Virtuoso Ensembles


The Most Playable Ensembles To Conduct Your Orchestra! Get it now for $299.99

The Orchestra At Your Fingertips

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VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES is an epic virtual orchestral collection that's ideal for music composition and live music performance. Designed with unprecedented flexibility, you now have the ability to arrange your own custom ensembles putting the orchestra at your command.

Developed in the Native Instruments Kontakt Player engine, VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES delivers the finest quality sampled sound of an orchestra with extremely detailed user control; perfect for your final productions.

Get The Sound You Need - Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano, Choir…

VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES goes above and beyond in delivering all strings, brass and woodwind solo sections of a full orchestra while also including auxiliary percussion, epic hits, pristine piano, and an elegant choir.

Of course, the strings, brass and woodwind sections are the collective core of this library. With truly great sounds spanning all sections of the orchestra into one instrument, you will find yourself using this library as your go-to tool for composing, performing, and professional music productions.

Additionally, these instruments are optimized to have a very low memory footprint, while still being "chromatically" multi-sampled. FOR MORE TECHNICAL DETAILS ABOUT THE ENTIRE PRODUCT PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE MANUAL DOCUMENTATION HERE




The Key Features of Virtuoso Ensembles
  • Control four instrument sections, (strings, brass, woodwind solos) mapped across the keyboard for a realistic feeling of an entire orchestral compliment.
  • Multiple articulations, dynamics, and round robins.
  • Provides efficient and intuitive control to modify the split or crossfade between each of the 4 sections giving you amazing flexibility to get the ideal mix.
  • Intuitive visual dynamic LED indication for active section and active keys played.
  • Effortlessly switch between "Legato” and "Poly" modes.
  • Uses IntervaLive® to add realistic transitional intervals in both "Legato" and "Poly" mode.
  • Stack up any combination of the 4 sections together, or use them independently.
  • Control the mix of each section's volume and pan.
  • Includes many popular "sustained" articulations - Arco, Marcato, Tremolo, Soft and Medium Tongue, Sforzando, and more.
  • Includes many popular "short" articulations - Staccato, Staccatissimo, Spiccato, and Pizzicato.
  • Uses "slur" and "sustain" articulations. Even aggressive ones such as "Marcato" will always have smooth slurs.
  • Provides accent strength control for the Marcato, Sforzando, Staccato, Staccatissimo, and Spiccato articulations via velocity and MIDI CC .
  • Crossfade any "sustain" articulation with the "tremolo" articulation via MIDI CC (Strings only).
  • User-selectable keyswitching.
  • Choose volume control via velocity, or MIDI CC, or both.
  • Velocity sensitivity (strings, brass, woodwinds) and MIDI CC sensitivity (Strings) control for volume.
  • Fine-tune envelope attack and release control.
  • 3 band semi-parametric equalization.
  • Reverb on/off and amount.
  • Room size (for reverb).
  • Stereo/Mono slider (Shown as distance in feet. With or without reverb).


How Exactly Are the Instrument Sections Divided?
Instrument Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Articulations

789 MB total sample size
16 1st and 2nd Violins 12 Violas 12 Cellos 6 Basses
  • Arco
  • Arco w/Velocity Attack
  • Marcato
  • Marcato Poco
  • Tremolo
  • Slur
  • Staccato
  • Spiccato
  • Pizzicato

426 MB total sample size
4 Trumpets 6 French Horns 4 Trombones 2 Tubas
  • Soft Tongue
  • Medium Tongue
  • Marcato
  • Marcato Poco
  • Sforzando
  • Slur
  • Staccato
  • Staccatissimo
Woodwind Solos

496 MB total sample size
1 Flute 1 Oboe 1 Clarinet 1 Bassoon and C. bassoon
  • Medium Tongue
  • Marcato
  • Marcato Poco
  • Sforzando
  • Slur
  • Staccato
  • Staccatissimo
Church Choir
56 MB total sample size
Sopranos Altos Tenors Basses Sustain "Ah"
Instrument Sections Articulations
Virtuoso Epic Hits and Rolls

