Synisteria Title

The Sound Of 1980s Horror

Sounds designed for composers of
1980’s horror movie music

What Is Synisteria?

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. Those sounds have inspired us to bring forth this library of sounds.

* Full version of Kontakt 5.5 or above required


What You Get...

4.16 gb Sound Library

7 Instrument Folders

Over 75 Instrument Sounds

10 Drumkits from the 80s

A Sampled Library of 80s Horror Music

Synisteria is a sampled based Kontakt library that emulates the sounds heard in classic horror films from the 1970s-80s. Composers like John Carpenter brought fourth an electronic sound which gave character and life to all of his movies.

In this curated collection of sounds you will find metallic bells, string orchestras, long sustained drones, synth basses like the Minimoog, lead synths and many more. There is also a bank of atonal atmospheric sounds for dark ambient composing. 

Demo Video

Keys & Synths

A demo of some of the legendary synthesizers used in some of the classic 80s horror films.

Demo Video


Hammered metal, bells, and evil music boxes among other metallic sounds.

Demo Video

Atonal Atmospheres

Sounds that do not center around a root note or any rhythm, to create an uneasy feeling in your mind.

Demo Video

Sound Editing

A short video showcasing the many features of Synisteria and how to take advantage of some of the tools, such as LFOs, ADSRs, etc.

8 Category Folders

  • 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: If you press and hold middle C you will hear the sound evolve for over 2 minutes

  • Metallics

    There 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 FXs

    A collection of miscellaneous sounds to enhance your compositions or sound design.

  • Synth Basses

    The 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.


Synisteria for Kontakt



*Please be aware that Decatur is a 4.16 Gigabyte library, therefore you must have a strong internet connection in order to avoid any interruptions during downloading. 

* Full version of Kontakt 5.5 or above required

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