Sonic Zest has announced the release of two new lute sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.

The Balian Sape and Persian Saz are traditional lutes from Indonesia and Persia, respectively. Both instruments spans multiple octaves and the playing style typically uses a lot of hammer-ons and hammer-offs. The deeply sampled Kontakt instruments feature the full range of the instruments. The lowest octave of the Balian Sape additionally contains some beautiful strums for you to layer with your melodies, and hammer-ons have been included at the highest velocity layer.

The libraries are available in a bundle, priced $16 USD.

Also released recently is Quantum Choir, a deeply sampled classical tenor and bass choral vocalist for Kontakt.

The instrument library is inspired by the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score for Arrival, and John William’s piece Palpatine’s Teachings from the Revenge of the Sith.

Both soundtracks feature unusual vocals that are combined with other cinematic elements to create a scores that really stand out. So with that in mind we collaborated with a multi-talented, clasically-trained, tenor and bass choral vocalist to try and recreate this sound.

The Quantum Choir goes lower and deeper than any choir sample library we know of.

Additionally the interface allows you to twist and transform the sound by flicking between vowels, adding LFO and applying an array of other effects. The end product is a sub-sonic vocal library perfect for your next sci-fi, fantasy or horror soundtrack.

Quantum Choir is $20 USD at Sonic Zest.