sample libraries

  1. V

    Looking for a percussion library with this type of sound.

    Hey all, I am a newb looking for a percussion library that is more on the processed and epic side of the spectrum. More specifically, the percussion in the following tracks is what I had in mind. I plan to branch out to wood/metal/cymbal or tuned percussions later but for now, all I want...
  2. Y

    Help me choose orchestral libraries

    Hi guys, I am just about to study film scoring in an uni. I know this is not the right thing to do for me now struggling with sample libraries now, but I do need somebody else to help choose the right sample libraries. I usually write some backing track for anime and rarely write heavy stuff...
  3. ChrisSiuMusic

    Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before You Buy Another Sample Library.

    Purchasing sample libraries can be a (hugely) expensive endeavour; I think we all know this! To combat this, here are 5 questions we can ask ourselves every time we're considering a shiny new library to add to our collections. What's the last library you impulse bought, and has it proved...
  4. Chromofonic

    Hello everybody! Although I have been roaming around VI Control for ages, I joined only now.

    Let me say that the community on the VI Control forum is simply magnificent . Over the years, I have enjoyed insightful discussions on the forum. My motive for joining now is to give back, but also because I am frustrated by how some sample instrument companies use every psychological trick in...
  5. Q

    Would this be useful? Head to head comparison for libraries

    Hello all! Whenever somebody asks me for DAW recommendations, part of my advice is to use the free trials, and see which they like best personally. I've always thought that it's a shame people can't do that with sample libraries, and while the threads on the forum provide great advice to buyers...
  6. ChrisSiuMusic

    Sample libraries. Are we addicted?

    As composers, we're attracted to sample libraries like flies to a sweaty headband. But why is that the case? Is GAS a real thing? Let's discuss in today's video.
  7. Alex Cadiem

    It's time to buy a new Brass Library, like... JXL Brass?

    Hey guys! (Tom's here!)... LOL Ok, let's get to the point: I'm starting to buy my first serious sample libraries. I've heard and tried several, and frankly the ones I liked the most (in general) are those of Orchestral Tools, also because I like their philosophy of creating libraries that can...
  8. Time+Space

    £4/ $5 classic Zero-G sample libraries until Tuesday!

    Grab a Bank Holiday bargain and stock up on samples with this incredible offer from Zero-G! Zero-G, who are most recently renowned for their hugely popular Ethera series, are one of the industry's pioneering sample developers having been producing libraries for over 22 years. Right now you can...
  9. willbedford

    [SALE] Fracture Sounds 5th birthday celebration

    Our 5th birthday is coming up this month, and to celebrate we are running a storewide sale! Get up to 40% off with bundles, or 15% off individual products with coupon code '5YEARS' Ends April 30th. Find out more at
  10. P

    Deleting unused Libraries - Fighting the G.A.S; Less is More, more or less ?

    Hey, As this entire site is mostly about gathering new libraries, not sure if I will get much answers. However, new year , new start and all that, I want to really streamline my sample libraries, back up then delete ones I do not use. Having less choice, is meant to help creativity, and...
  11. jrrshop

    Up to 85% off iZotope, Dusted William, and McDSP

    85% off all iZotope Elements, now $20.21 each instead of $129 for Ozone Elements, RX Elements, Neutron Elements, and Nectar Elements: 65% off Dusted William Dirty Dose and Super Funky Ass...
  12. ChrisSiuMusic

    The Best Cinematic Orchestral Libraries For Composers and Songwriters! (Buyer's Guide for 2021)

    This is it my friends. 2020's produced some wonderful fruit (in terms of sample libraries), so let's review some of the best. Please enjoy!
  13. Barmey

    Looking For Kontakt Scripting Teacher / Collaborator

    I've got a bunch of funky sounds that I recorded that I'd like to turn into sample libraries. Here's a brief overview of the project I'm working on. I feel super overwhelmed when it comes to creating the UI, figuring out the scripting, and diving into...
  14. P

    First time seller looking for some advice on best practice (selling on VI For Sale Forum)

    Hi there, Was not quite sure where this question should go, so if I have asked in the wrong place please move. I am looking to sell for the first time on VI CONTROL board, but have never done it before. I have sold lots of music hardware and some software via ebay but never directly on the...
  15. nuyo

    Drastic Panning the Orchestra ?

