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Whether film scoring, pop music productions, songwriting, classical music or modern, avant-garde cello compositions, the Emotional Cello shines through a variety of contained articulations, a direct and unadulterated sound as well as unusual playing techniques and rebowing.



For the use of the Cello as 1st chair cello in an orchestral environment, there are also timbre EQs which place the viola in its correct position in the orchestra room. The final touch is provided by the "Room" and "Reverb" modules, which use professionally recorded convolution reverb presets to reproduce the sound of real rooms and can also be adjusted separately.

Since the Game of Thrones main titles has popularized the cello more and more sample developers (Embertone, CineSamples, Spitfire, ect.) have been trying to capture the essence of this beautiful end expressive tenor string instrument. Harmonic Subtones have recently introduced to the market yet another spectacular solo cello virtual instrument with true legato and 16 play-styles. As a cello player I tend to be overly critical towards solo strings sample libraries, but I have to say, that I have been pleasantly surprised by the Emotional cello and I was inspired by the moment I played the first notes into my DAW.

It took four long years and sampling of various instruments for the Harmonic Subtones, a Munich based developer team, to produce this unique virtual cello. The 5,37 GB instrument packs multiple articulations, some of which are truly unique to this sample libary, with 4 round robins on the long articulations and up to 8 on the shorter articulations. When I was scrolling and improvising through all the articulations I really liked the playability of the instruments. This is truly one of those sample libraries, which are so well crafted and scripted, that they just work out of the box and give you instant great results even without going under the hood and tweaking the settings.

The master Emotional cello patch contains 16 different articulations (see screen shot bellow), that are carefully ordered with keyswitches. The lower keyswitches trigger the shorter articulations (spiccato, staccato, pizzicato, fast spiccato) and the higher ones the longer articulations (delicate, delicate fast, proud vibrato, expressiv xfade, moderate 1, moderate 2, pick up, fortepiano, vivid, renaissance 1, renaissance 2, non vibrato xfade).

This is the best solo cello library I have had a chance to get my hands on and it will definitely stay in my main orchestral template for a long long time. The guys at Harmonic Subtones did a amazing job with this instrument.

Emotional Cello is a new kind of virtual instrument, created by Harmonic Subtones, a Munich based developer team, to be used with Native Instrument's Kontakt 5 Player. Because of its powerful and simultaneously exceptional emotional sound, it opens up previously unknown verbal dimensions for the work with samples.