VIOLA UNTAMED Launched as Part of Westwood’s “Untamed” Series

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2021
  • Time to read: 3 min.

VIOLA UNTAMED – Westwood’s “Untamed” Series

VIOLA UNTAMED is the fourth in Westwood’s “Untamed” series – a solo viola library for Kontakt. Often described as the instrument with the closest sound to the human voice.

VIOLA UNTAMED and the other Kontakt instruments part of Westwood’s Untamed Series sounds charming and unique. The Articulations like Improvisations, Storms, Flautando, and Circular Bowing to name a few are just beyond good. I love the sound of this instrument and the character and tones it can produce. VIOLA UNTAMED blends very nicely into a score and adds when needed some magic vibes to your composition or underscore. VIOLA UNTAMED is perfect when composing to picture, trailer, game, and ad.

This latest instrument is here to do the talking in your music. Westwood was born from the idea that composing on a computer would be much better if it felt like you’re writing with a musician and an instrument in front of you.

 

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In the 4th installment of Westwood’s Untamed series, Westwood recorded 3 octaves and 333 unique, individual improvised performances. From soulful and fragile murmurs to impassioned and feverish cries. Not for the traditionalist, and not for the faint of heart. This is for fans of alternative scores and inspired by composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Jed Kurzel and Jonny Greenwood.

With the same unique feature-set as the rest of the Untamed series, including Storms; a powerful articulation that can create crescendos, from a solo performance to a frenetic ensemble. As well as all of this, there are 9 other classic long and short note articulations that complement the other instruments in the series.

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It’s here to inspire your writing and is really at home with minimalist compositions where tone and sound do more talking than melody. 

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VIOLA UNTAMED Recording

Recorded at The Nave, one of the North of England’s finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room. Engineer Tom Orrell used an impeccable set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the viola

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A single Brauner VMA valve mic is at the heart of the mix, providing a really rich, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a close stereo overhead perspective. A pair of Oktava MK-012s mics adds more depth to the room, whilst a second pair of the same mics placed high up in the gallery do a perfect job of capturing the natural reverb tail of the studio. We collected this really wide range of perspectives for you to mix exactly the sound you need. 

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Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors. 

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3 full octaves and 333 unique and individual improvised notes. From soulful, fragile murmurs to impassioned and feverish cries. Not for the traditionalist, and not for the faint of heart.

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With the same unique feature-set as the rest of the Untamed series, including Storms; a powerful articulation which is can create crescendos, from a solo performance to a frenetic ensemble. As well as all of this, there are 9 other classic long and short note articulations that complement the other instruments in the series.

VIOLA UNTAMED is here to inspire your writing and is really at home with minimalist styles where performance and tone do more work than melody.

Pricing and Availability

VIOLA UNTAMED is available now.

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