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#1 Kryzon   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 2797

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

Hello.
Are there any sample libraries or virtual instruments that you are particularly proud of owning or at least knowing about?
This could be a reference for musicians that are looking for more samples.

 

https://www.digitalsoundfactory.com/

Has a lot of commercial collections of samples from classic synthesizers and sound-modules.
Interesting for people looking for a more vintage sound or just a lot of samples to play with.

http://www.dskmusic.com/category/vsti-all/
A few freeware instrument VSTs. Includes an SF2 soundfont player VST.

http://www.soundsonline.com/Goliath
A good all-purpose library. Much better quality than any GM soundfont you may find around the internet.


 



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:26 AM

"8Dio - 8Dioboe" - it is hard to program, but has an absolutely amazing and charming oboe sounds!

"Cinesamples - Hollywoodwinds" - the best library for tonal/atonal wood runs. Suitable for every scene.

"EWQL Stormdrum 2 and 3" - the best epic drums ever.

"Orchestral Tools - The Glock" - the best glockenspiel ever.

"Cinesamples - Piano in Blue v.2" - the smoothest piano. Very comfortable :)

 

These are libraries I really proud for!


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#3 nsmadsen   Moderators   -  Reputation: 3795

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:41 AM

A bit of a tanget but it can become really easy to become a sample library junkie. Buying every new thing that is out instead of taking the time to really learn your current libraries. Any library can sound bad when used poorly.

 

Having said that I use almost all of the East West stuff, have a large amount of the 8Dio libraries as well as Cinesamples, Native Instruments Ultimate, Spitfire and some Vir2 Instruments.


Edited by nsmadsen, 21 November 2013 - 10:41 AM.

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:28 PM

Agreed, you can lose focus really quickly if you're not careful.

 

I didn't know about the 8Dio and Cinemasamples libraries, they have some beautiful sounds.

I've remembered of ProjectSAM, of which the highlights are True Strike and Orchestral Brass: http://www.projectsam.com/Products/All-Libraries



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:58 AM


A bit of a tanget but it can become really easy to become a sample library junkie. Buying every new thing that is out instead of taking the time to really learn your current libraries. Any library can sound bad when used poorly.

I have to agreee with your words. But living in Moldova, a country with average income of 300 USD per month, you can hardly afford buying lots of new stuff. So here you cannot be a "sample library junkie" even if you want to wink.png


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#6 Kryzon   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 2797

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:56 PM

One from Eduardo Tarilonte, Accordions:

http://www.samplelibraries.com/?page_id=792

 

Great flute from Orange Tree Media, Passion Flute:

http://www.orangetreesamples.com/passion-flute

 

IndigiSounds' Kontakt library for the Caribbean Steel-Drum instrument:

http://www.indigisounds.com/


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:01 AM

A couple from Eduardo Tarilonte.

Simply great libraries! But a bad, bad, very bad sampler Engine 2, which crashes permanently. It is impossible to work with it. PLAY Engine is a WAY better and more stable than this one ...


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#8 Kryzon   Prime Members   -  Reputation: 2797

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 01:02 PM

You are right, and after some more investigating his flute library at least is not being sold by the original maker (Bela D Media) anymore.

Replaced with another one from Orange Tree Media which is good still, and uses Kontak 4 / 5 (retail versions).

 

If you also want Accordion sounds with the PLAY engine, there's EWQL's Gypsy library.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:29 AM

Speaking of Eduardo Tarilonte.

I own "Forest Kingdom II" and "Era: Medieval Legends". There are some rare instruments. With the new Engine update it became more stable. As a result, scratches in convolution reverb are gone happy.png

 

And of course, the greatest library ever made: "Complete Composers Collection 2 Pro". Haven't bought it yet. But planning to do this next year smile.png .


Edited by IK-Sound, 24 November 2013 - 02:31 AM.

