Sample Developers Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by robgb, May 10, 2019.

  1. chocobitz825

    chocobitz825 Senior Member

    Aug 7, 2018
    I totally agree! I picked up a lot of their products during their major sales periods. The diamond orchestra has so many instruments and a true quality to them! I sometimes wish there’s be some updates and quicker support for issues that come from kontakt updates, but still an underrated developer indeed!
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  2. ism

    ism Senior Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Ok, peace offering to 8dio - its taken a long time, but I've recently figure out how to create some absolutely beautiful lines with the Claire piccolo and oboe

    Also the Adagio violas. Especially on the C string, with swells from pp, and using once you get your head around how to use the dynamic arcs and find the right legato, there's sounds you can make here that are unparalleled in any other vi I know. Gorgeous. And reflecting a true artistic vision of sampling as an art.

    I'd talk about how great Embertone and Fluffy are too, but hopefully that's so completely obvious that I don't need to repeat it here.

    Lots of love to Vir Harmonic also.
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  3. I like music

    I like music Senior Member

    Oct 26, 2015
    Their Lacrimosa (which I got for around 90 dollars) is really good, I think. The legato on those choirs is actually kind of amazing ...

    Am I the only one to think this of Lacrimosa? I almost never hear it referenced...
  4. I like music

    I like music Senior Member

    Oct 26, 2015
    Massive props to @aaronventure. Infinite Brass is great. Very very flexible. And it has some considerable advantages over bigger traditional names. Combine this with his customer service (and clearly his passion in improving the products he's already released) and I think we have an up-and-comer here.

    Very impressed. Looking forward to the woodwinds!
  5. Steve Lum

    Steve Lum Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    Kirkland, WA
    So many but my personal top five: Orange Tree Samples, Impact Soundworks, Alex Wallbank, Toontrack, Indiginus.

    (man, you can see where my head is at, eh?)
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  6. pderbidge

    pderbidge Senior Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    For bigger devs Audiobro's LASS has been a godsend for me. It works everytime. 8Dio is another, especially Adagietto and the Adagio Violas that I picked up during flash sales have been awesome when you want something less rigid and very expressive. I've also been a big fan of Amplesound - constantly updating and improving without charging the customer and always giving loyal customers a better discount than the first timers to new instruments, which is appreciated. Toontrack and XLN for great drum tools, pretty much everything that NI works on or collaborates on and so many more.

    But to highlight some of the smaller devs that have provided some really impressive libraries that I own I'll tip my hat to:

    For DAW-
    Reaper- Not sure if they could be considered small anymore but I'm handicapped without this DAW

    For Plugin devs-
    Acon digital
    Ignite Amps
    MeldaProductions - maybe not as small as the others but still awesome.

    For VSTi's-

    Rigid Audio
    Frozen Plain
    Beautiful Void Audio
    Dream Audio Tools
    Organic Samples - I guess now OT
    Waves Factory
    Sonic Zest
    Hideaway studios
    Hollow Sun
    Audio Reward- For that cool sounding Headphase library.

    And maybe not as small as the other guys these devs are still awesome:
    Impact Soundworks
    Soundiron- Especially their choir libraries
    Ilya Efimov
    Performance Samples

    Sorry, I had a hard time picking just a few, and I still could mention more that I own and like.

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  7. Wally Garten

    Wally Garten Active Member

    Apr 23, 2018
    So many great devs listed here. I would say Soniccouture for sure. A while back I bought a giant bundle of their stuff, and every instrument I've tried sounds absolutely gorgeous. Plus their Euclidean sequencer is just tremendous fun. I've never had to interact with their support, because everything just kinda works, but I'm sure it's good, too.

    Versilian always gets a shout out from me just because the VSCO 2 package is one of the best deals going for an all-in-one orchestra (and with a ton of personality, to boot). And Sam is responsive to email.

    I only have one library each from Orange Tree Samples and Tarilonte, but each library is absolutely fantastic, and I love the way those guys interact with the buying community.

    And, finally, yeah, Spitfire. Not everything is perfect, but they still set a gold standard in a lot of ways, when they get it right they knock it out of the park (Ricotti Mallets and BHCT are my favorites), and their enthusiasm for sample libraries is consistent and infectious.

