Welcome to the Dolceola sample library for NI Kontakt!

The Dolceola is a rare and unusual American instrument from a family of stringed instruments that were produced in the early 1900’s.  We understand there are only about 20 Dolceolas in circulation today.

From Wikipedia - A Dolceola is a musical instrument resembling a miniature piano, but which is in fact a zither with a keyboard.  It is used in traditional holy blues and has an unusual, angelic, music-box sound.
Dolceolas were made by the Toledo Symphony Company from 1903 to 1907.

A Few Features of the Dolceola sample library for Kontakt

  • Our virtual Dolceola can be played in 2 modes - the first being a traditional 4 octave linear keyboard, the 2nd mode is chordal mode.  The chordal mode turns each key in the 2nd octave from the bottom into chordal assignments of the users choice.  These user assigned chords can then be saved as a preset or bank for future use.  The real Dolceola is played in this manner which creates a unique sound.  However, with our virtual Dolceola you can play in any key unlike the actual Dolceola which was intended to be used in the key of Eb.
  • An Octave Button creates a virtual octave shifting all samples an octave lower layered against the original pitch.
  • On the Velocity Page you can make your own map of the 8 sampled velocity layers with an easy button interface to turn each layer ON and OFF.  These Velocity maps can then be saved as presets.
  • 2 Dolceola bonus instruments are included as well - Dolceola Harmonics.nki and Dolceola Muted.nki.  The Harmonics .nki has each string sample at the octave harmonic and the Muted .nki features samples with the string muted at the base of the string for a percussive effect.
  • Snapshots (presets) are included with each Dolceola .nki.  Look at the bottom of this page for the complete .pdf manual and documentation on how to load the snapshots into Kontakt.
  • And much more!

The full uncompressed size of this library is 1.7 GB. It has been Kontakt compressed for convenience of downloading and rapid loading into Kontakt which totals 828 MB.
This library requires NI KONTAKT version 5.5.2 or higher, and has been tested for compatibility in KONTAKT 5 & 6.

This library is NOT compatible with the  free KONTAKT 5 & 6 sample PLAYER, only the full retail KONTAKT SAMPLER. It will only run in demo mode for 15 minutes on the KONTAKT PLAYER.*
Please see the FAQ section of our website for installation instructions into Kontakt.


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