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Great sound from a compact string library

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Chris Hein Strings Compact features all instruments from the legendary CH-Solo Strings and CH-Ensemble Strings libraries with reduced content. All instruments use the original samples from the Complete version. 9 of the most important articulations are included. These articulations are the same for all instruments.

All instruments have the full dynamic range of the Complete version with up to 8 dynamic layers. The huge variety of 14 Solo Strings and 14 Ensemble mixes, lets you create any string sound you want. From a single Solo Violin, over chamber orchestra to a large symphonic string sound, everything is possible. By layering one or more Solo Instruments on top of an Ensemble, you can create any sound colour you can imagine.

Simply duplicate your MIDI track and assign a different instrument to that track. All instruments blend perfectly together.

Key Features

  • 14 Solo Strings Instruments
  • 14 Ensemble Strings Instruments
  • 36 GB Content (uncompressed)
  • 75.000 Samples
  • 9 Articulations
  • Up To 8 Dynamic Layers
  • 4 Dynamic Modes
  • Dynamic Expression Sustains
  • Note-Head Designer
  • 5 Hot-Keys
  • Intelligent True Legato & Portamento
  • 10 built in DSP-Effects
  • 2 independent Convolution Reverbs
  • 63 high class impulse responses
  • Ensemble Maker
  • Micro-Tuner
  • Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI
  • Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ
  • Customisable Auto-Vibrato
  • Key-Vibrato

Solo and Ensemble

Chris Hein - Strings Compact contains four different violins including the legendary Chris Hein – Solo Violin, three violas, four cellos and three double basses. In addition to the detailed solo instruments, the library includes 14 ensembles granting fast access to the sound of epic film scores or large orchestral works.

Chris Hein - Strings Compact is designed to be uncompromisingly versatile: With a choice of 14 solo instruments and ensemble mixes each, almost any string ensemble instrumentation imaginable can be individually realized as desired. Ranging from a solo violin to small string quartets, chamber ensembles to large symphonic orchestras, each imaginable combination of sonic colors for sting instruments is possible.
All instruments offer identical programmings of articulations and functions which makes combining different instruments a mere child’s play.

By simply duplicating a MIDI-track, you can add a solo violin to a violin-ensemble with both sections playing perfectly together. It just takes a few clicks to create ensembles of any size. On top of that, the built-in ensemble function additionally expands each instrument’s variability.

Variable sound shaping

Chris Hein – Strings Compact offers solo and orchestral string sounds in perfection. Beside careful recordings and top-quality gear being used including selected microphones by Neumann, the musicians, for the most part members of the renowned WDR symphonic orchestra, significantly influence the results and the sound aesthetics.

Combined with the dual convolution reverb sections of the sample-engine, the unprocessed dry sound of the library allows the instruments to be perfectly matched to lots of different applications. Separate convolution sections for the corpus sound (body) and the room impression allow to create almost infinite room impressions ranging from intimate proximity to large orchestra halls. In contrast to the fixed imprinted room sound of several competitors, Chris Hein - Strings Compact is greatly versatile in tonality and can therefore easily be combined with any other library.

Regarding its sound quality and suitability in daily use, the library makes no compromises, even at its compact size. The instruments of Chris Hein – Strings Compact are based upon carefully created elaborated multisamples, which offer phase-correct blends, crossfades and dynamic layers through detailed phase-alignment. At the same time, up to eight dynamic layers provide authentic sound behavior ranging from ppp to fff.

Undeniable highlights of this library are the true legato function, articulation changes by keyswitches, variable attacks per note, x-fade control via breath controller, portamento legato via sustain pedal, switchable artificial vibrato, innovative play control through hot keys and note heads plus MIDI remote controllability of each function via TouchOSC from an iPad.

Unique functions

Perfect dynamic transitions thanks to phase alignment: In a research-process of several months, all samples have been carefully aligned in phase to each other. Accordingly, the sound of the instruments convinces by seamless transitions between up to eight dynamic layers without any tonal degradation.

Unique mixing of long and short notes: The combination of short and long played notes is a typical issue for several sample-libraries when it comes to sonic authenticity. When playing real instruments, the length of a note being played influences its attack behavior and its ending. Chris Hein – Strings Compact addresses this aspect by the innovative „Note Head Designer“. For each sustain articulation, you may call up matched short sample variations (Shorts) by a control/controller. These do not only offer the corresponding correct attack behavior, but will also be perfectly tied in respect to the notes’ lengths. The user-defined selection of short-variations being available in up to eight dynamic layers and their combination with the corresponding sustain phases, allow for utterly realistic sound results which cannot be achieved by the typical randomized selection using round-robin techniques. Of course, the Shorts can also be called up as individual articulations.

True Legato

The instruments of Chris Hein – Strings Compact offer real, zero-latency True Legato and True Portamento with several fine adjustments. Thanks to the intelligent legato-programming, even very fast passages can be played without any time lag. In addition, the legato mode can also be played polyphonic. Omit the cumbersome loading of separate legato articulations and polyphonic instruments. The library’s portamento offers real recorded portamento transitions which can be adjusted and fine-tuned in time and length. This way, each possible note transition can be carried out gliding – from fast finger-legato to short grace notes to slower glides from note to note.

Legato and portamento are available for all articulations, not just for sustain. For example, when playing trills and tremolos with portamento, the resulting variations of note transitions are endless and often not easy to realize with other libraries at all.

With its attractive pricing, Chris Hein – Strings Compact addresses beginners, musical upgraders as well as composers looking for sampled strings in high quality and practical usability which will efficiently perform on mobile computer systems. Needless to say that beside full sound compatibility, you can upgrade to the large Complete versions at any time.

Solo Instruments:

  • VLN1 Solo Violin 1
  • VLN2 Italian Violin
  • VLN3 French Violin
  • VLN4 1826 Old Violin
  • VLA1 Solo Viola 1
  • VLA2 Canadian Viola
  • VLA3 French Viola
  • VLC1 Romantic Cello
  • VLC2 Modern Cello
  • VLC3 British Cello
  • VLC German Cello
  • CB1 Solo Contrabass
  • CB2 German Bass
  • CB3 Italian Bass

Ensemble Instruments:

  • Ensemble Strings Violins1 Full
  • Ensemble Strings Violins2 Small
  • Ensemble Strings Violas1 Full
  • Ensemble Strings Violas2 Small
  • Ensemble Strings Cellos1 Full
  • Ensemble Strings Cellos2 Small
  • Ensemble Strings Basses1 Full
  • Ensemble Strings Basses2 Small
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Full High
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Full Mid
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Full Low
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Small High
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Small Mid
  • Ensemble Strings All Mix Small Low


  • Sustain Vibrato
  • Dynamic Expression Long
  • Trill 1 Minor
  • Tremolo
  • Pizzicato
  • Short 1
  • Short 3
  • Spiccato 5
  • Spiccato 6

Hot Keys

  • Repeat Last Note
  • Vibrato Up
  • Vibrato Down
  • Play Trill Minor
  • Play Tremolo

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Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument


  • Kontakt library

Product Specs:

System Requirements
  • Requires Kontakt 5 or the FREE Kontakt 5 Player

Mac system requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 or 10.12 (latest update)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

Windows system requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

For all systems

  • Internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)