Ancient World – Instrument Walkthrough

Big Fish Audio and Funk/Soul Productions are proud to bring you Ancient World: Instruments of Antiquity. Ancient World is an exciting journey to the origins of musical sound. All of the most important instruments of antiquity have been extensively sampled for the first time ever.

Archivist Nikolaos Brass’ collection of ancient Greek instruments forms the basis of Ancient World. Brass dedicated his life in the research and the re-creation of ancient musical instruments, using the same methods and materials which were used in antiquity. Some of the instruments, such as the Syntonon and Copperphone, are extremely rare with only two or three existing worldwide! The multi-sampling of these beautifully recorded instruments presents a rich array of String, Wind, and Percussion implementations.

All of the performance techniques have been meticulously sampled. For instance, the string instruments have articulations such as: plucked, with and without vibrato, harmonics, plectrum, tremolo, arpeggios, glissandos, behind the bridge, slides, and more. In some cases, up to thirty samples per note have been recorded.

Beyond the multi-sampled instruments, Ancient World contains an extensive collection of looped performances for almost all the instruments presented in the collection.

In order to expand the geographical and historical boundaries, many rare instruments have been added, which come from Medieval times, and a large area covering the Mediterranean basin as well as the Middle-East.

Ancient World brings the modern composer/producer dozens of instruments and hundreds of loops and phrases from a unique collection, many of which are sampled for the very first time.

Ancient World is an indispensable tool for composers who are active in film, TV and video games.


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  • Love This!!

    Antonio Girley July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • It is

    Ivo Benda July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • Can we turn off the reverb?like some instruments doesn’t need reverb at all.Raw sounds the best.

    D's Music July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • the reason why bigfishaudio sucks is because they make their instruments with only several keys playable. unlike majority of other brand libraries that make at least 2-3 octave range.

    Alex Sage July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • For anyone interested in buying this:

    I bought it recently and love the library. There is a lot of useful stuff in this, many different lyres, kithara, and other super cool and rare instruments with a magical sound. The quality of the samples are amazing.

    The only MAJOR issues I have with the library though are 1: No legato. It took me by surprise. I expected some legato and pitch bends, especially on the flute but sadly nothing of that sort.

    And 2: the strings (kithara and lyres) could have used pitch bending. A natural keyswitch for it, not with the built in kontakt modwheel. Pressing the top sides of the Kithara irl gives a type of pitch bend/vibrato effect and sadly that isn't included in the samples.

    Some of the flutes don't work with the pitch modwheel either, you have to activate it in settings yourself which kinda sucks.

    Some FX would be cool on the instruments too, but nothing of that sort. Other lyre libraries include a bunch of FX only creatable with a lyre, but not here. Same goes for the flutes, a lot of ney, kaval, etc. libraries include super cool FX but there are none in Ancient World.

    Attila The Khunt July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • Who is the developer? I thank you in advance for answering.

    Jorge Porras July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • This library has very good quality but unfortunately it doesn´t offer much instruments and the price is SKY TO THE LIMIT! … It´s a $49.99 sample library to me, no more then that and in dollars.

    If someone is serious and looking for a complete library of Ancient world instruments with a lot of options, get Eduardo Tarilonte Acient ERA Persia (Don´t make a mistake spending your money wrong, you would regreat it).

    Here is the link and check the demos at


    Leonardo Mora July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • Stunning product. UI is excellent, musicians not technicians.

    dom233 July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • How this complement or exhale Best Service Acient Era Persian from Eduardo Tarilonte? … I like the way this library sound but it seem like the price is really high since it offers a few instruments and it´s only $70 dollars more then Acient Era Persian… I thing a fair price would be as $99 dollars introductory price and then go to $149.99 (No more then that).

    Leonardo Mora July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • Sounds great.Maybe just not too much instruments,since EW RA os Silk got a lot of more to offer with similar pice range.

    Dado Simic July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply
  • Hello, very interesting, i want to ask who is the developer? Thank you very much.

    Jorge Porras July 13, 2020 6:12 am Reply

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