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A rich selection of orchestral combinations and articulations

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Discover the fully updated 1.6 Editions of the orchestral library series that forever changed the film scoring game: The Symphobia Series.

With Symphobia you have at your disposal a proven tool of inspiration for scoring films, games and television. Symphobia offers true ensemble recordings of a full symphony orchestra and an unbeatable collection of intense, cinematic orchestral effects. 

Symphobia Key features

  • Live recordings of orchestral full-ensemble multi-samples
  • Vast library of orchestral clusters, rips and other instantly inspiring effects
  • Covering strings, all-new brass, woodwinds and much more
  • Lots of additional content including Dystopia II and ethnic flute phrases
  • Orchestral sections recorded as ensembles, pre-seated on the stage
  • 16 GB library in Kontakt´s compressed sample format (32 GB uncompressed)
  • 44.1 24 bit audio format
  • Genuine concert hall recordings
  • Real-time mixing of close & stage mics
  • Kontakt Player 5 license included
  • Native Kontrol Standard support

Cinematic Ensembles

SYMPHOBIA is not your traditional orchestral sample library. Instead of focusing on individual instrument multi-samples, SYMPHOBIA offers ensemble multi-samples with a rich selection of orchestrations and articulations. These playable ensembles cover all of the sections from the orchestra, as well as the entire orchestra playing together. The reason is simple: the real thing sounds so much better. A staccato note played by violins, violas, horns and trumpets, together, correctly seated at the concert stage, will sound much more cohesive than a mixture of individual sample recordings of these four instrument sections. This makes SYMPHOBIA the ideal tool for creating big orchestral arrangements and orchestrations. In addition, a number of individual instrument articulations are available, such as violin section flageolets and horn section marcatos.

Cinematic Effects

The ensemble sounds make up about half of SYMPHOBIA. The other half is all about cinematic effects: performances that cannot be recreated using individual multi-samples. Like the ensemble performances, the effects are available in different orchestrations, played by different sections throughout the orchestra. You will find violin glissandi, as well as full orchestra rips and stabs.

String Section

SYMPHOBIA introduces a brand new concept and instrument group for ProjectSAM: a full-string ensemble recorded in a warm concert hall. An extensive Ensemble bank and unique Effects bank are available. The Ensemble bank includes numerous full-string articulations, including tremolo, staccato, pizzicato and con sordino. Other highlights in the collection feature beautiful chord performances, violin section-only articulations and low strings playing in octaves with the contrabasses playing one octave below the celli. The Effects bank includes a wide range of upward and downward glissandi, shrieky clusters, stabs and wild arco/pizzicato textures -- priceless material for film and TV composers, impossible to achieve using standard multi-samples. 

Brass Section

Continuing SAM´s orchestral brass tradition, the Brass Section in SYMPHOBIA offers an all-new full-brass ensemble in a number of articulations, including sustain, marcato, staccato and mutes. Also available are major & minor chord performances, different orchestrations of mixed brass instruments and, similar to the strings, low brass in octaves, with the tuba playing an octave below the trombones. All this is recorded live, without any post-production layering. The Effects range from several types of horrific clusters to note bendings, horn rips and wild repetitions. Some effects are performed by the entire brass ensemble, others by one section at a time. 

Woodwind Section

Furthering the concept introduced with the woodwinds from the SAM Exclusives series, SYMPHOBIA offers full-woodwind ensemble samples that include the following instruments: flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon/bass clarinet/contra bassoon. Apart from the sustains, portatos and staccatos, octave runs are available, as well as flute piccolo effects, clusters, slap notes, wild phrases and multi-phonics. ProjectSAM has a special offer for all existing Exclusives woodwind users wanting to buy Symphobia. 

String Brass Section

One of SYMPHOBIA´s highlights are the articulations and effects performed by strings and brass together. Nothing beats the live, natural blending of sections in a real concert hall. SYMPHOBIA offers powerful sustains, staccatos and other articulations played by violins, violas, celli, contrabasses, horns, trumpets, trombones and tuba playing together, plus different orchestrated combinations of these instruments. Again, the low range has been sampled in octaves. Over 10 types of clusters are available, combining different playing techniques and dynamic arcs like arco, tremolo, flageolet for strings and open, muted and flatter-tongue for brass. Last but not least, the Effects bank houses the Glissandi Rips, played by the same powerful combination of sections. 