    Why do people say you shouldn't pan Orchestral sample libraries ? I know they are "pre panned" but in our stereo we can pan things much further to get a clear and defined sound. Or is it the realism aspect ? I don't think anybody would listen to a well sounding cue and be like: "Man that cue...
  16. xanderscores

    Mixing real viola/violin with OT samples - best practices?

    For my latest sample-based composition I commissioned a professional violist/violinist to record the solo string parts. Everything turned out great, but now I wonder what I can do to make the instrument parts blend really well with the rest of the orchestra (which is almost entirely made up of...
  17. V

    Can I post a Track to get an opinion?

    Hello! I am Vivaswan am a Composer I am new to VI Control. I was wondering if I can post a Track that I composed long time ago, just to get an opinion it’s just that I would like to know something about using samples. VMC
  18. ChrisSiuMusic

    Strezov Sampling - JADE Ethnic Orchestra (Share Your Thoughts!)

    Hi everyone! Now that JADE Ethnic Orchestra has been released and many have started playing with it, it'll definitely be interesting to see how this plays out in virtual mockup land, and how many more 'Asian-inspired' cues we'll start seeing. In terms of the library itself, I have a few things...
  19. N

    [Berlin] Native Instruments are hiring a Product Owner (f/m/x) for sampled instruments

    As the Product Owner for sampled instruments you will act as a Project/Product Manager and you will be responsible for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT based instruments portfolio. Driven by the needs of our customers you will be leading the instruments creation process from ideation to development...
  20. pendle

    SOUND-DUST.COM is here ! - a new website and 40% off to celebrate _ LAST DAY TODAY!

    Hi VICs This has been a long and mildly agonizing process, but finally is here. Put your feet up, have a look around and celebrate my relief with 40% off all instruments and samples until March 6th. Use the cunning discount code SOUNDDUSTDOTCOM I particularly recommend...
  21. Time+Space

    Zero-G clearance - MORE TITLES JUST ADDED - Up to 90% off DVD sample libraries

    WE'RE SPRING CLEANING (a little early)... SAVE UP TO 90% IN ZERO-G'S MEGA DVD STOCK CLEARANCE! All libraries are only £9.99 / $11.99 / €11.99 each! From Cinematic, Disco, House and Electro to Violins, Cellos, Analog beats, Urban and more - there's plenty to choose from. As well as 5 star...
  22. fahl5

    Poll: Orchestra-Samplelibraries, are you ready for Beethoven?!

    In preparation for a Beethoven project, I did the as short as brilliant Prometheus Overture op43 with 11 different sample orchestras and would like to hear and - if you like - also to discuss your opinion about which sound is best suited for Beethoven's music. To allow an unbiased musical...
  23. L

    Beginner talk: How can I try a demo of a sample library ?

    Hi! Beginner here. I am currently trying to produce uplifting trance music as a hobby of mine. I don't work in the music industry, but I always loved the genre, which mixes both synth and orchestral instruments. And over the last year, I challenged myself to learn music theory, piano, synth...
  24. Spitfire Team

    Percussion Swarm – Available Now!

    Bring your scores to life with Percussion Swarm. Our first percussion library in three years, Percussion Swarm is a one-of-a-kind, encyclopaedic collection of beautiful cloud-like evolutions, pointillistic textures and single hits created from tuned and untuned percussion. Learn more...
  25. N

    Looking for VST sample library with “harsh” solo female cries/sustains

    I write orchestral/soundtrack music and my current project calls for a solo female vocalist with a particularly aggressive and brash voice, perhaps one with a bit of cracking at the louder end. Rather than clumsily trying to describe it, the best example I can give is from this track from the...
  26. Alex Niedt

    Orchestral Tools Blank Page Series

    Hello, everyone! The first of my Blank Page videos for Orchestral Tools is up now. This will be a series of quick compositions, rolling out a brief idea within half an hour with a specific library or two. I'm hoping to give those of us creating quietly in a small apartment an idea of what we...
  27. Alex Niedt

