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Viola Da Gamba for Kontakt

Viola Da Gamba for Kontakt

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Creatively Sampled Six-Stringed Baroque Instrument

The Viola da Gamba is a six-stringed baroque instrument. It's similar in size to the cello, but has slightly different shape, uses frets, and is tuned in 4ths. It is strung with synthetic gut strings, which to give it a strident, husky sound. The Gamba's earthy tones can provide a rustic alternative to the classical string sound. This is one of only a handful of other baroque virtual instruments recorded.


The Viola da Gamba is split into 2 nki's. The first one is a collection of 12 articulations which features a variety of different length strokes, along with pizzicato, trills, ponticello, and tremolo. All of the different articulations can be easily layered together within a single interface.

The second nki is a collection of small rhythmic figures which have been designed to fit together to create natural sounding ostinato patterns. Each of the rhythmic figures can be accessed either by using keyswitches, or using unique interface which allows you to visually arrange the figures into a sequence. Each rhythmic figure is recorded as a 4-bar loop, and musical emphasis is given to down beats and upbeats. This gives a natural ebb and flow to any ostinato pattern created with the Gamba. It's a three octave range from C36 (2 octaves below middle C) up to C72 (an octave above middle C).

Please note: The FULL version of Kontakt 5.8.1 is required.

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5.0 of 5  
24.05.2023 Language: englisch

I checked 2 other *** VIs anbd found them not as good, though 2x as expensive. One had a ridiculous tremolo they mislabeled as a "trill"! Ornaments are very important with this instrument - I wish the Osterhouse one had a real turn in addition to its real mordant - - and perhaps a vibrato - my only suggestions! Another library I rejected had an absurd "vibrato" which they "demonstrated" - in fact there WAS no vibrato! This instrument is useful for Renaissance and Baroque ** peices of course, but also for Viking dramas - of which there seem a constant supply! BTW I have performed the Bach *** sonatas - and other pieces involving ***, with myself playing harpsichord. So I know what it is supposed to sound like in real life. A word of warning - if you but this thru BestService be prepared for the worst download process and instructions I have experienced in my long life of using VIs! You will need online accounts with THREE companies!


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:

Ben Osterhouse products require you to register at www.lootaudio.com to activate your license. To use Kontakt Player Libraries you also need to register with www.native-instruments.com.

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