Chris Hein - Solo Strings EX

is a collection of 14 virtual Solo String instruments you’ve been waiting for. 

Chris Hein - Solo Strings features the most realistic multi-sampled solo string instruments available today. Whether you’re writing for jazz, gypsy or orchestral, Chris Hein Solo Strings is flexible enough to handle any genre. The instruments always sounds completely authentic both within an ensemble and performing solo.

CH-Solo Strings is available as single instruments or as complete bundle

Click on the picture to get more info about the individual instruments


CH-Solo Strings


CH-Solo Violin


CH-Solo Viola


CH-Solo Cello


CH-Solo Contrabass

6 of the instrument have over 10,000 samples, 38 articulations and 4 different legato transitions. The EX instruments have 18 articulations.

Unique phase align techniques enable perfect X-fade blending between up to 8 dynamic layers. Play from smooth & soft to screaming loud with completely natural sounding transitions, all without artefacts or phasing. 

Choose from a staggering 102 different attack shapes per note using the unique Note Head function, all with just a single fader. 

Two on-board convolution reverbs allow you to design the body of the instrument and the performance space itself. 

The DSP effects rack gives unlimited power to process the string sound, from soundtrack-ready to other-worldly. 

The detail, expression and functionality of

Chris Hein Solo Strings is simply unmatched.



Audio Demos


CH-Solo Strings EXtended

Chris Hein - Solo Strings

has been expanded from the initial collection of 6 instruments, to an astonishing 14 instruments.

The 8 new instruments have 18 articulations and are FREE for existing users.

VLN1 - Solo Violin

VLN2 - Italian Violin

VLN3 - French Violin

VLN4 - Original 1826

VLA1 - Solo Viola

VLA2 - Canadian Viola

VLA3 - French Viola

VCL1 - Romantic Cello

VCL2 - Modern Cello

VCL3 - British Cello

VCL4 - French Cello

VCB1 - Russian Bass

VCB2 - German Bass

VCB3 - Italian Bass


A user demo by Enrico Nichelati,

showing 4 of the new EX instruments:

1st Violin: 1826 Old Violin EX

2nd Violin: French Violin EX

Viola: French Viola EX

Cello: British Cello 

Main Features:

• 4 GB Content per instrument   

• 10.000 Samples

• 38 Articulations 

• Up To 8 Dynamic Layers

• Unique Phase-Align technique

• 4 Dynamic Modes

• Dynamic Expression Sustains

• Note-Head Designer

• Hot-Keys

• Intelligent Legato & Portamento

• Glide-Mode To play realistic runs

• 10 built in DSP-Effects

• 2 independent Convolution Reverbs

• 63 high class impulse responses

• Attack- & Release controls

• Special Noise Controls

• Ensemble Maker

• Micro-Tuner

• Adjustable Fader Settings in the UI

• Intelligent LFO-Vibrato including EQ

• Customizable Auto-Vibrato

• Key-Vibrato

Feature Overview

This video provides a fast overview showing the most important articulations.

The features are exactly the same for all Solo String instruments

Its a bit long, so use the content table to quickly jump to the chapter you want to see


Overview Content

00:40  Examples

02:16  Articulations

02:40  Convolution Reverbs

03:47  Dynamics

04:41  Legato & Glide Mode

06:20  Note-Heads

07:20  Blending

07:30  Hot-Keys

09:08  Ensemble Mode

09:35  Settings

10:10  DSP-Effects

10:20  Vibrato

List of Articulations:



„Rattle Your Bones“ - by Lukas Knoebl

This track uses almost all available articulations in CH-Solo Violin

100% realistic in any musical style

Thanks to the vast amount of articulations, dynamics and funtions,

the CH-Solo Strings sound perfectly realistic in any musical genre


Orchestral Strings Quartett

W.A. Mozart „Turkish March“

MIDI programming by Przemyslaw Kopczyk.

Instruments used: 


Solo-Viola as lead instrument,

Romantic Cello


The original played by the Ivy String Quartett

can be heard here:


A soft and jazzy tune by Przemyslaw Kopczyk.

Melody played by Romantic Cello and Modern Cello. ContraBass pizzicato, Violin & Viola layered with Ensemble Strings.


A gypsy style demo by Sascha Knorr.

Solo Viola and Romantic Cello play the melody.

Features: Viola in the highest range.

Different short articulations, colored expressions,

Legato for all articulation.

Solo Strings layered with Ensembles

CH-Solo Strings is perfect to bring your Ensemble Strings to life. Sascha Knorr layered all CH-Solo Strings with orchestral String Ensembles. 

Modern Cello plays the melody.

String Quartett

A childrens song by Torsten Kamps.

All CH-Solo Strings instruments used.

Beyond Realism

Everything you hear played with CH-Solo Modern Cello

Everything you hear played with CH-Solo Violin

Everything you hear played with CH-Solo Contrabass

Beside the unmatched realism, CH-Solo Strings is the perfect choice for creative sound-designers, film- & game composers.

Many included FX samples, extreme dynamics and unusual articulations like „Flautando“, „Flageolets“ and „Ponticello“ enable experimental tracks which go beyond the possibilities of a real instrument.

The instrument range was streched beyond the real String instruments range.

However, a warning „Extended Range“ displays when you leave the realistic range.

Realtime Control

There are many ways to control the many functions of the CH-Solo Violin.

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

Free Cubase Demo Projects

For all users of CH-Solo Strings, these free demo projects

help you to get started and show some tricks

on how the demo songs were made.

Eli Krantzerg about Chris Hein - Solo Strings


Testimonials and Reviews

Dirk Ehlert about Chris Hein - Solo Strings (almost 3 hours!!)


Video reviews by Don Bodin

Logic Tutorial by Eli Krantzerg

Video Review Chris Hein Solo Strings Complete

by Kristian Sensini