Welcome to the STRADIVARI VIOLIN online manual. Read this user guide and learn how to compose stunning string parts for contemporary productions.

STRADIVARI VIOLIN is part of Native Instruments' Cremona Quartet series. It is a virtual instrument made with real-world recordings of Antonio Stradivari’s 'Vesuvius' violin, built in 1727. Until now, only a select few have been granted the right to play this legendary instrument. The violin itself is practically untouchable, guarded by armed security on display in the Museo del Violino in the birthplace of Antonio Stradivari - Cremona, Italy.

During the meticulous recording process for this instrument, the streets of Cremona were in silence, as the council closed roads, car parks and urged the people of the town to remain as quiet as possible. Meanwhile, inside the Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi, designed by pioneer acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, Hamburg’s e-instruments captured every single note of the violin using 32 carefully selected microphones placed throughout the hall to provide this digital recreation of a historic masterpiece.

The instrument provides 20 different, professionally played articulations, each with up to five legato transitions. In addition, the innovative, Performance-Captured Vibrato models the natural vibrato technique of a professional player and the Stereo Phase-Aligned Dynamic Crossfades eliminate phasing between dynamic transitions. These features combine to make STRADIVARI VIOLIN arguably the most realistic, true-sounding solo violin. This document provides information about the library and a description of all of its functions.

We hope you enjoy using STRADIVARI VIOLIN!