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Alternative Solo Strings

Innovative solo strings from four of London’s finest players

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  • Innovative solo strings from four of London’s finest players

    We’ve captured the performances of four of the most interesting and progressive string soloists in London to give you an accessible tool for detailed composition work. Featuring Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, it features spirited longs and shorts, as well as a series of more unconventional articulations. Alternative Solo Strings offers you an instant, out-of-the-box collaborative experience, steeped in character.

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    Includes Kontakt Player (free download)

    Compatible with NKS

    String quartet

    6 mic signals

    Kontakt Player

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    Features LABS Percussion

    Features LABS Soft Piano

    Mary Scully headshot with double bass
    Warren Zielinski playing violin

    The band

    Mary Scully

    Double Bass

    Warren Zielinski


    Joel Hunter


    Chris Worsey


    Collective credits

    Captain America: Civil War (Henry Jackman) - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (James Newton Howard) - Victoria & Abdul (Thomas Newman) - Jason Bourne (David Buckley/John Powell) - Interstellar (Hans Zimmer) - Warcraft (Ramin Djawadi) - The Hunger Games (James Newton Howard) - The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer) - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Hans Zimmer) - Inception (Hans Zimmer) - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias) - The Twilight Saga (Carter Burwell) - Batman Begins (Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard) - Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Howard Shore) Nick Cave - Daft Punk - Adele - Mark Ronson - UNKLE - Editors - Badly Drawn Boy - U2 - Goldfrapp - Joni Mitchell - Max Richter - The Divine Comedy - Christine and the Queens
    Skyscrapers through a window
    Cello case and double bass

    Alternative Alternative Solo Strings Overview GUI

    The overview panel

    This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

    Alternative Solo Strings controls GUI

    General controls panel

    This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

    Alternative Solo Strings GUI

    The ostinatum

    In this view you can add notes to a pattern sequencer, select which key it triggers on and then play for instant ostinato creation. It’s like an arpeggiator on a synthesiser.

    What's included

    Main instruments

    • Bass
    • Cello
    • Viola
    • Violin

    Individual articulations

    • Bass
    • Bass - Long Alternative
    • Bass - Long Harmonics
    • Bass - Long Sul Pont Distorted
    • Bass - Long Sul Pont
    • Bass - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
    • Bass - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
    • Bass - Long
    • Bass - Short Pizzicato Damped
    • Bass - Short Pizzicato
    • Bass - Short Spiccato Brushed
    • Bass - Short Spiccato Dig
    • Bass - Short Spiccato
    • Cello
    • Cello - Long Alternative
    • Cello - Long Harmonics
    • Cello - Long Sul Pont Distorted
    • Cello - Long Sul Pont
    • Cello - Long Sul Tasto
    • Cello - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
    • Cello - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
    • Cello - Long
    • Cello - Short Pizzicato
    • Cello - Short Spiccato Brushed
    • Cello - Short Spiccato Dig
    • Cello - Short Spiccato
    • Viola
    • Viola - Long Alternative
    • Viola - Long Harmonics
    • Viola - Long Into Vib
    • Viola - Long Sul Pont Distorted
    • Viola - Long Sul Pont
    • Viola - Long Sul Tasto
    • Viola - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
    • Viola - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
    • Viola - Long
    • Viola - Short Pizzicato
    • Viola - Short Spiccato Brushed
    • Viola - Short Spiccato Dig
    • Viola - Short Spiccato
    • Violin
    • Violin - Long Alternative
    • Violin - Long Harmonics
    • Violin - Long Sul Pont
    • Violin - Long Sul Tasto
    • Violin - Long Tremolo Sul Pont
    • Violin - Long Tremolo Unmeasured
    • Violin - Long
    • Violin - Short Pizzicato
    • Violin - Short Spiccato Brushed
    • Violin - Short Spiccato Dig
    • Violin - Short Spiccato
    • Other patches
    • Bass - Economic
    • Bass - Light resources
    • Bass - Time Machine
    • Cello - Economic
    • Cello - Light resources
    • Cello - Time Machine
    • Viola - Economic
    • Viola - Light resources
    • Viola - Time Machine
    • Violin - Economic
    • Violin - Light resources
    • Violin - Time Machine
    • Performance Legato
    • Cello - Performance patch
    • Violin - Performance patch


    How does Alternative Solo Strings differ from Spitfire Solo Strings?

    This is an alternative take on our Spitfire Solo Strings library. These are edgy, raw musical tools that behave with a certain amount of realistic unpredictability, designed to provide you not only with that initial spark of inspiration, but also to broaden your understanding of this particular group of instruments. 

    Is this the Artisan Violin and Artisan Cello in a new package?

    Yes! We have combined the Artisan Violin and Artisan Cello, added a Viola and a Double Bass then packaged them all up in an NKS ready Player library called Alternative Solo Strings.

    I already have the Artisan Violin and Artisan Cello, where do I go from here?

    If you have either of these libraries already, you’ll get a great price on Alternative Solo Strings. 50% off if you own both, and 25% off if you own one.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS 11, 12 or 13 

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    44.5 GB uncompressed .wav

    29.6 GB download size

    59.20 GB disk space required during install

    Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout

    Kontakt player

    Kontakt Full or Kontakt Player 5.6.8 or higher

    Alternative Solo Strings sounds great with…