1. ChrisSiuMusic

    String Arranging for Beginners: How I Use the 5 Sections!

    Hey friends! In today's video, we'll dive into my personal approach for lush string writing, and explore some techniques to achieve a full and rich sound by defining how we use each string section. Please enjoy!
  2. Illico

    Contact - Alan Silvestri mockup with mainly Cinematic Studio Series

    A new mockup I would like to share with you. This is a rarely mentioned soundtrack from Alan Silvestri, I like, Contact. This cover was performed on Cubase Pro 11 with mainly Cinematic Studio Series virtual instruments libraries. Of course, I would be happy to receive feedback from the...
  3. ricoderks

    Project colossal - css template

    Hi everyone! I've been busy with an ambitious template called Project Colossal. Its designed to work with the Cinematic Studio Series. It delivers a clear, transparant orchestral sound. This results in an even better and realistic balance while programming your music. Something very valuable to...
  4. Illico

    Flying Theme from E.T. - John Williams - 100% Cinematic Studio Series

    I would like to share with you my latest mockup done with mainly Cinematic Studio Series libraries. I really enjoyed doing this. This is one of my favorite soundtrack from John Williams. Hope VI Control followers will like it. Libraries used: - Cinematic Studio Woodwinds (CSW) - Cinematic...
  5. T

    Using css/csb/csw for that jrpg ost sound?

    Recently, I've been listening to the soundtracks of modern JRPGs such as the Xenoblade Chronicles (2) and Octopath Traveler's OST quite a lot and I've been amazed by how they sound so amazing, yet clearly different to most "western" scores. Before gassing anything new, is there a way to achieve...
  6. TheRealNerevar

    Trailer music ! But something seems off...

    Hello there, here is a track that i wrote in a few hours, i'm satisfied with some things that are happening in there, but there is something that seems a little weird, and i don't get what it is... If someone could help me, whether it be for composition, or arranging, or mixing or whatever bugs...
  7. victor_nf

    How to.... Measured tremolo?

    Hi there! I am having severe dificulties in kind of virtualizing these bars from the famous E.T. Flying theme: My interpretation is that, within a bar for e.g. Violin 1, I should play two notes alternately in fuses (3 paralel lines) during 24 repetitions (to complete a 3/2 tempo bar). Am I...
  8. nickhmusic

    CSS (latest version) Pizzicato Patch won't stay PUT!?

    Hi there, I have my CSS patches separated out into shorts and longs, and have a specific Bass Pizzicato patch I want to use, and want the Pizz selection to stay where it is. However, for some reason, despite setting CC58 (or any other assigned CC for that matter) to 0, the change in controller...
  9. frangolupo23

    Cinematic Studio Woodwinds - mic choice for orchestral sound

    Hi all, what are the best mic settings for CSW for a chamber sound? I find the mix mic too up front for that purpose even after adding reverb. I ended up mixing the main mic with a bit less of the overhead in my demo featuring CSW. Did I go wrong?
  10. nicoroy123

    Cinematic Studio Strings volume bump in legato patches

    Hi friends, need help with this. In CSS, when playing the legato patches, it seems there is a volume bump when I land on a sustain note (after few legato notes in a phrase). Like if the transition between the legato sample and the sustain sample is not smoot. I can clearly see the volume...
  11. R

    Hey, Help me all CSS user.

    Everyone, I'm a Logic ProX user. I was looking for information because I wanted to use the cs series that I really love better. And then I found a really good solution, the logical editor of Cubase. There are many reasons why I can't change in logic, and the biggest reason is the usability of...
  12. Bluemount Score

    New years track using BBCSO, Tina Guo, CSS / CSB, 8DIO Insolidus

    I made a little "opening track" last year and published it January 1st, so I decided to do it again! Happy new year folks! The beginning is a little dark, but it brightens up.
  13. darkneo57

    How to make perfect repeated notes ( quarter note 80 BPM ) with CSS patch legato off ( need help please )

    Hi, I just experienced CSS and I will need some help because I encountered some small problems concerning the repetition of notes (e ;g quarter notes for block chord accompaniment) with the patch sustain legato off 80 BPM. ( e,g full ensemble sustain legato off ), but also with a "traditional...
  14. Everratic

    CSS vs Century Strings 2 — Sordino Legato

    I made a brief comparison video to showcase the differences in sordino legato between Cinematic Studio Strings and Century Strings 2. I prefer Century Strings Sordino if I truly want a sordino sound, whereas CSS’s sordino is nicer for sound design purposes. I like layering css sordino with...
  15. Everratic

    Combining CSS Sordino with Tundra Strings

    I experimented with css + tundra combinations tonight and found pairs that I really love. I'm curious what other people have tried with regards to combining these two libraries. Here are the pairs I used: Violins Violas Cellos Here's a short demo with valhalla room reverb. CSS is first...
  16. ChrisSiuMusic

    5 String Libraries You GOTTA Know About!

    Hey everyone! Today's video features my top 5 string libraries. I'm a big believer in 'less is more', so if you're looking for a comparison of over 50+ libs, this isn't the one for you. Here's are 5 key factors that I look for in a string library: Detail of sound Recording quality...
  17. Bluemount Score

