This library is a legato, monophonic version of the Cello featured in the Pivot bank of Stone. It focuses on the articulation and expression of a solo Cello, therefore it plays quite differently to Stone. The recording was made with one very close mic and a little bit of room mic, capturing a lovely bow texture and resonance from the body of the Cello
Legato Cello comes with two patches – the first is a .nki which works with standard keyboards. It has three velocity layers and scripted vibrato to add articulation
The .nkm patch is for MPE instruments and designed for use with roli devices – this patch doesn’t have the velocity layers as you can use the keyboard for all sorts of lovely articulations instead. The slide parameter is mapped to octave down, which sounds deep and raspy!
There is a set of effects at the bottom half of the UI. The filter symbols also act as buttons which will reveal LFO parameters for modulation. The front panel controls left to right comprise of;
// Lo-pass cutoff – the button reveals resonance and controls for a multi shape LFO
// Hi-pass cutoff – the button reveals resonance and controls for a multi shape LFO
// Saturate – with a nod to Tim Hecker, saturate the instrument bringing out the harsher overtones and adding a warm distorted fuzz at high levels – watch the master volume!
// Phase – inspired by leslie cabinets with an in-built rotating speaker, phase is a stereo effect that is bpm synced from your DAW
// Stereo – a simple stereo modelling effect that can spread the stereo field of the instrument wider, or constrict to mono
// Room – a natural sounding convolution reverb
// Blur – a delay that sounds more like a reverb by taking microsecond particles and diffusing them into a reverb that stretches and spreads the sound into a wash
Legato Cello is a Kontakt library and you will need Kontakt 6.2 and above, the FULL version. It isn’t a Kontakt Player library, so will not appear in the library browser of Kontakt.
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