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  • Groundbreaking string sampling

    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.

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    Includes Kontakt Player (free download)

    Compatible with NKS

    344 players

    26 mic signals

    246 articulations

    Dedicated plugin

    Listen to Hans Zimmer Strings

    Update patches only

    Features Hans Zimmer Piano and Hans Zimmer Percussion

    Includes update patches

    The true magic of sampling is creating sounds that are impossible to recreate in reality.

    Hans Zimmer

    Air Studios large string section
    Hans Zimmer strings breakdown
    Hans Zimmer violas breakdown
    Hans Zimmer cellos breakdown
    Hans Zimmer basses breakdown

    Hans Zimmer Strings GUI
    Hans Zimmer Strings GUI
    Hans Zimmer Strings bass section
    Hans Zimmer with Paul Thomson and others

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    What's included

    Individual techniques

    Violins
    • 60 Violins - Short
    • 60 Violins - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 60 Violins - Short Soft Col Legno
    • 60 Violins - Long
    • 60 Violins - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 60 Violins - Long Super Flautando
    • 60 Violins - Long Soft CS
    • 60 Violins - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 60 Violins - Legato
    • 60 Violins - FX
    • 20 Violins LHS - Short Tight
    • 20 Violins LHS - Short Pizzicato
    • 20 Violins LHS - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Violins LHS - Long
    • 20 Violins LHS - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Violins LHS - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Violins LHS - Long Sul Tasto
    • 20 Violins LHS - Long CS
    • 20 Violins LHS - Legato
    • 20 Violins LHS - Marcato Crotchet
    • 20 Violins LHS - Marcato Semibreve
    • 20 Violins LHS - Spiccatissimo
    • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo
    • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo Harmonics
    • 20 Violins CTR - Tremolo CS
    • 20 Violins CTR - Short Tight
    • 20 Violins CTR - Short Strummed Pizzicato
    • 20 Violins CTR - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Sul Tasto
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Sul Pont
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Harmonics
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long CS
    • 20 Violins CTR - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 20 Violins RHS - Tremolo Harmonics
    • 20 Violins RHS - Tremolo CS
    • 20 Violins RHS - Short Strummed Pizzicato
    • 20 Violins RHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 20 Violins RHS - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long Tremolo Harmonic Waves
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long Harmonics
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long CS
    • 20 Violins RHS - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 20 Violins RHS - Legato
    • 20 Violins RHS - FX
    • 20 Violins RHS - Marcato Crotchet
    • 20 Violins RHS - Marcato Semibreve
    • 20 Violins RHS - Spiccatissimo
    • Violins Galleries - Tremolo CS
    • Violins Galleries - Short Pizzicato
    • Violins Galleries - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • Violins Galleries - Short Col Legno
    • Violins Galleries - Long
    • Violins Galleries - Long Super Flautando
    • Violins Galleries - Long Sul Pont
    • Violins Galleries - Long CS
    • Violins Galleries - Long Col Legno Tratto
    Violas
    • 20 Violas CTR - Short Tight
    • 20 Violas CTR - Short Strummed Pizzicato
    • 20 Violas CTR - Long
    • 20 Violas CTR - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Violas CTR - Long CS
    • 20 Violas CTR - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 20 Violas CTR - FX
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo Harmonics
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Tremolo Harmonic Waves
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Short
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Pizzicato
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Long
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Long Harmonics
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Long CS
    • 20 Violas WIDE - Legato
    Cellos
    • 60 Cellos - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
    • 60 Cellos - Short
    • 60 Cellos - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 60 Cellos - Short Soft Col Legno
    • 60 Cellos - Long
    • 60 Cellos - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 60 Cellos - Long Super Flautando
    • 60 Cellos - Long Soft CS
    • 60 Cellos - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 60 Cellos - Legato
    • 60 Cellos - FX
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo Harmonic Waves
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Short
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Harmonics
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long CS
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Legato
    • 20 Cellos RHS - FX
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Marcato Crotchet
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Marcato Semibreve
    • 20 Cellos RHS - Spiccatissimo
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Tremolo
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Tremolo CS
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Short
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Pizzicato
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Short Col Legno
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long Harmonics
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Long CS
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Legato
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Marcato Crotchet
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Marcato Semibreve
    • 20 Cellos LHS - Spiccatissimo
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Long
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Super Flautando
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Sul Pont
    • 20 Cellos CTR - Long Harmonics
    • Cellos Galleries - Tremolo CS
    • Cellos Galleries - Short Pizzicato
    • Cellos Galleries - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • Cellos Galleries - Short Col Legno
    • Cellos Galleries - Long
    • Cellos Galleries - Long Super Flautando
    • Cellos Galleries - Long Sul Pont
    • Cellos Galleries - Long CS
    Basses
    • 24 Basses - Tremolo
    • 24 Basses - Tremolo CS Pont Waves
    • 24 Basses - Short
    • 24 Basses - Short Pizzicato
    • 24 Basses - Short Pizzicato Bartok
    • 24 Basses - Short Col Legno
    • 24 Basses - Long
    • 24 Basses - Long Super Sul Tasto
    • 24 Basses - Long Super Sul Pont
    • 24 Basses - Long Super Flautando
    • 24 Basses - Long Sul Pont
    • 24 Basses - Long Harmonics
    • 24 Basses - Long Col Legno Tratto
    • 24 Basses - Legato
    • 24 Basses - FX2 (Chatter)
    • 24 Basses - FX1 (Cluster Slides)

    Number of mics

    • 60 Violins - 21
    • 20 Violins Left - 13
    • 20 Violins Centre - 14
    • 20 Violins Right - 13
    • Violins Galleries - 15
    • 20 Violas Wide - 17
    • 20 Violas Centre - 15
    • 60 Cellos - 26
    • 20 Cellos Left - 15
    • 20 Cellos Centre - 14
    • 20 Cellos Right - 15
    • Cellos Galleries - 18
    • 24 Basses - 21

    Videos

    Testimonials

    This library gives you the tools to create something totally new and extraordinary sounding — hearing 60 cellists playing muted, as softly as possible, is truly remarkable.

    Paul Thomson Composer & co-founder of Spitfire Audio

    Hans Zimmer Strings offers an oceanic patina of strings and articulations. Where certain techniques might normally sound angular, they suddenly take on a fresh beauty — try out the Col Legno Trattos for a totally unique sound.

    Christian Henson Composer & co-founder of Spitfire Audio

    FAQs

    How do I add Hans Zimmer Strings to Kontakt?

    You don’t! Hans Zimmer Strings is a dedicated plugin available as VST, AAX and AU so it can be used directly in your favourite DAW.


    What software will I need to run Hans Zimmer Strings?

    We provide an AU, VST2, VST3 and an AAX, so as long as your chosen DAW supports one of those plugin formats, you’re good to go.


    What other features are there in Hans Zimmer Strings?

    It has simplified controls, featuring sliders for expression and dynamics, and a big knob that can be easily customised to the user’s personal workflow. It’s clutter-free and focused. We have tailored it specifically for orchestral work and so loading instruments is a pleasure. It also Includes articulation filtering, with clear and beautiful icons.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.15 

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM, 184GB free HD space (7200rpm).

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM, 184GB free SSD space.

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 (dual core), 8GB RAM, 184GB free HD space (7200rpm).

    Recommended: 2.5GHz i7 (quad-core), 16GB RAM, 184GB free SSD space.

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install


    File size

    ~366873 samples

    251.0 GB download size

    251.00 GB disk space required during install

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