Top Kontakt Instrument VST Plugins
Top Kontakt Instrument VST Plugins

Top 10+ Kontakt Instrument VST Plugins 2022

We have created for you a rating of the Best 10 Kontakt Instrument VST Plugins as the most downloaded and according to the excellent reviews of musicians

VST list navigation:

  1. Aurora Choir
  2. Dark Kalimba (Kontakt)
  3. Elysium Harp
  4. THE PYREX
  5. Dark Grand Piano (Kontakt)
  6. Plugged
  7. Bizarre Sitar
  8. Victorian Pump Organ
  9. Hyperion Strings Elements
  10. Hyperion Strings Micro

1. Aurora Choir

 
Aurora Choir
 

Symphonic Choir Sample Library for Kontakt 4 and Above!

The Aurora Choir is an elegant and powerful choir sample library for Kontakt, and represents somewhat of a milestone for Aria Sounds, being the culmination of many hours of work, study and tweaking.

The library contains both Sopranos and Altos (separate instruments for maximum control), and has an absolutely stunning legato tone. On top of this, it has short syllables, arranged into a very conveniently playable sequencer. Simple arrange your phrase in the sequence, and play away – the choir will automatically sing the syllables you enter.

Note: Full Version of Kontakt Required

Multiple Legato Modes at Multiple Dynamics

The choir contains four true legato modes (ah, eh, ih and oh) sampled at multiple dynamic layers, giving a total of EIGHT true sampled legato sets, for absolute realism and variation. On top of this, there are a total of twenty four different syllable shorts, sequence-able in the GUI, each sampled at three dynamic layers, giving a total of 72 variations per short note!

Four Mic Positions (48kHz / 24 Bit)

The choir was recorded in a mid sized hall, for a pristine and clear sound, with four mic positions used to ensure that no part of the vocalists’ glorious sound was wasted. Choose from, or create your own personal blend from the four available positions.

The positions are ordered from closest to furthest, and you even have the option between close condenser mics, and close ribbon mics (for a darker and warmer sound). If an even more reverberant sound is what you are after, there is a reverb slider on the interface, and you’ll also be pleased to know that this library takes external reverb very well.

All audio is in 24 bit 48KHz .wav format files.

The sequencer (lower) part of the interface allows for the creation of extremely realistic and powerful spoken lines, with the 24 included syllables.

The default sequence spells out the “Dies Irae” text, but you can easily customise or completely change this. Simply click on any syllable, and select a different one from the 24 options on the drop down menu that opens… Each syllable was recorded at three dynamics, which respond to velocity.

The low G# (in yellow) can be used to reset the sequence to the beginning, in case you don’t want to use all twenty four steps every time, allowing for even greater variation.


2. Dark Kalimba (Kontakt)

 
Dark Kalimba (Kontakt)
 

DARK KALIMBA “A DREAM OF AN INSTRUMENT”

The Dark Kalimba for Kontakt has finally arrived! This instrument is an absolute game changer for kalimba based digital instrumentation.

The software team had a goal to create a full package for our Kontakt users.

Delivered with 50 presets showcasing the ability to create lustrous abstract cinematic sounds in seconds.

“Having access to a double reverb really makes the Dark Kalimba shine from all aspects, combined with the panned infinite delay!”

All sounds have been recorded using high quality studio condenser microphones combined with SSL preamps. Giving extreme clarity and warmth to the entire sound frequency.

The Dark Kalimba is laid out across all octaves for instant creativity. Bringing you the power of this amazing acoustic instrument right into your studio.

INFINITE DELAY
The Delay Feature brings you a panning option included with a time and infinite feedback for very long delay times.

XTRA VERB
We added a reverb function with pre-delay and size options along with a xtra verb option.

FULL EQUALIZER
The full EQ is designed for this particular instrument. The bands are widened for warm boosting and dead cuts.

