"Chamber" Libraries

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by kmaster, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. kmaster

    kmaster Now in LA: let's get coffee!

    As fun as large orchestral ensembles are to write for, budgets for real musicians these days are often geared toward much smaller forces.

    What libraries do you turn to to mock-up for, say, 30 or fewer players?

    I'll get the list started:

    SCS (though the ambience can still make this sound too big sometimes)
    LASS (using only Group A, or whatever)
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  2. VVEremita

    VVEremita New Member

    Nov 15, 2018
    Light & Sound Chamber Strings (6,5,3,3,1), currently on sale for 120$. The sound is dry and beautiful. There are by far not as many articulations as in for example SCS, but they are very playable. Still a very good value for the current - 60% sale price.

    (Can't post a link it seems as I don't have enough postings)
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2019
  3. RogiervG

    RogiervG Member

    Nov 20, 2018
    Chris hein ensemble strings is quite good for the chamber setup.
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  4. Meetyhtan

    Meetyhtan Noise Maker

    There are always new brands out there that I've never heard from before... thanks for the tipp, very interesting stuff!
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  5. Sears Poncho

    Sears Poncho Active Member

    Apr 23, 2017
    Session Strings Pro 2
    Lass FC
    Novo Packs 1 and 2
    Tina Guo Full Version

    I overdub real violins and violas. I've attached a clip. Hopefully I've "blurred the line" between real and fake....


    Attached Files:

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  6. Ben

    Ben Active Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    VSL Dimension Strings (currently on sale)
  7. OP

    kmaster Now in LA: let's get coffee!

    All right, so there are a decent amount of smaller strings libraries.

    What about Brass? Woodwinds? Percussion? Etc.?

    It's not just about having a single instrument; Hollywood Brass's "Solo Trumpet" is not going to work as a chamber-style Solo Trumpet without some mixing wizardry.

    Here's another library that fits the bill, though it's geared toward an older style of music:
    Soniccouture - Conservatoire Collection
  8. VinRice

    VinRice ... i am a robot ...

    May 20, 2017
    The UK of Englandshire
    Well 'Chamber' is about the number of players isn't it, so Brass and Woodwind are bit different. A chamber orchestra would only have one or two W or B players playing at any time anyway. All W & B libraries have single player options. You are really talking about ambience, which is a different question.
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  9. Ben

    Ben Active Member

    Dec 22, 2017
    For other instruments all dry recorded single instruments should work imo.
  10. OP

    kmaster Now in LA: let's get coffee!

    Not quite, it's also about ambience, detail, and space, which is why I said

    It's an aesthetic beyond mere number of players.
  11. Saxer

    Saxer Senior Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    For me mostly Dimension Strings, Samplemodeling, Audiomodeling and Wallanderinstruments WIVI.
  12. Jimmy Hellfire

    Jimmy Hellfire Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2015
    VSL. Dimension Strings, Woodwinds I, Brass.
  13. stfciu

    stfciu Active Member

    Aug 13, 2017
    I would add XSample as well. These libraries are quite lovely in tone and have that "chamberness" in it. A big plus also is an impressive range of sampled stuff and their focus on details. I don't own it personally though...yet.
  14. Meetyhtan

    Meetyhtan Noise Maker

    If I had the money to spend, Metropolis Ark 4 would be my choice for expressive stuff.
    I think it's still well in the chamber-sized range.

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