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Kryzon

Your favourite sample libraries?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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