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Your top 25 libraries

bryla

Senior Member
No particular order:

1: Heavyocity FORVO
2: ProjectSAM Symphobias 1,2,3
3: CineHarpsichord
4: NI Symphony Series String Ensemble
5: AudioBro LADD
6: ProjectSAM Swing! + Swing! More
7: Alicia's Keys
8: NI Action Strikes
9: NI Rise & Hit
10: NI Damage
11: ProjectSAM Animator
12: ProjectSAM Orchestrator
13: NI Symphony Series Brass Ensemble
14: VSL SE 1
15: VSL Celesta
16: Adventure Brass
17: IronGuitars
18: Glissando Concert Harp
19: Spitfire Orchestral Grand
20: Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion
21: SAGA

OMG?! Couldn't make it to 25!!
 

pawelmorytko

New Member
Couldn't agree more;)
Quite impressive how many people got it since its release!
I love it, I know there's not much to it, but for what it is and the price, it's amazing. The sound is great and gives me WW2/Band of Brothers vibes and whatnot, just very army/military tone to it which I love.
 

pmountford

Active Member
Interesting topic as the libraries kind of imply the sort of music we write.

It's also forced me to look through the libraries and realise that even once I've bought so many over the years, there's a core of them that I just use over and over with the others are just there to add a little extra for the right occasional (who am I kidding, that I've spent far too much on libraries I'm never gonna use...)

Anyhow, enough waffle. For me in order of use/value:

  1. u-he Zebra
  2. Spectrasonics Omnisphere
  3. Synthogy Ivory
  4. Stylus RMX
  5. SF Chamber Strings
  6. SF Brass
  7. Heavyocity Damage
  8. Heavyocity Gravity
  9. SF HZ Perc
  10. VSL Woodwinds
  11. SF LCO
  12. VSL Percussion
  13. Spectrasonics Trilogy
  14. Heavyocity Evolve
  15. Heavyocity DM307
  16. 8DIO Adagietto Strings
  17. NI Massive
  18. SF Albion One
  19. EW Hollywood Orchestra
  20. 8DIO CAGE Strings/WW/Brass
  21. OT Ark1
  22. u-he Diva
  23. SAM True Strike 1
  24. NI Una Corda
  25. Realitone Banjo (OK, so it doesn't get that much use, but when I do need it, it rocks...or could I just be trying to get extra brownie points on this forum :geek:)
 

NYC Composer

Senior Member
No order:

1. Omnisphere
2. Omnisphere
3. Omnisphere (ok, I guess it’s time to move on.)
4. Stylus RMX
5. Trilian
6. Art Vista Virtual Grand 2
7. LASS 2.5 Full with legato sordino
8. EWHO Gold Brass
9. Sample Modeling brass and saxes (all)*
10. Komplete 12 U (recent upgrade from K8-Damage, Reaktor and others still gets a lot of use and I’m looking forward to learning Thrill, Session Horns Pro and other new to me stuff)
11. VSL SE Winds
12. EWHO Gold Strings
13. EW Silk
14. SampleFuel Poly and Pad Motion
15. Cinematic Studios Cinematic Strings 2.1
16. Chris Hein Horns Vol 2
17. EZ Drummer
18. PSF Acoustic bass Premier
19. Spitfire SCS
20. EWQLSO Percussion
21. Soundiron Apocalypse Percussion
22. Garritan Stradivarius solo violin
23. Bolder Sounds mandolin
24. Hybrid Two Project Alpha
25. Realivox Blue (honorary mention, RealiBanjo)

*SampleModeling’s “The Trumpet” is my favorite VI to play. I’ve had it for years and am still waiting for it to be displaced.
 

constaneum

Senior Member
I'm hearing lots of praise for Spitfire Chamber Strings....However, i wonder which one are you guys praising on ? The normal edition or professional edition?
 

Monkberry

Member
1: NI Grandeur
2: Ivory II
3: Una Corda
4: Omnisphere
5: Keyscape
6: Trillian
7: Stylus RMX
8: Superior Drummer 3
9: Addictive Drums 2
10: Discovery Series India
11: Damage
12: Action Strikes
13: Modwheel Tymphobia
14: Stormdrum 2
15: NI Scarbee Basses (all)
16: Zebra 2
17: Reveal Sound Spire
18: Camel Audio Alchemy
19: Spitfire Symphonic Strings
20: Spitfire Studio Strings Pro
21: Cinematic Studio Strings
22: Cinematic Studio Brass
23: OT Woodwinds with all expansions
24: Audio Modeling SWAM Saxes
25: Ample Sounds M & L Acoustic Guitars
 

bfreepro

Infinite Musical Possibilites
1-4. Spitfire Symphonic Orchestra and Percussion
5.Afflatus Strings
6.FORZO
7. TIME macro
8. Output Signal
9. 8dio Century Strings
10. EW silk
11. NI Rise and hit
12. Albion One
13. NI Noire piano
14. Audio Imperia Jaeger
15. Tina Guo Cello 1
16. 8dio Century Brass
17. Joshua Bell Violin
18. Strike Force (sample logic)
19. Keepforest Aizerx sfx toolkit
20. EW Hollywood Choirs
21.8dio 66 tubas
22. NI studio drummer
23. Spitfire Solo Strings
24. Shreddage 2
25. Damage

