Synisteria Title

The Sound Of 1980s Horror

Sounds designed for composers of
1980’s horror movie music

Synisteria - The Sound of 1980's Horror Music

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Demo using only Synisteria

  • 4.16gb Sound Library
  • 7 Instrument Folder Categories
  • 10 Drumkits sampled from 80’s drum machines
  • 12 Evolving Drone Tracks (over 3 minutes long each)
  • Over 1,500 Samples

    Full version of Kontakt 5.5 or higher is required

The Sound Of 1980's Horror

Synisteria is a Kontakt based sampled library created as a scoring extension tool for those who indulge in the sound and production of horror and dark retro music, particularly the sounds heard in classic movies from the decade of the 1980’s. Movies like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St, Friday the 13th, The Thing, and countless more, had a particular sound that in many cases was achieved by nothing more than synthesizers.  The music of iconic composers such as John Carpenter, Giorgio Moroder and others has been very influential over the years and continue to be, inspiring us to bring forth this library of sampled sounds.


Atonal Atmospheres – Atonality refers to sounds that do not center around a musical root note or key the way that traditional music does, therefore making it difficult to predict where the music is heading next. This unpredictability creates an uncomfortable, uneasy feeling in our mind.

Keys & Synths – This category contains all of the synth sounds heard in a lot of the 80’s classic horror movies as well as some horror/sci-fi movies of modern times.

Long Sustained Drones – Drones are low-pitched undertone compositions purposely recorded without any rhythm or tempo in order to create a feeling of timelessness. They are an essential tool for filmmakers, music editors and multimedia producers to signpost the subliminal mood of a scene to their audience. 

Tip: Playing just one note and sustaining it for a long period of time will play the entire atmospheric track.  The original pitch of the compositions can be heard by playing C1 on your keyboard.

MetallicsThere is a strange correlation between metal, hammered sounds and creepy, eerie music.  Who hasn’t been scared by the sound of an out-of-tune music box?   You can find sounds similar to those heard in Halloween The Movie (Bells of Haddonfield) as well as The Exorcist (Regan’s Bells).

Retro Drum Kits – 10 drumkits sampled from drum machines involved in some of the 80’s movies. Some of the sounds are similar to those produced by the Drumulator, LinnDrum, Oberheim DMX, TR-727, and many more.

Sound F/X’sA collection of miscellaneous sounds to enhance your compositions or sound design.

Synth BassesThe sound of a slow, pulsating synth bass alone sometimes is enough to create tension and drama.  This bank of sounds showcases familiar synth basses from the 80’s.

Instrument List

Atonal Atmospheres

Campo Santo
Dark Frequency
Ghosts Around Me
Sinister Winds
Thanks For The Ride Lady
The Other Side
They’re Here

Keys & Synths

80’s Brass Empire
Adagio Macabre 1
Adagio Macabre 2
B Movie Synthpad 1
B Movie Synthpad 2
B Movie Synthpad 3
Beach Walkers
Black Forest Arp
Blaring Sun
Bride’s Lament
Carpenter Strings
Crypt Keeper’s Organ
Crystal Lake Strings
Dawn For The Dead
Dementia’s Melody
Elm Street Pad
Escape From Dark City
Flesh Sitar
Hawkins Brigade
Serial Run
Sinister Pad
Strings Of Organs
Tears In The Rain
Witches Call

Long Sustained Drones

Dark World
Ghost Ships
Global Blackout
Lost Souls
The Arrival
Triassic War
Underworld Chimes


Bells Of Haddonfield
Broken Ballerina
Elm Street’s Bells
Evil Music Box
Regan’s Bells
Sanctus Bells
Tinker Hell
Vlad’s Piano

Sound F/X’s

Elm Street’s Critters
Metal Impact

Synth Basses

80’s Horror Bass 1
80’s Horror Bass 2
80’s Horror Bass 3
Bass Under the Stairs
Carpenter Bass 1
Carpenter Bass 2
Carpenter Bass 3
Carpenter Bass 4
Carpenter Bass 5
Carpenter Bass 6
Carpenter Bass 7