Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes
Drone Flutes

Drone Flutes

Open Format
$ 89


Drone Flutes captures the authentic performances of indigenous flutes from Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec traditions. Recorded in a lush hall, it includes close, mid, and far microphone positions, chromatic articulations including true legato as well as thousands of live performance phrases.

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We teamed up with acclaimed sound practitioner René Jenkins to bring you a fantastic catalog of indigenous Central American drone flutes, in the Mayan, Aztec and Zapotec traditions. René performed with six of his favorite 2, 3 and 4-chambered flutes at the giant cathedral-like St Paul's Church in San Francisco.

We recorded a variety of chromatic articulations and improvised phrases and effects in meticulous detail, including sustains, staccatos, true legato, chirps, swells, trills, flutters, and more. This library is perfect for cinematic compositions, game scoring, atmospheric songwriting, folk music and creative sound design.

The first instrument is the Double Wooden F#4 Drone Flute. It reaches from F#4 to Bb5, with soulful overtones and a wooden, breathy timbre. Next up is the Double Zapotec A4 Clay Flute, spanning from A4 to C6. In the midrange, the Harmony C4 Flute spans C4 to Eb5. The Quad Clay Flute plays D5 to F#6 - the ceramic body gives it a warm, rounded sound for gentle melodies or powerful rhythms. The Triple Snake Flute and Triple Zapotec Clay Flute both span F4 to Ab5. All of these flutes come with a variety of articulations and mic positions so you can mix and match to create your own chamber ensemble. This level of depth and detail lets you craft naturally lush drone flute arrangements, while our advanced sound-shaping and dynamic performance features allow you to explore with complete freedom.

To encapsulate the feel of live drone flutes in the hands of an expert, René also played thousands of beautifully dynamic live performance phrases for each flute, performing a total of over 3,000 distinct melodic elements. The phrases are organized by flute type, tempo (80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 140 bpm), musical key and style. You can trigger them individually with your keyboard or sequence them in the phrase sequencer, with full control over tempo, offset, release, pitch and so much more.

We captured his beautifully haunting sound from three distinct microphone positions: Close, Mid, and Far. The close microphones are a stereo pair of large studio condensers, offering an essentially “dry” sound, with strong tonality, minimal room tail and full presence. The mid position is a wide pair of omnis with a lush, blooming and open quality perfect for orchestral blending. The far mics are a distant pair of studio mics with a wide, cavernous and smoothly cinematic sound with an almost lonely and somber quality.



The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more. We've also included 20 unique sound-designed custom FX presets to give you lots of creative options.

This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.

The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 18 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 10 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!

Kontakt Format

This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.5 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument software platform. You can view screenshots of this library's custom graphical user interface in the image gallery above. This library is packed with features to provide you a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here.

This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player does not fully support it and can only run it in a limited "demo mode". However, the sample directories are unlocked so you can use them in other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats. The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab and import this library into the Kontakt Quickload window for easy loading and navigation.

Product Specs

  • 27 .nki presets made for full retail Kontakt 5.5+
  • Six unique flutes articulations and phrases in three microphone positions
  • 20 Ambience patches created from the source content
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
  • 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
  • 5,763 Stereo WAV files
  • 9.72 GB installed
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments


System Requirements

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.5 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows 7 or higher. Mac OSX 10.9 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.

Note: This digital product is delivered as a download via the Amazon S3 cloud network. A broadband internet connection is required. Please see our Help Page for licensing information, download and installation instructions, tutorials and to read our End User Licensing Agreement before ordering. All sales are final.


Walkthrough: Drone Flutes

Composing with Drone Flutes