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Viola Da Gamba

Kontakt Instrument by Ben Osterhouse

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The Viola da Gamba is a six-stringed baroque instrument. It's similar in size to the cello, but has a 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 that 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 key switches or using a unique interface which allows you to visually arrange the figures into a sequence.
Each rhythmic figure is recorded as a 4-bar loop, and the musical emphasis is given to downbeats 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) 

System Requirements

  • 710 MB available HD space
  • Kontakt Full Version 5.8.1 or later

Important Notes:

  • The FULL Version of Kontakt 5.8.1+ is required in order to use this instrument.
  • You will be stuck in DEMO MODE if trying to use this instrument in the FREE Kontakt Player.

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