If you own Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 sampler, you probably tried many interesting free Kontakt libraries with mixed results. I recently looked back and checked which are the best free Kontakt libraries 2019 in my arsenal. These mostly aren’t any better than expensive commercial Kontakt libraries, but for free they offer serious bang for your buck and they still have been used plenty in my recent productions.
A well loved piano by Westwood Instruments that’s perfect for moody, alternative scores. The samples were recorded using some classic vintage microphones (close, room and soundboard) through legendary Neve 1073 pre-amps. All of these microphones can be mixed independently through the Kontakt interface so you can dial in exactly the sound you want.
The sampled piano stood in the crypt of a church, which provides some interesting acoustics to say the least. It’s really dry up close, but with a nice amount of liveliness as you record further away. It’s perfect for haunted trap beats for sure!
This excellent free Kontakt library is definitely the one I use regularly and easiyl deserves to be mentioned in any Best Free Kontakt Libraries 2019 list. Although it is a bit whimpy compared to other orchestral libraries, the sound is fantastic and you won’t get bogged down with endless settings…
The Total Composure Orchestra (TCO) is a full orchestral sample library created using only samples that are in the public domain. Total Composure is the first to offer such a library exclusively for the Kontakt format; making use of Kontakt’s scripting capabilities to greatly enhance the playability, realism, and functionality of these public domain samples. There are over 1500 samples in this library totaling more than 1.5 GB but we have used Kontakt’s lossless compression to crunch the size to less than 500MB.
Taiko is a free Kontakt instrument based on Subaqueous music Free Taiko Drum Rack and S. Christian Collins’s port for Sforzando. The developer of this free Kontakt instrument added a few more controls on the instrument for some sound design fun such as: Velocity to Volume control; 3-band equalizer; ADSR filter; An FX tab with: Distortion, Saturation, Delay and Compression; and an arpeggiator module.
Bunker Samples put together 5 Vietnamese tuned gongs, stretched across the keyboard. Morphing seamlessly between mallet and stick articulations with the articulation slider lets you play these gongs in ways that would be impossible to pull of in real life, and if that’s not enough, a powerful set of tools lets you further manipulate the sound.
When this Chantal tea kettle whistles it produces a distinctive harmonica sound and it turns out to be a surprisingly versatile Kontakt instrument with a built-in arpeggiator). You get 4 round robins as well as percussive clicks and release samples. The four patches are aptly named: Basic Organ, Airy Keys, Beautiful Arp, New Wave Bass, and Just Clicks. The whole library size weighs in at a mere 9 MB and is available for free download from Decent Samples.
If you’re on the hunt for some usable libraries, go check these 5 out. They are sure to inspire. Tell me what you think.