Surely everyone that uses Native Instruments’ industry standard Kontakt sampler has at least 1 favorite free library or instrument.
What I’ve compiled here is a list of my personal favorites. These are among what I find to be some of the most usable high quality libraries available.
This is not a complete list of free kontakt libraries or kontakt instruments, its simply a curated list of my favourites. There are hundreds and hundreds of free kontakt libraries, but to be honest, a lot of them simply aren’t that good.
They get plenty of burn in my production projects at least, some may even be slept on. So here they are, in table form for your viewing pleasure:
Both of these Kontakt instruments have an awesome sound and are dead easy to control.
There is only 1 knob on each interface, low velocity triggers major chords, and high velocity triggers minor chords. On Sustained String Chords, you can control the dynamics with the mod wheel and mix sustain and tremolo chords.
On both libraries, you can play low, mid, and high strings separately or play huge chords altogether. The interface is simple and the design straight forward.
It’s a great library for generating or enhancing your compositions.
Just released a few days ago, NS Drum kicks (pun intended) in with a well-crafted and high quality sounding acoustic kit.
Not only does the library sound great, but it offers the ability to really customize your drum sound with a nice set of sensible parameters: Pan, Tune, Room (mic), Attack, Hold and Decay.
There are a good number of presets for each of the 6 drum sounds represented in the intuitive interface: Kick, Snare, Hi-Hat, Tom, Ride and Crash.
NS Drums J-311 also boasts I very high level of detail as there are no less than 27 layers per instrument, so you will be able to dial in just about any acoustic kit sound you like.
In addition, the FX page provides an EQ and Compressor for each instrument, while the MASTER page has an EQ and Compressor for the entire kit as well as a number of presets to choose from. Can’t wait to play around with this one.
It’s a great drum machine, and, you guessed it, it’s absolutely free.