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Originating from the vast area between the black sea and Persia this instrument comes in several forms, sizes and sounds. Mediterranean and Eurasian mixed with Persian and Middle Eastern musical heritage come together in the sound and deep musical ethnic presence of these instruments.

Sonokinetic decided to capture the enchanting sound of the classical Kemençe and sample this instrument in high fidelity audio quality. This instrument ships with a built in musical heritage. A supreme performed and recorded cinematic approach of several ethnic musical styles. The instrument is a perfect match with the styles and flavors in other Sonokinetic ethnical sampled instrument and vocals.

The classical Kemençe is a pear shaped 40cm in height, bowed string instrument that has a distinctive sound to it. It’s recognized immediately especially when set in a microtonal setting.

This Kemençe sample library is based on musical structures similar to the ones found in other Ethnic sampled instruments by Sonokinetic, making this a valuable addition to and perfect match with your Sonokinetic sampling products. Based on more than 10 different styles these performances are divided in traditionals and improvisations. Where the traditionals focus more on melodies within a particularly Middle Eastern tone scale, improvisations use this tone material focus on a more ‘cinematical’ melodic approach.

This instrument ships with an intelligent legato scripted instrument, giving you an opportunity to play this instrument in real time and create your own melody lines. Complete with transition notes and bowed sustains.

Recorded at Sonokinetic Studios in Istanbul with our renowned and awarded sound team and Kemençe master Mahinur Sezener, we’re very proud to release this unique instrument. We hope it will give you as much inspiration as it gave us and will suit your scoring template with elegance.

Sticking to our award-winning multi sampling / performance capturing concepts and teaming up with the world’s greatest musicians, recording artists, programmers, designers and scripters we are proud to present to you:


  • Core samples: Classical Kemençe
  • 1 instrument for Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.0.3
  • Temposynced Phrases featuring Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)
  • Phrasing available pitched to key
  • 4800+ samples. (8,4+ GB sample content)
  • Authentic Legato samples and scripting
  • Traditionals & Improvisation phrases
  • Auto ending to phrases
  • xfade modwheel dynamics for legato patches
  • Modwheel phrase start control
  • GUI harmonic key display
  • Full tempo sync control.
  • Kontat 5 optimized “Time machine Pro” programming
  • 1 impulse response: 24 bit wave format
  • Real-time sample content purging and loading
  • End Users Agreement
  • Kemençe Reference document (PDF)
  • Artwork : “Kemençe” DVD cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
  • Watermarked Kontakt patches

All files in 44.1 kHz , 24 Bit AIF format.
Programmed for Native Instruments Kontakt (Full versions!)

Kemençe Origins:
Classical Kemençe, aka Armudi aka Fasil
Turkey – Black sea region


The main UI for Kemençe consists of several controls including Legato / Phrase selection, Impulse Response (reverb) control, Tempo Sync, Intelligent Time Machine and root BPM (tempo) selectors.

Phrases and Legato

Choose either performance-sampled Phrases that are divided in two sub groups (Improvisations & Traditionals) or playable Legato by clicking either button.

Phrases & Performances

Kemençe has up to 10 different styles included. Each style has been selected to fix a specific key and tempo. Slower tempo are set in Kurdi, where Hicaz is performed in mid tempo bpm. For the faster tempi Kemençe uses a selection of tempi in styles of Rast and Nihavend.

Tempo Sync

Click the button to activate tempo syncing of the performance sampled phrases. Kemençe features adaptive tempo syncing which will lock the phrase playback to tempo even if the host tempo is changing during playback.

In the full version of Kontakt 4 and 5 you will have alternative options for increasing the efficiency and quality of the timestretching. Be aware that this can come at the expense of system resources. For the best time stretching results we strongly advise to load the Kontakt 5 TMP patches which use the Time machine Pro settings.

