Groundbreaking string sampling
Now updated with 60GB of extra sounds.
To create the greatest film scores in the world, you need to think outside the box. We teamed up with legendary composer Hans Zimmer (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Interstellar), to produce this spectacular innovation: 344 players performing an unconventional range of playing techniques in Lyndhurst Hall at London's world-famous AIR Studios. With up to 26 mic positions, only technology allows you to play an ensemble this big — from thundering basslines to glass-like high strings, this is symphonic strings maximised.
With the help of design and user experience agency UsTwo (Monument Valley, DICE), Hans Zimmer Strings is presented in our award-winning dedicated plugin — developed primarily for composers, by composers. Take the dynamic of your scores to levels you’ve never imagined, with our most ambitious library yet.
La Danse Démoniaque (HZS Update Patches Only) — Paul Thomson (0:00 / 1:34)
Futuristic Sleigh Ride - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:32)
Minutemen — Louis Rugg (including update patches) (0:00 / 2:27)
A Last Dance - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:40)
Gigue - Paul Thomson (from an original idea by Duruflé) (0:00 / 2:12)
Paradigm Shift - Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:02)
Pulse Adrift - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:06)
Montaigne - Andy Blaney (0:00 / 3:35)
The Survivor - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 5:16)
Traitor's Motif - Blake Robinson (0:00 / 2:16)
In collaboration with Hans, we adopted his groundbreaking approach to large group sampling and took it to another level to create a truly epic, supercharged string sound. We handpicked a gargantuan ensemble of London's finest session players in The Hall at AIR Studios to perform a vast range of playing techniques, including Tremolo Harmonic Waves, Super Sul Pont and newly added Marcato Shorts — with mindblowing results. With this ambitious and exciting string library, you are bound to unlock areas of creativity you didn’t imagine were possible.
Presented in our award-winning dedicated plugin (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX) we worked with UsTwo, one of the world’s best design and user-experience agencies to create a composition tool that’s easy to use, intuitive and inspiring. Honed exclusively for these samples, Hans Zimmer Strings is clutter-free and focused. Featuring sliders for expression and dynamics, and a knob that can be easily customised to the user's personal workflow.
Tailored specifically for orchestral work, loading instruments is simple. Includes preset filtering.
A name most synonymous with modern film scoring, Hans Zimmer has not only composed some of the most memorable scores in recent years (Dunkirk, The Dark Knight, Inception), but he has also revolutionised music production for film with his innovative approach to sampling and recording. His daring instrument selection and use of unconventional techniques have given his scores a distinctive and world-renowned sonic trademark.
This update (free to existing users) features over 60GB of new content, plus a huge range of refinements and optimisations across the library, including faster loading times. Produced and recorded in close collaboration with Hans in the Hall at AIR Studios, these brand new recordings include three new short techniques across two violin and two cello sections — Marcato Crotchet, Marcato Semibreve (both non-vibrato and vibrato) and Spiccatissimo (with up to 21 dynamic layers using Hans’ “microlayering” technique, and 5 round robins) for extra definition —12 new patches to explore, adding a whole new dimension to the library.
We are also excited to announce that the library is now NKS ready, with multi-outputs added to the mixer, a technique editor for customizing presets, various optimisations to RAM and CPU usage, and finally, improvements to the legato patches. For information on how to update, read our FAQs here.