Full Ensemble Patches

We are proud to announce the 2.1 update for Cinematic Strings, which includes two new patches – Full Ensemble and Lite Ensemble. These patches are perfect for sketching out ideas or quickly filling out a track. It's our aim to do what we can to make a composer's life easier, so we hope you’ll enjoy them! This video looks at the features and operation of the new patches and includes a MIDI file so you can load them into your sequencer and see them in action.



- Alex :)

Fast passages and measured tremolo

I love writing fast string passages, but it can be a hard and frustrating experience without the right tools. Thankfully, owners of Cinematic Strings 2 now have a number of easy ways to approach this task, which I explore in this latest video. As per usual, the video comes with MIDI tutorial files to help you master techniques like fast runs, arpeggios and measured tremolos in no time, along with a MIDI of my latest piece "Collider," which consists of a series of fast repetitive patterns. A very big thank you to all of our customers, I hope you find these videos useful :)


Happy composing!




Working with cubase and expression maps

Following on from my Tech Walkthrough video, these tutorial videos are intended to offer CS2 users a variety of handy tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way. Hopefully they will further inspire and enhance your music. First up, we know that busy composers don’t want to waste time with endless tweaking to get the sound they want, so I made this video to show the minimal EQ settings I used on all the CS2 demos. I’ll also be discussing tempo maps and the wonderful effect they can have on your latest string piece.


Thanks for watching!

-Alex :)

Expression maps are vastly underrated and a part of Cubase which is often misunderstood. Cinematic Strings 2 is designed for realtime playing, and as such relies heavily on keyswitches to change articulations. However, when working with complex mockups, it can help to have an Expression Map setup that can handle the articulation switching system for you. This means you can pick the articulations out of a list, and they'll appear rendered as notation/symbols in the Cubase score editor (which can then be exported to other notation programs via MusicXML). Addtionally, it removes any problems with 'chasing' key switches, and cluttering up MIDI data with low notes to trigger articulation changes. It's worth a watch!



speeding up loading times

Loading times can be painful when it comes to large sample libraries. Thankfully, there's a few tips that can help you speed up the loading-in time. SSDs can help, but by far the best tip is to resave the instrument patches within Kontakt. It's always worth backing up the patches before you modify anything, but this is a simple and easy way of increasing the load-times of CS2 patches by an order of magnitude!



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