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*Note: full version of KONTAKT is required*
Dark Ascents is a collection of glissando violin risers recorded off the cuff with copious amounts of whiskey. Originally meant as a basic group of risers to layer into productions, they became a different animal as time went on. It is, on the surface, an instrument of violin risers and falls - however it’s highly encouraged to explore it as an instrument of chaos, especially by tweaking the Main Controls, and diving into the Glitch functions found on the Motion page. This can result in anything from unsettling pitched-down textures, chopped/glitchy madness, to tempo-synced buzzing of electric lights and horrific machinery.



  • Build/shape a stack of violin risers with a quickness

  • Generate pointillistic, grainy wildness with the Glitch functions

  • Pitch and Panning set individually per-note, or globally for all

  • Chaos is encouraged with automatable randomization features, including Pitch, Sample Start, Pan, and Glitch table

  • Instant save/recall of certain parameters for quick explorations, or automating between two states

  • Custom convolution reverbs from around the Seattle area

  • Fast tweaks with an intuitive GUI and FX chain

  • Pitch LFO, and Chop functions for stutters - syncable to DAW

  • Built-in adaptive EQ to help mitigate low frequency build up as the pitch drops

  • General weirdness, duh

Download the User Guide

FAQ Page



  • 332 MB download / 349 MB installed

  • 256 violin risers/descents recorded at 48KHz/24-bit

  • 8 NKI Instruments

  • 4 glissando articulations (Normal, Sul Ponticello, Tremolo, Sul Ponticello Tremolo)



    There are two versions of Dark Ascents, both of which require the full version of Kontakt. Please note that the free Kontakt Player will not work with this library.

    Either version is available for purchase. If you are currently using Kontakt 5.8.1 and end up upgrading your full version of Kontakt to 6.0, your existing download of Dark Ascents should function without issue. HOWEVER , the version of Dark Ascents for Kontakt 6.0 takes advantage of Native Instruments’ Replika Delay - if after you’ve upgraded Kontakt you decide you want to get the version of Dark Ascents that has Replika, shoot us an email on the contact page (or info@bloodcellsaudio.com). Let us know your name and the email address you used to purchase from Gumroad - we’ll hook you up.