Amati Viola

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Once installed, you will find AMATI VIOLA comes with two NKI instruments. Click the Instruments banner to show the AMATI VIOLA NKIs. Load the desired NKI on your KONTAKT or KONTAKT PLAYER browser by double-clicking the NKI.


Multi-microphone and standard stereo version of AMATI VIOLA as seen in KONTAKT instrument browser.

  • Amati Viola Multi Mic: Use the multi-microphone version to control and fine-tune the balance between different microphone positions and mixes, as well as the Room Noise of the recording space. For more information on the Mixer page and Room Noise controls, refer to Mixer.
  • Amati Viola: The standard stereo NKI includes only a stereo mix of the viola. The stereo version is ideal for saving computer resources and sketching ideas quickly without the need to adjust the balance between microphone mixes.

The only visible difference between the multi-microphone and stereo NKI interfaces is the mixer tool, which is not available in the stereo version.

Key Features

AMATI VIOLA contains the following key features:

Chromatic Sampling

Unlike most other virtual string instruments which often rely on samples of only every other note of the instrument, AMATI VIOLA features chromatic sampling, meaning that every single note of the instrument is a true recording. All playing styles and articulations have been sampled chromatically, and therefore are playable with unparalleled realism without the need to stretch notes in between.

Phase-aligned Stereo Samples

AMATI VIOLA‘s phase-aligned stereo sampling technology allows you to produce natural, vivid viola performances. Seamless, phase-aligned velocity crossfades on long articulations eliminate phasing when transitioning between dynamic layers.

Performance-Captured Vibrato

One of AMATI VIOLA’s highlights are the real-life vibrato performances performed by the best virtuosi. The captured performances are re-applied into the sampled content, allowing you to produce highly authentic and dynamic vibrato performances. In many other virtual string instruments the vibrato has been included within the sample, and therefore it can only be turned on or off. AMATI VIOLA allows you to control vibrato depth and speed dynamically, allowing for dynamic and realistic vibrato performances.

A Comprehensive Range of Articulations

Utilize 20 different articulations that are divided into Long, Short, Expressive, Dynamic, Special and Adaptive articulations. In addition, three different legato transitions can be found within the articulation controls. The Virtuoso articulation intelligently combines multiple articulations depending on the velocity, note and pitch bend information you generate through your MIDI controller performance.

Intelligent Fingerboard Positioning

Dial in the perfect timbre for long articulations. Choose the Low String fingerboard position for a soft, mellow tone or the High String position for a brighter, more vibrant sound. Or opt for the Smart position, which intelligently selects the closest fingerboard position to the other notes played, as a real violaist would.

Multiple Microphones and Blendable Microphone Positions

A multi-microphone version of the instrument provides mix faders that let you adjust three separate mixdowns of the 32 microphones. Mix close, mid, and far mic positions. An included second version of AMATI VIOLA provides a stereo-only mix that’s lighter on your CPU and RAM for a speedier workflow and extra focus when composing.

The Characteristics of a Perfect Room

AMATI VIOLA was recorded in Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, in Cremona, Italy. This special performance space is part of Italy’s violin museum. The hall has been specifically designed with these precious instruments in mind. Blend in the noise floor captured in the Auditorium to place your Stradivari in the perfect acoustic space.


Welcome to AMATI VIOLA

AMATI VIOLA is part of Native Instruments’ Cremona Quartet series. A pioneering luthier, Andrea Amati is widely regarded as the inventor of the violin as we know it. His son Gerolamo continued this tradition in their family workshop in Cremona, and built the ‘Stauffer’ viola in 1614, making it the oldest instrument in the Cremona Quartet series.

During the extensive recording process for this virtual instrument, the streets of Cremona were in silenct as the council closed roads, car parks and urged the people of the town to remain as quiet as possible. Meanwhile, inside the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, designed by pioneer acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, Hamburg’s e-instruments captured every single note of the viola using 32 carefully selected microphones placed throughout the hall to provide this digital recreation of a historic masterpiece.

The instrument provides 20 different, professionally played articulations, each with up to five legato transitions. In addition, the innovative, Performance-Captured Vibrato models the natural vibrato technique of a professional player and the Stereo Phase-Aligned Dynamic Crossfades eliminate phasing between dynamic transitions. These features combine to make AMATI VIOLA one of the most realistic, true-sounding solo viola recreations.

We hope that you enjoy using AMATI VIOLA!


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