Top 8 Soundiron Kontakt Sample Libraries / Plugins 2022

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Have you found a Soundirion plugin and are curious about their other offerings? Now, we have the Top 8 Soundiron Kontakt Libraries / Plugins 2022 ready for you.

For composers, composers, and sound designers, Soundirion is a premium creator of virtual instruments and sample libraries. In addition, they are a group of hard-working designers, developers, designers, musicians, songwriters, authors, videographers, guest service specialists, beta testers, and developers who are enthusiastic about making singing-inspiring instrument plugins.

Years of expertise in music, sound design, and recording have resulted in their extensive collection of carefully sampled instrument libraries. Their goal is to provide top-notch virtual instruments that are accessible, affordable, and of the highest quality for all artists and composers, from amateurs to pros. They have you covered, regardless of your level of experience in the film, television, commercial, video game, or music recording sectors.

They put in a lot of effort to increase the variety of extensively sampled instruments and sound effects they offer by adding cutting-edge features, unique original content, unmatched sound quality, and creative vision. Without going over your project budget, they can substantially assist you in expanding your sound palette. 

Together, let’s take a look at the fantastic variety they have available in their catalogue until 2022.

Top 8 Soundiron Kontakt Libraries / Plugins 2022

1. Soundiron Elysium Harp

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Elysium Harp is equipped to do solo and group performances. And it seems as though you’re in paradise.

Soundiron has enhanced the harp with a new instrument ideal for solo and conventional symphonic work. Music makers now can use only the Elysium Harp to construct full compositions. I wasn’t anticipating the harp collection to have such rich pads and ethereal sounds. They sampled the library with six distinct speed layers, and the playback produced a very expressive performance.

The playback range for the Elysium Harp is C-1 to C8. Almost every parameter and control you can imagine is included in the engine that houses the library. With settings for body control, offset, tire inflation, attack and release, and a vibrating dial produce an odd tremolo effect.

Key Features:

  • Articulations 
    Elysium Harp is a very playable and dynamically sensitive instrument, featuring right-handed fingerpicks recorded at six dynamics with eight round robins. Beautiful harmonics, fingernail weaving, “xylophone” percussion performances, and strong bass string noises like an Indian tambourine are alternate articulations. 
  • Pedal
    The instrument also features a useful PEDAL mode. The instrument’s black keys are disabled by this function, leaving the white keys open to PEDAL settings adjustment. In addition, you may choose preset tuning using the PEDAL controls, which include a sizable number of key presets connected to key switches.
  • Samples 
    The collection has six major patches, totaling 12,145 samples, 30.6 GB uncompressed, and 14.7 GB download size. You may hear traditional plucked harp articulations in the “Elysium Harp 1 – Main Patch.” In addition, a unique articulation patch plays back Pedal Buzz sample playback with harmonic samples, Xylophonic samples, and Finger Nail performance samples.
  • Mics
    For each of the three microphone positions, the instrument’s two-channel mixer offers choices for signal routing to various Kontakt outputs (front, back, and room). The channels also include presence and pan controls.
  • Engine 
    With settings for rate (speed), playback curve, humanization, and direction, The Gliss engine is nicely designed and includes many features to carve customized glissandos quickly. The possibilities are unlimited when using Gliss Engine to create unique glissandos.

Compatibility:

The full version of Kontakt 5.5.1 or higher is neededIt runs on macOS 10.9 or higher (64-bit only) and Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only).

Summary:

Elysium Harp has a huge number of features built-in. One of the most difficult offerings is a wide variety of sound possibilities and solo or ensemble singing options. It is a plugin that appeals to all preferences, but for beginners, the variety of options may be overwhelming. The fact that an arpeggiator and an unlimited variety of sounds like heaven pleased me.

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2. Soundiron Bizarre Sitar

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Bizarre Sitar is a virtual instrument based on a 24″ sitar meant to be a decoration, but the folks at Soundiron felt differently about it.

This “baby” sitar – as they call it – that was used for the creation of this Kontakt library is barely half the size of a regular one and also possesses fewer strings (5 main and 6 sympathetic) and was called “bizarre” because of its great sound that Soundiron described as “lush and full-bodied.

Well, its size may be small, but Soundiron went really big with this library by very carefully and diligently recording and sampling it to have a top-quality sitar sound. Also, it comes with a ton of articulations, tools, and effects to help the user get the most natural sound possible or go crazy with experimentation.

