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The 40 best virtual instruments and Kontakt libraries for producing orchestral music [Full Guide]

The 40 best virtual instruments and Kontakt libraries for producing orchestral music [full list of recommendations]

What are the best virtual instruments and Kontakt libraries for producing orchestral music? If you want to immerse yourself in the world of orchestral music, then you definitely can’t do without Kontakt libraries. Kontakt is the VST from Native Instruments where the various libraries are hosted. So if you are serious about your music, you should get yourself one or more Kontakt libraries. But be aware! You should inform yourself well in advance and check out exactly what you want to do with the library because they are everything else than cheap.

What are the best virtual Instruments and Kontakt libraries for producing orchestral music?

Just a quick disclaimer before we get started: There are almost infinite choices when it comes to Kontakt libraries and VSTs for orchestral music. That’s why I have tried to pick the best and most popular ones here. Please understand that, if your favorite library is not listed here. I have also tried to consider as many different companies as possible.

Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio has been a renowned source for years when it comes to contact libraries in the orchestral field. The libraries sound fantastic and are, like all Kontakt orchestral libraries listed here, on a very high professional level. Spitfire Audio has been working with a growing pool of well-known personalities in the composer and scoring scene, such as Hans Zimmer, for several years. This has resulted in outstanding collaborations that are unparalleled.

Spitfire Audio Albion One

“Our most renowned orchestral sample library, Albion One is everything you need to make film music in one box. A 109-piece orchestra, accompanied by a thunderous cinematic percussion section, recorded at the world-famous Hall at AIR Studios London, plus warpable loops designed by award-winning engineers, and an enormous steam synthesizer. Containing high dynamics and energy, whilst being highly flexible across multiple genres, choose from four mic positions and a huge range of articulations, including our renowned legatos, for extra control. Perfect for first-timers and established composers alike, this industry standard product is the perfect place to start your film scoring journey.”

Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra

“In partnership with BBC Studios and the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra, Spitfire Audio has captured what no other sample library has before: the musical synergy of a family of astoundingly accomplished players with a 90-year heritage of performances and recordings, expertly recorded at London’s famous Maida Vale Studios — home of the BBCSO, and host to The Beatles, Hendrix and Bowie. Our most expansive and ambitious project to date, this landmark library is the stuff of composing dreams: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, presented in our award-winning dedicated plugin.”

Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion

“Spitfire Audio joins forces with the biggest name in film scoring to produce the ultimate drum sample library for cinematic percussion. Featuring the ensembles and solo instruments used by Oscar-winning Hans Zimmer in his blockbuster scores, we’ve drawn on his years of creativity and studio experimentation to give you all you need to create epic drum composition. From tombeks to taikos, playing from whisperingly quiet to thunderously loud, we’ve worked with Hans’ Grammy award-winning team to capture the highest quality recordings, featuring the same players in The Hall at AIR Studios where Hans records his biggest scores, all mixed and produced by the man himself.”

Spitfire Studio Orchestra

“Welcome to the heart of Spitfire’s orchestral range: an encyclopaedic, blockbuster arsenal of strings, brass and woodwinds with depth, detail and focus. Two years in the making, Spitfire Studio Orchestra features the finest session players, recorded in the crisp, intimate acoustic of Air Studio One. The Studio Orchestra Collection is suitable for composers of all styles, giving you ultimate control and room for creativity. As with our existing orchestral libraries, we have applied a “no stone unturned” approach: a deep anthology of articulations, numerous dynamic layers and round-robins for seamless realism. Composers now have a comprehensive range of orchestral options, and we have no doubt that the Spitfire Studio Orchestra will be a cherished part of your music-making over the next decade.”

Spitfire Audio EDNA Earth

“An epic collection of synthesized orchestral sounds, eDNA Earth has been created using our enormous range of organic orchestral recordings, manipulated, warped and reprogrammed beyond recognition by Spitfire’s award-winning team of composers, engineers and developers. With thousands of sounds and presets, we have taken our entire orchestral palette and morphed it into an alternate universe. A powerful encyclopedia of unique, experimental electronic samples, eDNA Earth has been created with film, TV and games music in mind, offering endless inspiration to the next generation of media composers, while also appealing to dance and pop producers wanting to add cutting-edge, cinematic electronic textures to their music. With eDNA’s new easy to use, ultra-controllable GUI, uncharted territory of new sonic experimentation is within your grasp.”

