AMATI VIOLA is part of Native Instruments' Cremona Quartet series. A pioneering luthier, AndreaAmati is widely regarded as the inventor of the violin as we know it. His son Gerolamo continuedthis tradition in their family workshop in Cremona, and built the ‘Stauffer’ viola in 1614, making itthe oldest instrument in the Cremona Quartet series.
During the extensive recording process for this virtual instrument, the streets of Cremona were insilenct as the council closed roads, car parks and urged the people of the town to remain as quietas possible. Meanwhile, inside the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, designed by pioneer acousticianYasuhisa Toyota, Hamburg’s e-instruments captured every single note of the viola using 32carefully selected microphones placed throughout the hall to provide this digital recreation of ahistoric masterpiece.
The instrument provides 20 different, professionally played articulations, each with up to five legatotransitions. In addition, the innovative, Performance-Captured Vibrato models the natural vibratotechnique of a professional player and the Stereo Phase-Aligned Dynamic Crossfades eliminatephasing between dynamic transitions. These features combine to make AMATI VIOLA one of themost realistic, true-sounding solo viola recreations.