I’m set to be a much envied man in this office next week, thanks to the news that I’ll be getting my hands on a review copy of the brand new Native Instruments Session Strings Pro, announced today.
Yep, NI, purveyor of all things modelled, synthesised and emulated, has turned its attention to cat gut, tuning pegs, chin rests and horse hair and put together no less than 48GB of samples for their Kontakt library system. You’ll already know Session Strings – the ‘pro’ suffix indicates more of the same and then some, both in terms of functionality and variety/quality of samples.
I’ll be putting the individual and ensemble approaches to the test – you can combine four ensembles at once, and each one has its own separate instrument desks to fill – and listening for the differences that positioning, rhythm generators and articulations make to the various sounds on offer. Double bass, cello, viola and violin samples are all there in abundance of course, but as with many instruments these days it’s the little things that really make a difference, and in this case that extends right down to the noises that the bow itself makes while it’s dragged across the strings.
It could be that you’re after this pack for classical or pop stylings, or indeed disco or soul applications (the latter two are provided for by special presets to recreate sounds from your favourite records, but whatever the case there’s a huge amount to get to grips with here, so I’ll have a play over the weekend and let you know how it went on Monday in a full Native Instruments Session Strings Pro review. Check back here for an update when I have some results!