East West

East West has been a leading manufacturer of virtual software instruments for over 30 years. The company has won various industry awards for all kinds of libraries, most recently Hollywood Choirs (NAMM TEC Award 2019). East West has been offering a subscription service for some time now, which allows you to afford the instruments even if you have a smaller budget. Subscriptions are available for as little as $20 per month and include almost all of the Kontakt libraries available to date. Especially for beginners (but of course not only) this is an excellent entry point.

East West Hollywood Orchestra

“Hollywood Orchestra is the combination of Hollywood Strings, Hollywood Brass, Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds, and Hollywood Orchestral Percussion; collectively the most detailed and comprehensive orchestral virtual instrument collection available. In addition to Hollywood Orchestra, the production team recently added Hollywood Solo Instruments which includes Hollywood Harp, Hollywood Solo Cello, and Hollywood Solo Violin. Hollywood Orchestra offers unprecedented control over the sound and the instruments, including up to 5 mic positions for all instruments, and is a must-have compositional tool for serious composers.”

East West Symphonic Orchestra

“Recorded by 11-time Grammy nominated classical recording engineer Prof. Keith O. Johnson, the East West Symphonic Orchestra is the most awarded orchestral collection ever, including winning Sound On Sound’s Reader’s Choice Award an unprecedented 3-times, and the first orchestral collection to be recorded in a “state of the art” concert hall where orchestras mainly perform. To achieve the feel of a live concert hall performance, each instrument and section was recorded with three mic positions, close, stage (conductor‘s position) and hall. By selecting different mic positions, users can mix these sounds together to create any kind of natural ambiance their project requires. This eliminates the need for artificial reverb. The East West Symphonic Orchestra eclipses all others with the highest level of fidelity and realism.”

East West Hollywood Choirs

Hollywood Choirs features a blockbuster female and male choir with unprecedented dynamics that will instantly transform your next project into a cinematic masterpiece. Hollywood Choirs also includes WordBuilder 2 (see new features below). WordBuilder allows the composer to type in any word or phrase and have it sung by the choir. It delivers that powerful, blockbuster sound that all composers are seeking and opens up new 3D soundscapes that will help create incredible and emotional journeys for your audiences for many years to come. Hollywood Choirs includes 781 ‘editable’ pre-built WordBuilder phrases in English, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin that are exclusive to this product. This is the fastest and easiest way to compose your choir tracks or the presets can be used as a starting point to create your own custom phrases.

East West Storm Drum 3

“Stormdrum 3 is the follow up library to the hugely popular Stormdrum 2 from EastWest Sounds. Produced by Nicky Phoenix, “Two Steps From Hell” composer and creator of Stormdrum 1 and 2, Stormdrum 3 contains completely new content, featuring the best instruments from the private collection of Mickey Hart, plus additional instruments from the Remo private collection, hand-picked by Remo himself. Played by master percussionists Mickey Hart, Greg Ellis and Chalo Eduardo, Stormdrum 3 was recorded in the world-famous EASTWEST Studio 1, the home of major Hollywood soundtracks and television themes. It includes tempo synced percussion performances directed and played by Mickey Hart, with Greg Ellis, Chalo Eduardo and Nick Phoenix and 5 user-controllable mic positions for each instrument.”

Heavyocity

Heavyocity is a collective of pro composers and sound designers with a mission to create world class virtual instruments for today’s modern composer and sound designer. They are providing cutting edge, inspiring instruments and sounds that supercharge creativity, formatting them in ways that enhance productivity. They state that one of the main goals of Heavyocity’s virtual instrument plugins is to provide those perfect “go-to” signature elements quickly and effectively through their sound design software. The company has probably gained the most popularity through the Kontakt library Damage, which is still extremely popular.