ADSR ENVELOPE
Unlike the LE version. The Kontakt version features a full ADSR envelope for precise audio sculpting.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Kalimba instrument for kontakt 6.2+
  • 50 kalimba presets
  • Velocity sensitive
  • Warm tube distortion
  • Panning delay with infinite feedback
  • Double reverb feature
  • Studio reverb with size + pre-delay
  • Additional xtra verb function
  • Full spectrum 4 band eq
  • Envelope adsr
  • Lemur controller
  • Dark Kalimba LE Included Free!

Kontakt 6.2 or above (will not function with lower versions or free kontakt player)


3. Elysium Harp

 
Elysium Harp
 

Elysium Harp is a 47-string grand concert pedal harp virtual instrument library, fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player and Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards by Native Instruments. We recorded this massive Lyon & Healy bronze concert harp in exquisite detail, with extended articulation choices, advanced controls, easy play-assist features and warm presence across the entire key range.

We’ve covered classic Finger Plucks with long sustains, deep round-robin and dynamic layering for each string. We also recorded Hard Fingernail plucks, Harmonics, Xylophonics, Bass Pedal Buzzes, plus a wide collection of natural Live Glisses in 19 scales and styles by harpist Jennifer Ellis.

You’ll find lots of custom ambiences, pads and unique FX presets created with the harp source to open up limitless sound design possibilities. You also have access to 3 stereo mic positions (sound board, rear ports & room) to freely mix and route, plus an advanced real-time gliss and arpeggiator sequencers, instant pedal presets for easy glissing and arpeggios, precise tone and presence shaping and a full FX rack for total creative freedom. Elysium Harp contains 12,147 samples and over 30GB of wav content.

The library is compressed to 14.7 GB with NI’s lossless .ncw audio format for greater resource efficiency. It works in Kontakt or Kontakt Player version 5.5.2 and later.

Deep-Sampled Articulations

  • 8 round-robin variations per dynamic layer
  • Finger Pad Plucks
  • Finger Nail Plucks
  • Soft Harmonic Plucks
  • Hard Harmonic Plucks
  • Xylophonic Plucks
  • Bass String Pedal Buzz Effects
  • 194 Natural Glisses in 19 scales and styles by harp soloists Jennifer Ellis
  • Dozens of custom ambiences, organic synth pads, tonal atmospheres and FX presets crafted from the harp source recordings and presets.

Dynamic User Interface

  • Powerful Custom User Interface with fully automatable access to critical performance controls.
  • Front Sound Board microphone position for a full, rich sound. Captured with Neumann TLM 103 microphones.
  • Rear Sound Port microphone position for a deeply resonant and hyper-present tone, captured with Neumann TLM 102 microphones.
  • Overhead Room microphone position for a deeply resonant and hyper-present tone, captured with Neumann TLM 107 microphones.
  • Mixer module for custom channel mixing, loading, positioning and routing.
  • Adaptive Arpeggiator system with preset saving/loading and tons of tweakable options to make arpeggios inspiring and easy to play.
  • Dynamic Gliss generator that lets you draw your own gliss speed and velocity shapes and curves.
  • Intuitive Pedal system that lets you select from dozens of classic harp pedal configurations and instantly snap your keyboard to both common and specialized scale types and keys.
  • The Arpeggiator, Gliss and Pedal systems make it extraordinarily easy to play beautifully life-like glisses, arpeggios and melody lines in real-time. Just load it up and start playing!
  • Modular DSP FX Rack panel with a full set of automatable controls for every effect unit.
  • 119 integrated convolution IR samples recorded in a variety of rooms, environments and FX spaces.

Product Specs

  • Product Version 1.0
  • 12,145 Samples
  • 30.6 GB uncompressed / 14.7 GB Installed with lossless ncw compression
  • 9 nki Kontakt instruments
  • 63 nksn snapshots
  • 24 bit / 48kHz lossless NCW format samples
  • Works with the free Kontakt Player (version 5.5.2+)

4. THE PYREX

 
THE PYREX
 

The Brand New Pyrex Kontakt Library is an urban music vst full of hard hitting sounds.

