Impact Soundworks has announced the release of its Plectra Series 3: Kazakh Dombra deep-sampled world instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

This Kontakt-format library captures the sound of the national instrument of Kazakhstan, a fretted two-stringed lute with a bright, percussive tone, and turns it into a highly playable and versatile composer’s tool.

The “Kazakh Dombra” includes a thorough selection of crucial articulations and playing techniques, ranging from sustains and palm mutes to mordents, trills, tremolos, slides, legato playing, and more, all sampled in incredible depth. The flexible graphical interface allows users to custom map the instrument any way they would like with a minimum of effort.

“Kazakh Dombra” features 1,500+ 24-bit stereo WAV samples organized within a single patch in the Native Instruments Kontakt format. The instrument’s two strings were sampled chromatically up to 16 times per articulation and per note for an incredibly realistic sound. By design, the library is highly intuitive to play or sequence in any digital audio workstation.

Kazakh Dombra features

  • Deep-sampled two-stringed lute.
  • Up to 16x RR per note (8x up/8x down).
  • Intimate close-miced sound.
  • Scripted interface for easy tone control.
  • Sustains, trills, mordents, tremolo.
  • Mutes, hammer-ons, slides.
  • Custom velocity/keyswitch mapping.
  • Full chokes, strums & repetition triggers.

Plectra Series 3: Kazakh Dombra is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Impact Soundworks