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The ultimate collection of virtual Solo Strings by Chris Hein in the EXtended Version
Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete is an extensive Solo Strings Library including Chris Hein Solo Violin EXtended, Solo Viola EXtended, Solo Cello EXtended and Solo ContraBass EXtended - all recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI's Kontakt Player.

The fourteen instruments, with a total of 100,000 single samples, up to 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions were treated with unique phase align techniques for perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers. Play from smooth & soft to screaming loud with completely natural sounding transitions, all without artefacts or phasing.

All instruments had been played by professional studio musicians on handpicked instruments and were recorded with great care and detail. Their virtual counterparts were further optimized for playability and performance (EX instruments), thus saving your computer resources and still granting you access to all required articulations for authentic performances.

Choose from up to 102 different attack shapes per note using the unique Note Head function, all with just a single fader. Two on-board convolution reverbs allow you to design the body of the instrument and the performance space itself. The DSP effects rack gives unlimited power to process the string sound, from soundtrack-ready to other-worldly.

Chris Hein Solo Violin v2.0 EXtended | 4 Violins | Library size ~ 9,4 GB

Chris Hein Solo Viola v2.0 EXtended | 3 Violas | Library size ~ 5,5 GB

Chris Hein Solo Cello v2.0.2 EXtended | 4 Cellos | Library size ~ 8,9 GB

Chris Hein Solo ContraBass v2.0.2 EXtended | 3 Basses | Library size ~ 4,9 GB

All Solo String instruments included in Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete benefits from producer Chris Hein's 30 years spanning experience in the field of sampling and library production, resulting in products that offer highest versatility, configurability and practical use.

Perfect dynamic transitions thanks to phase alignment
Over a research period of several months, all samples had been fully aligned in phase. Accordingly, the instrument offers perfect, seamless transitions of dynamic layers without sonic degradation.

Unique combination of short and long notes
The combination of long and short notes is a major problem in sample-libraries that often fail to deliver authentically sounding results. With real musical instruments, the note length often influences the attack behavior as well as the note end. Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete addresses these aspects by its "Note Head Designer" which we significantly expanded for this library. Each instrument offers a selection of up to 102 attack shapes. This allows calling up twelve matching short sample variations (Shorts) along with each sustain-articulation. These shorts not only offer the corresponding correct attack-behavior but also a note-end that perfectly matches the note length.

These user-defined selections of short-note-variations are available in eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with the corresponding sustained phases, leading to astonishingly realistic results that cannot be achieved using random round-robin based selections. Of course, the shorts are also available as individual articulations.

True Legato
Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete offers true legato in up to four dynamic layers for short and long note variations. The corresponding in-depth recordings and edits result in unexpected realistic sounds with perfect note-transitions. At the same time, it is possible to combine these realistic combinations with additional artificial inserted legatos.

Library extend
The performance-data of Chris Hein – Solo Strings Complete directly reflects the immense investment in the recordings and configuration possibilities. 100,000 single samples, up to 38 articulations and up to eight dynamic layers make this library one of the most in-depth sampled Solo Strings currently available.

The custom-tailored user-interface of the Kontakt Player not only offers numerous functions to adapt the library's sound character and articulations but also provides immense configuration choices to live up to specific demands and workflows. At the same time, due to pre-programmed key-switch-presets at the lower part of the keyboard, the library can effectively be played without any deep edits. Thanks to four "Dynamic Modes", the "Note-Head Designer", "Key-Vibrato", "Hot-Keys" and the revolutionary concept of articulation-presets, the user-interface will give you the impression of actually playing this instrument live.

Solo Violin EXtended and Solo Viola EXtended works with NI Kontakt v5.6.8+
Solo Cello EXtended and Solo ContraBass EXtended works with NI Kontakt v5.8.0+

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  Resident 16.10.2018 14 361
Wow, Thank You Talula!
  Resident 30.04.2015 10 57
Inb4 people says it sounds like "shit".
Thanks for this release, Talula!
  Resident 26.11.2015 847
chris hein are some of the worst sounding libs (maybe even worse than 8dio) imho - but maybe i just don't know how to work or mix them correctly. but really these days, any orchestral lib should just sound good out of the box (like orchestral tools, spitfire, or cinesamples typically do). but thank you talula for posted this -someone will surely find it useful :)
make music, not walls.
  Resident 1.02.2017 481
Among the demo songs you can find some that sound good.
The benefit of this library is its playability. Violin can sound chasing cat but if you put the instruments in a section it sounds good.
For violins Joshua Bell will sound night and day, undoubtedly more realistic but it can have delay problems with the legato transitions, just like most other more realistic (virtual) strings instruments. You can always readjust the midi notes but it's playability will come behind, as disadvantage.
So, you have choices.
  Member 4.07.2017 42
I've actually had great success using the CH Solo Series. With proper editing, it can sound quite authentic.

Thanks Talula.
  Resident 11.02.2014 1 84
To me CH has the playability and editing options that no other has, thus achieving the sound you need 90% of the time... Of course they must develop a lot the engine, but I think it depends too on Kontakt's development. CH has attitude in the articulations, etc. Just my 50
  Resident 26.07.2014 24 354
Thank you Talula! Never fails to brighten my day
  Member 16.10.2013 278
I've been waiting for this. Great!! Thanks
  Member 29.05.2015 40
Thanks so much, god bless you my friends.
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  Member 25.06.2017 3 49
We are waiting :)
  Member 13.10.2019 26
Thanks for the library, Talula.
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  Member 20.05.2014 452
What is different from old 2019 "Solo Strings Complete" version ? do I need to download the whole thing or is there an update available ? thanks guys
  Releaser 22.10.2007 1322 781
previous Solo Strings Complete was posted here in 2017...
this is version 2 and doubled size.
ViP Team - true legends stays in history!
  Member 20.05.2014 452
Ok so I can replace the old with this one ? thanks

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