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Viola Da Gamba

Viola Da Gamba

—   Versatile 6-stringed Renaissance Instrument

Cinesamples World Series: Viola da Gamba, recorded at the legendary MGM Scoring Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.

This unique Renaissance bowed string delivers a rich timbre suitable for a wide variety of film, TV, game, and media scoring. Now encoded for the free Kontakt Player 6.6.1+ and Komplete Kontrol plugin with NKS integration, this instrument is available for music creators everywhere.

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About the Product

The Viola da Gamba is a 6-stringed bowed and fretted instrument that first appeared in Spain in the mid to late 15th century and was most popular in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. We sampled a great combination of articulations and textures perfect for melodies and beds, characteristic of how this instrument sits well in a mix for scoring.

This instrument is strung with 6 strings that are tuned to (relative to Kontakt): 
D1, G1, C2, E2, A2, and D3.

Viols are fretted in a manner similar to early guitars or lutes, by means of movable wrapped-around and tied-on frets.  The movable nature of the tied-on frets permits the viol player to make adjustments to the tempering of the instrument.  On this particular instrument, the frets only extend 7 semi-tones on each string.