Northern Trumpets free SFZ library

SFZ sound libraries, although not as popular as other formats, have an undeniable advantage: they can be used with certain free players and easily adapted to various musical tasks.
If you would like me to focus more on SFZ sound libraries and develop libraries tailored to the needs of performers on Electronic Wind Instruments and Breath Controllers, please download this library.
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SFZ Sound Library, .wav, .sfz

  • The library includes two sets of samples:
    1. Open sound without a mute
    2. Sound with the use of a Harmon mute
  • Set up to work with breath controllers (TEControl, MRT Audio, Yamaha BC3), wind controllers (Robkoo R1, AKAI EWI4000s / EWI5000, Yamaha WX5 / WX7, Aerophone AE-10, AE-20, Pro AE-30) and MIDI keyboard controllers
  • More than 420 unique samples
  • To use the library, you must have Aria Player or Sforzando by Plogue installed
  • Recorded sample quality: 24 bit / 48 kHz
  • Best Balance of Natural Velocity Resolution and Data Size
  • Library Size: 887 MB
  • Up to 7 velocity layers per key
  • Northern Trumpets SFZ library Quick Start Guide (PDF)
  • Trumpet played by Vladimir Galaktionov

Sforzando is available for free from the Plogue website
ARIA Player can be downloaded here

SKU: NTrpt-SFZ Category:


I created this instrument drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing trumpet sounds of renowned Norwegian musicians Nils Petter Molvaer and Arve Henriksen.

I didn’t replicate their sound; instead, I aimed to capture the ambiance by blending warmth and coolness, mastery and spontaneity, and the tension of the notes with a relaxed perception.

The attack, the initial sound of each note, plays a vital role in this instrument. It may seem unpredictable, much like a trumpet player-musician just starting their career. Yet, it also serves as a powerful expressive technique in the hands of a seasoned musician, who can convey a wealth of emotions with just a few notes.
One of the secrets to effectively using Northern Trumpets is that the precision of the attack depends on the velocity with which you strike the key on your MIDI keyboard. The attack becomes more unpredictable when playing soft notes at a slow tempo.

A little backstory: I was born in Russia, where winter stretches for half a year. I’ve been beyond the Arctic Circle, where temperatures of -40 degrees Celsius are the norm, and I vividly remember how the trumpet mouthpiece would freeze to my lips. And while I began working on this project in sunny Bulgaria and completed it in the scorching heat of Barcelona, I felt a profound connection to the North and its perpetual frost.

I invite you to play a few sustained notes and experience the mood of the Northern Trumpets. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do.

Special thanks to Frank Achtergarde for the idea behind this instrument, and Julia Godzikovskaya for her assistance and support.