1. 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...
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    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...
  3. 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?
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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 -...
  7. 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!
  8. 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!!
  9. T

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

    Edit: was able to answer my own questions
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. 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...
  18. 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
  19. ChrisSiuMusic

    Coming This Thursday...

  20. thestickman8

    Cherry Blossom Boulevard

    Hi all, I recently completed a new track and thought you might enjoy it!
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    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...
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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.
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
  28. 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...
  29. 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...
  30. 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...
  31. 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...
  32. 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 !
  33. ChrisSiuMusic

    CSS vs. Berlin Strings

  34. aaronventure

    "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" for strings (No Click) (CSS)

    Christmas time is upon us! This is a short re-harmonization for strings. Lossless HERE
  35. T

    SCS, CSS ... is it possible to pan the sections wherever you want?

    Edited original post to reflect the shift in focus of this thread to one particular issue: Looking at getting either SCS or CSS for black friday (SCS will be 25% off so around $500 and CSS will be 20% off so around $320) but had a quick question: I noticed that both SCS and CSS are recorded...
  36. Shamgar

    Need help deciding on Strings (+ solo)

    After messing around with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 (which is dreadful), which I bought on sale some years ago, I decided to save up for Black Friday sales and get a decent Solo and Ensemble String library (and get winds/brass sections later on). A year ago, my mind settled on the CineStrings...
  37. J

    Logic Pro X + CSS/Kontakt Loading error

    I have a project I am working on involving MIDI created in Finale. 1)String Trio score was created in Finale then imported into Logic Pro X 2)Created Three tracks for each instrument (Violin/Viola/Cello) 3)Cello switches from Legato to Staccato near the end. The original MIDI imported fine and...
  38. Karma

    Disney/Fairytale Wedding Piece

    To give a little background behind this piece... my brother recently got engaged and a few people around me suggested that I compose a piece for his wedding day. His fiance is a big Disney fan so I decided to try and aim for something along those lines. Lots of inspiration taken from...
  39. Dirk Ehlert

    CSS & Cubase Expression Maps

    Has anyone figured a working solution for Cubase Expression Maps and CSS? The articulation switching works flawlessly with the MidiCC58 system, but when it comes to leg/non leg and Sord/non Sord (which is also set up wiuth CC58) I can't get it working in expression maps. I tried to set it up in...
  40. T

    A large "Sinatra" sound from CSS. Is it obtainable?

    Been working on a project where strings need to sound full, yet very intimate. The track itself (especially where strings come in) do require a bit of intense vibrato, and I've found that CSS fills that gap the best for a spacey, yet intimate sound. My current problem is that I need to make...
  41. Pianistikboy


    Hi ! I share with you my last track entitled Lacrimosa, written for choir, piano and string orchestra. I hope that you'll like it. Thank you for listening and for your impressions. Keep tuned to my last news by registring a like on my facebook page, thank you ...
  42. Vik

    Why doesn't Logic read these CSS parameters?

    I have some issues when automation CC parameters with CSS. Not as bad as with my Spitfire stuff, but this is still... strange. Please look at the above image. I have opened Cinematic Studio Strings on this track, and Logic understands what it needs to do to both show the name of the...
  43. Naoki Ohmori

    Chinese Rhapsody - Cinematic Studio Strings/CSS

    Hi, I wrote this song by imaging Chinese historical drama OSTs or a man doing Tai-Chi on the top of a sacred mountain. :) It's a short piece but it took a long time to write it because I have learned Harmony and Counterpoint at the same time. The libraries I used are as follows: Strings...
  44. calebfaith

    Nora - Film Theme (CSS)

    After purchasing CSS lately I decided to test it out re-creating a film theme I wrote last year for an upcoming film Nora by Brain Zoo Studios.
  45. Pianistikboy

    'La Vallée d'Eschcol' - CSS and other orchestra stuff...

    Hi ! This is my last composition for orchestra entitled 'La Vallée d'Eschcol'. Hope that you'll enjoy it. Thanks for listening and for your feed-back.
  46. Pianistikboy

    Arrangement for string orchestra of my piece 'Libera Me' (whole piece) - CSS

    Hi, I have just finished the arrangement for string orchestra of my piece 'Libera Me'. You can now listen to the whole audio track. For this demo, I have used again my go to string library CSS. I hope that you will like the rendition. Don't hesitate to comment. P.S. According to Morodienne's...
  47. higgs

    Assign MIDI Values Outside a Device's Editor?

    I picked up a Korg NanoPAD2 in hopes of using it's editor and 4 available scenes to make a dedicated & portable articulation switcher for CSS, UACC, etc. Though the pads are velocity sensitive, it's supplied editor does not allow for unique values within a given CC as needed for UACC/CC32 values...
  48. H

    Cinematic Studio Strings delay

    I watched the legato video walkthrough for CSS and I have to admit I'm a bit confused about the delay thing. He says there will be a delay ranging from 50ms to 300ms depending on the legato speed. He also says you can compensate for that by adding a midi negative delay in the track. But clearly...
  49. M.Ramillon

    Cinematic Studio Strings and Vsl dimension strings

    A short track with CSS and Vienna dimension strings.
  50. Pianistikboy

    Sunrise - Cinematic Studio Strings (CSS)

    Hi ! Here is my new composition for orchestra featuring the beautiful CSS string library. I can't do without it now when I need strings on my music ! Thank you Alex Wallbank !! .