    Gustav Holst - Mars (Mockup, beginning)

    Please be generous with me here! :shocked: Second time I try a mockup. I made this for practice reasons by only watching and listening to an orchestral performance on YouTube, no sheet papers etc. Therefore, some instruments are missing for sure. Besides reverb, it's completely unmixed. Also I...
  18. Bluemount Score

    BREAKTHROUGH - Short epic track incl. CSS, Metropolis Ark and more

    Enjoy and feel free to leave feedback if you have some :) Thanks! Strings: Cinematic Studio Strings, Metropolis Ark 1 & 2 Brass: Metropolis Ark 1 Woodwinds: Native Instruments Symphony Series Choir: Metropolis Ark 1 Percussion: Damage, Action Strikes, Native Instruments Symphony Series...
  19. F

    Help de deciding between CSS -30% or SStS -50%

    I have no “pro” string library and do much more classical mockups and pop arrangements than film music. Seeing that SStS is probably going for half the price on Apex and having the edu discount for CSS, which one do you think would be a better purchase for my use case? I’m aware that CSS gets a...
  20. F

    CSS with 30% edu discount or wait for sale?

    I guess the title says it all. I have the opportunity of getting CSS for $279, as I have an educational discount. As usually discounts don’t stack, what are the chances that a sale price would go lower than this? Should I just get it now for this price or wait for a future sale?
  21. Bluemount Score

    20th Century Fox Intro Music (mock-up) CSS, CSB, NISS Percussion, BBCSO

    I randomly had this theme stuck in my head for the last weeks or so. Made a quick cover yesterday, to maybe get rid of that. Orchestration is not 100% like the real thing, but close. I think the Cinematic Studio Sound fits pretty well. Winds (barely audible, but there is a flute, oboe and...
  22. I

    Cinematic Studio Strings Demo (original composition)

    Hey Everyone! Back again with a quick youtube video. I picked up CSS as my first string library after seeing all the love it was getting on the forum. It definitely didn't disappoint! I've since acquired others, but always come back to this one. The legato scripting is just so smooth. I wrote...
  23. Manaberry

    Mixing process with librairies (noise floor)

    Hello there! I've been struggling a lot lately while mixing my tracks because of some libraries. I acquired CSS/CSB last Black Friday and it's amazing, really. But when it comes to mixing them, I cannot freely manipulate high frequencies with Passive EQ, Multiband compressor, Saturator -...
  24. Bluemount Score

    OPENING - A happy new year track! (feat. NI Symphony Series + CSS + MA2)

    This one is already a couple of months old, but rather than forgetting that I ever made this I decided to release it as a single at this very fitting date :) Enjoy, happy new year!
  25. filipjonathan

    Carol Of The Bells - Pentatonix | Cinematic Studio Strings

    Hey guys! I wanted to share with you the cover that I did using only CSS. It's not perfect but at times CSS sounds beautiful! I'm falling in love with it all over again :inlove: Anyway, I hope you like it and Merry Christmas!!
  26. T

    Need reverb advice for libs like OT Mark, BWW, CSS, etc

    Edit: was able to answer my own questions
  27. Bluemount Score

    First time scoring to picture (Shortfilm) 90% CSS & CSSS

    Over the last weeks, I got the oppertunity to write filmscore to picture for the first time. "To those We leave behind" is a no-budget short film project, written, directed and edited by a good friend of mine. It is the story about two estranged sisters, who have to stick together on a journey...
  28. ka00

    "No One Is Too Small" - orchestral track (critiques wanted)

    Greetings vi control, Please have a listen and let me know what you think. I would love to have your brutally honest feedback on any aspect of this new track. I'm open to all types of critiques as I'm looking to improve this. It's the first time I focussed on trying to build a catchy...
  29. F

    CSS Violins 2 Legato Bug?

    I am currently having issue with the Legato Articulation of the 2nd Violin. Whenever I stop the playback I get a super loud release sound as if the dynamics are suddenly put to 127. Does anyone else experience such problems with CSS?
  30. T

    Problem with CSS Violin II Tuning?

    Hello, I'm having an issue with Cinematic studio strings Violin II section in that, one note (G3) sounds way out of tune to my ears when i apply any vibrato. i've attached a sample of the note along with some melody for context. any ideas on a possible fix would be nice. Thanks, T.rshaw
  31. StephenDBennett

    Cinematic Studio Strings Legato Delay Fix - CUBASE

    Hey everybody! Long time lurker, first time poster. I've found so much help in this forum and finally I have something to contribute! My apologies if someone else has posted this fix to work around the varying delay times of the CSS legato transitions but I couldn't find any mentions of it...
  32. Akarin

    [CSS, CSSS, The Giant] Piano & Strings

    Hey all, My track Memory of Tomorrow was selected as the featured track of the week by the Global Composers Network FB group. It was made as a part of a piano & strings album for tv music. I thought I'd share it here as well. CSS with CSSS used as first chairs and the piano is NI The Giant...
  33. nickmurraymusic

