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The ultimate sample library for ethnic instruments and voices from around the world.

ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete is the highlight of a library that has grown steadily over 16 years and has been continuously improved. With the sixth edition, 80 new instruments and voices with a size of 13 GB were added. There has never been such a comprehensive and high-quality library with ethnic instruments and voices.

Marcel BarsottiThe award-winning film composer Marcel Barsotti (including The Pope, The Wonder of Bern) has compiled a gigantic selection of instruments from all over the world and recorded complementary solo voices and choirs from a wide range of cultures.

ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete now consists of 320 instruments and vocal parts, which are summarized in approximately 800 patches. For an authentic sound, the instruments were recorded in different ways of playing, which can be called up quickly and specifically in the patches with keyswitches. The library has a size of 33.4 GB ( uncompressed)  and 28,789 samples. All instruments are available in a resolution of 24 bit and 44.1 kHz.

More than 70 musicians and singers from all over the world were involved in the recordings, which were made under the direction of music producer Andreas Hofner. The recordings took place in various studios on site and using high-quality technology such as Neumann and Brauner microphones, SPL preamplifiers and RME converters.

ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete comprises an incredible spectrum of instruments and voices from the most diverse regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. Here you will find the right instruments and voice recordings for both folkloric and modern music.

Library size approx. 22 GB (using Kontakt´s lossless compression)
Requires Kontakt / Kontakt Player 5.6 or newer

A detailed list of all instruments and voices can be found under "More information" .



Ethno World DrumsThere is an extensive selection of stringed instruments that have been plucked and bowed, a wide variety of woodwind instruments, including numerous flutes, and of course a large number of drums and percussion.

In addition to the tried-and-tested Taikos and Big Ethnic Tom Drums, which are perfect for film scoring, there are hundreds of inspiring loops and a complete category that deals with "Gongs, Bells & Metal Type Instruments" - from big Big Feng Gong to fine sparkling wind chimes. New in ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete are some unique sounds, such as a two meter high Paiste Gong, many new percussion instruments and a waterphone.

Stringed instrumentsAlmost all sections of the previous version have been expanded again. In addition, some instruments from ETHNO WORLD 5 were newly recorded, including a new mandolin and a great banjo that was played by one of the best banjo players in Germany, Rüdiger Helbig, and programmed with countless styles and licks.

In addition, there is now a concertina, an autoharp, a Japanese koto, a new mandolin with many styles, a South American Charango, a bansuri, bass quena, an Indian flute, and style enhancements for the instruments Launeddas, Mancosedda, Dvojacka and the Irish Traverse flood.


ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete offers extensive solo voices, phrases and choirs from Cameroon, Guinea, China, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, North Africa, Spain and the Ukraine. The voices and choirs have been expanded with new contributions from Africa, Arabia, Jamaica and India. For example, the Houari Algerian Rai Singer is not only perfect for an authentic atmosphere, but can also be used for dance and hip-hop.

SingersMongolian overtone chants, Chinese opera voices, Arabic, Indian and African choirs and solo voices as well as native American singing are equally exceptional. This gives you a diverse selection of voices that can be used in the broad field of film music, for folkloric and traditional music, but also for modern music productions.

With its instruments and voices, ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete is the perfect library for film and TV productions that require the authentic sound of a specific region. Of course, the instruments and voices are also suitable for music productions of various styles, from pop to ambient to dance, who want to integrate these timbres.


ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete contains all sounds of the previous versions, in the categories "Bowed Instruments", "Stringed Instruments", "Woodwind & Brass", "Key Instruments", "World Drums", "World Percussion", "Gongs, Bells & Metals "and" Voices ".

Gamelan Orchestra SingleIn addition, a whole series of special instruments have been added for version 6. This includes the new category "Gamelan", for which two different Gamelan orchestras from Bali and Java were recorded in the moods Slendro, Pelog and an international mood in the Munich City Museum. Here you will find over 25 instruments such as Kempli, Kendhang Drums, Cheng Cheng , Bells, Kecer Cymbals, Kethuk and Kempiang.

