Crescent

Crescent by Audio Brewers consists of a Cellos Quartet on a ‘crescent moon’ formation (semi circle), and this is where the whole sonic trip starts.

Thanks to our recording and mixing techniques, we’ve managed to create a library that will immerse your listeners in a next-level experience. With confidence, we can say there’s nothing like this around, anywhere.

Contains 31 Articulations (+8 with Legato), 2 Types of Legato (Slow and Fast Portamento), Polyphonic Legato, Stereo, Mono and Immersive Perspectives and recorded in pristine 24bit / 48kHz resolution.

Requires full version of Kontakt, v6.2.1 or above – not compatible with Kontakt Player.

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Crescent - Fully Immersive Cello Quartet for Kontakt

In our search for push music forward, ‘Crescent’ is our latest bet in our philosophy of bringing music and instruments closer to YOU, the composer.

‘Crescent’ consists of a Cellos Quartet on a ‘crescent moon’ formation (semi circle), and this is where the whole sonic trip starts.

Thanks to our recording and mixing techniques, we’ve managed to create a library that will immerse your listeners in a next-level experience. With confidence, we can say there’s nothing like this around, anywhere.

And because immersion has many levels, we have mixed this library so that you can feel the most of it, whether you want to be completely surrounded by Cellos, to having a small Cellos section in front of you (with all the in-betweens!).

And when we talk immersion, we are talking of any speaker array, you will feel the Cellos embracing you whether you’re using headphones, stereo speakers, all the way up to Surround or even Dolby Atmos setups.

Now let’s talk about TRUE PANNING – ‘Crescent’ is the only strings library that allows you to freely place your sections anywhere around you, without having to hard pan anything – complete real results that fit your needs: A Cellos section on the right of the listener? Done! A Cellos section in the centre? Done! A Cellos section behind? Sure! True Panning completely phases out the stereo hard-panning that provides sub-standard results when it comes to having your strings sections organised in any fashion you might want. Regardless of you using Stereo or Surround arrays, True Panning’s results are completely real and override the old stereo hard-panning.

Finally, we have completely re-designed a polyphonic legato that will work perfect for those composers who play music live – no longer will you need to create 4 tracks on the DAW and then be enslaved by the mouse – with ‘Crescent’ you can simply sit on your MIDI Controller, and play complete polyphonic legato, switch legato types, switch articulations, use as many voices as you want, and never have to look at the computer.

Keep reading for a more detailed description.

The Instruments

Is there a more beautifully-sounding instrument than a Cello? Sure, four Cellos! And even better, all around the listener – a sonic embrace though the whole range of the instrument (and more) that will cover your music journey to perfection. From sweet sustains all the way to Sul Tasto, Sul Ponticello and even more experimental sustain types, you have it all!

The Recording

‘Crescent’ was an idea we had many years ago – initially, we were thinking about recording a section in different positions so that we could offer several perspectives depending on the users’ needs, as we always knew hard-panning an orchestra is dreadful and provides sub-standard results. But when we thought – what exactly are the users’ needs? Every user has their unique requirements, and this is why we decided to record and mix ‘Crescent’ with our unique Audio Brewers approach – a complete immersive quest to cover all needs with perfect realism.

From Spot microphones, to Stereo pairs to multiple Ambisonics positions, we made sure to track the recording from as many places as possible to be able to prepare a product that, as whole, contains a whooping 13 perspectives! Keep reading to learn more about them.

4 Mono Spots.

Spot microphones were placed close to each of the Cellos. Each of the Spots contains a unique dry colour and can work great for extreme-close feeling.

4 Stereo Mixes.

Four Stereo mixes were created to try and cover the basic needs of most composers. A production-ready Mix provides instant results for those composers who don’t want to spend time tweaking the sound, additionally, a Close, Mid and Far mix provide a wide variety of colours that can adapt to most types of music.

5 Immersive Perspectives.

And here’s where things become completely real! Five immersive mixes prepared and delivered fully in Ambisonics, contain real three-dimensional representations of different perspectives that will offer you not only completely different levels of immersion, but also TRUE PANNING possibilities! Regardless of you working in Stereo, Binaural, Surround and even Atmos setups, true panning is complete realism, nothing is emulated, and if you are on a stereo setup, you can use our free ‘ab Decoder Light’ to quickly pan the signal with utmost realism.

A 180° Immersive Mix creates a half-surround immersive experience with the quartet. Here, you can feel as if the instruments were from your left to your right, in front of you.

