Animato String and Flute FX for Cinema from Zero-G is a 4.5GB library consisting of 3,000 24-bit samples and 139 separate KONTAKT instruments, each with its own custom GUI. Recorded over a week in May 2010 at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios, four world class Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra players were heavily multi-tracked to create 16 violins, 8 cellos, 6 flutes and 6 piccolos and to deliver the big ensemble effect.
The library is perfect for creating soundtracks to films, TV programs and games, with a leaning towards eerie and tortured content. However, the library also contains some beautiful pads that are very suitable for contemporary music production. The sonic textures range from chaotic, tense effects to beautiful undulating pads. Distant pianissimo sirens can shift seamlessly to fortissimo ungodly screeches all with the simple move of the modulation wheel.
The KONTAKT Instruments are divided into two top categories, Live and Mutated. The Live Instruments present the sounds as they were recorded - no effects, pitch shifting, time stretching or other audio processing. The Mutated sounds have been bent and tortured every which way possible - time stretched, pitch shifted, effected, reversed, distorted and so on. Being built from real orchestral recordings, they always retain an organic feel even when the result is distinctly synthesized.
The performers were recorded at 3 microphone positions - close, overhead and room. You can access each of these channels from the user interface. The positions each have their own character, and your blend will depend on your needs. The Close versions are great for dry, close-up intimacy. The Overhead versions have a rich, well-balanced clarity, while the Room versions are more wide and cinematic.