    EDIT: Forgot Soundiron. Their choral libraries are very bread-and-butter for me: not the splashiest, but I usually get exactly what I need from them with a minimum of fuss. And they're ALWAYS on here interacting with people and solving problems with a lot of good cheer.
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  8. ism

    ism Senior Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    Light and Sound!
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  9. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

    Feb 27, 2017
    Somewhere near Los Angeles
    I forgot about Sonokinetic and Soniccouture - another couple of great companies with wonderful support. Not that I needed it much.
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  10. AlexanderSchiborr

    AlexanderSchiborr Senior Member

    May 1, 2014
    I could make a long list but..I keep it short with a few examples:

    My main orch everyday template:

    Berlin strings + winds legacy
    Sample modeling brass
    Cinesamples percussion
    Walker 1955 concert D
    Sfa harp & Cs harp

    Big love for ot,cs,embertone,sm and sfa
  11. Land of Missing Parts

    Land of Missing Parts No Time for Honky-Tonk

    Jan 27, 2013
    Botdog Samples has a stellar team of customer satisfaction specialists. :P
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  12. NoamL

    NoamL Winter <3

    Jul 6, 2015
    Los Angeles
    On the project I'm currently assisting as synthestrator, 90% of the orch template is Cinematic Strings 2, Cinematic Studio Strings and Cinematic Studio Brass. Simply put @Alex W is a big part of the reason I have a job. There's very few times I reach for anything else for strings and brass, and then it's usually @Jasper Blunk 's Caspian Brass and @Spitfire Team 's Albions.

    When you've got a looming deadline and a bunch of music to work on it really boils down to two kinds of libraries.

    There are libraries that will be the mainstay of your template and those have to work consistently, smoothly, quickly and predictably. The GUI is almost irrelevant to these libraries. If I'm looking at the GUI multiple times per day it'll be because I'm fixing a problem with the library and that's not good. With Alex's libraries I never have to rebalance the instruments, or even open Kontakt. The consistent keyswitching & reliable programming across the entire CS series is heaven sent.

    The other kind of libraries are the ones won't be loaded in your template all the time - they're boutique sounds that you only reach for when you need something very specific. For those libraries what is most important is that they have instantly readable GUIs - here the GUI is very important because I won't be remembering the articulations and keyswitches. It's also important that the instrument is "playable" and doesn't need latency tweaking, that if there's a collection of sounds it's easy to sort through, and finally that they LOAD quickly and don't take up huge amounts of RAM. For these kinds of sounds I'm turning more and more to @Aaron Sapp 's Musical Sampling collection and @Heavyocity Media 's percussion.
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  13. stfciu

    stfciu Active Member

    Aug 13, 2017
    I am on the second page and no one mentioned Project SAM ;)
    So Project SAM it is!

    Taking an oportunity I'll now have my examination of conscience for all the developers I encountered :)
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  14. TigerTheFrog

    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

    Nov 18, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
    +1,000,000 for all the developers mentioned so far.

    I would like to add Organic Samples to the list, although I know they are on the OT team now. I never tire of playing their Solo Opera, and Majestic Horn is such a great gift.

    I probably play Bohemian Violin more than anything else I own... so thank you Virharmonic.

    This may be too obvious, but three cheers for Spectrasonics. Omnisphere is the best virtual instrument purchase I ever made.

    UVI, FrozenPlain, Ilya Efimov, Dream Audio Tools, In Session Audio, Audiofier, far too many to name...

    Thank you all.
  15. Harry

    Harry Active Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    I think these are what the OP means. Tell us who they are.
  16. bigcat1969

    bigcat1969 Senior Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Yeah for Polkasound, the Alpine Project, Fluffy Audio, Ivy Audio, Karoryfer, Versilian, Bolder Sounds. As much because they seem like cool people as for the lovely instruments.
  17. Akarin


    Jan 14, 2018
    Too many devs to list here. They all make my life better. But I'll give a nod to Steinberg. Despite the flak they get when something doesn't work exactly right, their products allow me to make music the way I want to and that is very awesome.
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  18. MichaelVakili

    MichaelVakili New Member

    May 2, 2019
    There are so many great library developers ... Here are some that comes in my mind
    Orchestral Tools ,Spitfire ,Impact Soundworks ,Audio Imperia ,Soundiron ,HeavyOcity, CineSamples, Strezov, Gothic Instruments, Fluffy Audio ,HybridTwo ,Sample Logic ,ProjectSam ,Sonokinetik ,Sonuscore ,AudioBro

    I am sure that there are a lot more that I missed.
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  19. TigerTheFrog

    TigerTheFrog I'm supposed to be working now.

    Nov 18, 2016
    Brooklyn, NY
  20. Garry

    Garry Senior Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    When someone comes to visit, who doesn't know about sample libraries, I show them the following, and they're consistently dumbfounded:
    - Audiobro: Genesis
    - Fluffy Audio: Dominus
    - AudioModelling: Saxes/Flutes
    - Orange Tree Samples: Stratosphere.
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