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Violence

Extreme violin maneuvers

Violence is a multidimensional and innovative virtual instrument focusing on extremely unusual textures, manglings, distortions, and perspectives on the solo violin.

Innovation Award Winner! "A beautifully crafted and highly original mix of organic, acoustic and mangled digital sounds...a masterclass in Kontakt programming, layering and sound manipulation." - MusicTech Magazine



  • Overview
  • Features and Screenshots
  • Instrument List
  • Compatibility

Violence CoverCreated for both musical use and sound design, Violence features an unprecedented deconstruction of a solo violin recorded from numerous angles: bowed, scraped, hit, plucked, played with mallets, chopsticks, guitar picks, and wet fingers. Then the sound design was repitched, layered, and post-processed through an array of unusual tools to produce sounds unlike any found in other virtual instruments. More than eighty unique patches were designed, each with a custom set of scripted knobs and controls all conveniently organized into four categories of sounds: Drum Kits, Melodic, Pads and Sound Effects, and Tempo-Synced.

The inspiration for Violence came from the influential American composer John Cage, whose extensive experiments with prepared piano yielded new timbres and effects. What Cage did on the piano, Violence brings to the violin: a new and unorthodox approach to a traditional instrument, yielding amazing and fresh new instruments, textures, and sound design elements. Violence combines physical alterations with digital manipulations for a sound that straddles acoustic and electronic realms.

Violence is powered by the industry-leading Kontakt engine. It is compatible with VST, AudioUnit, and RTAS (Pro Tools 7 & 8) plug-in formats allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer, in addition to standalone use.

Violence features a variety of controls which are custom-designed for each of its 82 instruments. The instruments are subdivided into four major category folders:

  • Drum Kits
  • Melodic
  • Pads and SFX
  • Tempo Synced

Depending on the instrument loaded, appropriate knobs for tweaking the instrument appear in the interface, such as:

  • Quantization
  • Envelope controls (attack and release)
  • Stereo spread
  • Lopass and hipass filters
  • Layer blend controls
  • Effects (reverb, delay, drive, flanger, vibrato, rotator, wobble, and others)
  • Autopan control
  • Repeater

These features can be seen in the screenshots of various Violence instruments below.

Violence Screenshot

Violence Screenshot

Violence Screenshot

Violence Screenshot

  • Drum Kits
    • Altered Kit
    • Bow Kit
    • Chopstick Kit
    • Filement Kit
    • Mallet Kit
    • Plucks Kit
  • Melodic
    • 8 String
    • 80s Glass Pad Synth
    • Bowlead
    • Chopstick Zither
    • Claymation
    • Fogal
    • Gnome Child
    • Hit Bass
    • Hyper-Spiccato
    • Mermaid's Toy Piano
    • Metamorph
    • Octavia Steel Drummer
    • Organ from Harmonics
    • Pickin'
    • Plectrum Bass
    • Pluckvar
    • Refractions
    • Scroll
    • Solo Accordionesque
    • Strum Choir
    • TailPiece in D
    • Urbanity
    • Vioflute
  • Pads and SFX
    • After the Rain
    • Andalusian Horsehair
    • Branches
    • Clairvoyance
    • Clouded Recollection
    • Desert Garden Conservatory
    • Elliptical Orbit
    • Final Departure
    • Fliberge
    • Focean
    • Half Step Trills
    • Harmonic Alloy
    • Harmonic Dance
    • Imminent Arrival
    • Industrial Labyrinth
    • Lunar Gardens
    • Midnight Heist
    • Obelisk
    • Oracle
    • Passing Illusion
    • Plotting Rodents
    • Reservoir
    • Rhythms of Grass
    • Tesla
    • Thick and Thin
    • Torment
    • Transformative
    • Tremolo Harmonics
    • Vestibular Abnormality
    • Vinyl Chords
    • Whale Song
    • Wheebubs
    • Whole Step Trills
  • Tempo Synced
    • Airborne
    • Bounce Loop
    • Bricolage
    • Chopstick Jam
    • Chopstickin'
    • Clinks
    • Dendrites
    • Divergent
    • Harmonic Alloy
    • I Have No One
    • Iron Strings
    • Mallet Trems
    • On the Slide
    • One Trick Pony
    • Over Tones
    • Pick Loop
    • Pulsar
    • Sfortzaloop
    • Talic
    • Tone and Overtone

Violence is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms and includes the standalone Kontakt Player 4 application as well as AudioUnit, VST, and RTAS plug-ins. All of these versions ship in the same box.

Mac OS IconThe Macintosh version requires an Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz or faster, 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and OS 10.5.x or higher. For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 1GB of free hard drive space.

Windows IconThe Windows version requires a processor speed of 1.4gHz or higher (Pentium or Athlon XP), 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and Windows XP SP2 (32-bit) or Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit). For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 1GB of free hard drive space.

Violence will run in standalone mode and is also compatible with every major sequencing package in the world, including but not limited to: Apple Logic and GarageBand, MOTU Digital Performer, Digidesign Pro Tools 7 & 8 (TDM, LE, and M-Powered), Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Ableton Live, and more.