American Beauty - sample libraries

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by Mr. Edinburgh, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. Mr. Edinburgh

    Mr. Edinburgh Member

    Apr 4, 2018
    Purely for educational purposes - I'm wanting to recreate the instruments and sounds of the American Beauty music as close as I can - just for vibe and understanding....

    I know the score will mainly be real instruments but can any genius here list the main libraries that would get me close to the score?

    Mallets, Guitars, Tablas .... ?

    You guys are fountain of knowledge and it's AMAZING....

  2. PaulBrimstone

    PaulBrimstone Far, Far Away

    Nov 22, 2016
    Well, here is someone else’s knowledge: instrumentation pulled from Quora:

    1 Answer
    Didier Gusset
    , "Life is good. Sometimes I forget."
    Answered Feb 7 2015 · Author has 270 answers and 259.6k answer views

    Hello, I have the CD. The lists I found on the web about the instruments used in this soundtrack are uncomplete, so I transcribe them all from the booklet:

    tablas, kim-kim drums, bird calls, mandola, appalachian dulcimer, lap steel guitar, banjo ukulele, bass tin whistle, flute, processed bass flute, phonograph, pedal steel guitar, ewi, arpeggiated violin, detuned mandolin, saz, piano.
  3. prodigalson

    prodigalson Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2013
    I would look at spitfire Audios producer portfolio series for a lot of this stuff. E.g. Kitchenware series for the pitched glass and metal percussion elements.

    Also their inder gold finger percussion for tablas and bird calls etc
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  4. cug

    cug LA Composer

    Definitely a useful exercise. Don't forget the marimba...

    And for the ambient sounds, check out SonicCouture's Xtended Piano. At one time they had a bowed piano patch called "Any Other Name". Not sure if it is still in the package. Very similar texture to the bag scene ambience.
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  5. ScoreFace

    ScoreFace Active Member

    Nov 21, 2018
    I would take NI Mallet Flux for the mallet sounds - it contains marimba, vibraphone, and other mallets plus lots of presets with great mallet ensemble ostinatos and even full arrangements. I think this gets close to theAmerican Beauty style. I bought it recently and I absolutely love it!
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  6. Anders Wall

    Anders Wall 55°28'54"N 13°30'44"E

    Sep 26, 2013
    My build is from 19th of September 2011 and there's no patch called "Any Other Name".
    Would be great to hear it @soniccouture ?
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  7. Lode_Runner

    Lode_Runner Senior Member

    Feb 5, 2014
    Taking the list of instruments from Paul's post:

    tablas - Evolution Series World Percussion Asia or Crypto Cipher Tablas
    appalachian dulcimer - Embertone's Whiskey Series Mountain Dulcimer
    lap steel guitar - Orange Tree Samples SLIDE Lap Steel
    bass tin whistle - Ilya Efimov Irish Low Whistle
    detuned mandolin - Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin with the detune knob turned down is about as close as samples would go I think.
    saz - Soundiron Acoustic Saz
    pedal steel guitar - Wavelore has one, but I don't know if the company is still going. I did just follow the purchase process as far as the Paypal button, but I think it's a risk as there may be no support. Also it's $299!

    piano - just way too many options to list
    flute - as above
    arpeggiated violin - also as above

    banjo ukulele - ?
    kim-kim drums - ?
    bird calls - ?
    mandola - ?

    processed bass flute - ?
    phonograph - ?
    ewi - ?
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  8. soniccouture

    soniccouture Active Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Hi Anders,
    The demo was for the Array Mbira product, but included a pad sound from Xtended Piano:

    demo number 2.

    The patch is indeed now included in Xtended Piano, after users requested it. Existing users can download the updated product for free from their accounts.


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  9. Parsifal666

    Parsifal666 I don't even own a DAW, I'm just a troll.

    Sep 7, 2015
    E. YeeHaw, Indiana
    There's a super Newman Beauty patch in CFX that is perhaps the best piano sound I've heard for moodier, slower pieces.
  10. Lee Blaske

    Lee Blaske Senior Member

    Marimba is really key to a lot of that. I think the SonicCouture Grand Marimba is one of the best out there for that purpose.
  11. Anders Wall

    Anders Wall 55°28'54"N 13°30'44"E

    Sep 26, 2013
    Thank you for the update!
  12. cug

    cug LA Composer

    Thanks James and SC for the great products!

    @Anders Wall, for my purposes, I found that holding one note got me closer to the desired sound than playing chords. YMMV. Enjoy!
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  13. mojamusic

    mojamusic Active Member

    Sep 20, 2006

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