Key Features:

  • Strumming and Articulations
    Probably the most remarkable feature of this library is how brilliantly it was designed to give the user so much control over the articulations and strumming. There are three Layers of articulations (1-3) and a Sub-Synth; they all have Swell, Attack, Offset, Release, Vibrato, Filter, and PitchLayer 1 is for Pluck playing, Layer 2 for Bowed playing (which can be used to create drone notes), Layer 3 for ambiance, and Sub-Synth is an oscillator with different basic waveforms. The genius part is that all of them come with many FX presets for playing the instrument, whether to help the user achieve a more realistic sound or – the opposite – to try new possibilities; users can also control the speed of the strumming with the modwheel on their MIDI controller which, combined with the FX presets, can generate a very realistic performance. Lastly, users can combine these layers to explore different textures or use the crossfade option to progressively change from one to another by assigning these layers to X-Fade A and X-Fade B.
  • FX Rack
    The FX Rack has 18 different effects to choose from and 10 slots to assign in any order. Among these effects, we can find the quintessential EQ and compressor, other common effects like phaser, distortion, delay, and flanger, and it also comes with amp and cab simulators. But the most notable of them all is the reverb, which comes with 99 different algorithms where you’ll find different rooms, chambers, halls, and outside environments, all of them from Soundiron’s favorite convolution reverb impulse responses; additionally, 40 custom FX responses for more musical exploration by transforming the sound.
  • LFO
    LFOs can often be intimidating and hard to get a grasp on when you’re not experienced enough with them, but the GUI in Bizarre Sitar’s is designed to be simple and user-friendly. It’s divided into three sections: LFO, Filter, and Arpeggiator, all of them can be toggled on and off. In the LFO section, you can select the shape of the waveform for the oscillator, target the parameter you wish to modulate, and adjust the speed (Time), intensity (Intens.), and fade-in time (Fade); the Filter comes with 12 different LP, HP, and FX filters to choose from, the modulation target, and the usual controls (Reso. and Freq.); the Arpeggiator (Arp. in the GUI) has several presets for the notes it’s going to play, a panel to modify the velocity of the notes, and controls for swing (Swing), randomization (Rand.), duration (Dur.), direction (Dir.) and Beat.

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt Player 5.5 or higher. Kontakt is available for Windows 10 or higher and Mac OS 10.14 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST2/3AU, and AAX formats.

Summary:

Compared to many of the other plugins and libraries in this post, the fact that Bizarre Sitar only has a sitar instead of many more traditional Indian instruments does not mean that it falls short regarding possibilities. On the contrary, it’s one of if not the most versatile in this top, offering a very realistic sitar sound and performance and also using the other layers and combining them to generate a very cinematic sound. So the sky is the limit regarding creativity and this library.

Also, the price is very affordable, making it a great option for producers and composers with any budget.

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3. Native Instruments Symphony Series Brass (With Soundiron)

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A 32-piece symphonic brass section was developed in partnership with Soundiron.

Recorded in St. Paul’s Church in San Francisco by Soundiron, this collection is comprised of two libraries: Solo and Ensemble, each one including the four instruments of a symphonic brass section (trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba) and a group section or Ensemble (Quartet for Solo).

The ranges of the instruments in the Ensemble and Quartet patches can be adjusted and also overlapped when unlinked. Also, instruments can be deactivatedwhich helps save CPU usage – in case you need just trumpets and horns or trumpets and trombones, for example.

Key Features:

  • Articulations:
    Over 100 articulations
    were recorded and provided to the instrument sections. They’re distributed across all the sections and solo instruments of which each come in six types of preset: Effects, Expression, Legato, Staccato, Sustain, and a general-purpose one with the name of the according instrument – meaning that, for example, the trumpet section would be reflected in Trumpet Effects, Trumpet Expression, Trumpet Legato, Trumpet Staccato, Trumpet Sustain, and Trumpet; and so on with the rest of the instruments –. This can be inconvenient since each preset comes with just a set of articulations according to its description, but none of them have all the articulations; the general-purpose one has a lite mixed set of all the articulations (but not all of them as previously mentioned). The reason for this is reducing the load on the CPU, which is also why it is possible to purge articulations in the articulations tab which reduces the load. This also simplifies the process of performance or MIDI drawing (depending on your style) to only use what you need. Although, it could have been possible to have this option and also an almighty all-articulations preset instead of having to load several presets to be able to make use of several sets of articulations.
  • Repetition Tool:
    You can repeat short note strikes two or three times or keep it repeating indefinitely with this feature while pressing down on a key without releasing when activated. Also, this feature allows to create patterns of 1/8th notes or 1/16th notes with accents. This is very useful for playing rhythmic sections or ostinatos.
  • Dynamics:
    The upper segment of the main page in the GUI features the dynamics knob, which controls a combination of volume and intensity and can be mapped to the mod wheel. There are also slider controls for attack, release, tightness and motion to fill the performance with realism and expression.
  • Mixer & FX:
    This section features a four channel mixer with stereo, close, mid, and far microphones – stereo being a combination of the three aforementioned as a RAM-friendly option – with toggle on/off controls and panning sliders. Below, we have a parametric EQ with three bands, a compressor, a low pass filter, and a convolution reverb with 100 different impulses helping add some ambience, which works great for presets with shorter release times. There’s also a Transfer Settings feature that allows users to copy the settings in the mixer section to other instruments. For some reason, this feature does not work when trying to copy the settings of a section to a solo instrument, nor the opposite.

