Chris Hein - Strings Compact

is the light version of CH-Solo Strings and CH-Ensemble Strings


Chris Hein Strings Compact features all instruments from the legendary CH-Solo Strings and CH-Ensemble Strings libraries with reduced content. All instruments use the original samples from the Complete version.

9 of the most important articulations are included.

These articulations are the same for all instruments.

All instruments have the full dynamic range of the Complete version with up to 8 dynamic layers

The huge variety of 14 Solo Strings and 14 Ensemble mixes, lets you create any string sound you want. From a single Solo Violin, over chamber orchestra to a large symphonic string sound, everything is possible. By layering one or more Solo Instruments on top of an Ensemble, you can create any sound color you can imagine.

Simply duplicate your MIDI track and assign a different instrument to that track. All instruments blend perfectly together.

Since almost all functions from the Complete version are included, the instruments are higly customizable.

Check out the webpages of the Complete versions for all details:

CH-Solo Strings Complete

CH-Ensemble Strings Complete

If you ever feel like you need more articulations, you can always upgrade to the Complete version for a fair price.



Main Features:

• 14 Solo Strings Instruments

• 14 Ensemble Strings Instruments

• 36 GB Content (uncompressed)

• 75.000 Samples

• 9 Articulations 

• Up To 8 Dynamic Layers

• 4 Dynamic Modes

• Dynamic Expression Sustains

• Note-Head Designer

• 5 Hot-Keys

• Intelligent True Legato & Portamento

• 10 built in DSP-Effects

• 2 independent Convolution Reverbs

• 63 high class impulse responses

• Ensemble Maker

• Micro-Tuner

• Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI

• Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ

• Customizable Auto-Vibrato

• Key-Vibrato


Solo Instruments:

VLN1 Solo Violin1

VLN2 Italian Violin

VLN3 French Violin

VLN4 1826 Old Violin

VLA1 Solo Viola 1

VLA2 Canadian Viola

VLA3 French Viola

VLC1 Romantic Cello

VLC2 Modern Cello

VLC3 British Cello

VLC4 German Cello

CB1  Solo Contrabass

CB2  German Bass

CB3  Italian Bass 

Ensemble Instruments:

Ensemble Strings Violins1 Full

Ensemble Strings Violins2 Small

Ensemble Strings Violas1 Full

Ensemble Strings Violas2 Small

Ensemble Strings Cellos1 Full

Ensemble Strings Cellos2 Small

Ensemble Strings Basses1 Full

Ensemble Strings Basses2  Small

Ensemble Strings All Mix Full High

Ensemble Strings All Mix Full Mid

Ensemble Strings All Mix Full Low

Ensemble Strings All Mix Small High

Ensemble Strings All Mix Small Mid

Ensemble Strings All Mix Small Low



Sustain Vibrato

Dynamic Expression Long

Trill 1 Minor



Short 1

Short 3

Spiccato 5

Spiccato 6


Repeat Last Note

Vibrato Up

Vibrato Down

Play Trill Minor

Play Tremolo



by Ben Eshbach

„Le bonheur de la petit chenille“

by Chris Hein

A demo song featuring different solo and ensemble instruments.

All instruments, except percussion and harp, are from CH-Strings Compact


"Pièce pour Ensemble à Cordes"

by Lawson Madlener

This song was played live, straight out of the box using the full ensemble instrument with only a single articulation

and CC11 for dynamic X-Fade. No keyswitches or any other controller were used.

After recording the ensemble sound, single voices were copied out of the chords and assigned to various Solo Instruments

and layered on top of the ensemble. Volume curves were drawn manually to vary the sound.


by Ben Eshbach


Realtime Control

There are many ways to control the many functions of the CH-Ensemble Strings Compact.

The minimum requirement is a MIDI - keyboard and a computer. You can draw all MIDI CC data in your DAW.

However, a set of hardware faders and pedals helps to achieve a good realtime performance.

Beside that, there are a bunch of cool controllers to make a realtime performance fun.

Realtime performance using Hardware MIDI controllers

Watch Berthold Matschat in a

realtime performance with

CH-Solo Violin using various

hardware MIDI Controllers.

Berthold controls six functions in realtime:

Articulation presets changes via Keyswitches

X-Fade via Yamaha BC1 Breath controller

Note Heads via Expression foot pedal


Artificial Vibrato on/off

Portamento Legato via sustain pedal


Based on Hexlers TouchOSC, 

I programmed a Real Time Controller for iPad.

Its not just fun to edit each and every function in

CH-Solo Violin from your iPad, the biggest benefit is, you can easiliy record the edits directly into your DAW. 

Instead of fiddling with midi CCs in your sequencer, just press record and move the knobs and faders on your iPad/iPhone to record the controller movements with your sequence.

Just get TouchOSC for a cheap prize at the Apple App Store, and install the Real Time Controller which is included in the downloads.

Leap Motion & GECO Midi

Here you see me controlling CH-Orchestral Brass with the

Leap Motion. It works the same way with CH-Solo Violin

Bernd Keul playing the CH-Solo Violin

with the Leap Motion and GECO Midi


The Leap Motion is an inexpensive sensor, which can be used in combination with the GECO midi app

to control multiple MIDI CCs at once with intuitive gestures of the left hand while playing the notes with the right hand.

TouchOSC Realtime Controller for iPad