Zilhouette Strings is a collection of all the strings Cinematique Instruments have recorded so far! It includes 7 violins, 2 viola, 7 cellos and 2 basses in total. The musicians Cinematique Instruments recorded are all well known German session and live orchestra musicians.
All content was recorded in several recording sessions in our own recording rooms in a close and intimate distance to the instrument in a solo as well as in a trio situation. We used condenser mics such as Neumann U-87 and TLM 103, Schoeps MK4 as well as dynamic mics such as Sennheiser MD421, AKG D112.
Zilhouette Strings is the first pure string library that Cinematique Instruments has ever released.
You get a collection of string sounds which is directly at your fingertips. Quickly select the amount of players you want, mix the separate instrument groups to your own requirements, select the kind of seating and place them into an ambience - and that’s all with an intimate, natural and catching sound.
Zilhouette Stings is extremely flexible and you can easily use it for a wide range of musical genres.
Zilhouette Strings is available in three different articulations: Shorts, Longs and Pizzicato. Each articulation comes along in a single patch which is easy and quick to use.
The long variations are easy to use. Just move the modwheel to slide through all the dynamic layers.
The shorts and pizz articulations work slightly differently. To get a natural tone, Cinematique Instruments have focussed on achieving a continuous dynamic playback. They managed this by adding some advanced programming as well as by varying the length from short to spiccato by moving the ModWheel. The result is as precise and accurate as it should be.
An excellent and unique feature of Zilhouette Strings is the 'Players' option. You can select between different amounts of players. This layering happens inside the instrument because Cinematique Instruments haven’t recorded an entire orchestra at once - they have done solo and trio sessions which means that Zilhouette Strings can build up several 'true' player ensembles. You can choose between a:
Full Range (7/2/7/2)
Chamber Ensemble (6/2/3/1)
Just Lows (0/0/7/2)
Just Highs (7/2/0/0)
After selecting your favourite type of ensemble, you can now mix these four instruments groups (violin, viola, cello, bass) by separate volume slider.
If you need to, you can leave out single instruments or instrument groups which results in more ensemble variations. For example, you can play just a solo cello by selecting the quartet ensemble and turn the violin, viola and bass volume slider to zero.
Besides adjusting your favourite type of player ensemble, you can also decide the kind of seating, available is the “American” or “German” arrangement. To set all panning to centre use the "off" option.
Zilhouette Strings provides a sweetness function which lets the overall sound of all instruments change from natural (left end position) to sweet and smooth (right end position). By using this option, you can easily add space and distance to the sound of Zilhouette Strings.
Finally, Zilhouette Strings provides a reverb with eight carefully selected types of reverb such as a church cathedral, some classic reverb types or some great hall types.