Native Instruments Action Strings review
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I’ve been getting a lot of requests to review this one since it came out last week, so here it is.
Today I’m checking out the new Action Strings library from NI
Let’s check it out!
The whole concept behind this library is to provide you with a flexible collection of cinematic style orchestral runs and phrases.
These are live string phrases played in an epic orchestral style for movies, games, and general music production.
You can switch through the phrases with keyswitches on the lower end of the keyboard and play the phrases in either single notes or chords on the upper end.
These are actual audio phrases that can be used at various tempos thanks to Kontakt’s 5′s Time Machine Pro alghorithm.
- content: 14gb (9gb compressed) 154 phrases
- format: Kontakt, Kontakt Player
- price: $339
How does it sound?
I really like the actual sound of the recorded phrases, they really have a nice acoustic tone to them.
I love that you can change the mic location from stage to far to suit your taste as well.
Having access to the reverb and eq as well as being able to boost the dynamics easily makes it flexible even for static audio phrases.
The phrases themselves are very flexible and divers, from basic chords to more dense arrangements and runs, you can really come up with some unique and epic sounding tracks quite quickly.
I also like the fact that they sound good at multiple tempos thanks to the built in time stretching in Kontakt 5, really allows you to work these into pretty much any type of production you need.
The inclusion of a playable staccato instrument is also very appreciated.
What’s the bottom line?
The bottom line is this is a great sounding cinematic orchestral phrase library.
If you know what you’re looking for when you look at this library then I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
I give Action Strings 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s an instantly usable library that’s simple to use and yields great results.
The one thing I think would have taken it to the next level is the inclusion of a single sustained patch of the entire ensemble.
That matched with the staccato patch and the phrases would really have made it an even stronger cinematic string toolkit.
However, even without that, this library stands on it’s own in sound quality and phrase variety, as well as the instant usability.
Definitely checkout the demos on their website: https://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kontakt/action-strings/
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think!