Heavyocity Damage 2

“Give your compositions big screen impact with this thrilling sequel to Heavyocity’s legendary percussive production tool. Damage 2 delivers flat-out epic percussion, combining the highest quality of sampled drums with a signature dose of Heavyocity’s DAMAGED brand of sound design. The newly-designed user interface offers immediate access to over 1600 sources, allowing you to quickly and easily select from a wide range of Organic, Hybrid, and Damaged percussion, tweaking and blending the five discrete mic positions to your taste. The result is the first next-generation cinematic percussion tool: a vast array of huge, blockbuster-style impact sounds, rolled into one creative instrument.”

Heavyocity Gravity

“Developed by Heavyocity’s award-winning team of professional composers and sound designers (Interstellar, Gone Girl, Godzilla), GRAVITY gives you stunning sound and an outstanding visual aesthetic, with over 12 GB of instruments. Experiment with over 2,200 sound sources and 1,200 KONTAKT presets: This is the largest range of sounds ever presented in a Heavyocity instrument.”

Heavyocity Forzo

“From John Williams to Hans Zimmer, orchestral brass has been a source of force and power in modern scoring. FORZO is designed to supply that same energy. Play with 12 horns, 4 trumpets, 8 trombones (tenor, bass, and contra bass), and 2 tubas – delivering 25 GB of sheer brass power straight into your hands. Creative articulations like cluster bends and flutters will let you maneuver your orchestral scores in whole new directions.”

Heavyocity Novo

“NOVO is a world-class, deeply-sampled orchestral strings instrument. Featuring over 21,000 samples, 300+ KONTAKT Snapshot presets, and 400+ loops, NOVO is as expansive as it is versatile. The NOVO engine gives you superior sonic potential, with the ability to tweak, process, layer, and sequence all these dynamic string elements.”

CineSamples

Since 2007 CineSamples has become one of the leading manufacturers of virtual instruments and Kontakt libraries. CineSamples impresses with an excellent price-performance ratio, but in terms of sound quality it can keep up with the big players in the industry. CinesSamples offers comprehensive all-in-one solutions with complete orchestral instrumentalization as well as some unique niche libraries.

CineSamples CineStrings Complete

“This specially-priced bundle contains three libraries from the CineSeries. CineStrings RUNS, CineStrings CORE, and CineStrings SOLO combined offer the essentials of the strings sections of the orchestra. Designed with continuous feedback from the film music community, CineStrings provides a full-bodied, dynamic, and deeply customizable orchestral strings section that can do everything from dramatic phrases to pensive, melancholic pieces made to bring the big screen to life.”

CineSamples CineBrass Complete

“This specially-priced bundle contains 4 libraries from the CineSymphony series. This is a full brass library containing our CineBrass CORE, CineBrass PRO, CineBrass Descant Horn, and CineBrass Sonore libraries. From heavyweight, powerful walls of sound to agile, energetic melodies, CineBrass has foundational orchestral brass down to an artform. Mixed by Dennis Sands, of Avengers, Shawshank Redemption, and American Beauty fame among others, it was made for responsiveness, ease of use, and dramatic composition.”

CineSamples CineHarps

“CineHarps is a collection of deeply sampled orchestral harps that’s easy to use and is loaded with techniques and features that will make this a classic in any composer’s template. Recorded with a wide variety of perspectives at the legendary MGM Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, CineHarps will fit nicely into any mix. Loaded with classic techniques, articulations, and features, CineHarps packs deeply-sampled orchestral harps into an immensely playable, score-ready package. Conjure versatile moods from the angelic to the arcane, with intricate control over dynamics, articulation, mic position, and much more.”

SampleLogic

Sample Logic is an award-winning company dedicated to fresh and innovative technologies in the field of sampling and virtual instrument design. Sample Logic’s mission is to develop cutting-edge digital tools for composers, musicians, producers, sound designers, and DJs of all music styles and genres that focus on blurring the line between music and sound design. From banging dumpsters and destroying pianos in the field to studio recording sessions of rich and lush world instruments – SampleLogic is trying to give you the whole spectrum of sounds.

