Strings of Winter – an icy blast of new sounds

Arctic plains. Shimmering glaciers. Far-reaching steppes. A one-of-a-kind instrument that perfectly captures the spirit of these rough, untamed and raw landscapes. An absolutely honest and atypical new sound that portrays scenes of fragile, cold isolation as perfectly as icy and unbridled power. Strings of Winter is here with 60 unheard and pristine articulations performed by a 41-piece European string orchestra and the wonderful and unique Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble.

“TO Strings of Winter” is a revolutionary Kontakt Player Library based on the groundbreaking Ensemble Engine developed specifically for The Orchestra, which lets you turn your ideas into music quickly and easily.

TO Strings of Winter is an independent instrument. The separately available instrument “The Orchestra is not required for operation! If you already own “The Orchestra”, you should upgrade to “The Orchestra Complete” which includes “Strings of Winter” as well as other great new features.

Upgrade Available

If you already own The Orchestra, you can buy the very affordable  The Orchestra Complete Upgrade which includes “Strings of Winter” as well as other great new features.

“TO Strings of Winter” introduces a highly requested, new feature, MIDI Export! Simply drag and drop the MIDI from The Orchestra Engine right into your favourite DAW. You can change notes and rhythms afterwards for every exported clip. Thus making it a breeze to create variations and emotional changes, without overwriting The Orchestra’s arpeggiators and envelopes. You can also use those MIDI files with different instruments – even from other sample libraries.

The ensembles

European String Orchestra

A 41-piece string orchestra split into 5 sections performed a number of detailed and extended techniques for Strings Of Winter (e.g. Trills, Sul Ponticello, Harmonics, Col Legno, Bartók Pizzicato). The resonance and raw complexity of these new articulations was captured in the classic room of Studio 22 in Budapest. All sections were recorded in their traditional seating position.

Mongolian State Morin Khuur Ensemble

The Morin Khuur is the national instrument in Mongolia, also called „horse head fiddle“. The traditional instrument has two strings made of horse hair and is played with a bow also strung with horse hair. This gives the instrument a delicate and airy timbre. The Morin Khuur Ensemble was recorded at White Arch Studios in Ulan Bator with an orchestra of 15 players split into high and low ensemble.

The articulations

Strings of Winter contains 60 unique articulations spread over 7 different sections and additionally 4 different instruments with String Ensemble FX.

The Core – The Ensemble Engine

Strings of Winter features the same powerful engine as our critically acclaimed instrument The Orchestra. This Engine works through a number of independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes, heavily inspired by our Sonuscore Origins-Series.

Create pulsating rhythms and even inspiring full arrangements from any combination of notes. All of this without relying on prerecorded phrases – you have the full control. It will work, no matter what chord or note you play. With minimum loading times, a vast amount of presets provides you with full ensemble colors right out of the box.

  • Independent arpeggiators and velocity envelopes create vivid and powerful orchestral colors.
  • Load up to 5 different instruments in independent slots and play them together.
  • Every slot can be assigned one of five different modules

Take full control over the ensemble

On the Engine page you can access all individual controls for each of the five instrument modules.
Short notes can be arranged with the arpeggiators, while sustained notes can be shaped with the velocity envelope. Create the orchestral colors as you need them and let the magic happen.

Arpeggiator

The arpeggiator creates fascinating melodic patterns to give your project a rich and lively orchestral feeling. Change the pattern of the arpeggiator with the rhythm stepper. If needed, you can modify almost every parameter to stay in full control of your orchestral color.

Velocity envelope – shape your sustain sounds

The Velocity Envelope adds a recurring dynamic movement to a sustaining note. The centerpiece is the envelope shape, which can be drawn freely.

Export your custom performance

Once you have been inspired by a preset, drag and drop the arrangement of your performance to your DAW. Unleash the power of the ensemble engine onto your personal template, change notes, reinforce the unique sound with other instruments and make the music your own.

Play the instruments freely

Play your ideas and melodies freely with the individual instrument patches. In addition to the ensemble instrument, individual instrument patches and articulations are also available.

Unleash the full orchestral power with multi-track patches

Multis take the Ensemble Engine even further toward instant playability and sound as they load and layer multiple instances of TO – Strings Of Winter. Aside from the Ensemble Instrument, Strings Of Winter also contains 64 single instrument patches from the separate sections and as a bonus full ensemble risers, crescendos, falls and hits.

TO – Strings of Winter was developed for Best Service by SonusCore / Dynamedion, the makers of The Orchestra as well as NI Action Strings, Action Strikes and Emotive Strings.

Dynamedion was founded in 2000 by Tilman Sillescu and Pierre Langer, two composers with university degrees in music. With a steadily increasing number of contracts and growing customer base it has since become a leader in soundtrack composition and sound design on the European computer game market. In 2005 Dynamedion produced highly successful, first benchmark live orchestra recordings for a German game soundtrack, setting the standard for large-scale projects in the industry. With numerous further orchestral productions for the video game industry, Dynamedion has earned itself a reputation for unsurpassed quality and integrity in this area.

Minimum required free Kontakt Player or full Kontakt version 6.0.4

Requirements

Kontakt Player & NKS Logo

The 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.

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
  • Mac OS 10.14 = latest

Kontakt 6:

  • Mac OS 10.12, 10.13 or 10.14 (latest update)

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

Kontakt 6:

  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack)

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

Product 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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