TFO – #2: Sordino Violins

Warm, lush, muted violins, perfect for dramatic underscoring and gentle ballad arrangements.

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Last month, we launched The Free Orchestra series with the first free instrument: cinematic, orchestral Tutti Hits. Today, we’re releasing the second instrument in this new series.

TFO #2: Sordino Violins instrument with Dream effect turned up and Octaver turned on

February ’19 – #2: Sordino Violins

TFO #2 is a beautiful set of con sordino violins. Con sordino means “with mute”. A mute is a small device that the string player attaches to the strings of the instrument, resulting in a softer, more delicate tone (video). In film scoring, the use of string mutes is very common, especially when underscoring, as it leaves more room for dialogue and other sounds. Mutes are also used for rehearsing (it’s the kind thing to do for the neighbours).

These con sordino samples were taken from Symphobia 1. In the original Symphobia 1 instrument, the recordings range the entire string group – from basses and cellos to violas and violins. This free instrument focuses on the violins only and can be played from G2 to D6. All samples are looped and feature release triggering: when you release a key you will hear the natural note ending and reverberation tail of the original recording.

Dedicated Kontakt interface

All Free Orchestra patches feature a dedicated Kontakt interface with a set of useful controls to adjust the envelope, reverb, filter and other elements of the instrument. TFO #2 offers a unique Dream control that transforms the instrument into a warm, ambient pad. The Free Orchestra does not come with a Kontakt Player license, which means the full version of Kontakt is required. All Free Orchestra patches have been formatted for Kontakt 5.6.8.

Open sample pool

Sordino Violins comes with an open 44.1 kHz/24 bit sample pool. This means that you can directly access the wave files and use them on any platform that can handle wave files. Example are Ableton, Cubase, Pro Tools, FL Studio, HALion, Falcon – or your old hardware or Eurorack sampler.


  • The samples folder includes a set of sustained notes (“tut”) and a set of release notes (“tur”). The latter set is used for release triggering, mentioned earlier.
  • The sustained samples have loop point information saved in the file headers. Most samplers will automatically read these loop points when importing a sample.
  • The sustained samples also have a loop point cross fade rendered into the audio. If you do not set the samples to loop, there will be a noticeable artifact at the end of this cross fade, where the sample is supposed to loop.
  • Full version of Kontakt required.

License conditions

  • Please note that while you are more than welcome to use The Free Orchestra in commercial projects, it is not allowed to redistribute or resell the sounds without prior, written permission of ProjectSAM.

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Videos & Demos

TFO #2: Sordino Violins

Library specs

Recording locations Concert Hall
Mic positions 1
Audio pool size 70 MB
Audio format 44.1 kHz 24 bit
Commercial use
Supports Kontakt Player

System requirements

Kontakt version 5.6.8 or higher, full version
Mac macOS 10.9 or higher
Windows 7 or higher
Minimum CPU i5
Minimum RAM 4 GB (recommended)

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