SampleLogic Trailer Expressions 3

“With Trailer Xpressions we up the ante on the sound-shaping possibilities, so that you can wring every ounce of musicality out of these samples. This time around we’ve added controls that can wildly transform audio into creative rhythms and mangled reversed soundscapes. The reverse button can be applied to all samples or just a selected few, beginning playback from the sample start slider and running in reverse, back to the start. Try adding delay and convolution reverb to craft your own otherworldly drones. Stretch just one sample across the entire keyboard with the new stretch button, perfect for high-pitched zings or rumbling growls. There are now a full range of ADSR controls, for shaping the amplitude envelope of each sound. The low and high cut EQ filters have been upgraded with full LFO automation to enable you to perform blistering transformers-style gated effects or slower filtered evolutions.”

SampleLogic Morphestra 2

“Weighing in at over 25 GBs is a collection of 5,000+ morphed cinematic instruments & multis derived entirely from true orchestral recordings. A modern-day virtual instrument that transcends any morphed/effectual orchestral sample library ever created. Geared for film, TV, and game composers, Morphestra 2 morphs together amazing psychoacoustic sampled symphonic winds, strings, and percussive instruments using Sample Logic’s flexible multi-core system resulting in a dynamic world where music and sound design collide.”

SampleLogic Cinemorphx

“Powered by Native Instruments’ industry-standard Kontakt Player platform, Cinemorphx is built on the first-rate framework of Cinematic Guitars Infinity. All of the sample material from Sample Logic’s legacy products, Ambience, Impacts, Rhythms (A.I.R.), The Elements, and Synergy virtual instruments, are integrated into a single, state-of-the-art Kontakt library with all-new sound design, presets, and effects functionality for a totally reinvented production experience. Fit for cinematic sound design, music production, and much more, Cinemorphx is a true sampling heavyweight. Weighing in with over 6,000 presets and at 30GB, Cinemorphx is professionally programmed from scratch for instantaneous inspiration and endless possibilities without weighing down on creative minds — musical or otherwise.”

Soundiron

Soundiron’s mission is to build professional virtual instruments that inspire to create, with uncompromising quality and deep flexibility. Their libraries are built with over 20 years of award-winning engineering experience and come packed with intuitive features and unique content that you won’t find elsewhere.  Soundiron is a small team of sound designers, programmers and instrument builders which continues to bring forth amazing Kontakt libraries for all styles of music. 

Soundiron Elysium Harp

“Elysium Harp is a 47-string grand concert pedal harp virtual instrument library, fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player and Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards by Native Instruments. We’ve covered classic Finger Plucks with long sustains, deep round-robin and dynamic layering for each string. We also recorded Hard Fingernail plucks, Harmonics, Xylophonics, Bass Pedal Buzzes, plus a wide collection of natural Live Glisses in 19 scales and styles by harpist Jennifer Ellis. You’ll find lots of custom ambiences, pads and unique FX presets created with the harp source to open up limitless sound design possibilities. You also have access to 3 stereo mic positions (sound board, rear ports & room) to freely mix and route, plus an advanced real-time gliss and arpeggiator sequencers, instant pedal presets for easy glissing and arpeggios, precise tone and presence shaping and a full FX rack for total creative freedom.”

Soundiron Mercury Boys Choir

“The Mercury Symphonic Boy Choir is the single most comprehensive, playable and deeply-sampled children’s choir library available anywhere. Mercury faithfully captures the sound of a traditional English boy’s choir, with haunting lows and angelic highs. Mercury features 42 staccato & 42 sustaining marcato syllables with round-robin, 18 tempo-syncing Latin poly-syllabic sustains with phrase-synchronous polyphonic legato, molto fortissimo poly-staccatos, 6 dynamic true legato vowels with internal transition speed control. The extended choral effects section includes drone and whisper articulations, trills, sweeps, swells, risers, falls and many other choral effects. You’ll also find two exquisite soloists with poly-syllabic phrases, staccatos and true legato sustains. The library also features 34 unique sound-designed pads and soundscapes crafted from the choral source.”

