By | April 21st, 2015|presets|

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!

Audio demo:

Features:

  • 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.

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Stroh Violin Kontakt instrument free for limited time