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A percussion instrument made from the sounds of tapping, knocking, hitting and scraping a violin, viola, cello and bass. Recorded during the Solo Strings Untamed sessions, we captured 40 unique sounds. With a really human feeling behind each one, some of the sounds are more traditional, whilst others are much more experimental.

Included are over 200 drag-and-drop MIDI loops written and performed by percussionists. A brilliant starting point if you need a hit of instant inspiration. Equally helpful if you’re on a tight deadline and just need something that works.

Either way this is a percussion sample library that’s just a bit different. It’s right at home in rhythmical string quartet arrangements as well as full-on action cues when you need something that doesn’t sound like every other composer’s taiko drums.


Unique percussive sounds
Over 200 drag and drop MIDI loops
2 mic positions
Kontakt FULL 5.6.8 or higher


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Listen to Percussion Untamed

Played by humans, not programmed by robots.

If you just need an instant hit of inspiration, there are 220 beat-syncable and instantly playable 4-bar loops. You can trigger them with a single key or drag the raw MIDI data into you DAW for further editing and manipulation.

These loops haven’t been programmed by robots, but been played by humans. Written and performed by talented percussionists, drummers and composers, who live and breathe rhythm. Please resist the urge to quantise.

With a range of film-influenced styles and 5 different time signatures, you’ll be sure to find something to either drop into an existing composition, or use one to kick-start a blank page.


Minimal to complex

Grouped into 60 different sets of ideas, each with 4 loops of varying intensities; Minimal, Simple, Standard, Complex.

You can easily get something that matches both the feeling and the energy of your composition.

Get rid of the grid

If you want a looser feeling to the loops,  you can further humanise them using the built-in timing and velocity controls. These controls relax the natural performance even further to get as far away from the grid as possible.

“How hard can we hit a 300 year-old cello?”

What's included?

40 unique sounds
Most sounds have 6 round robins and 3 velocity layers

220 drag-and-drop MIDI loops
5 time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 7/8

Behind the recording

Recorded at The Nave, one of the North of England’s finest recording studios; a converted church with the most beautiful sounding live room.

A mixture of a Neumann U47, U87 and a Brauner VMA valve mic is at the heart of the mix depending on which instrument was recorded, all providing a really warm, full and very detailed sound. A stereo pair of Neumann KM184s captured a more roomy and lively stereo perspective.

Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured at 96kHz using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.


Good to know

System Requirements

Kontakt FULL
Mac OS 10.9 or higher
Windows 10 or higher
All major DAWs supported
200 MB download size
Downloads using the free Pulse app


This instrument is compatible with the full version of Kontakt PLAYER 5.6.8 and above.

It will not work with the free Kontakt Player.


Every copy of Percussion Untamed is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.

Any questions?

What type of music is this best suited for?

We think this percussion instrument is perfect for those looking for a more offbeat sound. It’s not traditional orchestral percussion, but it does blend perfectly with orchestras of all sizes. There’s some interesting sounds that fall into sound design too.

Will this work in the free version of Kontakt?

You need the full version of Kontakt 5.6.8 or above. It will NOT work in the free Player version of Kontakt.

Please make sure you have the correct version before purchasing. If you need help, we have a fully-loaded guide to Kontakt which you can read here.

Can I use this in commercial releases?

Yes! What you can’t do is repackage the individual samples or re-release them as another sample library, but you can absolutely use them to make the next score to a film about an ex-vet turned hired-gun with a hammer.

Does this library have any epic taikos?

No. This library does not have any epic taikos.