True Strike 1

ProjectSAM’s original orchestral percussion library for film, TV and game composers looking for cinematic, powerful and lush percussion samples. Now fully updated.

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True Strike is a permanent part of my palette. I use it in all my scores.

- James Newton Howard

ProjectSAM’s acclaimed True Strike library holds the original orchestral percussion libraries of choice for film, tv and game composers who require cinematic, powerful percussion samples.

Fully updated

Experience the fully updated 2021 2.0 re-issue of True Strike. Get the classic and acclaimed orchestral percussion sound in a brand-new interface offering a ton of new features:

  • All-in-one browser
  • Load only the articulations you need
  • Positioning stage
  • Extensive articulation control
  • Shift + trim individual articulations
  • Adaptive Sync for crescendo rolls
  • New kits
  • NKS
  • And much more

The 2.0 re-issue update is 100% free for existing True Strike (1) users of the Kontakt Player Edition of the library.
If you have an older version than the Kontakt Player Edition, an upgrade path is available. Please contact us for more info.

To update, please use the Native Instruments Native Access application. True Strike version 2.0 requires Kontakt (Player) 6.5.3.

The performance view in the new 2021 re-issue of True Strike


The timpani is one of the biggest instrument banks found in True Strike. You will find an extensive list of playing techniques: up to 6 dynamics, sustained and dampened notes, tremolo, tremolo crescendo in three lengths, crescendo-decrescendo and hard mallet fortissimo. Suspenseful special effects such as pedal bends and cymbal/bowl on timpani.

Orchestral drums

True Strike is aimed at cinematic use. Therefore the gran casa and snare ensemble are the most powerful and deep recordings you will find. Load up the stage or far microphone set and scare those aliens back to their homeworld. The library also includes single snare drum (snares on and off), military drum and field drum samples.

Ensemble hits

One of the most popular patches in True Strike is the Ensemble Hits bank. These are ensemble recordings of gran casa and low-tuned timpani playing together. Big and bad.

Melodic percussion

True Strike covers five melodic percussion instruments: glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, tubular bells and celesta. This last, beautiful instrument is the very first sampled in a concert hall and offered in 3 microphone positions.

Small percussion

True Strike offers an extensive set of small percussion instruments, among which 4 woodblocks, 5 temple blocks, whip, bar chimes, bell tree, 4 cowbells, triangle, tambourine, castanets and sleigh bells.

Videos & Demos

In-depth walkthrough of Update 2.0 (20 mins)

Update 2.0 short feature overview (1:15 mins)




  • Single hits
  • Looped tremolos
  • Crescendo rolls
  • Special effects


  • Orchestral percussion kit
  • Orchestral snares and drums kit

Drums and Toms

  • Bongos and congas
  • Gran cassa
  • Tutti hits (gran cassa with low timpani)
  • Snare drum
  • Snare ensemble
  • Timbales
  • Tom toms
  • Rototoms

Cymbals and gongs

  • Concert cymbals
  • Suspended cymbals
  • Tam tam
  • Wind gong

Melodic percussion

  • Celesta
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Tubular bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone

Small percussion

  • Chimes
  • Belltree
  • Cowbells
  • Tambourine
  • Beatring
  • Triangle
  • Wood blocks
  • Temple blocks
  • Various small percussion

Miscellaneous percussion

  • Body percussion
  • Brakes and pans
  • Claps and snaps
  • Thai gongs
  • Trash and metal hits

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True Strike is a permanent part of my palette. I use it in all my scores.

- James Newton Howard

True Strike possesses unmatched musicality and realism. You can sense the presence of the player behind the instrument - not just the instrument itself.

- Brian Tyler

I have been using True Strike 1 & 2 for virtually every project I've worked on over the past years. Quite simply, the are the best!

- William Ross

Library specs

Recording location Concert hall
Mic positions 3
Audio pool size 18 GB (9 GB on disk)
Audio format 44.1 kHz 24 bit
Current library version 2.1
Kontakt Player license Yes
NKS support Yes
Copy protection Serial number activation

System requirements

Kontakt version 6.5.3 or higher
Mac macOS 10.13 or higher
Windows Windows 7 or higher
Minimum CPU i5 (i7 recommended)
Minimum RAM 6 GB
Supported plug-in interfaces Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
Internet connection Required for activation

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