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  • Price: $58
  • Deep-Sampled Santur w/ 3 Mallet Types & Dampeners
  • Custom Vintage Santur
  • +5.934 Samples / 4.4GB (compressed from 9.2GB)
  • Deep-Sampled Santur (aka Santoor)
  • 2 Microphone Positions (Close, Far)
  • 3 Mallet Types (Wooden, Semi-Soft & Soft)
  • 3 Dampener Options (Sustain, Stac, Staccatissimo)
  • Trills/Rolls w/ 3 Dampener Positions
  • Assorted FX
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required

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Santur overview

The Santur, Santouri, Santour or Santoor is a hammered dulcimer (sort of an ancient Cimbalom) of Babylonian origin, currently played in several countries around the Balkans, Middle East and Eastern Europe.

This library has been deeply sampled in order to give the composer a great tool made by very different colours of sound thanks to the use of three sets of mallets (wooden, semi soft and soft mallets) and three different damper configurations (no dampers for long sustains, one damper for staccato, two dampers for staccatissimo).

Two microphone positions, over six thousand samples and quarter-tone tuning options make this library a very versatile tool which fulfills every type of user.

Our CHAOS engine has also been added to multiply the textures and possibilities this library has to offer. We hope you enjoy using this library as much as we enjoyed making for you.

3 Different Mallet Types

The 8Dio Santur offers you three different mallet types. The instrument is very responsive to mallets, so we deep-sampled it with Wooden, Semi-Soft and Felt Mallets. The Wooden is more defined and epic in its sound. The Semi-Soft is great for normal tempered material and the Felt Mallet gives a gentle and warm presence in the sound. All mallets also contain unique samples for dampeners, so you can choose how dampened you want the sound.

3 Dampener States & Trills/Rolls

The 8Dio Santur contains three dampening types. Full open sustains, semi-dampened staccato and fully dampened staccatissimo. Essentially the dampener shortens the sound, which is why we used traditional orchestral names for it. We also recorded a massive section of trill/rolls – both with all three mallet types and in the three dampening states. The idea is what you mix the normal multi-samples with the trills – to generate a completely live sounding performance.

Micro-tunings & Options

The 8Dio Santur offers a variety of ethnic micro-tunings, which transforms the instrument in several ways. We added the most common microtunings for Santur, which includes: Rast, Saba, Bayati, Hijaz, Huzam, Sikah and Suznak. In addition we also created an Ensemble function, so you can have up to three Santurs playing at the same time. We also added our new Flow-Note system, so you can have the program play repeated notes for fast performances.

Microphone Positions

The Santur also comes with two different microphone positions. A very close up and intimate set of microphones – really capturing the essence and body of the instrument. A far and more ambient microphone – giving a larger presence and less local sound to the instrument. We recommend using both at the same time. It just brings a unique life to the instrument and a body that cannot otherwise be achieved.

Chaos FX

The Santur is also supported by our latest Chaos FX engine, which allows you to virtually do anything you desire to the Santur. Whether its redesigning the layout by key-control, create a step-based filter sequencer, precision dial EQ, bit-crush or distort, stereo-delay or mess around with dual convolution reverbs. We even added our Chaos system, so you can randomize entire FX with a single mouse click.


  • Wooden Mallet Sustains
  • Semi-Soft Mallet Sustains
  • Felt Mallet Sustains


  • Wooden Mallet Staccato (half-dampened)
  • Semi-Soft Mallet Staccato (half-dampened)
  • Felt Mallet Staccato (half-dampened)


  • Wooden Mallet Staccatissimo¬†(full-dampened)
  • Semi-Soft Mallet Staccatissimo¬†(full-dampened)
  • Felt Mallet Staccatissimo¬†(full-dampened)

Wooden Mallet Trills/Rolls:

  • Sustained
  • Sustained (Crescendo)
  • Staccato (half-dampened)
  • Staccato Crescendo (half-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo (full-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo Crescendo (full-dampened)

Semi-Soft Mallet Trills/Rolls:

  • Sustained
  • Sustained (Crescendo)
  • Staccato (half-dampened)
  • Staccato Crescendo (half-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo (full-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo Crescendo (full-dampened)

Felt Mallet Trills/Rolls:

  • Sustained
  • Sustained (Crescendo)
  • Staccato (half-dampened)
  • Staccato Crescendo (half-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo (full-dampened)
  • Staccatissimo Crescendo (full-dampened)

Sound FX

The Santur, includes a variety of new features:

  • 3 Different Mallet Types
  • 2 Microphone Positions
  • 3 Different Dampener Types (Sustain, Staccato, Staccatissimo)
  • Trills/Rolls for all Mallet Types and Dampeners
  • Ensemble Option (Create up to 3 Santurs at the same time)
  • Microtuning (Rast, Saba, Bayati, Hijaz, Huzam, Sikah etc)
  • Flow-Note Repetition Module
  • Chaos FX 3.1