Top synths:
1. Omnisphere
2. VPS avenger
3. Synthmaster
4. Spire
5. Serum
 

kessel

wagakki-electro-otaku
For me it's this:

1. Sonica Instruments Koto
2. Sonica Instruments Shamisen
3. Sonica Instruments Shakuhachi
4. LA Scoring Strings
5. Fxpansion BDF3 + Expansions
6. Output Substance
7. Xfer Serum
8. Taiko Creator by InSession Audio
9. Aparillo
10. Imperfect Samples White Baby Grand Piano
11. Super Audio Cart
12. NI Maschine Expansions (specially for drums)
13. EW Hollywood Choirs
14. Resonans (Reason Rack Extension)
15. EW Voices of Soul
16. Plugin Alliance Byome/Triad
17. FAW SubLab
18. Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass
19. Loopmasters Cinerobotic
20. Twisted Tools Elements
21. Melda MRhythmizerMB
22. UVI Nagoya Harp
23. Orange Tree Slide Lap Steel
24. SonicCouture Skiddaw Stones
25. Vocaloid

I have put some VST effects as I don't own many more libraries or I don't like them and use them as much as those FX...
 

frontline

Member
1Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
2XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2
3Spitfire Symphonic Orchestra
4Spitfire Percussion
5Orchestral Tools BWW & Exp A
6ProjectSAM Symphobia 1-2
7Audiobro LADD
8Spitfire Bernard Hermann Composer Toolkit
9Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 1-2
10Premier Sound Factory Acoustic Bass Premier 2
11IK Multimedia MODO Bass
12Ample Sound Ample Bass Yinyang III
13Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2
14Art Vista Malmsjo Acoustic Grand
15Best Service Galaxy Vintage D
16Soniccouture Canterbury Suitcase
17Vengeance VPS Avenger
18Fxpansion BFD3
19Cinematic Samples Cinematic Studio Series
20ProjectSAM Swing! & Swing! MORE
21Musical Sampling Adventure Strings & Adventure Brass
22Xsample Acoustic Instruments Library & Extended Edition Instruments
23loops de la creme Bell Empire Deluxe Edition
24Strezov Sampling Freyja
25Impact Soundworks Pedal Steel
 

Scalms

New Member
I really like this thread, cool to see what other composer's value, especially lesser known libraries. let me enter the fray! Don't have a ton of libraries (yet anyway) here's my short list, top 12:

1. Cinematic Strings 2
2. Cinematic Studio Strings
3. NI Symphony Brass Ensemble
4. Garritan CFX
5. Sample Tank 3 Pipe Organs
6. Spitfire Tundra
7. Spitfire HZ Percussion Professional
8. Emotional Cello
9. Spitfire Labs Soft Piano
10. Soundiron Olympus Choir
11. Heavyocity Natural Forces
12. Izotope Iris 2
 
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chillbot

chillbot

Sock Muppet
I'm hearing lots of praise for Spitfire Chamber Strings....However, i wonder which one are you guys praising on ? The normal edition or professional edition?
I just have the normal edition. Love the sound, though that might be personal preference.
 

constaneum

Senior Member
Let me add something I put together. Here's a list of the top30 libraries that are a consensus of what members posted in this thread. The number to the right is how many times they were listed. No real surprises here but cool to see nevertheless!

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I'm surprised that Hollywood Winds are on top of Berlin Woodwinds and VSL Woodwinds.
 

Land of Missing Parts

flibbertigibbet
I'm surprised that Hollywood Winds are on top of Berlin Woodwinds and VSL Woodwinds.
Seems like they only got that because their name comes earlier in the alphabet. Each of those libraries has five mentions, and I think all mentions are weighted equally in this list, meaning that someone's 25th choice counts the same as their first choice.

All that said...it's still a little odd. I imagine few if any people would actually rank Hollywood Winds above Berlin or VSL if asked directly.
 

constaneum

Senior Member
Seems like they only got that because their name comes earlier in the alphabet. Each of those libraries has five mentions, and I think all mentions are weighted equally in this list, meaning that someone's 25th choice counts the same as their first choice.

All that said...it's still a little odd. I imagine few if any people would actually rank Hollywood Winds above Berlin or VSL if asked directly.
actually, the top listing is very vague as well. Top as in sound / tone , quality of the samples, amount of contents offered as such price? base on what ?
 
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