These instruments are complemented by a vocal harmonious Balinese singer, the typical Suling Flute and the harp siter. ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete thus offers the largest orchestral setup for Gamelan instruments from Indonesia.

Keyed InstrumentsETHNO WORLD 6 Complete opens up a completely new region with a complete ensemble of alpine folk music with plucked instruments, brass instruments and male and female yodellers. This includes instruments such as Styrian harmonica, nylon / concert guitar, zither, raffle, dulcimer, alphorn, flugelhorn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, folk violin and two clarinets. Of course there is also an acoustic bass.

For the historical context, for example for historical dramas or fantasy films, ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete offers a large collection of medieval instruments, including a hurdy gurdy (hurdy-gurdy), a Renaissance lute, a Schwegel, a Doucaine, a shawm, a string psalter, a harmonium and a shruti box. In short: all the necessary instruments for songs of ice and fire.


ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete uses the free Kontakt 5 Player or the full version Kontakt 5 from Native Instruments as a sample engine. For the new version, the graphical user interface has been completely redesigned and provided with an ultra-fast user interface. There are numerous editing options and innovative functions. ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete supports the Native Kontrol Standard (NKS), which enables tagging and interaction with the NI Komplete Kontrol keyboards and NI machines.

Ethno World Instruments GUI FX

There is also a new waveform display and display of the sample start offset as well as clearer operation of the effects, where the delay values ​​are now displayed with tempo-related notes and milliseconds. The Timemachine (TM PRO) allows significantly improved audio properties with material adapted to the tempo, especially with polyphonic licks and loops.

Not only the sounds newly recorded for ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete benefit, but also all sounds from ETHNO WORLD 5, which have been completely revised in this regard and for which a clearer menu navigation has been created by reducing the number of patches.

Ethno World Voices GUI

Thanks to the integrated folding reverb, all instruments and voices sound very natural. A high-quality legato mode is also available for solo instruments, and the Humanize mode gives each new note a slightly different tone. Microtuning allows a wide variety of ethnic moods and tone scales. Thanks to high-quality filters, LFO, tune, automation, harmonizers and other effects, all instruments and voices can be effectively alienated and edited as required, thus creating completely new soundscapes in modern music and film productions.

EW 6 Database GUI

A unique function of ETHNO WORLD 6 Complete is the IDB-INFO (Information Database), which can be called up directly for every instrument and for every voice. Via the menu item "IDB-INFO" you can see photos of the instruments and learn everything about the original playing styles and moods of the instruments in the music library, as well as information about the origin and variations. You will also find information on how to play the respective instrument as authentically as possible using the key switches.

System requirement

This product ships with the latest NI Kontakt Player! Please refer to the product description with which contact version you can use the product.

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This library entitles you to purchase the reduced crossgrade of the full version of KONTAKT from Native Instruments.

The following list shows whether the relevant version of Kontakt is compatible with your operating system:


Contact 4:

  •     OS X 10.6 & 10.7 = up to 4.2.4
  •     From OS X 10.8 = no longer supported

Contact 5:

  •     OS X 10.6 = Up to 5.0.3
  •     OS X 10.7 = Up to 5.3.1
  •     OS X 10.8 = 5.0.3 - 5.5.1
  •     OS X 10.9 = 5.3.0 - 5.6.6
  •     OS X 10.10 = 5.3.0 - 5.7.3
  •     OS X 10.11 = 5.5.1 - Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.12 = 5.6.1 - Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.13 = Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.14 = Latest
  •     Mac OS 10.15 = Latest

Contact 6:

  • Mac OS 10.12 - 10.15 (latest update)


Contact 4:

  •     XP = up to 4.2.4
  •     Vista = up to 4.2.4
  •     Windows 7 = up to 4.2.4
  •     Windows 8 & 10 = no longer supported

Contact 5:

  •     XP = up to 5.2.0
  •     Vista = up to 5.2.0
  •     Windows 7 = Latest
  •     Windows 8 & 10 = Latest

Contact 6:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest service pack, only 64-bit)


  • 1GB free hard disk space for the application

  • additional hard disk space according to the library size


Stand-alone | VST | Audio Units | ASIO | CoreAudio | WASAPI | AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or higher)

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