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt Player 5 or higher. Kontakt is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.14 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3AU, and AAX formats.

Summary:

This collection is an excellent choice as it offers a lush sound, great sound-shaping tools, a fair number of articulations and impulse responses, and both Solo and Ensemble options. Its weaknesses can be easily overcome, although it requires patience and spending some time tweaking the presets and effects to get the sound you need.

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4. Soundiron Hyperion Strings Solo Violin

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A very lush and delicate sound with a simple GUI and very good tools.

This library features two solo violins that can be played in a duo with a nice sound that feels very airy and delicate but also very warm. You can control how much body you want to add; the less it has, the closer and more direct the microphone signal will feel, which makes it feel more intimate and personal.

The highlight of these solo violins is the 4 true legato articulations – an oddity since very few plugins or libraries have more than one – that enhance the duet capabilities, response to secure a more natural performance, and control over the velocity.

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Key Features:

  • Key Switches:
    With over 40 articulations, it’d be a waste if there weren’t enough key switches to give the user control over the performance. Fortunately, there are 12 assignable key switches to create a very complex and human feel.
  • Space:
    It’s impressive how detailed and natural the reverb feels. You can choose between algorithmic and convolution, and there’s also a position control to place the instrument anywhere on the stage.
  • Sampling & Execution: 
     The number of samples recorded for this library is 9,538, so it’s fair to say that it was recorded in extraordinary detail to sound realistic. Besides that, and the key switch assignable articulations, the engine counts with velocity-sensitive round robin for the short articulations.
  • Arpeggio:
    This section comes with 6 featuresRhythm for selecting the number of steps; a selector to choose between Arpeggio, Trill, and RunHumanize adds randomness and realism, and Swing adds groove to the pattern; Direction for selecting the movement of the pattern (Up-Down, Zigzag, etc.), and Range.

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt Player 6. Kontakt is available for Windows 10 or higher and MacOS 10.14 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3AU, and AAX formats.

Summary:

The bright and airy sound, although very delicate and sensitive, can sometimes be too much, making it feel somewhat unrealistic and unpleasant. Part of this problem can be solved with EQ and the low pass filter, but sometimes it’s not enough. Nevertheless, Hyperion Strings Solo Violin is an amazing library that excels at giving the user the tools to create a realistic sound.

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5. NI Symphony Series Woodwind (With Soundiron)

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An ensemble with an authentic sound and intuitive GUI aimed at professional composers.

Recorded at Montclair Presbyterian Church, Oakland in collaboration with Soundiron, this ensemble comes with 314 articulations, providing a flexibility and precision with great quality of sound. The user interface is consistent with the rest of the Symphony Series, being very minimalistic and easy-to-use.

Symphony Series: Woodwinds comes with two libraries, one for solo instruments and one for ensemble and feature the regular line-up of a woodwind section: flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet – bass and contrabass clarinet are not included in the solo library. Additionally, the tenor saxophone was included to this line-up too – which regularly is not featured in a woodwind section.

