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Javanese Gamelan$99

Javanese Gamelan

kontakt-fullImmerse yourself in the sound of the Javanese gamelan, an ancient, tuned percussion ensemble from Indonesia. Its transcendental tone has inspired composers for centuries: and with twelve unique instruments and a custom ensemble builder, it’s now at your fingertips.



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  • 6,750 samples at pristine 24/48 quality
  • 16 dynamic layers per key
  • Full & dampened recordings
  • 12 individual instruments
  • Bonang, demung, gambang, gender
  • Gongs, kempul, kempyang, kenong
  • Kethuk, peking, saron, slenthem


  • Beautiful wide UI for Kontakt 5.8
  • Custom ensemble builder patch
  • Per-instrument tuning, timing
  • Harmony builder, microtuning
  • Single patches w/ 3 tunings
  • Includes CONSOLE, over 30 FX


Below are required & recommended system specs for Javanese Gamelan.

  • KONTAKT 5.8 (full version - NOT player) required
  • Requires 4gb disk space
  • 4gb of RAM recommended
  • Walkthrough


Gamelan is an ancient artform of Indonesia; it is a musical ensemble most often containing percussive, tuned metallophones with meditative, bell-like tones. The gamelan is among the oldest known instrument ensembles that is still played today, known to be at least 1,200 years old. Each instrument within the ensemble has its own unique design, size, and tuning, resulting in a rich and transcendent sound when played together.

The sound of the gamelan was hugely influential on 20th century Western composers like Satie, Cage, Bartók, Messiaen, and Britten, but can also be heard prominently in acclaimed scores like Akira, Battlestar: Galactica, The Girl with a Pearl Earring, and many others.

Our sampled Javanese Gamelan (as opposed to Balinese, or Sundanese) consists of twelve instruments made from bronze in Indonesia, carefully played and sampled by composer Gonzalo Varela to capture their full clarity and nuance. We have presented them here as an ensemble with standard Western tuning, along with the option for custom microtuning scales, and authentic Pelog and Slendro scales.

Javanese Gamelan lets you customize your own ensemble or play individual instruments in their authentic forms. Whether you’re writing for soundtracks, pop music, atmospheric electronica, or New Age, we think you’ll find it incredibly inspiring - just as we did.


The library includes twelve individual instruments comprising the ensemble: Bonang, Demung, Gambang, Gender, Gongs, Kempul, Kempyang, Kenong, Kethuk, Peking, Saron, and Slenthem. Each has been sampled with fully-sustaining and dampened notes, in 16 dynamic layers, which allows deep playable and responsiveness.

The single instrument patches are presented in two idiomatic tunings - Pelog and Slendro - as well as equal temperament, suitable for traditional Western music. The ensemble builder allows for per-instrument tuning, mixing, effects, and humanization, allowing you to create your own custom blend of tones in whatever note ranges you choose.

You can truly shape the sound of the gamelan with our integrated Console mixer & FX rack, pictured below. In the ensemble patch, each instrument gets its own channel, allowing you to add up to 8 modular effects for each. EQs, compression, reverb, modulation, distortion and many more FX units are available, giving you endless tonal possibilities.


Javanese Gamelan - SoundBytes Magazine

"So if you’re interested in the authentic timbres of the metallophones of the Javanese Gamelan, this sample set is definitely for you. And more, if you’re interested in modifying the timbres, mixing them, detuning them, harmonising them in definitely non-traditional manners, and in fact, using the basic traditional timbres as a basis for your own post-post-modern twistings and manglings, then this sample set is also definitely for you...the fact that the set has Impact’s impeccable sound quality ought to be enough to convince anyone with the slightest interest in traditional or extended uses of Javanese Gamelan timbres to leap at the chance of owning this set. If you do, you won’t be disappointed." Warren Burt (SoundBytes Magazine)