Sound Dust Cloud Cello

Deeply multisampled hybrid Kontakt sample library

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Cloud Cello is the big brother (or sister, if you like) of the Cloud Viola 2. She's a deeply multisampled hybrid Kontakt sample library created from an ordinary 17th century classical stringed instrument, but played and recorded in an extra-ordinary way.

Cloud Cello opens up new orchestral-ish, cinematic tones and textures that sound both familiar and a good way.

There are also 38 free Cloud Cello patches for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 included with the Kontakt version.


So, you take an unsuspecting cello, remove all the strings except one and place it in a stand. Instead of a conventional bow, use something with a bit more texture and bite - in this case, a ball of coarse garden string sounded best. Stringing a standard bow with garden twine doesnt work, you'd need an impossible 10 metre bow to play a smooth note (Sound Dust knows it's impossible because they tried to make one!).

After many experiments and cups of coffee, a retractable dog lead, an elaborate pulley system and a classic vintage fishing reel came to the rescue. This system can hold long lengths of string under tension and be drawn evenly over the cello string to produce a usable tone.

Next step is to rig up some suitable mics. A contact mic near the bridge gave good body, and a large diaphragm condenser near the string picked up the 'grist'. Then using a capo for accurate tuning, thousands of passes were recorded to get enough samples for 5 x round robins per note plus conventionally bowed accents and col legno notes for extra flavour.

The final step is to form the Clouds by pushing each note 100% wet through a bespoke swirly setting on Sound Dust's Strymon Big Sky reverb pedal, and then do the same thing all over again with a different setting for 200% wetness.

ARTICULATIONS - six deeply sampled articulations through eight 'oscillators'

  • Accented bow x 2: short bowed note with conventional bow. 5 x round robin per note. Two mic positions- valve condenser and contact mic.
  • Col legno: Latin for 'gently thwacked with the back of the bow'. 5 x round robin per note. Two mic positions- valve condenser and contact mic.
  • Twine x 2: bowed with 5 meters of green garden string. 5 x round robin per note, minimum 20 seconds per sample. Two mic positions- valve condenser and contact mic. Hard-wired to CC11 for expression pedal or midi controllers.
  • Dark Cloud: Twine recorded 100% wet reverbed through Strymon Big Sky hardware reverb. Playback through Kontakt grain oscillator.
  • Pale Cloud: the Dark Cloud recorded 100% wet reverbed through Strymon Big Sky hardware reverb unit, so basically 200% wet!
  • Sub Bass: (ensemble only) Moog voyager sine bass


  • tremolo,
  • vibrato,
  • saturation,
  • pitch selection,
  • pan,
  • lowpass filter,
  • high pass filter,
  • reverb and delay.


  • low pass filter,
  • highpass filter,
  • rotor effect,
  • delay,
  • cabinet modelling and EQ


  • Master unison control for up to eight voices per note.
  • Velocity to volume amount control.
  • Aftertouch to pitchbend amount control.
  • Aftertouch to filter light/dark control.
  • Advanced architecture with automatable midi control of everything on the interface.
  • 74 specially created convolution reverb impulses recorded from real spaces, expensive hardware, and some less obvious sources including a Roland Space Echo, Strymon Big Sky and the stage of Glyndebourne Opera House.
  • Built in instruction manual in RTFM tab.


  • Two instrument variations - solo & ensemble versions
  • 2GB of 24bit samples (uncompressed)
  • 1.5 GB download
  • 50 themed instrument presets (.nki's) each with modwheel patch morphing for variation
  • 38 extra patches for Omnisphere 2 using Cloud Cello samples
  • Three octave keyrange - C1 to C4

Download Size (zipped file):

  • 1.5 GB

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Sample Library


  • Kontakt files

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