Native Instruments introduces Action Strings
October 10, 2012
Berlin, October 10, 2012 – Native Instruments today introduced ACTION
STRINGS – a phrase-based instrument featuring a 60-piece string
orchestra. Running in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT PLAYER, ACTION
STRINGS delivers driving string phrases and short motifs with an
extremely natural and expansive sound. The flexible instrument provides
producers of all skill levels with a inspiring resource for adding drama
and movement to film and game scores, as well as rock, pop and urban tracks.
Performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, Action Strings provides
producers with over 14GB of musical phrases, carefully sampled by
renowned score production company Dynamedion. The orchestra is made up
of a high ensemble featuring 22 violins, eight violas and six cellos, as
well as a low ensemble containing ten violas, eight cellos and six
basses. The phrases range from basic rhythmic patterns to intricate
melodies, each recorded live in every key, and in two dynamic levels.
With ACTION STRINGS, these phrases become playable and adaptable to any
project. Producers of any expertise level can instantly create 'big
screen' orchestral results, selecting phrases with the left hand while
controlling chords, melodies and tonality with the right. Created with
ease of use and flexibility at the forefront, ACTION STRINGS allows for
blending between dynamic levels via the mod wheel, and simple switching
of the harmonic patterns to minor or major via velocity level.
All of the over 150 phrases are organized into themes of five, with five
additional custom slots available. All slots can be assigned or changed
easily via the phrase browser, with every phrase being playable in all
keys. The phrases are selectable via keyswitch and can be played in
trigger mode or synced to the '1' of a host software's tempo. Utilizing
KONTAKT's Time-Machine Pro time stretching algorithm, tempo can be
adjusted in real time, allowing for the creative use of effects such as
Ritardando or Rallentando.
ACTION STRINGS was created by Dynamedion – soundtrack composition
specialists renowned for their work in the European computer game
market. High profile projects such as Halo Legends, Call of Duty 4 and
Battleforge games – as well as movie trailer scores for The Last King of
Scotland, The Bourne Ultimatum and 10,000 B.C. – have won the company
numerous prizes and music awards in the past decade.
ACTION STRINGS runs in KONTAKT 5 or the free KONTAKT PLAYER, and is
available now from the NI Online Shop for $339 / 299 € / 33800 ¥.
Additional information on ACTION STRINGS is available at:
About Native Instruments:
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware
for computer-based music production and DJing. The company's mission is
to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions,
styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological
boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and