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Emotional cello - a virtual instrument has never been played so expressively

The Emotional Cello from the Munich developer team Harmonic Subtones is a virtual instrument that convinces with a powerful and equally emotional sound and opens up unknown dimensions of expression.

Whether film dubbing, pop music productions, songwriting, classical music or modern, avant-garde cello compositions, the emotional cello shines with a variety of articulations, a direct and genuine sound as well as unusual playing techniques and rebowing.

Contextual sampling

"Contextual Sampling" is what the developers of Emotional Cello call the philosophy behind this project. Here all samples are always recorded in a musical context in order to capture the natural curve and expressiveness of real instrumentalists. With this approach, the recordings of a real vibrato play a major role, since they always look more inspiring and organic than adding an artificial vibrato.

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Articulations, Patches & True Legato

Emotional cello was created from well over 100 articulations and their variants. With the help of an elaborate and intelligent script, innumerable articulations are meaningfully linked with each other so that they follow the flow of the game.

The library has three master patches, including the "Emotional Cello", the "Sulponticello" and the "Harmonic Cello". These contain the majority of the recorded articulations, which logically overlap and provide "Elegant Legato" for the elegantly connected tone in the game. A total of three different types of transitions were captured in several sessions and simulate, among other things, the realistic change of bow direction or passionate portamento while playing and are simply controlled by the user via the velocity - the speed of the tone transitions automatically adapts to your DAW!

In addition to the Master Patches, the Emotional Cello also contains an Individuals Patch, which is a keyswitch patch with different articulations in the same category as e.g. B. Sustains, shorts, trills and others. The Specials Patch offers some unusual articulations and effects and the Stackable Patch contains the main articulations with standardized keyswitching to match the stackable patches of Emotional Violin & Emotional Viola.

Emotional cello 1.5 GUI

Selection of the included playing styles:

Spiccimo & frog, Stacc, Fast Spiccato, Frog Madness, Pizzicato, Delicate, Delicate fast, Proud Vibrato, Hero Vibrato, Martele half NV 8RR, Martele half Vib 4RR, Pickup, Fortepiano, Vivid, Paganini Run, Moderate 2, Sustain Non Vib XFDe, Expressive XFDe, Pastorale, Pastorale slow, Tremolo, Trill HAT,
Trill WT.

Ornament keyswitches

A highlight are the ornament keyswitches. Unlike the articulation keyswitches, they are temporary and allow variations in the articulation already selected. So you can blend the current game type into another articulation by pressing one of the ornament keyswitches or generate variations. Last but not least, the Ornament MKS offer typical effects such as glissando, harmonics and many more.

Emotional cello 1.5 FX PAGE

The effects

In order to design the sound of the cello according to your wishes, there are effects specially tailored to the instrument. This includes a 3-band EQ, a switchable Sordino and a timbre function. The latter contains 15 presets based on convolution, by well-known and experienced sound engineers, for simple and characterful modulation of the basic sound.

For the use of the cello as a 1st chair cello in an orchestral application field, there are also timbre EQs that place the instrument in the correct place in the orchestra room. The final touch is provided by the "Room" and "Reverb" modules, which reproduce the sound of real rooms using professionally recorded convolution reverb presets and can also be set separately.

You are the interpreter!

The surface of Emotional Cello has some advanced functions that make it easier for you as a user to play the library. "PolyLegato" recognizes whether you are currently playing a bound melody line or a chord and "Legato Trimming" allows you to manually adjust the speed of the legato and portamento transitions.

The attack function allows you to add an additional start sample, regardless of the currently selected articulation, to allow short notes to flow in or to simulate harsh starting notes during legato play. The correct tuning is also ensured: With the "Micro Tuning Option" the best-known tunings can be applied to the cello, and completely new tunings can be created.

Emotional cello expert page

The recording

Emotional Cello was recorded in the mastermix studio in Unterföhring in a wood-paneled room with a high ceiling and the greatest possible distance from the wall. . For the most flexible use possible, two Neumann microphones KM184 and U87 were deliberately recorded. So the space remained quite subtle and you can then create your desired sound with your own effects. However, you can also use the integrated convolution reverb.

The following list shows whether the relevant version of Kontakt is compatible with your operating system:


Contact 4:

  •     OS X 10.6 & 10.7 = up to 4.2.4
  •     From OS X 10.8 = no longer supported

Contact 5:

  •     OS X 10.6 = Up to 5.0.3
  •     OS X 10.7 = Up to 5.3.1
  •     OS X 10.8 = 5.0.3 - 5.5.1
  •     OS X 10.9 = 5.3.0 - 5.6.6
  •     OS X 10.10 = 5.3.0 - 5.7.3
  •     OS X 10.11 = 5.5.1 - Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.12 = 5.6.1 - Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.13 = Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.14 = Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.15 = Latest

Contact 6:

  • Mac OS 10.12 - 10.15 (latest update)


Contact 4:

  •     XP = up to 4.2.4
  •     Vista = up to 4.2.4
  •     Windows 7 = up to 4.2.4
  •     Windows 8 & 10 = no longer supported

Contact 5:

  •     XP = up to 5.2.0
  •     Vista = up to 5.2.0
  •     Windows 7 = Latest
  •     Windows 8 & 10 = Latest

Contact 6:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest service pack, only 64-bit)


  • 1GB free hard disk space for the application

  • additional hard disk space according to the library size


Stand-alone | VST | Audio Units | ASIO | CoreAudio | WASAPI | AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher)

Product activation:

You need Native Access to install, register, activate and update your products. Start the Native Access software and log in with your Native Instruments credentials to begin setup.
For successful activation, Native Access requires a working internet connection.
An offline activation  on another computer can NOT be performed. 

Contact Player 6.2.2 or newer required.

AAX native, AU, KontaktPlayer powered, Mac, NKS support, Standalone, VST, Win
Download size: 12.35 GB