Key Features:

  • Legato:
    In order to give these instruments a wide array of expression and playability, Soundiron included not only a main legato articulation but also legatos for different dynamic ranges, including piano, mezzo forte, and forte (plus the aforementioned main legato) to most of the instruments.
  • Arpeggio:
    It is a habit of Soundiron to include an arpeggio function (or scripted arpeggiator) in the libraries they work on; this is no exception. The samples for the phrases were recorded live – confirmed by Soundiron themselves –, making them sound natural and non-mechanic. Its presets include major, minor, fifth and octave arpeggios. This Arpeggio Runs Tool is included in the main, legato, and staccato articulations and comes with controls over the type of run, speed, number of notes, and so on.
  • Sound-shaping:
    The instruments were recorded with close, mid, and far microphones and are reflected in their respective dedicated channels – plus a stereo channel that is a combination of the three microphones – which, in conjunction with the panning controls, is useful for placing the instruments wherever we need without depending on reverb effects. Additionally, there’s a parametric EQ with three bands, a compressor (with the classic threshold, ratio, attack, and release controls), a filter with cutoff and resonance controls and a convolution reverb with a fair amount of IRs.
  • Performance:
    In this section, we shape interpretation using the dynamics knob, which controls both volume and intensity, and the envelope controls for attack, release, tightness, and motion, which come in the form of sliders. Also, in this section, we choose the articulations we need and find some handy tools like the Repetition Tool. These controls are very responsive and easy to control, so it doesn’t take long to get the performance we want.

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt Player 5 or higher. Kontakt is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.14 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3AU, and AAX formats.

Summary:

The sound quality this collection offers is excellent. Thanks to the 3 microphone channels, it is possible to get a very epic cinematic sound, even with the quintet. The repetition and arpeggio options are very well executed, as well as effects like the sax’s broken runs or the flute’s flourishes.

The only issue with this library is that the sound is too wet, so much so that it’s really hard to get a defined sound from the instruments, incorporate it into an orchestra, or blend it in with another library. It’s not impossible to achieve a closer and more intimate sound, but it does require a lot of work.

With that being said, the sound this library offers is top-notch and works great for film scoring.

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6. Soundiron Emotional Piano 

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Emotional Piano is a versatile option for sound designers with a dedicated focus on soundtrack scoring and symphonic orchestration.

When they are heard, certain noises elicit a cascade of feelings in humans — a baby’s cry, a pleasant chuckle, a lover’s sigh, for example. Similarly, humans have been taught to hear various musical instruments in particular ways. Specific instruments can trigger certain feelings, and Emotional Piano tries to do like so in a psychoacoustic experiment that will bring up the emotions on your track.

Soundiron developed this plugin based on a walnut-bodied Kawai grand piano that was chosen due to its soft, luminous warmth and rich, resonant timbre. Recorded with 15 velocity layers, every nuance of such an instrument was meant to be captured in order to provide the best audio experience possible. The outcome isn’t as bright as some other piano libraries, but it’s arguably more emotional

Key Features:

    • Multi-sampled keys
      All 88 keys of this grand piano were carefully recorded multiple times, with many dynamic variations. A handful of microphones worked to capture every aspect of each key, bringing a more organic aspect to every audio sample. 
    • Well-suited for scoring
      The array of emotions propelled by a piano being played in the right way can be the key element to your score or soundtrack to stand out. Emotional Piano is intended to excel at how emotive your track can be, so controls like the “Velocity Range” can help smoothen out things and create more delicate dynamic layers to your taste.
    • Many presets available
      Every good library can feature thousands of presets, but Emotional Piano gathers up good presets that are ready to fit your mood cleverly. Instead of adding an FX tab to the UI for all of these extra NKI presets, Soundiron did the hard work for you and went far into the Kontakt engine’s deeper modulation, convolution reverb, and insert FX capabilities. Your favorite sounds can be accessed much quicker, with ready-to-use effects and settings.
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Compatibility:

The plugin is available for macOS 10.9 or higher and Windows XP or higher. It comes in VST, AAX, and AU plugin formats. Fee version of Kontakt Player supported.

Summary:

Emotional Piano deserves some kudos for setting a perfect mood for specific usage of an instrument such as a piano. It’s ideal for film and television scoring, and it’ll also work well in modern pop and independent productions, particularly on slower-tempo tracks.

Unquestionably, the sound of this plugin is rich and deep, but the amount of expressiveness it can elicit is admirable. The power of a superb sample library sometimes comes not from the sampled audio’s pure quality but from how it makes you feel when you play it.

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7. Soundiron Holy Ambiences 3

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Another Kontakt library synth pad is dedicated to ambient music, atmospheres, and progressive music.

Holy Ambiences is a synth pad that is made explicitly for ambient sounds. It is a Kontakt library aimed at composers looking to create atmospheric, progressive style sounds and music. The original idea behind the library was to have a winter theme.

However, it has then evolved into an overall cosmic synth and ambient instrumental patches that fit all genres of music. The sounds in the library are categorized into 18 types and are filled with sustains and one-shots. These sounds are luxuriously detailed and have unique flavors. The majority of sounds are tonal, but many are textural or abstract. They are designed to be played at root pitch, but you can retune them according to your needs.

