SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED

Kontakt User Interface Solo Strings Untamed

Improvised, expressive and human solo strings

Human, raw and expressive solo string instruments featuring; Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass. We’ve recorded over 1000 unique, improvised performances over the four instruments. Instantly playable by just playing harder or softer on your keyboard. From breathy and fragile murmurs to absolutely wild and manic bursts of chaos.

Not for the traditionalist, and not for the faint of heart. This is for fans of alternative scores and inspired by composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jed Kurzel and Jonny Greenwood.

There’s also our unique and powerful STORMS articulation, can create crescendos from a solo performance to a frenetic ensemble. As well as all of the this, there are many other classic long and short note articulations which complement the sound and character of all the instruments.

Highlights

5 solo woodwinds
Over 2300 improvised notes
4 mic positions
‘Storms’ articulation

Kontakt

Full version of Kontakt required
Not compatible with Kontakt Player

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Walkthrough

See it in action

Demo Tracks

Listen to Solo Strings Untamed

  • Other instruments used: Alt Piano
  • Other instruments used: Alt Piano, drums, live vocals
  • No other instruments used
  • No other instruments used
  • No other instruments used
  • Other instruments used: Alt Piano
  • Cello from Solo Strings Untamed only
  • Other instruments used: Alt Piano, electric guitar, synth bass
  • Other instruments used: Drums

Henry Rankin
Violin, Viola

Customer reviews

“Solo Strings Untamed is awesome. Often times I’m looking for a playable solo library that isn’t so pristine and “perfect” – one with character and humanity that’s able to make something haunting or beautiful (or hauntingly beautiful) – It’s definitely one of my secret weapons.”

Brett Detar
THE BOY 2, THE PUNISHER, DAREDEVIL, THE DEVIL INSIDE

“Wow. You guys nailed it. For real! This is what thinking outside of the box sounds like. Can’t wait to layer this with more traditional string sounds, it sounds great – and I’m saying this as a violin player!”

Omer Vexler
YouTube

“I absolutely adore the concept and always find inspiration using them! Works very well with my avant-garde approach to making music. And I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.”

Nate Johnson
VI Control

Polly Virr
Cello

IMPROVISATIONS

Your music, performed

The improvisations are the soul of the library. They are not phrases or pre-written melodies, but single notes performed with intension and passion. Your music, but with a real player giving each note a completely unique performance.

There are three distinct levels that have been captured for every single note of the instrument. Just play harder or softer on your keyboard to uncover all the different performances.

Calm

Gentle and quiet playing, subtle shifts in tone and timbre.

Lively

Bolder and more energetic playing with more swells and changes in vibrato.

Wild

Use sparingly for moments of chaos and extreme intensity.

This isn't a swarm, it's a storm.

Storms use all of the improvisations combined together. It allows you to fade from single fragile notes to a frenzy of strings.

Great for creating tension before launching your score into a chaotic crescendo.

Hear it in action on the Viola

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  • "Viola Untamed - Articulation Example - Storms".

Hear it in action on the Bass

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  • "Bass Untamed - Storms - Articulation Example".
SSD drive recommended as the Storm articulation uses multiple samples simultaneously within Kontakt.

"This is Westwood defined. Taking the normal, adding the unusual and pushing everything into new and unexpected places. Not perfect, not polished. But effortlessly musical and human.

Rob Hill
Founder, Westwood

INSTRUMENTS & SIGNALS

What's included?

Instruments

Violin
Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2
Improvisations C1
Improvisations C2
Storms
Glue
Glue 8vb
Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Circular Bowing
Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok

Viola
Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2
Improvisations C1
Improvisations C2
Storms
Glue
Glue 8vb
Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Circular Bowing
Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok

Cello
Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2
Storms
Glue
Glue 8vb
Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont Soft
Sul Pont Grit
Tremolo
Circular Bowing
Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok

Double Bass
Improvisations A1
Improvisations A2
Improvisations B1
Improvisations B2
Storms
Glue
Glue 8vb
Normale
Flautando
Sul Pont
Tremolo
Spiccato
Pizzicato inc. Bartok
Ricochets

Signals

Spot
A mono position that’s super dry, super hyped and super detailed.

Close
This stereo pair is intimate but lively, allowing the sound to breathe just enough.

Room
A typical tree-style position, plenty of real room ambience and nicely balanced.

Gallery
A diffuse and airy position recorded in the ceiling of The Nave. Add this to the mix for natural depth and space.

Multis

There are several Multis created from multiple instruments loaded into one Kontakt instance. They’ve been created for immediate gratification and perfect for quickly getting your ideas down. There’ll also show you some combinations and sounds you won’t have thought of and spark off an idea.

All The Improvisations
Circular Textures
Empty Room Pizzicato
Quartet Improvisations
Reverby Flautando
Studio Spiccato
VaVaVaVa
Viene La Tormenta

Behind the recording

Recorded at The Nave, one England’s finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room. Engineer Tom Orrell used a set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the strings.

For the spot position, a single Brauner VMA Valve mic or Neumann FET 47 mic does a great job of providing a very detailed, dry and hyped sound. Neumann KM184s capture a close stereo perspective; lively but still intimate. For the room position, we used a pair of AKG C414s, creating a more typical tree-style position and will give you a well balanced and open sound. Lastly, high up in the gallery were a pair of omnidirectional Oktava MK-12s. The secret weapon among engineers for their excellent detail, these will give you the full natural studio sound and allow you to hear the beautiful decay of The Nave. 

We collected this really wide range of perspectives for you to mix exactly the sound you need. Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.

Sam Becker
Bass

Tech Specs

Good to know

Kontakt

Full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above required

This library is NOT compatible with Kontakt Player

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System Requirements

Mac OS 10.9 High Seirra or higher
Windows 10 or higher

All major DAWs supported

8GB RAM minimum

29GB download size
Downloads using the free Pulse app

User Manual

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