The Stroh Violin

The stroh violin is self-amplified variation on the classic violin design with a resonating metal body and horn. We’ve thoroughly sampled this fascinating instrument with three custom-mapped articulations and a delightful rhythmic sequencer – perfect for adding character to your compositions!


225 in stock

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Audio Demos

  1. Aviation (Dressed) Ian Dorsch 1:02
  2. Dirty Strohgeige (Dressed) Richie Albert 0:49
  3. Fault Line (Dressed) Blake Ewing 1:11
  4. Luminous Path Compound (Dressed) Henning Nugel 1:51
  5. An Undercover Brotherhood (Dressed) Nicolas Felix 1:51
  6. Under the Lake (Dressed) Nabeel Ansari 1:12
  7. Herr Feistenpantzen's Tiny Mystery Kurt M. Landre 0:54
  8. Dirty Strohgeige (Naked) Richie Albert 0:39
  9. Fault Line (Naked) Blake Ewing 1:06

Product Info


Authentic multisampled stroh violin
3x dynamic layers / up to 5x round robins
Sustain, spiccato & pizzicato articulation


Customizable mapping
3-layer rhythmic sequencer / gate
Quick controls for grit, dirt and vinyl
Lightweight and fun to use
FREE for Kontakt (full version) 5.4+


250MB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

2GB of RAM

Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.

Kontakt 5.4+ Full Version

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.



The Stroh Violin is a curious acoustic instrument invented by electrical engineer John Matthias Augustus Stroh, who, of course, named it after himself. Stroh conceived of a violin constructed with a metal resonator and horn, producing a louder, brighter sound compared to a traditional wood violin. He patented his design in 1899.

While this curious modification of the violin never overtook the popularity of perhaps the most classic orchestral instrument, the stroh violin is played by musicians worldwide – particularly in Europe – for folk music. It is beloved for street performance, thanks to its powerful tone that requires no amplification to be heard even in a noisy area.

The Impact Soundworks Stroh Violin captures the titular instrument in a single, elegant, and lightweight Kontakt patch with modern trimmings like a sequencer and ‘grit’ effects. The result is a fun and surprisingly versatile virtual instrument, great for everything from rhythmic underscore ostinato to comical pizzicato, folk mockups and more. Special thanks to performer Kalle Ricken and designer Richie Albert!

Interface & Engine

The Stroh Violin includes a fun and powerful rhythmic sequence with three layers: note dynamics, length, and attack offset. Use these to create a wide range of useful pulsing elements for your tracks. On the spiccato and pizzicato articulations, each tempo-synced step will retrigger the played notes, useful for ostinato-type patterns. On the sustain articulation, this sequencer functions as a gate instead, moving the volume up and down.

Articulations can also be mapped and layered using velocity ranges, or soloed via keyswitch – all user assignable. The interface is rounded out with some extra controls, allowing for quick saturation, dirt, and ‘vinylization’ for an even more lo-fi sound!


The Stroh Violin – Composing Gloves

“This is, like, a really viable library; you can create some pretty cool music with this…this is an instrument that’s so good, it really is quite fun to play…this library gets a freakin’ ten out of ten; this is an amazing free thing…I can’t even believe this, like…just wow.”

Composing Gloves (07/16)

The Stroh Violin – Soul Muzic Productions

“It sounds really good for what it does, but it’s limited….but again, you’re not really getting this plug-in for something to be versatile; this is just to get an interesting sound….definitely check this out; this thing is really cool.”

Soul Muzic Productions (06/2020)