Key Features:

  • FX Rack
    Since this is a Kontakt library, users have access to the FX rack tab, which contains 18 built-in special effects and dynamic controls. You can add distortion, delay, reverb, saturation, lo-fi FX, etc.
  • Interface Controls
    Users are given a few unique interface FX controls used to alter the output signal. This includes LFO, glide, filter, and arpeggiator. 
  • Automation-ready controls
    Users can control the library sounds when given sound-shaping controls that are automation-ready to enhance flexibility. These controls include attack, release, swell, filter, vibrato, pitch, switching, articulation, crossfading, layering, etc.
  • Dynamic Effects
    To add to this plugin’s versatility, flexibility, and control options, users are provided with a set of advanced dynamic effects that include delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, distortion, EQ, compression, amp & cab simulators, and a lot more. 

Compatibility:

Holy Ambiences 3 is compatible with Windows 7 or higher for PC and Mac OS 10.9 or higher for Mac. It is a Kontakt library which means that it comes in AU/VST/AAX versions, both 32 and 64-bits.

Summary:

Holy Ambiences 3 by Soundiron is an ambient synth pad loaded with several unique sounds categorized into 18 types, each type fitting a different vibe. It is a must-have tool if you are a composer of ambient music and searching for the perfect ambient pad.

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8. Soundiron Shudder

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Add a horrifying ambiance to your scores with Shudder.

Like a few other plugins on our list, Shudder also utilizes processed and mangled percussive sounds to create stingers, risers, drones, and FX sounds fit for both horror and thriller scores. However, in addition to resonant sounds, Shudder features much more: analog synth drones, bones breaking, impactful drums, etc. The UI design is minimalistic and lets you manipulate the samples to fit your needs.

Key Features:

  • Performance
    The Performance page features the main parameters of the library. These include the volume envelope, the sample start position (Edge), filter, pitch warm, and volume swell. Some of the parameters also feature a drop-down menu to change the type of the effect (filter types, warp type).
  • Arpeggiator
    Press on the Arp button to open the arpeggiator. The arpeggiator features multiple playback directions, note lengths, and a velocity graph. You can use it to create rhythmic percussions or play tuned arpeggio parts.
  • DSP Rack
    The FX Rack tab opens the effects page, which features many effect plugins: EQ, tape saturator, distortion, reverb, transient master, chorus, jump, delay, guitar amp, cabinet, filter, flanger, compressor, lo-fi, phaser, rotator, screamer, and stereo model. The comprehensive range of effects helps make mixing in the box quick and easy.
Soundiron Shudder: dark glitch FX and evil drones for Kontakt (VST, AU, AAX)

Compatibility:

The library is available for Kontakt Player 5 or higher. Kontakt is available for Windows 10 or higher and macOS 10.14 or higherboth 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3AU, and AAX formats.

Summary:

For its price, Shudder is offering a lot of value. The sounds are high quality, and the complete effects library helps you design sounds that are your own. Although, over-processing can make your sounds come off as too artificial, which is best avoided unless intentional.

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Conclusion

If we’re talking about innovation and uniqueness, Soundirion is, without a doubt, the firm that provides a huge selection of sounds combined in excellent libraries. They have a distinctive effect on the music industry, and their creativity has made their plugins stand out.

Soundiron Shudder is undoubtedly the plugin you need if you want to create a sombre, emotional atmosphere. This simple user interface adjusts sounds to your precise requirements. Shudder has a huge impact on my music, and I frequently utilize it. The arpeggiator plays a significant role in this process, and these samples are different from one another. Additionally, FX Rack’s effects significantly impact how the sound is shaped.

However, Soundiron Holy Ambiences 3 is the ideal plugin if you want to send your listeners to heavenly heights rather than a dismal place. A synth pad specifically designed for ambient sounds, Holy Ambiences offers an ambient synth pad divided into 18 varieties to suit any mood.

In the music industry, the Soundiron Bizarre Sitar is well-known for its peculiar tone. This plugin has a large selection of articulations, and the effects may be measured as well. Every producer or composer should consider this beneficial choice because of its reasonable pricing.

Finally, it is important to note that this Soundirion collection is noteworthy in the area of plugins. We frequently discussed this in our charts and came to the conclusion that plugins find their spot in places you might not even be aware they are there. I will note, however, that the costs are affordable for any budget and that by using them, you enter a new universe.

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