    Live Composing with Massive Library Collection

    Hi everyone! I'll be streaming fairly regularly on Twitch - composing, mixing, testing sample libraries - whatever you'd like to see. I have a ton of Spitfire (nearly all) and 8Dio libraries and a growing Orchestral Tools collection among many other things, and I'll often do shoot-outs when...
  28. willbedford

    Fracture Sounds Piano Day Sale - Midnight Grand & Woodchester Piano 20% off

    To celebrate Piano Day, we are offering our highly popular cinematic piano libraries, Woodchester Piano and Midnight Grand at a special bundle price - 20% off for a very limited time. Ends TOMORROW (March 29th)! Grab the deal here -
  29. nickmurraymusic

    ULTIMATE Spiccato Strings Shootout - Which Library Sounds Best?

    I decided to pull up 19 different Spiccato String libraries and test which one sounds the best (at the time of making this video). I tested Spitfire Audio's Albion One, Albion Legacy, Albion 2 Loegria, Albion 3 Iceni, Mural (Legacy), Spitfire Symphonic Strings, Hans Zimmer Strings, BML Sable...
  30. nickmurraymusic

    Sample Logic Drum Fury - First look

    Sample Logic just released a super clean-looking percussion library called "Drum Fury". This is a full walkthrough of the plugin. I test out the samples and give it a good run! Watch here:
  31. Arise

    List of sample libraries/plugins/companies that use iLok?

    I was wondering if anyone has at least an approximate list of sample library developers or plugins/libraries that require iLok. I know of Eastwest's stuff and Heavyocity (at least the Punish plugin requires iLok). Anyone know of any more?
  32. F

    Looking for Upright Bass snap pizzicato

    Hi, I'm really interested in finding an upright bass library that has a many variations of [edit] - fingerboard buzz -. I really like the aggressive quality of the string hitting the fingerboard. Does anyone have suggestions? For example, the sounds found here: At 1:15 And not very...
  33. cato

    What is this violin technique called and is there a library for it?

    Hi there, I was recently passed this advert as a reference for an advert I'm pitching on and wondered what the technique at around 1m08s is called? Is it something like a triplet tremolo or something? And is there a library out there that has this sort of thing in it? I was thinking Spitfire...
  34. Old Timer

    How not to be a sample library developer - 4 lessons for the future

    I’ve been developing sample libraries for about a year now. With the launch of Plink 2, I now have three sample libraries available over at Sampleism. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. Lesson 1 - Timing is crucial Have you ever known you shouldn’t do something and done it anyway? Like when you...
  35. jrrshop

    60% off EastWest

    60% off EastWest libraries and bundles (excludes educational, upgrades, and Voices of Soul). Also, receive a free license for Play 6 with every purchase. Play 6 provides improved effects, faster loading times, and advanced integration with hardware controllers for all EastWest libraries...
  36. Akarin

    How do you use Jaeger?

    Hey people! Do any of you own and use Jaeger? I have it since its release day and albeit the reviews are great and some demos (heavily dressed) are good, I can't make it sound "good" (except for the vocals that are awesome). Out of the box, the strings sound very harsh to my ears and the brass...
  37. RoySamples

    Paid work. Creating V-instruments with DAWs own samplers

    Hello, We're a new branch of a well established studio in London. We have a very rudimentary piano sample library (8 dynamic layers, 8 RR, 1 microphone position). Job description Create an instrument using the various DAWs own samplers (for example: EXS24, AS, Structure etc). If you have...
  38. Dyllan

    I'm scared to ask this.... and I'm not trying to clickbate haha

    Hey there, I guess I'll just ask. Have any of you considered either crowdfunding, or just asking for help to get your sample libraries? Like I've mentioned in previous posts, I have Cerebral Palsy, and i live off disability checks, since getting a job isn't really an option. I know that music...
  39. ashtongleckman

    Film Score Project Files - Download Hub

    Hey all, I wanted to create a place where I can post the project files for all my mockups. Hopefully it will be a bit easier to navigate than going through the YouTube descriptions. I'll update the list as new ones become available. Hope this helps. Best, Ashton Interstellar (New Suite)...
  40. amadeus1

