CineStrings CORE Library

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The CineStrings CORE Library is Cinesamples’ orchestral string sample library for Kontakt. Recorded at the world famous SONY Pictures Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, and mixed by veteran legend Dennis Sands (Spiderman, Argo, Avengers, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, and 250+ more). The CineStrings CORE Library covers the essentials of the orchestral string section, and functions as a foundation in any scoring pallette.

CineStrings CORE Walkthrough
CineStrings CORE – Hairpin Creator
Behind the Production Process

CineStrings is revolutionary in its power and simplicity for recreating the sound of the orchestral string section. The library was designed by composers, for composers, with direct feedback from the film music community during its development. The result is a string library that is easy to use, composer-friendly, with unparalleled recording quality. CineStrings library does not require you to purchase any additional sample playback software, and is licensed to work with the Native Instrument’s free Kontakt Player. All you need is a sequencer like Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, LIVE, Protools, Cakewalk, or even Apple GarageBand and you’ll be up and running. You can also use CineStrings with your favorite notation software such as Sibelius or Finale.

Intuitive Graphical Interface

Cinestrings CORE (as with our other “Cine” series libraries) has a very intuitive and easy to use graphical interface with quickly selectable presets that can help you write, program and mix tailored to your specific practices. The mapping page can quickly set you up for velocity, key-switching or even midi continuous controller (CC) articulation switching. Our mixer page allows you to quickly access our full mix or the four other microphone positions. The settings page allows for advanced control over each of these patches for sound design, programming and other useful features.




The CineStrings CORE library contains the basic set of articulations needed to do most of the traditional writing and programming for the string section.

  • Non-vibrato, vibrato and espressivo sustains with smooth dynamic morphing across five dynamics and across each vibrato position
  • Natural legatos with smooth dynamic morphing across four dynamics
  • Spiccato @ 7-8xRR @ pp to f
  • Staccato @ 5-6xRR @ pp to fff
  • Marcato @ 3xRR @ p to ff
  • Sforzando Overlay @ p to ff
  • Tremolos @ p to f
  • Sul-Pont Tremolos @ p to f
  • Trills (Whole-Step and Half-Step) @ p to f
  • Pizzicato @ 5xRR @ p to f
  • Bartok Pizz @ 3xRR
  • Col Legno @ 3-5xRR
  • Harmonic Sustains @ p to f



Unique Features

CineStrings CORE offers many amazing features that distinguishes it from other libraries.

Our newest feature is the “Hairpin Creator”. This amazing setting allows for you to automatically get very natural “swells” without having to program a series of controller changes. Based on time or synced to your DAW, the strings can crescendo and decrescendo as you play, including linking a non-vib to espressivo state – this allows for amazing and expressive playing without having to touch any other controller!

Hairpin and Advanced Controls

When we released the CineBrass library we added a feature called “staccato overlay” – we have taken this in a new MAJOR direction with our new bow-attack overlay in CineStrings CORE. You can quickly switch types of overlay (Marcato, Sforzando, etc) through a CC, which then is “over-layed” on the sustains and legatos each time you play at a hard velocity. This allows you to simulate many different styles of bow attacks and create unique playing styles on the fly and recall easily in your DAW.

BowAttack Overlay

Along with these features, expect a great deal of expansive programability with our interface. You can link the vibrato and dynamic controls, crossfade the tremolos and sul ponts , create your own unique mix, even add in the Sony “Room Tone” and much more!

About the Patches

We have included 4 main patches per instrument section. Our basic Articulation patch includes Spiccato, Staccato, Legato, Sustains (with 3 vibrato settings), Tremolos (including sul pont), and both half-step and whole-step trills. Our second patch is called True Legato, which is derived from our articulation patch. Pizzicato and Col Legno are in our third patch, followed by Harmonics in our last patch.

What is True Legato? True legato means that we sampled all of the intervalic leaps throughout the ranges, both upwards and downwards, for each string section. When you play a True Legato patch, it instantly analyses the intervals you play, then plays the appropriate transitional leap between the notes. The result is a smooth and realistic legato performance. For most of our sections we did this at 4 dynamic levels, again using our dynamic morphing to blend seamlessly from pianissimo to fortissimo. A key feature of our legato patch allows you to switch between Mono and Polyphonic Legato mode. Monophonic mode allows for “soli” line playing while Polyphonic mode allows you to play lines of up to 3 notes simultaneously, while maintaining the appropriate transition samples between all notes. This is especially effective when playing chords that need to connect in a realistic way.