Even though it’s made for urban music, it’s a beast with any genre of music.

  • Recorded mixed & mastered at high quality.
  • Has a Reverb Knob, LFO Filter, Phaser, Delay, Glide Knob, A.D.S.R Controls, and a built in Arpeggiator
  • Over 1gb (Compressed) of sounds
  • All sounds are also available in wav. 24bit

The instruments and sounds were all custom made by DJ Will of The Beat House Productions LLC.


5. Dark Grand Piano (Kontakt)

 
Dark Grand Piano (Kontakt)
 

The Dark Grand Piano is Dark Silence’s first instrument for the Native Instruments Kontakt platform.

The dark grand piano will breathe excellence right into your project with 150 piano style presets to choose from! A true one of a kind powerful simplistic digital piano instrument. This is the piano instrument you have been dreaming about!

GRAND PIANO INSTRUMENT FOR NI KONTAKT 5.7+

  • 150 Piano Style Presets
  • 4 FX Options
  • (Distortion, Delay, Reverb, Xtra Verb)
  • Full ADSR Envelope
  • SSL Style 4 Band EQ
  • LEMUR APP CONTROLER (IPAD)
  • Main Volume Knob
  • 380 MB Zip File

The dark grand is a 85-key grand piano from the early 1920’s. Recorded using special mic methods to really capture the character and essence of this grand piano. Ranging from cinema style pianos to scary spooky distant tones to warm grand piano sounds to out of this world piano sounds etc.

“The goal was to create an Instrument that can be used by all ages and all walks of artists for any style or genre! When we were creating the dark grand piano, we wanted it to be very simple that even a child or advanced pianist can figure it out very quickly. We wanted to have all the options needed to carve out a perfect piano sound, on one individual page.

The double reverb combined with the eq and distortion is where you can really bring out amazing tones and character out of the dark grand.”

This piano instrument is geared towards the new artist or the advanced pianist. The simplicity in the one page GUI design of the dark grand is really where it shines!

Giving you the controls you need and access to them right away. We created the dark grand for anyone who desires that lush warm vibrant grand piano sound or that dark erie tone.

Recording or playing live the dark grand piano delivers visually and sonically!

The dark grand and it’s ease of use make it easy for anyone of any age to start playing. Whether you are a regular piano player or it is your first time behind the keys.

The dark grand makes it incredibly simple to get an amazing piano sound into your project within seconds!

VISUALLY STUNNING INTERFACE

The dark grand piano is powered by the true lite GUI engine. True lite is our first GUI engine hosting the design aspects of the dark grand. Smooth knobs and buttons make the grand a true beauty to the eyes.

150 GRAND PIANO STYLES

The dark grand piano is fully loaded with 150 unique piano style presets ranging from cinema style to warm and modern to haunted to amazing studio sounding classics. The dark grand really brings true harmony to your project!

REVERB + XTRA VERB

The reverb unit comes with the option to change the size, pre-delay and reverb dry/wet. The xtra verb option gives an extra boost of convolution reverb to really spice the dark grand right up!

ADSR ENVELOPE

The dark grand piano features a full envelope function. Giving you power over the attack, decay, sustain and release.

FREE TIME DELAY

The free time delay fx unit gives you the option of time, feedback, panner and delay dry/wet. The time option is not synced. It is a free time delay giving you the time in milliseconds.

SSL STYLE 4 BAND EQ

The dark grand piano features a full SSL style band equalizer. Giving you the option to sculpt your piano sound with ease!

4 MULTI EFFECTS (DISTORT, DELAY, REVERB + XTRA VERB)

The distortion switch really gives an upfront light distortion to add a ton of character to your piano tone. The Delay, Reverb + Xtra Verb switches turn the multi fx on and off.

