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Hopkin Instrumentarium: Weighted Strings
release date: 08.08.2023

Hopkin Instrumentarium: Weighted Strings


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Custom Lyre & Zither Samples for Kontakt

Weighted Strings is a set of two amazing custom creations from the mind of master instrument inventor Bart Hopkin: The Weighted Lyre and Weighted Zither. These handcrafted experimental instruments use small weights on the strings to alter overtone relationships and create unusual, beautiful sounds. Made of wood and metal, they have a richly acoustic essence that resounds brightly through each plucked note.

The Lyre has 17 main strings, as well as three additional strings that run over a narrow neck and can be fretted. The weights on the Lyre strings are carefully placed to prominently bring out an octave overtone. The Zither has 34 chromatically tuned main strings. Unlike the Lyre, the weights on these strings are not placed to bring out any particular overtones. As a result, the overtone recipes are highly inharmonic and random, varying from string to string, with highly inharmonic tone qualities.

Weighted Strings GUI

Soundiron faithfully sampled every interesting sound they could get out of these instruments, with three stereo mic positions: Close, Room, & Contact. The also included a wide selection of custom FX presets and plenty of signature sound-designed ambient content, crafted from the raw acoustic source to give you complete creative freedom.

Product Specs

  • Weighted Lyre & Zither plucks, glisses, harmonics, SFX in three mic positions: Close, Room, Contact

  • 20 ambient pads and evolving drones created from the source content

  • 22 Powerful Kontakt .nki instrument presets

  • 9,204 stereo samples in unlocked .WAV format

  • 23.4 GB Installed

  • Made for the full retail version of Kontakt (version 6.2.2+)

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Requires full version of Native Instruments Kontakt

Please notice: This library can not be used with the free Kontakt Player! To use this "Open Kontakt" format, you need a full version of Kontakt, which is included in products such as Komplete or Komplete Ultimate.

The minimum required Kontakt version number for this product is stated in the product description or can be found on the developer's website.

System Requirements:


  • macOS 10.14 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or Apple M1 (native)
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)


  • Windows 10 or higher
  • 64 bit
  • Intel Core i5 or similar CPU
  • RAM: 4GB (6GB recommended)

Supported Interfaces:

  • Mac (64-bit only): Stand-alone, VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • Windows (64-bit): Stand-alone, VST, VST3,  AAX

Legacy Versions:

If you require legacy installers of Kontakt Player please refer to this Knowledge Base Article.

Required Registration:

Soundiron products require you to register with the manufacturer at www.soundiron.com to activate your license. To use Kontakt Player Libraries you also need to register with www.native-instruments.com.

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