Split Patches: We have included every articulation (Half-Step Trill, Sforzando, Col Legno, Spiccato, etc.) as patch splits which are derived from the articulation patch and pizzicato and col legno patch per instrument. This allows you to save memory space if you only need Spiccato and a Sustain patch. While this may increase your track list, many composers choose to have a lot of patches loaded and switch via track instead of keyswitch or velocity.

MULTIS: We are including a series of “unison” and “octave” Kontakt multis which have been pre-set to allow for quick “big” patch performance without having to track split and transpose. These are made from the original patch lists with some minor adjustments to the script to allow for the octave splitting.

Patch Listing

Single Patches

Multi Patches

01 Violins 1 Articulations
02 Violins 1 True Legato
03 Violins 1 Pizzicato and Col Legno
04 Violins 1 Harmonics
05 Violins 2 Articulations
06 Violins 2 True Legato
07 Violins 2 Pizzicato and Col Legno
08 Violins 2 Harmonics
09 Violas Articulations
10 Violas True Legato
11 Violas Pizzicato and Col Legno
12 Violas Harmonics
13 Cellos Articulations
14 Cellos True Legato
15 Cellos Pizzicato and Col Legno

16 Cellos Harmonics
17 Basses Articulations
18 Basses True Legato
19 Basses Pizzicato and Col Legno
20 Basses Harmonics
21 Full Ensemble Articulations – Full Mix
22 Full Ensemble Articulations – Multi-Mic
23 Full Ensemble Sustains – Full Mix
24 Full Ensemble Sustains – Multi-Mic
25 Full Ensemble Pizzicato and Col Legno – Full Mix
26 Full Ensemble Pizzicato and Col Legno – Multi-Mic
27 Full Ensemble Harmonics – Full Mix
28 Full Ensemble Harmonics – Multi-Mic

01 Violins Octaves Articulations
02 Violins Octaves True Legato
03 Violins + Violas Octaves Articulations
04 Violins + Violas Octaves True Legato
05 Violins + Violas + Celli Octaves Articulations
06 Violins + Violas + Celli Octaves True Legato
07 Cellos + Basses Octaves Articulations
08 Cellos + Basses Octaves True Legato
09 Violins + Violas Unison Articulations
10 Violins + Violas Unison True Legato
11 Violas + Cellos Unison Articulations
12 Violas + Cellos Unison True Legato
13 Cellos + Basses Unison Articulations
14 Cellos + Basses Unison True Legato
15 Full Unison Articulations
16 Full Unison True Legato

System Requirements

Technical Specifications

  • Kontakt Player 5.3 or higher
  • Kontakt (Player) 5.3 supports: Stand-alone, VST®, Audio Units, RTAS® (PT 9+10), AAX® (Pro Tools® 11 and higher), ASIO, Core Audio®, WASAPI
  • Native 64-bit support for stand-alone and plug-in versions on both Mac & PC
  • CineStrings is compatible with all major DAWs and with other music notation software.

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC: Windows 7®/8® (64 Bit), Intel® i5  (second gen) 2.2+ GHZ or AMD Phenom II X4, 12 GB RAM (8GB free required to load ALL patches on Full Mix)
  • Mac: OS X OS 10.7-10.8, Intel® i5 2.2+ GHz (or 2008 Mac Pro 8-core Xenon), 12 GB RAM
  • Minimum of 12 GB RAM
  • Minimum of 50gb Hard Drive Space on 7200rpm drive

Recommended System Requirements

  • PC: PC: Windows 7®/8® (64 Bit) Intel® i7 (4th Gen) 3+ Ghz or AMD FX93xx 8-Core, 24 GB ram
  • Mac: OS X OS 10.7-10.8, Intel® i7 (4th Gen) 3+ Ghz (or 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core) 24 GB Ram
  • 32 GB Ram is recommended for the Full-Microphone load sets
  • We highly recommend having SSDs run these samples, you will need exactly 44.8GB (PC) or 48.25 GB (MAC) free
  • A high-quality audio card/sound interface
CineStrings Crew

Produced by: Michael Barry and Michael Patti
Project Director: Sam Estes
Scripted by: Patrick O’Neil
Engineer/Mixer: Dennis Sands

Assistant Engineer: Adam Michalak
Recordist: Michael Hobe
Editors: Michael Hobe, Samuel J. Smythe,
Anne Dern, Julian Cisneros

Quality Assurance: Anne Dern and Dan Negovan