Session Strings
Session Strings Tutorial

Session Strings Pro Explained®

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9 Videos | Length: 58min 33sec
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  • Understanding the Presets 4:56

    Understanding the Presets

    See how the presets that ship with this library are categorized, first by recording technique, then by style, then by section, and finally by function.

  • The Main Window 6:28

    The Main Window

    Learn how the controls on this page, which appears in all three of the preset types, are used to blend the two versions of each section together, control the amount of bow noise, stereo width, and envelope characteristics of the section.

  • The Animator Window Pt. 1 7:05

    The Animator Window Pt. 1

    This window functions as either a step sequencer for chords, or as an arpeggiator. Learn how the basic controls are used to create patterns, alter the dynamics, timing, and number of steps, and set the trigger mode.

  • The Animator Window Pt. 2 5:58

    The Animator Window Pt. 2

    See how Animator presets are used, customized, saved, and loaded, and how to work with the different articulations and arpeggiator playback modes.

  • Getting to Know the Articulations 10:02

    Getting to Know the Articulations

    Listen to samples of the available articulations and become familiar with the types of parts associated with the various playing styles.

  • Working with Key Switches 6:59

    Working with Key Switches

    Learn how the Keyswitch window is used to play or program string parts using multiple playing styles in a single performance.

  • Working with the Articulation Window 6:07

    Working with the Articulation Window

    Discover how this window is used to set up various articulations to be triggered by real time performance gestures, including velocity, sustain pedal, expression pedal, and pitch bend.

  • The FX Window 3:36

    The FX Window

    Hear how the built in three band equalizer, compressor, and convolution reverb are used to enhance the sound of the string instruments.

  • Session Strings Pro in Action 7:22

    Session Strings Pro in Action

    Explore a short musical example utilizing seven different instances of Session Strings Pro that switch between multiple articulations. Discover a few ideas on filtering and chasing the key switch notes.

Product Overview

Eli Krantzberg, author of MIDI Orchestration Explained, dives into one of todays most exciting and inspiring string collections, Native Instruments Session Strings Pro. In this series, Eli covers both the plug-in and how you can integrate it into your workflow to make beautiful sounding string parts and arrangements.

Eli starts with the basics, covering how the Presets are organized. From there, he explores the Main Window and all of its Controls and Blending Options. The next two videos cover the extremely powerful Animator Window which can be used as either a Chordal Step Sequencer or an Arpeggiator.

With the basics covered, Eli gets into the more advanced functionality of this powerful instrument, starting with the available Articulations. After that, he shows you how to work with the powerful Key Switches feature.

From there, Eli explains how to Set Up and Trigger Articulations using the Articulation Window. Eli now walks you through applying the final polish using the FX Window, and concludes with a video on bringing it all together and utilizing Session Strings Pro in your own projects.

Whether you’re just starting out using strings in your compositions, or you’re an experienced Sessions Strings Pro user looking for a better understanding of the instrument, watch “Session Strings Pro Explained” today!

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