Lemur APP Controller (Included In Package)

 You control the sound. Have full control over the Dark Grand Piano.

  • Full Control
  • Effects Control
  • Playable MIDI Keyboard
  • Touch Response
  • And so much more!

6. Plugged

 
Plugged
 

Plugged is a Library for Kontakt 5, which will be useful for every trap producer. Inspired by all the sounds you here in 808 Mafia, Future, Metro Boomin, ASAP Rocky and more… The library includes of 20 construction kits (No Name, Valhalla, Flex Gang, Retribution), which are easy to switch in menu.

Best of all, these Construction Kits are 100% Royalty-Free, meaning you can use them in personal or commercial compositions at no extra cost.
Pack Contents:

  • 243 Loops
  • Includes Construction Kits in Library (No Name, Valhalla, Flex Gang, Retribution)
  • Must Have NI Kontakt 5.6.5 or Higher
  • 100% Royalty-Free
  • Tempo-Labeled

Total Number Of Files:

  • 473
  • Over 1.3 GB of content

7. Bizarre Sitar

 
Bizarre Sitar
 

Bizarre Sitar may not seem so strange at first glance.

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.5 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library.

It has most of the elements found on any other sitar, with it’s traditional gourd body, both main playable strings and sympathetic resonating strings, parda (adjustable curved frets), kunti (tuning pegs), dandi (neck), ghoraj (main bridge) all complete with orante hand-painted accents.

At just over 24″ in length, however, this little beauty is barely half the size of a standard sitar. Simply being small isn’t bizarre by any means, but what is bizarre is how it can achieve such a lush, full-bodied sound while being so small. Intended as more decoration than instrument, we feel this little guy has been highly underestimated. Although soft-spoken and possessing fewer strings than normal (5 main and 6 sympathetic), all this “baby” sitar needed was someone to listen closely. And we did. Very close.

The Bizarre Sitar includes chromatic plucks as well as strumming articulations. Two main strumming tunings are included, a fifth and octave/unison.

An onboard “Speed” slider (MIDI assignable and defaulted to the modwheel) allows you to sculpt the speed of the individual strum from very tight, fast strums to slower, plucky strums.

The unison articulation was tuned with strings in unison and in several octaves to give a very full sound. The fifth articulation was tuned with strings in unison and in fifths, similar to the Pancham-Kharaj tuning popularized by Ravi Shankar. By recording several different strumming speeds for both the fifth and the unison strumming articulations, this library allows you to create realistic sounding strums by adjusting the speed in real-time.

The strums are tuned and spread across the entire keyboard, providing deep, droning sounds in the low end and sharp, mandolin-like plucks in the high end.

Product Specs

  • One master NKI instrument bank in open Kontakt format
  • 603 Stereo Samples
  • 1.86 GB installed
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
  • 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
  • Unlocked Kontakt presets and wav samples to allow user customization
  • Plucked, Bowed, and Multi-Speed Strummed articulations
  • Effects including string mutes, fret scrapes and more
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments

Contents

The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more.

We’ve also included 20 unique sound-designed custom FX presets to give you lots of creative options.

This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time.

You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.

The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 18 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 10 available slots, in any order that you wish.

You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more.

The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!


8. Victorian Pump Organ

 
Victorian Pump Organ
 

Victorian Pump Organ is our new steampunk-inspired Kontakt library made in collaboration with Stuart Keenan from Glitchedtones.

With 50 different patches including sound design, drum kits and foley, this instrument is perfect for musicians and sound designers to make everything from sea shanties, period style music from the 1800s and early 20th-century all the way to EDM tracks and horror/atmospheric scores.

