SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED

SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED

Improvised, expressive and human solo strings

SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED is a set of human, raw and expressive solo string instruments; 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.

It’s here to inspire your writing and is really at home with compositions where you need the mood, feeling and performance do more talking than the melody. They are also equally useful for adding the life and soul to big ensembles.

$199

You can buy now and download anytime.

REQUIREMENTS

Kontakt FULL 5.6.8 or above
Will NOT work in the free Player

User 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, COMPOSER

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

Instrument walkthroughs

Individual guides to all the instruments. Listen to all the articulations, mic positions and how to get the best out of the controls.

STORMS ARTICULATION

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

Storms 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 Violin

Hear it in action on the Bass

SSD drive recommended as the Storm articulation uses multiple samples simultaneously within Kontakt.

DEMO MUSIC

Viola Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Bass Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Violin Untamed

DEMO MUSIC

Cello Untamed

"I wanted to create a library that is alive, human and felt like you were writing with players in front of you."

Rob Hill

Founder, Westwood

GLUE

Subwoofer not included

Included in all of the instruments is a trick we’ve been using for a long time with strings; sine waves. Adding a simple sine wave thickens up the natural sound of strings. We call this Glue as it fills in the gaps and cements the mix. 

To give this the Westwood edge, we sampled every pitch of a sine wave across the entire range of each string instrument through 1″ reel-to-reel tape. This takes away the sterile nature of a pure sine wave and makes it feel more organic. There’s two versions to use; one at the regular pitch and an “8vb” version, which pitch shifts the wave an entire octave down.

PULSE

To add movement to an otherwise static signal, the Pulse section brings a sense of underlying motion.

You can control the intensity of the pulse and the rate which is synced to the tempo to your composition.

EFFECTS

We’ve added a low pass filter which you can use to smooth off the top end for a deeper and more subtle sound.

Use the “Grit” control if you need to roughen up the sound. 

DYNAMICS

Control the dynamics independently or with the expression so the level rides in tandem with the main performance.

There’s also a master volume control so you can precisely blend in the amount you need.

MICROPHONES

This is how we recorded it

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

At the heart of the mix, is the spot position. A single Brauner VMA valve mic for the viola and violin, and a Neumann U47 FET for the Cello and Bass all providing a really warm, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a close stereo overhead perspective for all strings. Lively but still intimate.For the room position, we either a pair of Neumann U47s or Oktava MK-012s adding more depth and openness. A second pair placed high up in the gallery, do a perfect job of capturing the natural reverb tail of the studio.

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 at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.

ARTICULATIONS, MICS & MULTIS

What's included?

ARTICULATIONS

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 

BASS

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

MICS

SPOT

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

CLOSE

A stereo pair that’s 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

High up and widely spaced to get the full natural reverb tail of the studio.

MULTIS

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

The Multis are included in the download of all new purchases after March 3rd 2022. If you purchased Solo Strings Untamed before this, please can grab them here!

Please Note You will need to own all four strings and have the latest version of each one  (v2.1) for the Multis to work.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Good to know

FILE SIZES

KONTAKT COMPATIBILITY

This instrument is compatible with the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 and above.

It will not work with the free Kontakt Player.

WATERMARKING

Every copy of SOLO STRINGS UNTAMED is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.

FAQ

I'm trying to re-create Four Seasons, will this do the job?

First of all, don’t try to re-create anything. You’re more original than that. But if you really want to reproduce Vivaldi’s finest accomplishment, this probably isn’t the right sound for you.

Will this work in the free Kontakt Player?

You need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. It will NOT work in the free Player version of Kontakt.

Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing. If you need help, we have a fully-loaded guide to Kontakt which you can read here.

I've previously purchased one of the individual instruments, can I upgrade to get them all?

Yes! Email us here and we’ll send you a custom link to get the rest of the strings you need.

Can I use this in commercial releases?

Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about how to murder a king to take the throne yourself.