160 MB total sample size
Tam Tam, Giant Metal Log, Drumble, Bass Drums, Big Plastic Bottles, Darbukas, Toms, Snare Hits, Snare Rolls, Piatti, Suspended Cymbals, Crash Cymbals Single L/R Hits for shorter sections

258 MB total sample size
23 inch tympani, 26 inch tympani, 30 inch tympani
  • Single L/R Hits
  • Roll
  • Roll w/Modwheel
  • Crescendo
  • Sfz Roll w/Modwheel
  • Crescendo
  • Short Roll
Piano 7 foot Yamaha G5 Special Sustain Pedal Effects included


Technical Specifications

VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLES includes over 4404 samples, and over 2.5 GB compressed sample content using Kontakt’s lossless sample storage compression. All samples are delivered at 44.1kHz/24-bit.

System Requirements
  • Requires Kontakt Player (free) or Kontakt Retail (sold separately) Version 5.3.2 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.9, or newer (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6GB or more recommended)
  • Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB 
RAM (6GB recommended)
  • 3 GB free disk space for VIRTUOSO ENSEMBLEss sample content
  • 1 GB free disk space for Kontakt Player
  • Stand-alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS (Pro Tools 9 + 10); AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher); 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11)
  • CoreAudio
  • ASIO
  • Kontakt is continuously being updated. For the latest system compatibilities visit the Native Instruments website.
Charlie Clouser, composer – SAW franchise, Wayward Pines, etc.

Virtuoso Ensembles has a huge, thick sound in a small footprint, and lets me get writing fast with minimal CPU hit, even on a laptop.

I love how the ensemble patches let me decide on split points and overlaps between the sections on the fly, which really suits the way I like to work.

The smooth, thick sound of Kirk Hunter libraries has been at the core of many of my scores for the last fifteen years, and the new Virtuoso Ensembles is a welcome addition to my template.

Another easy to use winner from Kirk Hunter, Virtuoso Ensembles will be all over the next installment in the SAW horror franchise for sure!

Jeff Rona – Phantom, Traffic, God of War III, Revolution, Black Hawk Down

This is a fascinating new orchestral library. It’s amazingly compact and simple to use. It will be a perfect addition to your template as a sketchpad for developing orchestration and arrangements easily!

Steve Jablonsky, composer – Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, The Island

Kirk Hunter’s Virtuoso Ensembles is simply a fantastic writing tool, with rich lush sounds and a very intuitive user interface. Within minutes of loading it up for the first time I was using it in the piece I was composing, and that tells me it’s a good library. I love the fact that they created ensemble patches as well as separate section patches. For example the Virtuoso Brass
Ensemble patch has tubas, trombones, french horns and trumpets spread out across the keyboard, so you can sketch ideas with the entire brass section at your fingertips, and then load up the
individual sections to start fine tuning your orchestration. This is a great tool and not something I see in a lot of other libraries. Thank you Kirk and team for creating another awesome

Scott F. Thompson

It’s been a while since I’ve needed to upgrade from Kirk’s diamond/emerald Symphonies 10 years ago, but this is exactly why I tried this new Kontakt library approach to see some new stuff. Kirk’s samples are made to last. Almost so well it stops me from buying new samples, but I couldn’t be happier with this one. My old samples blend in gorgeously, these new samples are powerful, epic, magical like a noble dragon ready to launch. If Project Sam holds the evil epic/dark and mean dragon sounds, then this is the noble and wise dragon that comes in and annihilates to take home a victory for the good side. And organized so nicely, it makes when moving to real ensembles very easy. My favourite is the new custom patches he has crafted together for specific moods. The reverb is ok, very similar to many other kontakt library built in reverbs. It’s easy enough to turn off and add our scoring stage IR. That’s when the magic happens. We all have our personal magic reverbs, and unlike so many libraries with stamped in hall sounds now a days, Kirk’s samples will almost always stand out to mix in the best with our gear. These are the only kind of samples I don’t have to worry about sounding good or real enough when I get a scoring gig. I can only hope to see more ideas in the future, it’s good stuff! 🙂


A fabulous library of sounds. Nicely designed and crafted with great flexibility and effects built in. I and several others have issues getting it to work in Kontakt player though. I solved mine myself but others appear to not be so lucky.


Solo Strings original to this innovating ensemble soft-sound-design…thank you!

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