Stuart Keenan from Glitchedtones faithfully captured a Victorian Pump Organ (built-in 1865, Canada) at a studio in Newcastle with 4 different microphones positioned for treble, bass and stereo room mic perspectives. Our Audio Craftsmen meticulously edited the samples and programmed 50 patches and integrated them into our Kontakt interface giving film composers, music producers, sound designers and game developers a vast array of options to create music and compositions in various genres.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 50 Different Patches with Mic Mix (for main patches), Arpeggiator, Step Sequencer and ADSR.
  • Sound Sources
  • Victorian Pump Organ built in 1865, Canada.
  • Usability
    • Perfect for making everything from sea shanties, period style music from the 1800s and early 20th-century all the way to EDM tracks and horror/atmospheric scores.

There are 9 main patches including 3 melodic patches, 4 chord patches and 2 foley patches with the organ adjusted at different stops.

We also recorded genuine major, minor and complex chords helping people with less knowledge in music theory to write songs and chord progressions. We also covered foley patches with keys, squeaks and pedal sounds to add an essence of natural character.

Our in house composers built additional designed patches which include; Harp like arpeggiators, ethnic instruments such as the harmonium all the way to electro leads, game boy organs and dubstep inspired basslines. We even manipulated samples and built patches for metal and rock music.

We have included patches for a variety of circumstances like abandoned church organs, space generators and creaky room voices.

We have also included low subsonic impacts and rumbles to add weight to your sounds and music. Some of the patches like glorious arp, telephone arp, tweeting birds, drunken organ, sea shanty organ, harmonica and cathedral hits are ideal for adding texture and interest.

Our user-friendly Kontakt interface provides a variety of controls that encourage experimentation within the patches.

We have included a mic mixing section with ADSR where you can adjust the levels for treble, bass and stereo (multiple mics) if you need to add more width to the mix. The built-in Arpeggiator and Step Sequencer are great for generating hundreds of variations in seconds.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to try out this fascinating and timeless instrument.


9. Hyperion Strings Elements

 
Hyperion Strings Elements
 

Hyperion Strings Elements is a universal string ensemble library built for everyone. Compatible with the FREE Kontakt Player.

It was recorded with uncompromising engineering precision and then hand-edited and carefully balanced to achieve a new benchmark in quality and playability.

It’s made for Native Instruments’ free Kontakt Player and the NKS Standard.

This virtual instrument is a robust musical production workhorse that will serve you well, whether you’re a working composer, student, producer, songwriter, teacher, arranger, band, sound designer, or are just curious about creating your own music.

It’s ready to perform from the moment you load it up.

The Hyperion String ensemble has a forward and robust sound unlike any other. It has a strong tone and wide dynamic range that can be shaped to fit any genre or style. It can also be used to fatten and layer with other strings to create massive arrangements.

We’ve also equipped the interface with plenty of spatialization, environment simulation and positioning controls and options to let you dial in the sound and character you need.

The library includes a full-ensemble preset and 4 Master and True-Legato section presets for 8 Violins, 6 Violas, 5 Cellos and 4 Double Basses.

The Master presets include a broad selection of fundamental articulations, each with their own range of customizable real-time performance options, key-switch and mapping options, handy auto-functions, apregiators, FX and performance tools.

These master presets allow you to blend and switch effortlessly vibrato, non-vibrato and tremolo sustains, a variety of short bow strokes and naturally dynamic tempo-based expressions, effects, rhythmic patterns, runs and sequences.

Main Features:

  • Product Version 1.0
  • 9 master presets for Ensemble, Violins, Violas, Cellos, Basses.
  • Plenty of articulation maps, seating arrangements, arpeggio patterns and FX chains to choose from.
  • 20,148 Samples
  • 10 GB installed (14 GB wav source)
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo Lossless NCW Format.
  • Multi-dynamic sustains, with smooth real-time control over natural vibrato and dynamic transitions. 
  • Multi-dynamic long and short staccatos, spiccatos and pizzicatos with loose/tight variants and 4x round-robin.
  • Bartok Pizzicato snaps and Col Legno bow string taps with loose/tight variants and 4x round-robin.
  • A full suite of Expressions in a variety of lengths, timings and dynamics, including crescendos, decrescendos, sforzandos and swells, with time-stretching, tempo-synching and automatic release. 
  • Flexible and intuitive user interface with pro features, deep customizability and simple workflow.
  • Free soundstage positioning for each section within dozens of custom rooms, halls, chambers and FX environments.
  • Adaptive Play Assist and Arpeggio systems for instant inspiration.
  • You can apply your full purchase amount toward your upgrade to the full Hyperion Symphonic Strings when they’re released.
  • Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 6.0.1+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
  • Works with the Kontakt “Libraries” browser and Native Access.

