String/orchestra sound libraries.
Copied this from another forum - But maybe check out session strings from NIhttp://audiojungle.net/forums/thread...the-ugly/34053
DISCLAIMER : To run all this stuff, you will need a monster computer (or two). DISCLAIMER 2 : Prices are off the top of my head, but are accurate give or take 10% I think.
You will find 4 demos at the end so you can hear what all this stuff is capable of.
ESSENTIAL LIBRARIES FOR THE FILM / GAME / TV COMPOSER
- ProjectSAM Symphobia 1 and 2 $2,500 – http://www.projectsam.com
Simply the best ‘general’ orchestral library out there. Needs to be complimented with other libraries, but for the ‘phat’ sound, this can’t be beat.
- ProjectSAM Orchestral Brass Classic $400 – http://www.projectsam.com
Still after many years, the best brass library on the market.
- Cinesamples Hollywoodwinds $300 – http://www.cinesamples.com
The best woodwind library on the market – particularly for orchestration purposes.
- Vienna Symphonic Library – $it depends – Solo Woodwinds – http://www.vsl.co.at
The best for more intimate writing with wind instruments.
Audiobro LA Scoring Strings – $1,100 – http://www.audiobro.com
Amazing library for intimate string sounds, but requires a lot of knowledge to get it sounding good.
- Eastwest Orchestra (Percussion only) $999 – http://www.soundsonline.com
Eastwest’s orchestra sounds are horribly dated. Only the percussion is any good. (Hollywood Strings is a new addition, but it’s too big, and too bloated for my tastes)
- Tonehammer Requiem $500 – http://www.tonehammer.com
This choir library is incredible. Sounds blockbuster quality.
- Spectrasonics Stylus RMX $300 – http://www.spectrasonics.net
Essential loop-based plugin for percussion. Incredible sound quality and great FX engine.
- Native Instruments Komplete 7 $550 ($250 for upgrade) – http://www.native-instruments.com
If you haven’t got Komplete before, than Komplete 7 is an essential purchase, so much great content. If you have Komplete 6 and are considering upgrading, it’s not worth the upgrade price.
- Spectrasonics Omnisphere / Trillian $800 together – http://www.spectrasonics.net
Omnisphere is a very powerful but slightly bloated synth with incredibly unique sounds. Trillian is the best bass library on the market.
OTHER LIBRARIES / COMPANIES YOU NEED TO CONSIDER .
Tonehammer – http://www.tonehammer.com
All of Tonehammer’s libraries are phenomenal, particularly the epic percussion set. Well programmed, easy to use. Note: They require Kontakt. I own all of Tonehammer’s libraries (I am a big fanboy…) – I have never ever been disappointed.
Nine Volt Audio – http://www.ninevoltaudio.com
Great loop libaraies for use in Stylus RMX . They also supply REX files, so can work in any seqeuncer. They have saved me many times on projects with tight deadlines.
Camel Audio – http://www.camelaudio.com
Makers of the unbelievable synth Alchemy, which comes with a ton of cheap expansions. I love this synth.
Samplelogic – http://www.samplelogic.com
Makers of Morphestra, Cinematic Guitars, and the amazing Ambience Impacts
Rhythms. Great for people who want cutting edge sounds in their products.
Evolve – http://www.heavyocity.com
AMAZING sound quality from these guys. If the sounds weren’t so niche, I’d regard them as essential for any composer.
Eastwest – http://www.soundsonline.com
I own all the Eastwest libraries, here is a quick review.
Silk – amazing. RA – dated. Gypsy – phenomenal solo violin sound, great accordions, great cimbalon, average everything else. The Dark Side – amazing, but very genre-specific. Fab Four – overpriced. Voices Of Passion – overpriced. SD2 – amazing. Pianos – UNBELIEVABLE