    Hans Zimmer Strings by Spitfire

    Hello everyone, I'm Bill McFadden, a composer. I went through the UCLA Film Scoring Program. I just did a video intro to Hans Zimmer's String library. It has character that none of my other 28 string libraries have. You can find my channel by searching for "William McFadden" on youtube...
  41. ashtongleckman

    Olafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions: In-Action Video

    Hey guys! I recently created a short in-action look at the new Olafur Arnalds Chamber Evolutions library from Spitfire Audio. Really love the sound, and once again the grid engine has proven to be a heavy dose of inspiration. Hope you enjoy!
  42. N

    Electronic and Glitchy Drum Library / Vst Recommendations?

    anyone have any recommendations for an electronic drum library similar with both glitchy samples / loops and hard hitting samples? Here are examples of sounds I'm looking for: This (the percussion pattern 10 seconds in) And this (the hard...
  43. Time+Space

    Time+Space 12 Days of Christmas - Day 12

    It’s the final day of our Deals and we’re offering 60% off three different Big Fish Audio virtual instrument and sample pack titles…. Grindhouse - A virtual instrument brimming with edgy, lo-fi, and retro-cool multi-sampled instruments with loads of character and a unique 1970s exploitation...
  44. Time+Space

    Day 7 - 75% off Zero-G Funk and Soul Bundle

    It´s Day 7 of our Deals and we´re offering a massive 75% off the Zero-G Funk and Soul Bundle. Featuring the Sound on Sound 5 star awarded Sounds of the 70s and Phantom Horns sample packs, this bundle would normally cost over £104, but get it today for just £24.95! Sounds of the 70s is packed...
  45. FrozenPlain

    30% Off FrozenPlain libraries and MIDI harmoniser plugin

    The end of year sale is now on at FrozenPlain! All products are discounted by 30%. Products include: Obelisk ($17.50): MIDI harmoniser VST/AU, connects to any synth to produce new interesting harmonies based on the notes you play in Colourform ($34.30): Atmospheric organic sounds with a...
  46. heisenberg

    Spitfire Library Updates

    On November 30, 2017 Spitfire issued updates for Albion V (version 1.0b29) and Spitfire Symphonic Woodwinds (version 1.0.1b26) # - - - - - - - On December 20, 2017 saw these updates in the Spitfire Audio Library Manager: London Contemporary Orchestra, LCO Strings (version 1.0b2) update size...
  47. willbedford

    Fracture Sounds - up to 30% off for Black Friday

    I'm pleased to announce Fracture Sounds' Black Friday sale! We're offering up to 30% off all our Kontakt libraries until November 29th. Here are the details: 10% off any purchase. 15% off orders over £20. 20% off orders over £50. 25% off orders over £80. 30% off orders over £100. The...
  48. R

    NI Symphony Series Strings VS Cinematic Studio Strings

    Which is a better purchase? Looking for real world experience with each library.
  49. VerbatimProd

    FS/FT: Loads of Plugins, DAWs, Hardware Gear & Accessories

    *Please note, this photo is to show our full studio only. Not all items pictured are for sale! Downsizing my studio & I have a TON of software & gear available for sale or trade. Hardware items shipped at actual shipping rates, unless marked free S/H. Local pickup from The Dalles, OR is...
  50. M


    A global community of music creators is coming together to independently develop and fund awesome sample libraries and music software for a low cost. How would you feel about it? Would you like to be a part of it?
  51. akox

    Origins of Audio Summer Sales: Save up to 70%!

    We have just launched our huge summer sales which will last for a whole month, till August 13th 2017. No coupon code is needed. Simply add a product on your basket and the discount will be automatically computed. All our products have discount, including our newest Zebra² soundset, Z3bramatic...
  52. JaikumarS

    Kontakt Library recommendation for scoring Animated Series

    I'm looking for Kontakt libraries other than the Project SAM's Swing, Swing More and Colours Animator for scoring animated series. Many of the Series already have used these libraries and overall sound of these shows have become too repetitive, and one cannot differentiate between the shows...
  53. shapednoise

    Higher Sample Rate Libraries

    GEEKS ! If your in a 48k session… and running a 96K library… When you play a sample at its root note, obviously the top frequency played will be 24k. BUT… If you play a sample at a lower 'note' than its Root, will you get the extra high freq in the sample… IE will it play the previously...
  54. C

    Spitfire: Evolution Series & London Contemporary Strings - Similar Libraries?