10. Hyperion Strings Micro

 
Hyperion Strings Micro
 

ABOUT

Hyperion Strings Micro is our introductory orchestral string library for Native Instruments’ free Kontakt Player, Komplete Kontrol and S-Series Keyboards.

This library is the perfect starter pack for songwriters and musicians just getting into orchestral writing, as well as seasoned composers wanting new colors in their orchestral palette. No matter what your creative needs are, you’ll discover the powerful toolset and outstanding audio quality that you’re looking for in this convenient and extraordinarily flexible virtual instrument library.

This library has a forward and robust sound unlike any other. We recorded our string ensemble sections up close on a dry sound-stage — the historic Studio A at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA — and then equipped the interface with plenty of spatialization, environment simulation and positioning controls and options to let you dial in the sound and character you need. It’s perfect for any musical style from rock, pop and EDM, to fully orchestral compositions.

The interface is detailed, configurable and feature-rich to allow total customization. However, for all of the bells and whistles we’ve designed into Hyperion Micro, we’ve carefully refined every feature to be intuitive and naturally simple to use, with virtually no learning curve.

CONTENTS

Hyperion Strings Micro includes a combined full ensemble preset, as well as 4 main section presets for our 8 Violins, 6 Violas, 5 Cellos and 4 Double Basses. For this Micro Edition, we’ve included the most essential core articulations for each section: multi-dynamic sustains both with and without natural vibrato, staccatos, spiccatos and pizzicatos, as well as two basic dynamic expressions: long crescendos and decrescendos.

The multi-dynamic sustain, staccato, spiccato and pizzicato articulations allow smooth crossfading across dynamic layers, from piano to forte with the Swell control. In addition to dynamic layering, you can also choose rich, natural vibrato or clean non-vibrato sustain types or seamlessly blend between them with the sustain blend control. You can also instantly switch the staccatos, spiccatos and pizzicatos to velocity sensitivity mode and control dynamics directly as you play.

The pizzicatos also allow manual or automatic switching between naturally loose flams and precise tight plucks that adapt to your speed. Each of these short articulation types also features two “round-robin” variations per note. The Crescendo and Decrescendo expressions allow real-time dynamically-aware release sample triggering, tempo-synching and time-stretching. These are a great introduction to our broader “Expressions” concept for modular arrangement.

Main Features:

  • Product Version 1.0
  • 5 nki Kontakt instrument Banks
  • 2,950 Samples
  • 2.5 GB installed
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo Lossless NCW Format.
  • 5 master section presets: Ensemble, Violins, Violas, Cellos, Basses.
  • Multi-dynamic sustains, with smooth real-time control over natural vibrato and dynamic transitions. 
  • Multi-dynamic staccatos, spiccatos and pizzicatos with 2x round-robin.
  • Dynamic auto-release and tempo-synching for Crescendo and Decrescendo expressions. 
  • Flexible and intuitive user interface with pro features, deep customizability and simple workflow.
  • Free soundstage positioning for each section within dozens of custom rooms, halls, chambers and FX environments.
  • Adaptive Play Assist and Arpeggio systems for instant inspiration.
  • You can apply your full purchase amount toward your upgrade to Hyperion Strings Elements or the full Hyperion Symphonic Strings when they’re released.
  • Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 5.7.3+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
  • Works with the Kontakt “Libraries” browser and Native Access.

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