A 180° Presence Immersive Mix works just like the 180° Mix, but the instruments have much more presence so their colour is much drier.

A 360° Immersive Mix puts you right in the middle of the quartet, where you can feel the sound all around you.

A 360° Presence Immersive Mix works just like the 360° Mix, but the instruments have much more presence so their colour is much drier.

An Audience Mix places the quartet right in front of you, for a more localised sound – a great way to be able to pan the quartet in the sonic field.

Next-gen Polyphonic Legato

Created from the ground up, designed and coded by and for musicians, we’re proud to introduce our newest polyphonic legato, a new take focused towards freeing you from being a slave to the Mouse and the DAW. Our Polyphonic legato adapts to your playing style and is always aware of your intended interval – even if you overlap voices!

Additionally, you can switch legato styles and legato Articulations on-the-fly, never having to leave your MIDI controller!

No matter if you are using 1, 2, 4, 8 or as many voices as you want, our Polyphonic Legato is always aware of your voice movement.

True Panning and Dolby Atmos

Thanks to our recording and mixing techniques, Crescent comes with immersive perspectives that benefit every user: On one hand, composers who work in Stereo, can use the Ambisonics version to be able to three-dimensionally place the ensemble anywhere around the listener’s head. This is what we call True Panning, and after you’ve experienced it on a strings ensemble, going back to the good old-fashioned stereo hard panning, is just a deal-breaker!

Additionally, Dolby Atmos mixes can be done in a matter of seconds, while keeping the spatial capabilities only our products have. It’s not about simulating spaces, and putting a Stereo signal in them, it’s about unfolding an already spatial recording in all around your head – nothing beats realism.

Technical Specifications

Ambisonics + Stereo Version

  • Over 22.000 Samples
  • 50GB Compressed to 27GB
 
 Stereo Version
  • Over 13.000 Samples
  • 20GB Compressed to 9.5GB
  • Requires FULL Kontakt 6.2.1+
  • CPU: i5+
  • RAM: 4GB+

Articulation List

Sustains

Sustain (p, m, f)
Sustain Flat (p, f)
Con Sordino (p, m, f)
Flautando (m)
Sul Tasto (p, f)
Sul Ponticello (p, f)
Harmonics
Tremolo
Tremolo Sul Ponticello

Special Sustains

Arcs Long (p>m>p)
Arcs Short (p>m>p)
Sforzando
Crescendo
Decrescendo
Bend Half Tone Up (m, f)
Bend Half Tone Down (m, f)
Bend Whole Tone Up (m, f)
Bend Whole Tone Down (m, f)
Marcato
Tuning Sustains
Free Dynamics Sustains
Detuning Sustains

Shorts

Pizzicato (p, m, f) CC1 or Velocity, RR3
Bartok Pizzicato (f) CC1 or Velocity, RR3
Spiccato (p, m, f) CC1 or Velocity, RR3
Saltando (p, m, f) CC1 or Velocity, RR3
Col Legno (m) CC1 or Velocity, RR3

Legato (slow and fast Portamento)

Sustain (p, m, f)
Con Sordino (p, m, f)
Flautando (m)
Sul Tasto (p, f)
Marcato
Sul Ponticello (p, f)
Tremolo
Tremolo Sul Ponticello

Misc

Major Sweeps
Minor Sweeps
String Harmonics
Other SFX

Mix Perspectives

Spots (Mono)

Spot 1
Spot 2
Spot 3
Spot 4

Stereo

Mix (Production Ready)
Close
Mid
Far

Immersive (Ambisonics)

180°, Half Surround
180° Presence, Half Surround
360°, Full Surround
360° Presence, Full Surround
Audience, Directional

* Ambisonics Format is natively compatible with any speaker array configuration as long as a third-party decoder can support it.

‘Ambisonics Version’ is delivered both in Stereo (2-channel samples) and RAW Ambix Ambisonics (4-channel samples). As Kontakt doesn’t natively support Ambisonics decoding, a third-party plug-in might be needed if your DAW cannot decode natively. Fortunately there are several ways to achieve this. Please go to our Support section and learn how you can decode Ambisonics in your DAW

Please make sure your DAW supports multichannel tracks, as for Ambisonics to work, a 4-channel (or more) track is needed. Please find out about DAW compatibility in our Support section.

A full version of Kontakt is needed to load this library. It will NOT work with Kontakt player. Please make sure you own the latest version of Kontakt before purchasing.

Demos in Ambisonics (best viewed in 8K)

Polyphonic Legato Demos

Demos In Stereo

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