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:31 AM

Eduardo Tarilonte's stuff is ace. My Music Department has the Medieval library - I came up with this using it: https://soundcloud.com/infreaquent/medieval

 

I'm a big fan of LASS for strings. For retro stuff you can't beat VOPM vst with the pack of sound presets ripped directly from a bunch of MegaDrive/Genesis cartridges! Can't remember where I found that though.



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 12:24 PM

The VOPM patches can be found here. The second link seems to be for the game sounds you mentioned, although they shouldn't be legal to use in productions.

 

http://www.kvraudio.com/product/vopm_by_sam/downloads

http://truechiptilldeath.com/blog/2010/05/04/opm-patches-out-of-most-genesis-games/



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Posted 26 November 2013 - 01:53 PM

Yes but in this day and age surely we're all tweaking, layering and processing sounds to our heart's content? At which point no one is going to be able to recognise the original, perhaps just a 'flavour'. A useful shortcut to recalling the 16-bit era anyhow. Here's one I did today - https://soundcloud.com/infreaquent/air-to-surface-1


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Posted 29 November 2013 - 02:44 PM

Here are my current personal tastes:

 

Orchestral: EW Symphonic Orchestra

Synth: Omnisphere

Guitar: Pettinhaus Direct Guitar

Drums: EZDrummer

Oddball: Bad Cat Media Group Music Box


Edited by LeetMusic, 29 November 2013 - 03:01 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:58 AM

EWQL CCC was the first VST collection I ever purchased.  I still use it quite a bit today.  A bit outdated and out-featured compared to the more recent, in-depth libraries out there now, but still good.  Especially on a budget.

 

If your wallet can handle it, I also recommend the following libraries (posted some demos too):

 

Solo instruments:

 

Cello - Embertone Blakus Cello

Violin - Embertone Friedlander Violin

Piano - Native Instruments Alicia's Keys

 

https://soundcloud.com/matandteresa/let-it-go-instrumental

https://soundcloud.com/matandteresa/house-stark-western

 

Orchestral/Ensemble:

 

Spitfire Albion I

ProjectSam Orchestral Essentials

Cinematic Strings 2

Berlin Woodwinds

Cinebrass

Damage

Haka

Ethno World 5 Voices

FM8

 

https://soundcloud.com/matandteresa/8-minute-menken-an-all-star

https://soundcloud.com/matandteresa/animals-get-put-down

https://soundcloud.com/matandteresa/mene-inspirational-cinematic


Edited by Neifion, 10 December 2013 - 12:59 AM.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:22 PM

Whoa, some really nice stuff over at Embertone! :)


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:05 AM

Whoa, some really nice stuff over at Embertone!

 

Whoa again! I'm running to get "Shire Whistle" right now biggrin.png


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:10 AM

Oh yeah, I spent $300 easily on that site. Excited to see how these new samples work out.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:41 PM

1. Cinesamples Brass. I use it everywhere, it’s really a great product, with such a nice sound. Especially I like that you even got 2 French Horns as legato and staccato for free with the update.


2. Everything by Sample Modelling. The Instruments sound absolutely amazing. I even think sample modelling is pretty much the future.


3. Hollywood Strings has imho an even better sound than LASS. It’s a hell to program, but once that is done, it’s cool. PS: The harddrive sucks, I’m not able to get any speed outta it, even on USB 3.0, so I had to copy everything to my internal HDD.


4. I have a love/hate relationship to the IRCAM Solo Instruments. While I love the new techniques (pressured, sul ponticello, sul tasto, ect.), I absolutly hate UVI Workstation and the very old programming. You can’t use it for any more than the effects, but that’s ok. There are so much of them, if you are to avantgarde techniques.



5. Adagietto seems to be nice, but that’s just telling from the demos. All Spitfire Stuff is also pretty nice, but I can’t give any first hand experience about that.

Because it was mentioned here, a short note. While the Friedlander Violin is kinda cool, it was a little disappointment for me. I’m not really able to write fast passages with it, and there always seems to be an delay of some sort. Maybe that’s just programming; I can’t tell. But I kinda now reget blindly buying it.


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