Concert Strings 3


Amazing Dynamic Concert String Sections!
The Players
As stated before, Concert Strings 3 is made up of (up to) 16 individual, separately- recorded players. These players are divided into 4 soloists (depending on instrument) and 12 ensemble chairs (depending on instrument). There are 3 “panes” that control/ access the players: 1. Soloists. 2. Ensemble Chairs / Runs and Fills 3. The Stage:
This is the amount of control that velocity has on volume. In the diagram above, the setting is 85. To change this, click the “85” and a menu ranging from 0 to 100 will be shown. Higher values gives more dynamic control to velocity.
You will see a small green "+" appear at the mouse location when hovering over the "Ensemble" switch. Then just drop it there. You should then see that it has been assigned properly at the bottom of Kontakt's browser (parameter - "Ensemble", inst. = Concert Strings 3..."

After the 2014 release of Spotlight Solo Strings, which included 4 individual players, the idea came to create a library that could address even more; up to 16. Enter Concert Strings 3 which is comprised of up to 16 individual, separately-recorded players. 16 1st Violins, 16 2nd Violins, 16 Violas, 16 Cellos, 16 Basses

That's 80 string players in all!

The unique advantages of using individual players was easy to see; the ability to create various section sizes. For example, in the 1st violins, you can create anything from a small "studio" section of four 1st violins, or call up a large ensemble of 16 1st violins.

Other advantages:

The ability to control each player’s volume.

The ability to control each player’s panning.

The ability to control how “tightly” or “loosely” the players would start each note, thereby creating unparalleled realism.

The ability to create true divisi. No more “bloated” sound and excessive polyphony when playing chords.

However, containing features for the individual players was not enough. So Concert Strings 3, designed with an easy-to-use interface, and programmed to provide a fast workflow, is stuffed full of the requisite features you would expect from a high-end string library, and then some.

The Concept

It’s pretty well-known that the market of good string libraries has become quite competitive. So in contemplating whether or not to develop yet another one, the focus would have to be filling a gap in this market. There seemed to be two gaps: 1. A string library that really has more “life” to it, and is extremely playable. While there are many good-sounding string libraries available today, it is our belief that there could be a more “in-your-face”, punchy and dramatic library that would not only sound fantastic on its own, but would work for users who were worried whether getting yet another new string library would both work on its own, and/or still work with their go-to libraries that they already invested in. The idea of the latter being to add vitality and complexity when mixed or layered with these other libraries. Concert Strings 3 has been tested in this way using many other popular string libraries, and the results were quite dramatic. They sound great on their own, or they really do add a new dimension to any existing string library you may already have. 2. An easy-to-understand and truly authentic “auto-divisi”. (See DivisiLive® below.)


Concert Strings 3 uses up to 16 different players in each instrument. Each player was recorded separately and is additionally programmed in its own group in Kontakt. Therefore, it is possible to implement a true divisi when chords are played. This means that no matter how many notes you play in a chord, no more than 16 players (depending on the instrument) will sound. The result avoids what would normally sound “bloated” and loud in other string libraries. Additionally, it enables you to write a chord in your score on one track with the proper results.

To test this library on your system, go to the REQUIREMENTS Tab above.

Arco Espressivo - The slowest of the bowed articulations. It has that "swell" that is sooften heard and needed in string music. Arco Legato - Faster than Arco Espressivo. Marcato - Faster than Arco Legato. Marcato Molto - The fastest and most aggressive of the articulations. Tremolo Pizzicato Spiccato Trills - Half step or whole step trills depending on the key signature you choose. If you wish to manually control whether the trills are half step or whole step, click the “flats” switch off. By default is is on.

  • 10GB disk space
  • Kontakt 5.3 or newer. Must be the FULL version, not the free player version.
    Mac users - Some systems report a high CPU footprint during live playing (not bouncing). It is recommended that you download a small part of this library to test it on your system before you purchase. This demo version is only for the 1st violins, and contains short, non-looped samples.
Try a test version Concert Strings 3 and Chamber Strings 3

Besides the various and deep programming features of each library,

Concert Strings 3 - You can create sections ranging in size from 4 - 16 players. You can control EACH player's volume, panning. Instruments are programmed for medium to larger ensemble sounds. Full vibrato control.

Chamber Strings 3 - You can create sections ranging in size from 2 - 4 players. You can control EACH player's volume, panning. Instruments are programmed for smaller ensemble sounds. Full vibrato control.

Spotlight Solo Strings - You can create sections ranging in size from 1 - 4 players. You can control EACH player's volume, panning. Instruments are programmed for a soloist sound. There is a bonus "ripieno" feature that allows you to add an ensemble behind the soloists. Full vibrato control.

Concert Strings 2 - You can choose 4 different section sizes - "Whole", "Half", "Quarter", and "Solo". Recorded in a rather "dry" space. Includes Easy String Arranger programming.

Pop Rock Strings - Created from the most usable samples of Concert Strings 2. You can choose 4 different section sizes - "Whole", "Half", "Quarter", and "Solo". Recorded in a rather "dry" space. Programmed for more "pop" and "rock" music. Includes Easy String Arranger programming.

Concert Brass 2 - You can choose 4 different section sizes - "Whole", "Half", "Quarter", and "Solo". Recorded in a rather "dry" space. More "elegant" and "round" than the brass in Diamond.

Diamond - Two (2) string and brass orchestras with included woodwinds and percussion. For strings and brass, you get "Symphonic" and "Concert" for larger sections, "Studio" and "Chamber" for smaller sections, and "Solo". In newer programming (TVEC3, TVEC4) you can choose 4 different section sizes - "Whole", "Half", "Quarter", and "Solo". Most samples were recorded in a large space.

Solo Strings 1 - Included in Diamond.

Solo Strings 2 - Included in Concert Strings 2. Samples have more velocity layers and notes than in Solo Strings 1.

Kerry Livgren

“The Kirk Hunter Strings are the ‘go to’ library for Kontakt. They are meticulously constructed and give you every possible articulation.”


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