Native Instruments SYMPHONY SERIES COLLECTION provides producers with the power of a full orchestra, including Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion, allowing for orchestral cinematic sound design at the touch of a button. Each section, which is played and recorded by some of the best audio professionals in the world, helps build the perfect score for any cinematic universe.
This range of orchestral patches covers most of the standard instruments and articulations of a smaller, more intimate sounding orchestra. Designed for students and hobbyists, the original samples are part of the VSCO2 Community edition but have now been scripted for the full version of Kontakt to include legato, round robins and dynamics via the modwheel. Weighing in at just over a gigabyte in size, the samples cover strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and even two pianos and a church organ. These are all available as separate patches but there are also clever multis which group the instruments into ensembles for easy chord, arpeggio and tutti playing. The bonus harp instrument is a heavenly addition to this fully-featured orchestral package.
This list gathers some great options regarding orchestral VST plugins and Kontakt libraries available in 2023. Most are paid, but some freeware options can get you started in orchestral arrangement.
Spitfire Audio is an excellent software developer when it comes to orchestral sounds. Attention to detail is always satisfying, and this is definitely a must when it comes to cinematic plugins.
Vienna Symphonic Library offers a variety of orchestral-oriented sample libraries with outstanding quality and diversity. Synchron Pianos Bundle is focused on iconic and great-sounding grand pianos. It is based on the Synchron Player Engine, designed to deal with multiple microphones being recorded simultaneously and efficiently.
Berlin Woodwinds consists of instruments like flute and clarinet, which can contribute to a colorful and rich sound spectrum in an orchestral production. All instruments were recorded with extreme care and attention to detail, making your track stand out and be as realistic as possible.
Miroslav Philarmonik 2 is a ground-breaking vision from a master artist incorporated into a brand new virtual instrument that can help you with any orchestral arrangements. All instruments were performed with the best musicians possible to ensure the overall quality.
While it is really easy to get a production-ready sound for film scoring, this collection struggles with getting a regular orchestral sound as the sound in general in both solo and ensemble, is so full of reverb even without the convolution reverb effect.
While this problem can be overcome, it does require a fair amount of tweaking and elbow grease to do so. All in all, SSW has the tools, versatility, and quality to compete in the professional orchestral woodwind library samples and should be considered.
This orchestral library is intended to be used with the SINE Player, a free virtual instrument plugin provided by the same company, Orchestral Tools.
This is not a must-have if you already own a decent orchestral library. Although it can be a welcoming experience for newcomers starting to venture into the scoring world, Layers may lack some of the main controls and adjustments so essential to make the best out of an ensemble sound. If you look for simplicity, though, this is a great choice to try a good-quality library and get good sounds as soon as you run it for the first time.
Orchestral Suite brings more than 60 orchestral instruments in one beautiful packaging, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussions, a complete choir, cathedral organ, classical guitar, harpsichord, and many more.
Its drum head resonance simulation and an array of articulations offer a realistic performance, and the vast amount of instruments, both orchestral and exotic, provide composers with the versatility to work for any genre.
Just taking the orchestral drums into account is enough to consider purchasing this library. You can tell a lot of love and care was put into the making of this collection. Sadly, not all the instruments were sampled with the same care and detail.
This might be the best choice for an orchestral percussion sample library. While other plugins and libraries might include some percussive instruments, Orchestral Percussion X3M goes deeper than that and allow users to tweak the best possible sound that could come out of any percussion.
From snares to surdos, booms to bucket sounds, Hans Zimmer Percussion brings an extensive selection of the best orchestral percussion to make your track sound better than ever.
Christopher Young is known for his incredible versatility and use of both orchestral and non-orchestral elements into his scores. We have created two libraries to compliment both elements. The first, Textural Worlds, contains thousands of super organic scoring elements made with a vast array of playful methods and innovative recording techniques. The second, Orchestral Touch, represents thousands of unique aleatoric effects by Christopher Young.
Often an afterthought even in larger orchestral percussion libraries, here they are thrust into in the spotlight: comprehensive mallet selections with a very high level of velocity detail give each instrument an unprecedented realism when played.
The concept behind ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION X3M is not only to introduce different types of orchestral percussion recorded in a dry, still lively room, but also to allow for the creation of more unique instrument combinations, as well as some new additions as far as sounds and effects are concerned.Our main idea was to record different kinds of orchestral percussion sets, suitable for all kinds of dynamic music and especially cinematic music. The library has multiple dynamic levels (from very soft ppp to blasting ffff) and has multiple round-robins (meaning that each instrument has unique samples assigned to it that get changed every time you press a key) . We also included new and not yet sampled instruments like Orthodox Church Bells as well as various instrument sizes for the Bass Drum and two Timpanis for maximum flexibility. Here is what the library's interface looks like:
Cacophony is easily the most massive collection of live concert hall performance sound effects, room tones, crowd reactions, orchestral tuning drones and incidental sound effects you will find anywhere. As we accelerate toward technical perfection and hyperrealism in the musical world with the help of technology, it's important to remember the living flaws and details that make the experience of listening to live music so immersive. What is often most missing is the ghost of the place, the murmur and roar of the audience, the players tuning up - all of those little sounds in between. In their absence, we often feel something missing, though we cannot always put our finger on what.
For over a decade, our mission has been to create an ever-growing selection of inspiring instruments, orchestral sections, drums, percussion ensembles, choirs, solo voices, folk and vintage instruments, experimental sonic contraptions, cinematic effects and sound-designed creations.
The arpeggiator creates fascinating melodic patterns to give your project a rich and lively orchestral feeling. Change the pattern of the arpeggiator with the rhythm stepper. If needed, you can modify almost every parameter to stay in full control of your orchestral voicing.
Symphonic Destruction is an entirely new approach to the traditional orchestral sample library. Heavyocity combines traditional, hybrid, synth, and even heavy guitars in their innovative symphonic library to help fuel your compositions. The package includes approximately 27 GB of samples for the latest Kontakt engine.
An extensive collection of cinematic aleatoric orchestral FX for strings, brass, woodwinds and choir! 6 categories for all 4 sections of the orchestra. Also includes a powerful FX Builder patch that allows you to create your own unique FX by layering up to 4 sources with individual controls for adjusting volume, pitch and timing. Kontakt Player and NKS compatible. Now updated to v 1.2!
WELCOME TO PALETTE!Palette is a series of thematic professional orchestral and cinematic Kontakt virtual instruments for songwriters and media composers. It was recorded in a dedicated hall with world-renowned performers by a passionate and experienced team of sample makers. It was a dream come true for us to make and we hope this expansive set of scoring tools inspires you to write some great music.
Landforms offers a bold new approach to working with orchestral samples. Part sampler, part synthesiser, it takes textural recordings inspired by the movements and shapes of nature and reimagines them within a multidimensional sound design environment.
On top of the orchestral articulations are 50 processed sound sources, each made up from six separately processed layers. These were all created by passing the orchestral recordings through eurorack modules, granular synthesis engines, cassette machines, pedal chains and amplifiers.
Take a multi-sampled articulation from the core orchestral library and blur its real world origin beyond recognition. Pull from a diverse combination of creative modules, macro effects, mixing tools, LFOs, physics based modulation and interactive expression controls to create a sound that is uniquely yours. 2b1af7f3a8