    Hi Everyone, I am looking for any any advice/recommendations for sample libraries that are similar to the Spitfire Evolution Series. More specifically, I am looking for similar sounding Woodwinds and Strings from the Evolution Series (and obviously the LCS library)...
  55. DanielOutro

    What types of sounds/instruments would you like to hear in a sample pack?

    There are a lot of sample packs with classic drum machines, synths and traditional instruments. Let us know what new sounds you think could be interesting or helpful in your productions! This includes: Genres Playing styles FX Moods
  56. HirushanDM

    What libraries are you planning to get during BF, CB and Christmas

    Hey everyone!! Just curious to know which libraries you guys are planning on getting during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas. There are some interesting offers coming up each day and i have no clue what to get considering the fact that i have tight budget. Wanna make sure that i invest...
  57. Joe Williams

    How to fix Kontakt/Sample Library Volume Settings?

    I have been constantly evolving midi templates as I've increased equipment in my studio but I would like to create a few go-to templates to save me loads of time with future projects... (I use VEP 5 and Kontakt Libraries.) The Hangup that I'm having is that often when I change the volume...
  58. toddkedwards

    Sample Library Recommendations

    I wanted to know if anyone could recommend any sample libraries for a project I'm working on. It's in the same style as The X-Files, and Fringe.
  59. Vik

    Poll: which of these 30+ virtual violins would you recommend?

    There are already several polls about virtual strings/violins here on VI-C, but those were created while there still was a 10-response poll limit – so one poll was about products with only solo violin products samples, the other was about quartets/first chairs etc. But any violin hunter out...
  60. akox

    Origins of Audio: Summer Sale up to 50% off

    Hi all! We launched our first Summer sale with discounts that reach up to 50%! This offer will last till August 16th. Below you can find information about our products, and keep in mind that prices don't include VAT (where applied): Kontakt Library/Tools Dark Kalimba (50% off) - €20 (save €20...
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  62. olajideparis

    Scream Aleatoric Orch FX Library - SOLD OUT

    Hey Everybody, I am going to be releasing a private collection of aleatoric fx samples for Kontakt recorded with full orchestra, strings and brass to a very limited number of people. These were recorded at a scoring stage last fall and I will be selling the entire collection to no more than 25...
  63. stigc56

    Samsung SSD Pro or standard?

    Hi I'm about to invest in another SSD, this time a 2TB Samsung. I wonder if anyone here can recommend the Pro version for the standard. The price factor is about 1.5, so it's still a decent amount of money.
  64. Xenox.AFL

    Particular-Sound released: Aphelion cinematic loops!

    Combine, tweak and layer! We finally released Aphelion cinematic loops, our new product line when it comes to loops. The first version includes the most loops from Aphelion tool kit but with more then 80 new loops and 100 new multis using the new easy, tweakable GUI with effects, filters and...
  65. M

    PC Slave spec check

    I'd mentioned in a previous post my plan to build a PC slave to accompany my iMac 2009 i5. Having researched all components, along with brother who's in IT, I've come up with this. I'm looking to run a medium sized orchestral template with some other synths - omni etc. so 100-200 tracks ideally...
  66. David Donaldson

    MODWHEEL's "Creative Differences" series of drum and perc review

    A great review of 3 of MODWHEEL's"Creative Differences" drum and percussion releases ( we are still working on the 4th in the series Timpani and Kettle Drum) And in case you missed it here is us road testing a bunch of...
  67. sharmayelverton

    Berlin Woodwinds vs Sample Modeling Winds vs Alternatives?

    Hi guys, I want to get a boss woodwind library that sounds good but is also playable and versatile so that I can write intricate orchestral and solo material. Wanted to get your general opinion. I know Berlin Woodwinds are good but I'm also tempted by the sample modeling winds. I already use...
  68. G

    Why Layer The Sample Libraries?

    A while back on my Facebook page, I did a short series of posts called "Composing For Film". One of the topics I got asked about and posted was why laying when using samples is so important. I'm sure there will be people new to composing, so I figured I'd share here. If you already know this...
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