Strezov Sampling Afflatus Chapter 1 - Strings

Thematic string collection of modern minimalist to golden age and lush epic string ensembles

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Inspired by film and classical music icons this collection pushes the boundaries of traditional sampling methods by introducing revolutionary features like Auto Divisi combined with Polyphonic True Legato from the Next Generation Choir Series and a Thematic Approach towards playing techniques.

Capturing conducted musical samples as opposed to static generic samples Afflatus Chapter I features several custom-made articulation groups able to portray one specific style per group with ease. This approach grants the user highly specialized and inspiring virtual instruments able to perform music with virtuosity: Gone are the days of soulless samples.

The styles/moods featured in Afflatus Chapter I range from classical to modern contemporary film scores. Some of the masters which inspired the developement of this collection are Henry Mancini, Sergei Prokofiev, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams and Arvo Pärt. Here is an out of the box demonstration of the Scene d' Amour Section depicting the thematic approach combined with Polyphonic True Legato.


  • Boutique Thematic String Collection
  • Auto Divisi in combination with Polyphonic True Legato
  • Various sizes of different String and Mixed Ensembles from 40 Players to Chamber to Quartet
  • Expertly tailored Thematic Ensembles suitable for Contemporary to Golden Age Style film soundtracks, TV, Videogame and Pop music
  • 25 Polyphonic True Legato Bowings
  • Custom Organic Sound Design Section with seperate mixable Elements
  • Playable Aleatoric Articulations
  • Three microphone positions Close, Decca, Hall (Two on Mixed Ensembles)
  • Over 150 different Playable Articulations
  • Powered by Native Instrument's free Kontakt Player and NKS compatible

The sounds and styles presented in Afflatus are vast in terms of colours and playing techniques. From modern minimalist to golden age and lush epic string ensembles - it's all inside just one collection, which makes Afflatus a great extension to other string libraries covering the bread and butter articulations as well. Here's a live playthrough of the Minimalist String Section.


While other libraries recorded divisi sections before, Afflatus gives you total control over the sections while performing your music. Pressing the sustain pedal controls whether polyphonic lines should be played in divisi for an ultra realistic concert sound or with the whole section to achieve a thick lush tone suitable for modern film scores, TV and videogames alike. In combination with intelligent voice leading derived from the Polyphonic True Legato engine used in Freyja, Wotan, Árva and Rhodope, it is now easier than ever before to make string arrangements sound the way you want them to within your DAW.


Below you can read what the new features of the first update to  Afflatus Chapter I Strings are. Strezov Sampling have tried to include as many features that were suggested by users as possible. The next free update that is coming in Q1 2019 will add extra instruments as well as new features.


  • Patch names change for easier browsing.
  • Contemporary Strings Spicc - improved playability
  • Pop Low Strings - improved playability
  • Scene d'Amour Violas Legato - fixed bug
  • Pharaoh Strings - fixed bug
  • Improved Loops and legato transitions on multiple patches


Sustained Notes

If switched on, all the played notes will be sustained even if you release the key(s) from your keyboard.
By default, it's assigned to MIDI CC#64 (Sustain Pedal) on all sustain/legato patches that do not have a divisi section, but you can use the RMB to attribute it to a different MIDI controller.


If switched on this will increase the dynamic range of the instruments by fading out the volume to -oo dB.

KS Key Base

Hold down the LMB and drag up or down to set the base key for the keyswitches (on patches where they are available).

Dynamics (only on sustain/legato patches)

Click this button to start the MIDI learn function. The MIDI controller you choose will be used as a substitute for the MOD Wheel.
Please note that you can not detach the MOD Wheel from its original function, i.e. it will always control the dynamics along with the new controller.


Click this button to start the MIDI learn function. The MIDI controller you choose will be used as a substitute for the Expression controller.
Please note that you cannot detach the Expression controller from its original function, i.e. it will always control the expression along with the new controller.

Attack (AHDSR)

Set the AHDSR envelope's attack portion of the short and sustain samples (not the legato transitions).

Release (AHDSR)

Set the AHDSR envelope's release portion of the short and release samples.


CC#22 - Volume Close Mic
CC#23 - Volume Decca Mic
CC#24 - Volume Hall Mic

CC#22 - Volume Texture Mic (only on PADS patch)
CC#23 - Volume Synths Mic (only on PADS patch)
CC#24 - Volume Perc Mic (only on PADS patch)
CC#25 - Volume FX Mic (only on PADS patch)

CC#64 - Divisi (on all sustain/legato patches that have a divisi section).
CC#64 - Sustained Notes (on all sustain/legato patches that do not have a divisi section).



The Mouse Strings

Single Sections:

Chamber Cellos, Violas, Violins II, Violins I
Impressionist Cellos, Violas, Violins II, Violins I
Spicc Basses, Cellos, Violas, Violins II, Violins I
Pizz Basses, Cellos, Violas, Violins II, Violins I

- 123 GB Hard drive space for the library (59GB for installation files and 64 GB extracted full size library

Minimum of 6GB RAM

Please click on the link below to view the download and install guide for this product.

Customer Reviews

Press Quotes

"Once you open up Balkan Orchestra, you'll bring it into your palette permanently. There's plenty of characterful sounds, sometimes guttural with human imperfections, and other times precise and well recorded. Love this."  - Rupert Gregson-Williams "Wonder Woman", "The Crown", "The Legend of Tarzan"

"It sounds great, it's very clever and it offers plenty. This is clearly a package put together by people using it commercially and that makes all the difference when it comes to knowing what to include." - Dave Gale (MusicTech)

Tech Specs

Product Type:

Virtual Instrument


  • Kontakt files

Product Specs:


Requires free Native Instruments Kontakt Player Version 5.7.1+ or full Native Instruments Kontakt  Version 5.7.1+