Soundiron Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

“This massive drum & cymbal collection weighs in at nearly 25 GB with over 25,000 samples, with astounding sonic power, detail and playability. It features more than 40 drums and close to 200 articulations, with extensive dynamic layering and 12 round-robins per velocity. You’ll find thunderous ensemble sections and solo instruments, including bass drums, a whole array of toms, dhols, riqs, frame drums, bongos, cajons, doumbeks, clicks, clacks, a heavy snare ensemble and 6 solo snare drum types. You’ll also find fully expressive pedal-articulated hi-hats, stick and mallet rides, crashes, splashes, hybrid and FX cymbals, a 38″ gong, heavy Tibetan ting shag finger cymbals, all deeply multi-sampled along with tons of rolls, crescendos and effects. Each instrument features 3 microphone positions that can be selectively loaded, mixed and routed through the pop-up mixer window.”

Sonuscore

Only founded in 2012, Sonuscore is one of the newer companies on this list. Nevertheless, even today, the name is a must when it comes to first-class contact libraries in the field of orchestral music. Sonuscore’s libraries impress with their intuitive usability, but also with their excellent sound. They offer complete orchestral solutions as well as individual instruments as Kontakt libraries.

Sonuscore The Orchestra Complete 2

“The Orchestra Complete 2 is the flagship of our “The Orchestra” product family combining the force of the original 80-piece orchestra with new articulations and powerful new features. It includes our new instrument Horns Of Hell as well as Strings Of Winter. In a revolutionary all-in-one package, the sound of a symphonic orchestra is at your fingertips. With our groundbreaking ensemble-engine, we found an easier way for you to convert your ideas into music. Immediately playable. Completely customizable. Surprisingly simple.”

Sonuscore AizerX

“AizerX Hybrid Cyberpunk Toolkit is the latest addition to the Keepforest’s successful AizerX series. Inspired by the atmosphere of the cyberpunk world, this new library offers a lot of character and personality with a cinematic futuristic vibe that perfectly captures the philosophy of the genre. As a powered-by-AizerX-engine tool for composers and sound designers, this library is able to simplify the sound design process, and also opens up new possibilities for incredible creative ideas.”

Sonuscore Elysion

“As the first one able to catch the incredible dynamic and lively character of synthetic instruments, Elysion redefines sampling. We recorded, sampled and produced our synthesized future-sounds, treating them like acoustic instruments. This results in an unimaginable dynamic and unprecedented sound. Integrated into our pathbreaking ensemble engine, Elysion forms the new massive hybrid twin to The Orchestra.”

Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools stands for exceptional quality and excellent Kontakt libraries. The company has made a special name for itself with the Metropolis Arc series, which has become a kind of industry standard when it comes to trailer music composition and scoring. But Orchestral Tools has a lot more to offer, such as Berlin Strings and Berlin Woodwinds, which I will discuss in more detail here.
Orchestral Tools is constantly releasing new libraries and you can be curious to see what surprises the company has in store.

Orchestral Tools Metropolis Arc 1

“Leaving symphonic subtlety at the door, this huge library contains the loudest possible dynamics for the full spectrum of orchestral instrumentation. Special sections like the bass trombone ensemble, cimbasso ensemble, and french horn ensembles, give you easy access to big brass cinematic sound. Together with specially recorded power chords and a huge choir singing at the highest dynamics, your listeners will be blown away.”

Orchestral Tools Berlin Strings

“Berlin Strings is our flagship string library featuring the talents of Berlin’s best string players to provide you with an unparalleled assortment of sampled string articulations for your compositions. The string section is unmatched in its expressiveness and versatility. To make intricate arrangements possible with all the sonic possibilities of the instruments, we went to great lengths to our knowledge unparalleled in orchestral sampling so far. Berlin Strings sports a huge array of short articulations with sometimes more than 20 RRs, deep-sampled legato with an innovative script adjusting to your playing, and of course a large complement of pre-recorded runs. All runs are compatible with Berlin Woodwinds, so you can play woodwind/string runs in perfect sync. We also again included Playable Runs patches which allow you to play custom runs.”

