Chris Hein – Solo Cello outshines all previous Cello libraries. Never before, a sample library of this extent has been dedicated towards a single string instrument: Recorded with greatest care and endless details, precisely edited and merged into a practical and musical instrument for NI's Kontakt Player offering an elaborated custom-tailored user-interface with comprehensive scripting. Chris Hein – Solo Cello features high-grade sound quality and incredible realistic articulations. This library offers everything you have been missing with previous virtual string instruments.
You receive over 24,000 samples (9,5 gigabytes of sample data), 38 articulations, four different legato transitions as well as extensive phase-alignment of all samples to guarantee smooth inaudible crossfades of up to eight velocity layers. This feature-set allows the creation of authentic cello-arrangements unprecedented on a computer.
Chris Hein - Solo Cello is a bundle of two fantastic sounding Solo Cello Instruments. The two instruments in CH-Solo Cello have exactly the same features, but a completely different sound.
„Modern Cello“ (on the left) has a hifi sound with extreme dynamic and a precise and clear tone.
„Romantic Cello“ (on the right) has a more warm and rich sound. You can hear the old and noble wood.
Chris Hein – Solo Cello delivers outstanding, detailed and highly expressive results as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble – in all relevant genres ranging from classical music and film scores to gypsy-jazz, folk and pop ballads.
And there is even more: Chris Hein – Solo Cello provides sound-designers, composers of film- and game soundtracks and experimental musicians with special effect-sounds and uncommon articulations with partly exceptional dynamics, such as flautando, flageolets and ponticello. The special effect sounds are further supported by the internal tenfold DSP-effects-rack. Feel free to create complex sound clusters, dense atmospheres and surreal sound worlds out of a single Cello for incredible moments of suspense.
By using the Ensemble Maker, the two solo instruments can easily be turned into an ensemble being able to take advantage of all available articulations. A voice division in the stereo image and fine detuning intensifies this effect.
Chris Hein – Solo Cello equally serves demanding string instrument enthusiasts as well as composers needing more than just excellent sounding samples but also comprehensive details, a full offering of articulations and a versatile adaptation to their preferred workflow.
On one hand, the instrument offers a comprehensive full sample set with all articulations being ready to play on the keyboard. Thanks to the library's modular approach on the other hand, significantly reduced variations may also be called up with fast load times and low memory requirements.
By using the clean start configuration, the instrument is initially loaded in a sustain variation while further articulations and functions can simply be added at any time if needed. This way, you may as well work fluently and efficiently on compact and mobile production systems using a lot less memory.
As with all his productions, Chris Hein decided for a close mic'ing in a dry recording environment. Combined with the twin impulse response based reverberation sections, the intentional dry sound of the library allows adapting and fitting the instrument perfectly into variable contexts. Dedicated convolution engines for the instrument's body and the room itself allow creation of a nearly arbitrary acoustic environments ranging from intimate closeness to large concert halls. In difference to the fixed acoustics of several competitive products, Chris Hein – Solo Cello is sonically exceptionally variable and additionally easy to combine with almost any other library being offered.
Over a research period of several months, all samples have been fully aligned in phase. Accordingly, the instrument offers perfect seamless transitions of dynamic layers without sonic degradation.
The combination of long and short notes is a major problem in sample-libraries that often fail to deliver authentic sounding results. With real musical instruments, the note length often influences the attack behavior as well as the note end. Chris Hein – Solo Cello addresses these aspects by its "Note Head Designer" which has been significantly expanded for this library. It offers a selection of 102 attack shapes. This allows calling up twelve matching short sample variations (Shorts) along with each sustain-articulation. These shorts not only offer the corresponding correct attack-behavior but also a note-end that perfectly matches the note length.
These user-defined selections of short-note-variations are available in eight dynamic layers each and can be combined with the corresponding sustained phases, leading to astonishing realistic results that cannot be achieved using random round-robin based selections. Of course, the shorts are also available as individual articulations.
Chris Hein – Solo Cello offers true legato in up to four dynamic layers for short and long note variations. The corresponding in-depth recordings and edits result in unexpected realistic sounds with perfect note-transitions. At the same time, it is possible to combine these realistic combinations with additional artificial inserted legatos.
The performance-data of Chris Hein – Solo Cello directly reflect the immense investment in recordings and configuration possibilities. The instrument builds upon almost 24,000 single samples, 38 articulations and up to eight dynamic layers. This makes the library one of the most in-depth sampled Cello currently available.
The custom-tailored user-interface of the Kontakt Player not only offers numerous functions to adapt the library's sound character and articulations but also provides immense configuration choices to live up to specific demands and workflows. At the same time, due to pre-programmed key-switch-presets at the lower part of the keyboard, the library can also be effectively played without any need for deep edits. Thanks to four "Dynamic Modes", the "Note-Head Designer", "Key-Vibrato", "Hot-Keys" and the revolutionary concept of articulation-presets, the user-interface will give you the impression to really play this instrument live.
I played some simple lines with no additional programming and sent them to my friend, a cello player, and he was very pleased with results. Solo Cello is as real as a real instrument can be. It isnt cheap, but I cant remember any other instrument where you can get so much for the asking price. It brings a top-quality instrument (actually two different instruments where each has its own character), an impressive number of articulations and even more impressive tools to liven up all those articulations. The endless number of controllers are ranked in quite a logical order. All in all, I was impressed with the first Chris Hein instrument that I got years ago and have to admit that his instruments have become better and better. Watch the video clips on the Best Service site carefully and try to find any moment in this complex performance that sounds fake. Maybe Im not the most astute listener, but I couldnt find any way beyond impressive!
I know that it would be nice to find at least one weak spot, to make this review a bit more credible, but Im a big fan of the cello and this library is a dream come true for me. It is so playable and sounds so good, that even if I could find any weak spot it would probably be totally irrelevant. At some moments Emotional Cello from Best Service might sound a bit more emotional, but this one can recreate everything that a real cello can, no matter how complex and dynamic performance it is. Even more important, at least for me, it sounds consistent and well-defined even in a crowded mix, and on the other hand, it is impossible to recognize it as a virtual instrument even when it plays solo. With a little skill and experience you can get very impressive results with minimum effort.
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Chris Hein Solo Cello ist fantastisch, vielen Dank. Authentischer Klang und viele Einstellungsmöglichkeiten. Realistischer geht nicht. Es macht Spaß zu spielen. Ich freue mich auf viele Recordings...
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