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7 FREE Kontakt libraries every producer should have

Updated: May 19, 2023





1. DS Drum - RCS Essentials (Demo)


DS Drum Mahogany demo drum screen

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The RCS Essentials is a in-depth sampled drum library with the exclusive drums of Italian drum builder DS Drum.

With over 20.000 samples in the demo and 80.000 samples in the paid version you get the most realistic drum performances and soundscaping control you will ever need from a virtual instrument.


In the free version you get a complete 5 piece kit with 2 snare drums all tuned in 3 different tunings and a set of 6 cymbals to your disposal.


Key features


  • Never sampled before drums

  • Multi mic control

  • Build in effects

  • Gorgeous GUI

  • Preset build workflow


Compatibility


This library is available for Kontakt 6.6.0 or Kontakt Player 6.6.0 requires Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher. It comes in VST 2/3, AU and AAX formats.

The demo version will NOT work with the free player.


Summary


We as Red Pack Drums are here to give you custom build drums in sample library. So if you're done with the same used and recorded Black Beauty, then definitly check out the free version and if you like it and want even more drums? Upgrade to the full version and get all of the DS Drum Essentials drums in one library.





2. Lockdown kitchen


Lockdown kitchen main screen

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Made when Rattly and Raw's in-house mix engineer, Emre, got bored during lockdown. To the dismay of his family he sampled everything across the flat. Including multiple recordings of each surface and kitchen utensil. We included washing machines, espresso makers and much more



Key features


  • Easy to use GUI

  • A ton of applaince samples for your percussion needs

  • Some build in effects


Compatibility


This library is available for Kontakt full version.

It will NOT work with the free player.


Summary


I've found this really funny and a brilliant piece of percussion, lol

You really have the feeling you're working with someone who's bashing on the washing machine or turning on the espresso machine for your home productions. Just funny as hell. But I really think you could use it in your percussion arsenal to add some vibe to your tracks.

So if you own a full version of Native instruments Kontakt definitely pick this one up!



3. Shreddage 3


Shreddage 3 free guitar Kontakt library

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The ultimate FREE electric guitar sample library for KONTAKT!

Includes deep-sampled sustain, palm mute, and choke articulations with 3 octaves of playing range, up to 24 samples per note, and tons of performance options. Also features TACT 2.0 and the new CONSOLE mixer and modular FX rack!



Key features


  • Pristine 24-bit recordings

  • Sustains, palm mutes, chokes

  • Pitched and unpitched release noises

  • Up to 3x dynamics / 4x round robins

  • Up and downstrokes

  • Over 30 new & custom cabinet IRsts


Compatibility


Kontakt Player 5.7 or higher

This library will run in the FREE Kontakt Player


Summary


I just used it for 10-15 minutes during the video I've made above, but I found it sounding really great. Guitar tones have always been difficult to sound like the real deal in the past. But these days these sample based instruments are almost indistinguishable from a real guitar player. And the build in mixer with effects where really great and extensive aswell. Nice job Impact Soundworks!



4. Evolution: Devastator Warzone


Devastator Kontakt main screen

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Evolution: Devastator Warzone is a premium collection of hand-crafted custom Signature Sound effects, Bass and Braams, Signals and Signs, Drum Loops, Pulses, Guns and Racharges, One Shots, Cinematic loops and Artist Stems. The library has modern and aggressive character that can be hear in a lot of trending movies and TV series. The Evolution: Devastator series will definitely be a irreplaceable part for movie and game sound designs, as well as for composing trailers and soundtracks



Key features


  • Loops

  • Stems

  • Playable instruments

  • One shots

  • 7 GB compressed samples

  • Meticulous futuristic design


Compatibility


This library is available for Kontakt 6.6.0 or Kontakt Player 6.6.0 requires Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher. It comes in VST 2/3, AU and AAX formats.


Summary


I really loved the looks of this library, the GUI invites you to go crazy with all these 7gb of samples, sounds and loops. The dual note system to pitch the samples up or down was really intuitive aswell and worked quitte nicely.

If you need free cinematic sounds this is the instrument you need.




5. Ferrum - Modern Trailer Percussion


Ferrum modern trailer percussion main screen

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Keepforest’s FERRUM, is a modern trailer percussion powerhouse with a huge variety of cinematic percussion from epic and massive cinematic hits, punches, anvils and doors impacts to cymbals, bells, tiny metals and metallic foley.



Key features


  • Built-in Step Sequencer

  • Quick Stage Placement module

  • Multiple Playback Modes

  • Convenient Effects Rack

  • Dozens of Snapshots



Compatibility


This library is available for Kontakt 6.6.0 or Kontakt Player 6.6.0 requires Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.13 or higher. It comes in VST 2/3, AU and AAX formats.


Summary


A really cool metal percussion pack for all your pots and pans sounds, lol

It's like Lockdown kitchen but now you are standing in a huge metal workshop.

The lower you go on the piano roll the bigger the object and the higher up the smaller the sounds. That was really funny to me.

The room placement microphone was easy to use and you could immediately hear the vibe of the room changing.




6. The Free Orchestra


the free orchestra library


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The Free Orchestra is a high-quality sample library that offers a wide range of orchestral instruments and ensembles. It includes samples of strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, all recorded in a professional studio environment. This library is perfect for film scoring, game music, and any other project that requires realistic orchestral sounds.


Key features:

  • Realistic sound of orchestral instruments

  • Wide range of ensembles and instruments

  • High-quality recordings

  • Compatible with multiple formats and sampler

Compatibility:


This library is compatible with a wide range of DAWs and samplers such as the free Kontakt player, EXS24, and more.


Summary:


The Free Orchestra is a fantastic resource for any composer or producer looking for realistic orchestral sounds. It is a high-quality library that offers a wide range of instruments and ensembles at no cost. If you're looking to add some orchestral flavor to your productions, this is definitely worth checking out.


7. Project Exodus


project exodus cinematic sounds

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Project Exodus is an advanced sample library that offers a wide range of cutting-edge sound design tools, perfect for electronic music production, game audio and more. This library features a wide range of playable instruments, loops, one-shots, and effects. The library is focused on creating sounds that are not only powerful but also creative and inspiring.


Key features:


  • Wide range of sound design tools

  • Playable instruments

  • Loops and one-shots

  • Advanced effects

  • Flexible and intuitive interface


Compatibility:


This library is available for Kontakt full version.

It will NOT work with the free player.


Summary:


Project Exodus is a powerful sample library that offers a wide range of sound design tools. It is perfect for electronic music production, game audio, and more. The library features a wide range of playable instruments, loops, one-shots, and effects. It's user-friendly interface and powerful tools make it an essential tool for any producer or sound designer looking to create cutting-edge sounds.