Solo String Ensemble 

In addition to the large symphonic sections, SYMPHOBIA also offers a solo string quintet, consisting of 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello and 1 contrabass. As with the other ensembles, the solo strings are spread out over one full keyboard. Articulations available: arco accented, arco espressivo, marcato, staccato and pizzicato. 

Full Orchestra

Massive orchestral impact! That´s the best way to describe the contents in this bank. Full-orchestra stabs, rips, dark textures and trailer risers are included, ranging from huge staccato hits to 15 second crescendos. You won´t easily find orchestral effects more intense than these. 


Symphobia 1.6 offers a beautiful, newly recorded sul tasto string section, as well as over 16 useful new features.

Below is a complete list of what´s new in 1.6.

  • New content: Sul Tasto Strings
  • New Multis
  • Articulation selection slider
  • Mic output routing
  • Speed Control more widely available
  • Ability to lock selected articulations
  • Ability to lock and/or stack round robins
  • Ability to set release trigger length
  • Ability to enable/disable sustain pedal
  • Articulation names on Komplete Kontrol
  • Velocity knob now controls velocity offset
  • Searchable single articulation snapshots
  • On-screen info for all controls in Kontakt
  • Refreshed UI design
  • Backwards compatible with v1.51 (for existing projects)

Symphobia Includes:
String Section Ensemble:
10 full-string ensemble articulations
4 violin section articulations
4 low string articulations in octaves
12 cluster articulations
Upward & downward glissando
Wild arco, pizz & gliss textures
Low string and open string effects
Chords major, minor, open 4th, open 5th

Brass Section Ensemble:
4 full-brass ensemble articulations
2 full-brass muted ensemble articulations
3 orchestrated brass articulation combos
3 low brass articulations in octaves
5 cluster articulations
Horn section and tutti rips
Note bending phrases
Wild repetitions
Chords major, minor

Woodwind Section Ensemble:
6 full-woodwind ensemble articulations
2 low range articulations
4 cluster articulations
Octave runs major, minor
Grace notes major, minor
Flute & piccolo rips
Effect phrases
Wild textures & multi-phonics

String Brass Tutti Ensemble:
String and brass sections playing together
4 ensemble articulations
2 orchestrated combo articulations
4 low range articulations in octaves
11 cluster articulations
Glissando rips

Solo String Ensenble:
5 solo string articulations

Full Orchestra Hits, Rips & Trailer Risers:
Dystopia II:
Dystopia volume two: the dark side of SAM, featuring ambiances, textures, pads and effects created by processing and tweaking the SYMPHOBIA recordings.

Additional Content:
Duduk phrases
Shakuhachi phrases
Native American Flute phrases
Bonus Orchestral Bassdrum

Press Reviews

SOS 5 STAR "Packed with top-notch multisamples and effects that could successfully undercore any on-screen event, from a minor traffic collision to the destruction of the universe." - Sound on SoundMTM Innovation Award

"Symphobia is a very impressive product. It’s inspirational, yields fast results and sounds extraordinarily realistic" - Music Tech (Rating 9/10)

"It´s a genuinely inspirational instrument and if it doesn´t fill you with ideas, you´re in the wrong game." - Music Radar

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  • Virtual Instrument
  • Kontakt Library

    NKS compatible

Product Type
System Requirements
Windows MAC

Library specs

  • 31.6 GB audio pool (actual recordings)
  • 15.8 GB on disk (compressed Kontakt format on disk)
  • 44.1 kHz 24 bit audio format
  • Library version download: 1.6
  • Library version boxed: 1.51

System requirements

  • Minimum Kontakt version: 5.6.8
  • Mac: OS X 10.11 or higher
  • Windows: 7 or higher
  • Minimum CPU: i5
  • Supported plug-in interfaces: Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
  • Works with Kontakt (full version) and Kontakt Player (free version)

Compatibility notes

  • No support for OS X 10.10 or lower
  • No support for Windows XP or Vista
  • Not compatible with Kontakt 4
  • Not compatible with RTAS
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