Fretless Zither
by Versilian Studios
4.4 / 5     (18 votes)
Win32 Win64 OSX
The Fretless Zither  is an antique plucked strings instrument consisting of a sound box with strings going across the top and a soundhole in the middle.

To the left is generally a section of chord strings, which, when a set of these is strummed with the finger, will play a certain chord. To the right is a chromatic scale, generally two octaves, which consist of the melody half.
  • 4 Octaves of melody (last octave and a half and top half octave derived from harmony samples and extension of the top samples).
  • Effects (knocks, chromatic gliss).
  • Harmony (5 chords- Bb Maj, F Maj, D Min, C Maj, and G Min).
FelynX Jun 05 2020
Jun 05 2020
It didn't seem to work on macOS Catalina but I solved it like this: click Cancel (not Move to Trash), open System Preferences, click on "Security & Privacy" and "Allow Anyway".
John Feb 01 2020
(5 / 5)
Feb 01 2020
Absolutely beautiful!
Xius Mar 01 2019
Mar 01 2019
Works well in Linux Multimedia Station (With VST connector)
Alexius Feb 25 2019
(5 / 5)
Feb 25 2019
Excellent! My daughter is amazed!
Anil Jan 31 2019
Jan 31 2019
Hi, Thanks a lot for this wonderful instrument for free. Isn't there Mac VST 64bit? Is the one in your website latest version and replaces this plugin?
Javier Jun 24 2018
Jun 24 2018
Interesting. Very good sound
L@zarus Apr 17 2018
(5 / 5)
Apr 17 2018
A very good tool for a very hard to find instrument; VST or hardware synth/workstation! It emulates the sound very well and realistic, a lot of fun to use and work with...Thx a lot
Midboss Apr 03 2018
(3 / 5)
Apr 03 2018
Occasionally the harmony version of the zither doesn't play a note on the 32bit version. Other than that I like the sound it produces.
I love this sweet instrument <3 Nov 29 2017
(5 / 5)
Nov 29 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share and at the same time save some of our history.
Aeswa Sept 15 2017
Sept 15 2017
This is great, thank you Versilian Studios for this.
Jason Sept 04 2017
(5 / 5)
Sept 04 2017
I've heard these instruments before, and really liked the sound. This VST does a great job of emulating it.
Bill Aug 22 2017
Aug 22 2017
Thank You so much for this wonderful plugin!!
Anonymous Apr 22 2017
(5 / 5)
Apr 22 2017
Thank you, love this stuff.
Brock Cha Nov 10 2016
(5 / 5)
Nov 10 2016
Fantastic stuff!
Anonymous Mar 05 2016
Mar 05 2016
Thanks for posting this! How do you install/use on a Mac?
Versilian Studios Mar 30 2016
Mar 30 2016
Download the Audio Units (AU) version. Extract and place in Mac HD (or whatever your OS hard-drive is) -> Libraries -> Audio -> Plug-Ins -> Components. Give it a few minutes and restart your DAW (or re-scan for plugins if that is not automatic on starting the DAW software).
pierre Jan 09 2016
Jan 09 2016
It is perfect, thank you.
Johan Brodd Jun 18 2015
(4 / 5)
Jun 18 2015
As a musician you sometimes stumble upon plugins that's just an one trick pony. This is such a plugin, but dang what good sound it produces! There was just some strange distortion I heard from it once. Dunno how it happened.
Versilian Studios Jul 02 2015
Jul 02 2015
Hey Johan! It's hard to believe this plugin has been around for two years already. That distortion occasionally appears on Maize Sampler projects around that timeframe. It has been resolved in subsequent updates, but I haven't had a chance to go back and update the fretless zither for a variety of reasons. -Sam/VS
Anonymous Apr 13 2015
Apr 13 2015
How can i use the plugin in Protools.I put it in the audio plugin folder(library/appsupport/avid/audio/plugins . it does not show up.. thanks. Louis
Anonymous Jan 20 2015
(5 / 5)
Jan 20 2015
Great job!!!!
James Feb 07 2014
Feb 07 2014
Interesting sound but too bad the youtube demo is boring...
puneethraj Jan 20 2014
(4 / 5)
Jan 20 2014
I Love This FRETLESS ZITHER, is good.
Bea Canty Dec 03 2013
(3 / 5)
Dec 03 2013
Thank you so much for this great little Instrument! It sounds great and is fun to play with.
Mitch Zane Nov 28 2013
Nov 28 2013
Very Cool! I love it that you cared enough to sample and present this.
Don Diego Aug 20 2013
(4 / 5)
Aug 20 2013
I Love the sound and hass a real pluck sound almost harp like! Very smooth!