Zithergeist by Silence And Other Sounds is a Kontakt library based on unconventional stringed instruments recorded in unconventional ways.

We have meticulously sampled note by note a number of atypical instruments like miniharpsmandolin of unknown origins and even an Apulian zither, known as ‘pasta-cutting guitar’, a guitar-resembling tool from the Southern province of Apulia (Italy), traditionally used to extrude pasta filaments from raw dough.

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Zithergeist - Unconventional Strings Recorded Unconventionally

The recorded instruments feature multiple articulations, from finger plucks to hammered and muted effects, obtained experimenting with a variety of metallic objects applied to the strings. Moreover, each individual note can be mixed with 4 different layers of cinematic sound effects, derived from the same instrument and ‘tuned’ to the corresponding note. The result is an highly detailed, versatile instrument (up to 13 velocity levels per note/articulation and 4 round robins); you can play it as a realistic emulation of acoustic instruments and use it at the same time as a powerful, variegated tool to design your own sound effects.

Zithergeist is a unique instrument for cinematic composition: whether you want to create minimal dark melodies or heavenly arpeggios, piercing high frequency tones or emotional chord progressions , cinematic droning effects, eastern-reminiscent melodies or adrenalinic rhythmical sequences, Zithergeist offers you an arsenal of instruments and editing possibilities.

Zithergeist comes with an arpeggiator, a string editor, a sound effects editor and a convolution reverb with hundreds of impulse responses (IRs) to further colour and sculpt the sound: with dozens of presets for each instrument, you can take instant inspiration and make your own presets on the fly.

This library also features 3 Kontakt Instruments based on synthetic string sounds, created with a variety of physical modelling techniques, to blur the line between the acoustic and digital realm and offer further creative possibilities.

Zithergeist includes a separate set of Kontakt instruments purely focused on cinematic sound effects obtained by experimenting on the source instruments with bows and self-built mallets (500+ SFX 96 kHz – 24 bit).


Zithergeist by Silence And Other Sounds – Specifications

 Zithergeist Full


  • 2 Kontakt Instruments (Miniharp, Unknown mandolin)
  • 3 articulations (pluck, hammer, mute)
  • Up to 13 velocity layers and 4 round robins, 50+ presets

Synthetic string:

  • 3 Kontakt instruments
  • 2 articulations (pluck, hammer, mute)
  • Up to 13 velocity layers and 4 round robins
  • 30+ presets
  • 8 sound effects instruments | Derived from Apulian zither and others

600+ Royalty-Free sounds (96 kHz – 24 bit)


Zithergeist SFX

  • 8 sound effects instruments
  • Derived from Apulian zither and others
  • 500+ Royalty-Free sounds (96 kHz – 24 bit)
  • Hammered Stingers
  • Apulian Zither Tones
  • Reverse Buildups
  • Bowed Zither
  • SPings – Hi Pitch Tones
  • 200+ source sounds


Full Version:

  • Kontakt (Full Version, v 5.8.1 or later)
  • 13 Instruments
  • Size 6.9 GB
  • Includes WAV format files

SFX Version:

  • Kontakt (Full Version, v 5.8.1 or later)
  • 8 Instruments
  • Size 3.3GB
  • Includes WAV format files


Both versions:

  • Kontakt & WAV versions included
  • If using Kontakt version, Kontakt 5.8.1 is required.
  • The free version of Kontakt Player IS NOT SUPPORTED!
  • License Agreement | Single-user license, Royalty-Free


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