounds and plays awesome.
I love the fact that they simplified the interface as well, even though it still takes a while to load the full patches.
I give this library 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a great follow up with many improvements as well as a down right great sounding library in it’s own right.
If you really need a good collection of high end orchestral string sections with smooth legato these are definitely some you want to take a look at.
Of course they have way more information on their website where they showcase a lot of the features and functions of the library so make sure you go over and check them out.
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think