    Cinematic Studio Strings (CSS) vs. Spitfire Symphonic Strings

    Hey guys, I did a quick comparison between these 2 popular string libraries. I find they do have a different sound, but actually work well together as well.
  34. ricoderks

    Scoring my first feature film - YouTube update

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to share a story of which I'm very proud of. Since I was little I always dreamed of being a film composer after hearing the fantastic soundtrack of Once Upon A Time In The West. I took keyboard an piano lessons and after a while I really got addicted to the whole...
  35. Bluemount Score

    Tier Ascent (adventurous orchestral piece)

    This one is part of the album I'm currently releasing and my 9th composition overall. In my opinion, it's definitely my best release so far. Any listen and feedback is much appreciated. Libraries used: CSS MA 1 MA 2 Albion ONE Action Strikes Kontakt Factory Library
  36. ChrisSiuMusic

    Coming This Thursday...

  37. thestickman8

    Cherry Blossom Boulevard

    Hi all, I recently completed a new track and thought you might enjoy it!
  38. H

    Installing CSS on New Computer

    Hello Awesome Community Members, I recently added a much powerful Mac Mini to my workflow (Yay!), in addition to my 2015 MacBook Pro. I already have CSS and CSS Solo libraries installed on my laptop. But I now want to install those on my Mac Mini WITHOUT going through the painful process of...
  39. Arise

    CSS for more intense music? (and a question about the dynamics)

    Hey guys, I recently got CSS and it's a quite nice library, but I was wondering, what dynamics is CSS recorded at? Is it somewhere from p to ff? I like the sound of the library, though I find that they can't go that loud, or is that just me? (with CC1/Modwheel all the way up) I obviously don't...
  40. Akarin

    Creating Expression Maps for CSS (and CSB/CSSS/CS2)

    Hey all. I've written a long and detailed explanation on how to build Cubase Expression Maps that work with CSS. Due to the way CSS (and all the Cinematic Studio Series instruments) is built, having a proper way to control it via Expression Maps is not straightforward. You can find it here...
  41. Wibben

    Big trailer track (non-stop Trailer Brass pads!)

    I was testing out some new production techniques and wrote this simple trailer track in the process. I really, really like how thick Trailer Brass sounds when used like a guitar pad, almost. These brass players don't need to breath so let it rip! Haha Anyways, I think the track turned out...
  42. Alex Niedt

    Cinematic Studio Brass Demo

    I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to brass, but I feel like this is a pretty great-sounding, user-friendly library. There's also some CSS in there, as I hadn't played with it yet, either.
  43. Horacio

    How I Enhance Cinematic Studio Strings For A Closer, Crisper Sound (It's Not Eq, Compression, etc)

    Hey guys, Long time lurker on this forum and love CSS (cinematic studio strings) and have noticed it's popularity in this forum. But I see a lot of common complaints about it being "too dark" or "too reverby." I've made this short youtube video to show you how I've tweaked the strings to be...
  44. calebfaith

    Need Some Testers For CSS VST/AU Delay Compensation Solution

    Hi, This weekend I've thrown together a VST to automatically compensate for the different delays in CSS. I've previously created a solution only for Reaper using scripting but this version should work as a VST in all DAWs. You just have to place it before Kontakt. This version will: - Detect...
  45. A

    Programming Cinematic Studio Strings

    I use Studio one and would be grateful if you could tell me how to best answer these questions for S1: 1. How do you write in Modulation/ CC1 data for CSS? I look at the midi examples Alex W has posted on youtube and it looks like there is a CC1 swell (like a smooth triangle) almost on every...
  46. Bernard Duc

    Strings ultimate challenge: Mahler 5th Adagietto

    After the success of my LOTR mockup, and since I have too little work and too much time since I move back to Switzerland, I decided to tackle a new piece. I asked for suggestions and received quite a few... but finally I decided to go for what I consider the ultimate challenge for string writing...
  47. Bernard Duc

    Template test: LOTR Lightning of the Beacons / VSTi mockup.

    I'm sorry if this is in the wrong forum, feel free to movie it. After moving back from the US where I was studying, I spent the past few weeks setting up my workstation and creating a new template in Reaper. I decided to do this mockup of "The Lightning of the Beacons" form the LOTR soundtrack...
  48. Toby Alexander

    Quarks (CSSS, CSS, Alicia's Keys)

    Here's a short minimalist piece with heaps of that non-vibrato from CSSS. I was going for an organ/pad like background texture by using clustered chords across solo instruments, illusion of a larger ensemble and all that. I really think you can use this vibrato switch to great effect, I agree...
  49. Pianistikboy

    Seven Kings - New mix + choir and percussions

    Hey everybody, I've made a new mix of my orchestral piece 'Seven Kings'. I've also added a choir and some percussions like taikos. I think the music is better like this. I would be happy to have your impressions and feedback on it. Thank you !! And thanks for listening !
  50. ChrisSiuMusic

    CSS vs. Berlin Strings

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