Nordic Folk Strings


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. 8 Kontakt Instruments

. Requires the FULL version of Kontakt 6.6.1 (or above)

. Kontakt Player NOT supported


Nordic Folk Strings is a Kontakt library based on tagelharpa, the traditional three-strings instrument from Scandinavia. It’s a collaborative project with singer and tagelharpa expert Alessandra Cognetta (Omen, Hellen), who has recorded the whole source material.

Nordic Folk Strings features 2 models of tagelharpa, Bass Tagelharpa and Standard Tagelharpa. The former features a darker, lower sound whereas the latter presents a more typically Viking-reminiscent tone. Both have been sampled at different time ranges, with different kind of rhythms (straight and triplets) , different tunings and tones.

Rather than sampling long sustained notes, in Nordic Folk Strings we have sampled rhythmic movements, in order to preserve the raw authenticity of the tagelharpa. The movements loops are tempo synched to the DAW and can be combined creatively by using our custom scripted Rhythmic Legato and the innovative Movements Sequencer.

Nordic Folk Strings provides an ultra-realistic rendition of the tagelharpa combined with performance and writing flexibility. It can be used for traditional epic music as it can be pushed to write articulated and complex parts. Or you can get creative with the timbre by experimenting with the Tone Selector (Clean and Gnarly tone).

Nordic Folk Strings is for composers and music producers looking for the iconic strings sound of traditional nordic music. It evokes images of vast frozen lands from the Viking age and scenes of ancient battlefields.



The 8 Kontakt instruments featured in Nordic Folk Strings are organised as follows.

Bass Tagelharpa Slow 80-110 bpm – Straight rhythm
Slow 80-110 bpm – Triplets rhythm
Fast 110-130 bpm – Straight rhythm
Fast 110-130 bpm – Triplets rhythm
Standard Tagelharpa Slow 80-110 bpm – Straight rhythm
Slow 80-110 bpm – Triplets rhythm
Fast 110-130 bpm – Straight rhythm
Fast 110-130 bpm – Triplets rhythm

“Slow” and “Fast” movements can be used outside of the recommended tempo range, at any bpm. The 48 kHz 24 bit sampling and the High Quality Time Stretch in Kontakt preserve the quality of the sound even outside of the recommended tempo ranges.

“Straight” instruments feature 5 available Movements, whereas “Triplets” instruments feature 3 movements.

Different tunings are available for both the bass and standard tagelharpa. As the droning strings and the soloist string have been sampled separately, the selection of the droning strings tuning determines the root key.

Droning Strings  Tunings (Root key)
Bass tagelharpa F – F# – G – G# – A – A# -B
Standard tagelharpa C – C# -D – D# – E 
Movements Sequencer

All the 8 instruments in Nordic Folk Strings feature a Movements Sequencer, a creative and innovative tool to seamlessly combine movements and create new ones from scratch. At each step, a different “chunk” of movement is played, according to its position against the reference timing (more on this in the “Rhythmic Legato” section).

The Movements Sequencer can be used in two ways: with to beat and to keys. With to beat, the sequencer is driven at a regular timing whereas with to keys the sequencer moves to next step everytime a new note is played.

Both the options can create virtually endless rhythmic and melodic combinations.


Nordic Folk Strings

Nordic Folk Strings introduces an innovative functionality to play seamless melodies with the movement loops : the Rhythmic Legato.

Simply put, once a movement is selected, if the notes/loops are played in a legato fashion (adjacent notes briefly overlapping), the basic movement rhythm keeps going seamlessly in background. Instead of having the loops always starting from the beginning when a new note is played, the Rhythmic Legato script offsets the loop according to when it has been played against the reference rhythm of the movement.

The result is equivalent to “comping” the audio loops in real time to achieve realistic and smooth phrases. Just press PLAY in the DAW and play a legato melody to immediately spark new ideas.

By combining the Rhythmic Legato and the Movements Sequencer, it is possible to come up with virtually endless new movements and playing melodies “into” them.

Alessandra Cognetta

Psamathes (Alessandra Cognetta) is a singer, composer, and tagelharpa player based in Rome, Italy. Her wide range (G#2-G6) and vocal versatility, combined with a unique voice color, allow her to record in several techniques and genres. Her vocals range from powerful belting, many folk techniques (clean and harsh from nordic and slavic traditions), heavy metal growls, jazz & soul, one-woman choirs across genres, and electronica. She owns three different tagelharpas (standard, bass, 4-strings).

She appears on Videogame Soundtracks such as Austin Wintory’s scores for The Pathless and Strayed Lights, Cyberpunk turn-based JRPG Keylocker, and many unannounced titles. She also sings and plays tagelharpa for trailer music, animation, and for Vocal Libraries such as OMEN and HELLEN by Silence + Other Sounds. She provides remote vocal and tagelharpa recording services.

Alessandra’s instruments are handcrafted by



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Kontakt version required FULL Version of Kontakt 6.6.1 or above. THE FREE KONTAKT PLAYER IS NOT SUPPORTED.

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Size (unzipped) 2.61 GB
License agreement Single-user license, Royalty-Free

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