Best Free Kontakt Libraries in 2022 (Reviews and Comparison)

  • James Parker
  • January 28, 2022

Synthesizing the perfect sound has never been easier. With all of these free KONTAKT libraries, you can create the perfect sound in no time. 

As soon as you start exploring these libraries, you will be amazed by how many sounds each one offers to make your music stand out. There are even ones that offer different eras of music like Rockabilly or Motown. 

Here are our reviews of some of the best free KONTAKT libraries on the market today. We’ll talk about features, PROS, CONS and much more.

What Are KONTAKT Libraries?

If you are just starting out with KONTAKT, you will need a KONTAKT library. These are KONTAKT sets, and are stored in your library as presets. 

Each set contains everything you will need for a particular sound. The only limitation is the use of the individual layers, the sounds are not limited to the number of layers you can add to a sound. 

With this many sound samples, you can create extremely realistic sounding kits for sound design.

What do KONTAKT libraries offer?

KONTAKT libraries are extremely versatile, and provide endless options and features to expand your work in a simple and effective way.

COMPARISON CHART

IMAGE PRODUCT
1. Amore Grand Piano
  • Really simple to use
  • At only 200 MB it doesn’t hog many computer resources at all
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2. Cinematique Instruments Klang Series
  • Plenty of genre samples for use
  • Quite easy to use inside of KONTACT
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3. Ferrum Modern Trailer Percussion (Free Edition)
  • Very versatile
  • Excellent sound quality
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4. Soundethers Free Fall
  • MOD wheel is pretty cool
  • 3 layers to the program allows for plenty of flexibility
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5. Gombulator by Fine Cut Bodies
  • Six preset sounds and a set of drums
  • Based on synths from the 1980s
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6. Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE by Impact Soundworks
  • An all around great library
  • Allows for complex creation
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7. Palette – Primary Colors by Red Room Audio
  • Very realistic sounds
  • Lots of samples available
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8. Sonas Ronroco Virtual Instrument by Samplephonics
  • Very good collection of samples
  • Very realistic sounds can be produced
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9. The Stroh Violin by Impact Soundworks
  • This is a very light yet powerful plugin
  • The sound is very good, nearly piercing if you want it to be
  • Drop dead easy mixer controls
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1. Amore Grand Piano

Specification

PRICEFREE
TOTAL SIZEUNDER 200 MB
COMPATIBILITYNI KONTAKT 3+

Amore Grand Piano is an amazing library that combines the classic piano with the modern sounds. The library offers a good amount of fully playable samples of well known grand piano music. 

You can download this library to build something stunning and unique. The best part is that the samples in this library are fully playable right out of the box. You don’t need to buy an instrument or to learn any new skills in order to make something amazing.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • The recording comes from a Yamaha grand piano
  • The interface is broken down into 3 parts

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

While we liked this plugin we found that it sounded a bit too thin and breezy. We were expecting more power, but we really can’t complain too much about a free product

PROS

  • Really simple to use
  • At only 200 MB it doesn’t hog many computer resources at all

CONS

  • Sound is a bit too light

2. Cinematique Instruments Klang Series

Specification

PRICEFREE (ONE YEAR) AND PAID
TOTAL SIZE150 MB (COMPRESSED)
COMPATIBILITYKONTAKT 5.6.8. OR LATER
FULL VERSION REQUIRED

The Cinematique Instruments Klang Series has almost as many samples as all of the free KONTAKT libraries combined, but this changes from time to time. Some of the tracks include jazz, blues, big band, country and other types of music. 

One of the best features of the Klang series is its interactivity. You can select an instrument, one of the multiple “human sound sources” and layer on various effects. 

The Klang library is completely free for the taking, though some features do require a paid account. 

WHAT WE LIKE

We were shocked by how nice the plugin integrates into the full version of KONTAKT. There were no problems at all.

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

The creators of Klang love to change out the samples, so you might not have one of your favorites when you eventually upgrade

PROS

  • Plenty of genre samples for use
  • Quite easy to use inside of KONTACT

CONS

  • Sample can be changed by the craters anytime they want.

3. Ferrum Modern Trailer Percussion (Free Edition)

Specification

PRICEFREE (ONE YEAR) AND PAID
TOTAL SIZE8.44 GB
COMPATIBILITYFREE KONTAKT PLAYER AND NATIVE INSTRUMENTS HARDWARE

This is the best free library out there for a rapid ramping filter called FERRUM MODERN TRAILER PERIMETER and it offers incredible added sounds like scats, pop and more.

 It has a nice signature feel to it, but it has the added “bump” to it that adds to its sound. You should check it out!

WHAT WE LIKE

This is a great little library. It offers very good sound quality. It also provides you with over 500 drum and percussion samples 

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

A lot of the metallic samples sound very similar, which is both off putting and annoying. 

PROS

  • Very versatile
  • Excellent sound quality

CONS

  • Some samples sound the same no matter what you do

4. Soundethers Free Fall

Specification

PRICEFREE
TOTAL SIZE173 MB
COMPATIBILITYFREE KONTAKT PLAYER AND FULL KONTAKT PLAYER

This library is called Soundethers because the main thing you do is download it, test it out and then go out and make music with it. The library is unique in that it provides a cool sound that is appealing to a specific age group. 

We say this because this library is for people between the ages of 15 and 30, meaning that it is only for people that are at that point in their lives. It has multiple styles to choose from with its various rhythms and sounds, including different funk, Jazz, Rock, New Jack Swing, Soul and Hip Hop, with a splash of Hip Hop rock in there. 

