Impact Soundworks has announced that the Stroh Violin Kontakt instrument is now available for free for a limited time.
The Stroh Violin is an acoustic instrument invented by electrical engineer John Matthias Augustus Stroh. In few words, Stroh is a violin with a metal resonator and horn attached, producing a louder, brighter sound compared to a traditional wood violin.
While this unique modification of the violin never overtook the popularity of perhaps the most classic orchestral instrument, the stroh violin is played by musicians worldwide – particularly in Europe – for folk music. It is beloved for street performance, thanks to its powerful tone that requires no amplification to be heard even in a noisy area.
Naturally, we sampled it! The Impact Soundworks Stroh Violin features this instrument in a single, elegant, lightweight Kontakt patch with modern trimmings like a sequencer and ‘grit’ effects. The result is a fun and surprisingly versatile virtual instrument, great for everything from rhythmic underscore ostinato to comical pizzicato, folk mockups and more. Special thanks to performer Kalle Ricken and designer Richie Albert!
- Authentic multisampled stroh violin
- 3x dynamic layers / up to 5x round robins
- Sustain, spiccato & pizzicato articulations
- Customizable mapping
- 3-layer rhythmic sequencer / gate
- Quick controls for grit, dirt and vinyl
- Lightweight and fun to use
The Stroh Violin Kontakt instrument requires full version of Kontakt 5.4+ (it won’t work with the free Player edition). With its bold and memorable sound, I see a great use of it in modern pop music productions, as well for hip hop and urban, especially for riffs, hooks- as main instrument. It can be used also in orchestral, film music productions and games.
With that said, I encourage you to download the Stroh Violin while it is available, you may encounter some difficulties to get the download link via your email, but I will say frankly that it worth the effort. At least, listening the demos, I was deeply impressed by this instrument – just don’t forget to unleash the creativity once you put your hands on it.