Soniccouture Release Balinese Gamelan

Virtual Gamelan

Soniccouture have released Balinese Gamelan, a new sampled instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt.

A Gamelan is an ensemble of instruments originating from Indonesia. The majority of Gamelan instruments are percussive, and most of these are bronze. They include xylophone-like metallophones of different sizes and pitch, tuned gong chimes, very large pitched gongs, and an assortment of drums and percussion. There are many types of Gamelan ensembles, but the two dominant types are Javanese and Balinese. Balinese Gamelan has a characteristic ‘shimmering’ sound which is due to the detuning of paired instruments playing the same musical part.

Here are the details:


Sampling the unique, magical sound of a Balinese Gamelan is no small undertaking. The 25 instruments that make up The LSO’s Semara Dana Gamelan Ensemble had to be recorded in great detail, as if each instrument were to be a sample library in its own right. All instruments were recorded in stereo, at 24 bit 96 khz to ensure a pristine recording of the very highest standard that will remain the benchmark for years to come.

The library is composed of single and paired Kontakt versions of the Gamelan instruments. Paired instruments also feature separate volume and pan controls. Smaller percussive instruments like the Kempli are grouped together, with KSP level and pan controls for fine tuning.


  • 24GB Library
  • 24 Bit 96Khz Stereo Sampling
  • 25 Individual Gamelan Instruments
  • Up to 20 Velocity Layers
  • Over 4000 Samples
  • Multiple Round Robin Layers
  • Kontakt 2 +3 Format
  • Package includes: 3 x DVD, Full Colour 24 Page Booklet, Limited Edition Metal Box


  • Metallophones:
    Jegog High
    Jegog Low
    Calung High
    Calung Low
    Penyacah High
    Penyacah Low
    Pemade High
    Pemade Low
    Kantilan High
    Kantilan Low
  • Kettle (tuned) gong sets:
  • Gongs:
  • Drums:
    Kendang High
    Kendang Low
  • Percussion:
    2 Kajar
    Ceng Ceng

Available now. USD $499 / GBP £255 ( £299 inc VAT )

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