It has one of the best synths on the market in it, called The Genius Factor, which has all of the sounds you would want to make great beats out of. However, it does not have any percussion.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Very easy to learn and use right out of the gate
  • Plenty of sample genres to choose from

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

  • Not too many effects, but hey, this is a free program after all

PROS

  • MOD wheel is pretty cool
  • 3 layers to the program allows for plenty of flexibility

CONS

  • Limited effects

5. Gombulator by Fine Cut Bodies

Specification

PRICEFREE
TOTAL SIZE130 MB
COMPATIBILITYFULL VERSION OF NI KONTAKT 5.6.1

An excellent collection of modern recording tools, featuring an amazing range of sound manipulation methods. This sounds library contains 19 sounds of various sonic qualities, plus a built-in midi sequencer with 8 different skins, allowing you to lay down your beats in a fast and intuitive way.

Originally released in 2016, Fine Cut Bodies have a great looking look and very high quality sound. It is packed with hundreds of solid tracks, providing an array of available sounds. 

Not only the sounds, but also the settings and presets are in good quality. This sounds library is fully multi dynamic, including custom effects and effects processors.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • The built-in MIDI sequencer works quite well

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

  • It can be hard to load the library sometimes

PROS

  • Six preset sounds and a set of drums
  • Based on synths from the 1980s

CONS

  • Loading into KONTACT can be a problem at times

6. Shreddage 3 Stratus FREE by Impact Soundworks

Specification

PRICEFREE
TOTAL SIZE130 MB
COMPATIBILITYFULL VERSION OF NI KONTAKT 5.6.1

One of the best free KONTAKT libraries is Shreddage 3 Stratus. This is a jazz funk heavy synth library with a solid sound quality. It’s a complete library to create drum loops from. 

If you want to use this for a professional sample pack, you can do that too. It also offers the perfect sound for creating specific vocal samples for your music. 

It has 9 unique sounds, and 24 patches that can be used on any setting. You can choose from 2 different drum kits, a 16 key bass, as well as an additional one that’s a TRB triangle wave.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • We like that the Stratus is relatively easy to use. This is great for newcomers and veterans alike. 
  • Depending on your skill level you can create some extremely complex samples

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

  • As far as sound quality goes, the Shreddage is powerful but brash
  • The guitar libraries aren’t the most intuitive

PROS

  • An all around great library
  • Allows for complex creation

CONS

  • Sound can be very brash

7. Palette – Primary Colors by Red Room Audio

Specification

PRICEFREE, DONATIONS ACCEPTED
TOTAL SIZE2 GB
COMPATIBILITYKONTAKT FULL VERSION 5.6.8
MAC 10.9 OR LATER
WINDOWS 7 OR LATER

The Palette by Red Room Audio is a free library of Primary Colors’ by The Beatles, combined with Kontakt’s Sonar and Pad effects to achieve maximum sonic detail, contrast and realism. This free KONTAKT library is an amazing combination of vintage sound with modern orchestral pad processing.

WHAT WE LIKE

This great free KONTAKT library comes with lots of detailed samples that will create an immersive and engaging sound. The beautiful sound can be used for a range of different styles of music, from pop to orchestral.

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Palette by Red Room Audio is that the quality of the samples and the sounds it creates can be a bit lacking.

PROS

  • Very realistic sounds
  • Lots of samples available

CONS

  • Although it has plenty of samples, the quality of some of them may not be to your liking

8. Sonas Ronroco Virtual Instrument by Samplephonics

Specification

PRICEFREE, DONATIONS ACCEPTED
TOTAL SIZE2 GB
COMPATIBILITYKONTAKT FULL VERSION 5.6.8
MAC 10.9 OR LATER
WINDOWS 7 OR LATER

The Sonas Ronroco Virtual Instrument is perfect for those that want to experiment with KONTAKT and sample instruments. It allows you to create sounds that are very similar to the ones you would hear in real life instruments. 

Even though it is a virtual instrument, the fact that you can change the tone and even the timbre of a sample gives it a very realistic sound.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • Lots of samples on tap
  • Sounds produced are superior to some of the other libraries

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

  • At 1.2 GB, this is a massive program

PROS

  • Very good collection of samples
  • Very realistic sounds can be produced

CONS

  • Make sure you have at least 1 GB of space before loading

9. The Stroh Violin by Impact Soundworks

Specification

PRICEFREE, DONATIONS ACCEPTED
TOTAL SIZE250 MB
COMPATIBILITYKONTAKT FULL VERSION 5.4 OR HIGHER

If you are looking for a great violin sample library, this one by Impact Soundworks is fantastic. It has a ton of different violin sounds, from notes to vibrato. The default sampling rate is 44.1 kHz, which is amazing and sounds good to modern speakers. The library is built on top of Virtual MIDI, meaning you can see the velocity of each note by pressing the velocity slider. The response curve for the sampled violin is also visually explained. It also includes a smooth glide effect that you can apply to your violin sounds.

WHAT WE LIKE

  • We literally like everything about this plugin. It has all the right samples that anyone needing a violin sample might want.

WHAT WE DONT LIKE

  • We could find no real issues with this plugin

PROS

  • This is a very light yet powerful plugin
  • The sound is very good, nearly piercing if you want it to be
  • Drop dead easy mixer controls

CONS

  • No real concerns

Conclusion

Thanks so much for sticking with us to the end of this article about the best free KONTAKT libraries. You want the perfect KONTAKT library that will work for your project, and you want one that will stand out in a crowd. 

There are dozens of new free KONTAKT libraries in the market, so which one should you choose? The best one for the job will depend on your music, your goals and your personal preferences. 

Remember that a library doesn’t make your music, it simply adds to it. Try out as many free KONTAKT libraries as you like until you get it right.