Cinematic Studio’s eagerly anticipated Woodwinds library does not disappoint.
The Cinematic Studio Series libraries have earned a prominent place in many composers’ setups, with an enviable reputation for consistency, sound quality, ease of use and some of the best legato scripting on the planet. Consequently, anticipation of this woodwind library has been almost unbearable since its development was announced over two years ago. CSW features a complement of nine solo instruments and four two‑player sections (sometimes referred to as ‘a2’). Notwithstanding one or two omissions such as bass flute and Eb clarinet, all the woodwinds you’d expect to find in any self‑respecting orchestra are present.
At a substantial 105GB in size, CSW is not a trivial download, especially for those with a slow Internet connection. Downloading is done using the dedicated Cinematic Series Installer app; the good news is that the app downloads and installs the library directly to where you want it, rather than downloading a ZIP or RAR file that needs to be extracted afterwards, which would double the amount of disk space required until the ZIP/RAR could be deleted after installation. Despite my allegedly high‑speed connection, I managed no faster than 2.5Mb/sec, which took 11 hours to complete! The library runs in the full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 and above and is authorised using NI’s Native Access app.
The interface will be instantly familiar to anyone acquainted with Cinematic Studio Strings (CSS), Cinematic Studio Brass (CSB) or Cinematic Studio Solo Strings (CSSS); for them no further explanation is necessary, and newcomers to CS products will learn it in minutes. Articulations are selected by keyswitches, or by clicking on the central matrix squares. To the left is the microphone channel mixer [shown in the first screenshot], whilst on the right additional controls appear relevant to the current articulation; for example, if the Staccato articulation is chosen, all four short articulations appear with a mod wheel graphic showing they can be selected with CC1. Rounding off the UI is a level control for the inbuilt reverb, and that’s really all there is to it — simple, elegant and unfussy.
CSW was recorded in the same Trackdown Scoring Stage in...