The ARIA Sound London Solo Cello for Native Instrument Kontakt was sampled in the same London concert hall as the LSS violin with a fantastic musician who applied the perfect tasteful amount of musicality and emotion when recording for this library. The result is a largely human, breatheable instrument. The ARIA Sound London Solo Cello is the fantastic and hugely improved upon cello, with an amazing four mic positions, three legato types and even a choice of true release types.
Three legato modes were sampled – slurred, bowed and portamento. These are easily switchable during use via keyswitches, and one exceptionally useful feature, which we are shocked to say we rarely see in string libraries, is the ability to change bow on the same note. Simply hold the note you want to change bow on, and press the low G keyswitch.
Staccato and whole tone trills are also included, with the staccatos having 24 variations per note so as to never sound repetitive – also switchable via keyswitch.
Another feature included is the ability to alter the release sound when the final note is played and released. A soft release is a normal removal of the bow from the string, but through keyswitching, you can also select hard release, which triggers a hard release. This is the sound of a player ending the note with a sharp crescendo and quick accented lift of the bow.