Intelligent Time Machine (ITM)

The ITM function syncs samples to half-time or double-time when extreme tempo values are used. This can also be turned off. Click the button to enable / disable this feature. You may prefer to have the ITM function turned off when using adaptive tempo¬syncing functions previously mentioned, so that the samples do not suddenly switch to half/double-time when manipulating large tempo changes.

Phrase Indicator

We found it particularly intuitive, when composing to see what length a phrase would be. Since not all phrases are cut out with computer science in mind, they are more focused on musical and artistic expression, there’s a lot of variety in length and duration of a phrase. Hence the “Phrase Indicator” that shows you the remaining length by steadily following the phrase progression, filling the sphere with a transparent ‘hour glass’ like substance.

Impulse Response (IR)

Kemençe comes preloaded with a convolution reverb sampled from an actual space to simulate a realistic playing environment. Adjust the amount of reverb added to the instrument by click-dragging on the Kemençe instrument in the glass orb and slide up or downward to adjust the reverb levels.


From the Kontakt configuration window you can adjust many aspects of the reverb including wet/dry levels, pre delay, dampening and width.

Mic positioning

For each articulation available in this instrument there are three mic positions available.

Mono: close mic recorded version

Stereo: overhead placed stereo version with more ambience.

Mixed: a close and overhead mixed stereo channel. Preconfigured mixed version.

By sliding the slider or by clicking on the symbols above the slide, the position is changed.

Auto Ending

These trigger random endings for your phrases. When activated it will play an ending to your phrase
in the corresponding key




Kemençe has a 1,5 octave keyrange for the legato instrument. Sustains have a bow looping. This is activated and deactivated with the same tempo sync controls as mentioned above. All samples loop indefinitely.

Legato transitions will trigger automatically as long as the second note is played before the first is released. Trills can also be played easily by holding one note whilst repeatedly triggering another. All legato patches are velocity sensitive to allow a full range of expression. Blue keys mark the position of the playable zones in the legato instrument. The extra blue keyswitch on C1 switches between mezzo forte legato and forte legatos.


With the performance sampled phrases, Kemençe provides red colored key switches from A0 to G#1 which will become yellow when selected:

Mapping Improvisations:

Mapping Traditionals: (the blue/cyan keyswitch switches between range extensions)

Harmonic Key Display

Use the red keyswitches to set the pitch of the phrases then use the upper white keys to trigger them. The Key is displayed in the top right corner of the instrument. This harmonic key displayer changes according to the harmonic key that is selected by the red key switches on your keyboard. Phrases will change pitch, depending on the keyswitch selected.

The Tempo Sync and ITM buttons explained above will ensure that the phrases sync to your host tempo. Bear in mind some phrases do not begin on bar 1 but half a beat beforehand.

Purging and Disc Usage

To save on system resources and RAM, Kemençe loads each set of phrases as they are needed. Depending on your disc speed you may need to allow a few seconds for these to load once you select a new set of phrases or select a new root pitch.

Modwheel functions

Legato samples: xfade velocity function. To have full control over dynamic behavior of your composition.

Traditionals & Improvisations: Controls the sample starting point

Installation help

Use our “Payloader” app to download your instrument
After the download has been finished Payloader will automatically extract all the parts and install it in the folder you assigned it to when loading the app.
In case you run into unexpected errors when loading the instrument for the first time please verify your library folder structure according to this graphic:

Audio Demos: Composed and performed with dedicated care and ear by professional musicians and composers.

Sonokinetic dedicates its development attention to a select few formats. We carefully select which sampling software engines to program for and base these investments on usability, flexibility, stability and effective use of computing power. We are constant looking to evolve and for ways to invest in more user-friendly ways to make our libraries accessible for production and performance.
  • MAC & PC
  • Compatible Kontakt 4 and 5
  • Format: 44.1 kHz, 24 Bit AIF format
  • For more information or support please check our FAQ or support service
  • Available as DOWNLOAD ONLY also available on USB stick (express shipping)

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