Curious, which sample libraries are best in your opinion and why?
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I personally like the following:
Brass - East / West Hollywood Brass Diamond Ed. (This is getting older but still relevant)
Strings - Spitfire Symphonic Strings, 8Dio Adagio Strings 2nd
Woodwinds - Vienna Woodwinds extended, Cinesamples Hollywood Winds
Percussion - ProjectSAM Truestrike 1 and some stuff in East / West QLSOG
I use a ton of the Eastwest Sounds material. I have the composercloud and it's great for coming up with some great ideas. Spitfire Audio has some great material too. i really just dig the way Eastwest and spitfire sound. Like Mark said some of the Eastwest stuff is a little dated but I still find it very handy.
Yeah good shout guys, I also use east west a lot. NI and heavyocity too are great. Wondering what people’s opinions were on garritan? I’ve heard mixed opinions.
I used Garritan back in the day, I thinks it’s gotten a little better over the years, but not compatible to East / West, Cinesamples, Spitfire, etc.
The stuff I use most...Spitfire, Spectrasonics, Toontrack...
My primary is Cinesamples. I also use Miroslav (though not the one with its own sampler which I own - I also own the original Gigastudio version which I converted to Kontakt). I have over a dozen pianos, but my primary is based on a Yamaha called 7CG (from Sampletekk). My drums sets (with drum maps) come from Abbey Road Drums and I have many other sets I have accumulated over the years (some converted from Gigastudio sets) including but not limited to sets from Big Fish, Dan Dean, Ventus, a Hammond, and a Yamaha Motif XS.
At some point along the way, I am considering Vienna but I am not a big fan of security hardware/dongles or software.
I much prefer getting the sounds/articulations done simply (and by default if necessary). I don't like getting techie with my samples and having to learn tweaks to get the sound and articulation I want to hear.
It's always evolving, but my current basic orchestral template is this:
WW-AudioModeling SWAM, using a Yamaha WX5 wind controller and MIR Pro with Teldex Studio, with CAGE, UIST, and THRILL for fx
BR-same as WW, but with SampleModeling instead of AudioModeling
TIMP, GC, TAM-Spitfire Hans Zimmer Percussion
XYLO, MAR, GLOCK-Spitfire Ricotti Mallets
CHIMES, CYMB, PIATTI, TRI, SNARES-Hollywood Orchestra Percussion Diamond
TOMS-8Dio Epic Toms Ensemble
SHAKER, TAMB-Wavesfactory Sharine
HARP 1-Spitfire Skaila Kanga Harp Redux
HARP 2-Chocolate Audio Glissando Concert Harp
PNO-Piano in Blue for solo, EW Pianos Platinum-Bosendorfer for orchestral blend
CHOIR-8Dio Requiem Professional for epic, FluffyAudio Dominus for intimate
STR-Spitfire: Chamber Strings with TouchOSC/UACC for articulation switching, LCOS, EVO, and Tundra; for effects: CASE, CAGE, UIST, and THRILL; for solo/1st chair: Embertone, SWAM, and CSSS; and I sometimes use Hollywood Strings Diamond and CSS
I started with East West but as my ears become more acute I am moving towards Spitfire Audio. Just listen to the Chamber Strings Library and the Symphonic Strings Libraries ...warm and very detailed. I also use Emotional Cello and the just released Emotional Violin for solo strings, again very warm and detailed to my ears. It all comes down to personal taste I guess.
This is kind of like asking "what is the best car?" or "which brand of butter is best?". It can be very subjective, but also be limited to people's budgets. If you could buy everything Spitfire sample library, those might be the best to some people's ears, or all of Cinesamples... or, you buy Garritan or use Logic's built in library..
There are companies that make better quality ones over others, but there are also a lot of these companies as well. Some of the top ones being Spitfire, 8dio, Cinesamples, East West... Most have demos you can download and try out. Don't be fooled by the demo tracks, video demos, or other marketing tricks that have been polished, processed more and done by high quality composers and engineers. Look for the Library Walk Throughs, where they play a couple notes bare bones from the keyboard, or build a demo track straight from the player.