Orchestral Tools Berlin Woodwinds

“Berlin Woodwinds is the industry standard when it comes to sampled woodwind collections. The product that launched our journey at the Teldex Scoring Stage in 2012 has now been updated extensively in the form of the Berlin Woodwinds Revive collection. Not only have most instruments been recorded anew but the original Berlin Woodwinds collection from 2012 has also been included here in its entirety, complete with additional enhancements. For you as a composer, this means twice the number of instruments at your disposal for ultimate flexibility and doubling possibilities. Purchasing Berlin Woodwinds essentially entitles you to two separate collections in one: Berlin Woodwinds Revive, containing newly recorded instruments, and Berlin Woodwinds Legacy, which features the classic Berlin Woodwinds instruments from 2012.”

ProjectSAM

ProjectSAM is characterized by the unique sound design of its Kontakt libraries. If you are looking for cinematic pads that can carry a complete soundtrack, these Kontakt libraries are the right choice. The application areas of the libraries may seem a bit specialized at first, but when you work with them, they reveal their full versatility.

ProjectSAM Symphobia 4: Pandora

“Give your action, sci-fi, and horror scores a blockbuster boost with the fourth volume in ProjectSAM’s acclaimed Symphobia Series. Pandora lets you summon rousing cinematic risers, foreboding falls, and earth-shattering crescendos with unmatched ease and flexibility. Pandora’s innovative Adaptive Sync quickly and effortlessly matches its huge library of articulations and effects with your sequence – so your next deadline needn’t be a nightmare. Plus, fully customizable sound design tools help you quickly sculpt your desired timbres.”

ProjectSAM Symphobia 3: Lumina

“Symphobia 3: Lumina has a different story to tell, as it unfolds the magical world of fantasy, mystery, and animation scoring. The third installment in the Symphobia Series offers a more subtle approach to cinematic sound. Capture the warmth and beauty that only an orchestra and choir performing together can create, along with a range of intimate instruments all captured in stunning detail by the experts at ProjectSAM.”

ProjectSAM TrueStrike 2

“ProjectSAM’s acclaimed True Strike series holds the original percussion libraries of choice for film, tv and game composers requiring cinematic, powerful percussion samples. True Strike 2, the second volume in the series, offers over 30 world and 28 effects percussion instruments covering everything to lay down the percussion track for your next chase sequence, horror scene or ethnic flavored score. This new, re-released version of True Strike 2 has been completely re-designed for the Kontakt format and comes with Native Instruments Kontakt Player. New features include a re-structured instrument list, a streamlined audio pool, real-time microphone mixing other switchable options.”

AudioImperia

Founded only in 2016, Audio Imperia quickly blossomed into a full-fledged sample library operation. Initially focused on creating carefully curated cinematic sample packs, the company decided to create a variety of powerful cinematic tools that are incredibly easy to use and can work with any genre of music. Since then they have amassed praise from composers and producers alike for consistently creating intuitive and epic instruments, composition tools, and orchestral collections.

AudioImperia Areia

“Thrill, beguile and enchant audiences with Areia, a serenely intelligent string composition tool. This cinematic ensemble instrument has been made exclusively for Kontakt Player, specifically designed for ease of use and endless artistic possibilities with mixing options and musical flourishes just for string instruments. Quickly arrange sweeping sections of gloriously emotive music with expressive emotion, range and the lush Hollywood sound that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.”

AudioImperia Jaeger

“From the German word for “hunter,” Jaeger is a brawny and agile hybrid orchestra with modernity at its core. Designed to fire up stories with a loudly dramatic flair, this is a tool that both experienced and budding composers can wield with confidence. Sweeping orchestral sections are complemented by processed percussion mixes and a unique vocal section featuring Merethe Soltvedt, giving you every weapon you need for your soundtrack. Jaeger is an instrument that perfectly bridges sound effects, music production and composition in one cunning package.”

AudioImperia Nucleus

“The ultimate orchestral tool for composers on the go. Nucleus takes the most important aspects of orchestral sound and microchips it into a small package that packs a mighty punch. With a minimal impact on system resources and an intuitive interface you can work on your soundtracks easily anywhere in the world. Made for Kontakt Player with a design that is clean, compact, and easy-to-use, Nucleus is an all-in-one package that’s hard to beat.”

AudioImperia Talos

“Need earth-shattering brass? Look no further. With a huge sonic range and stomping sound, Talos is a triumphant composition tool. Focused on large ensembles that deliver a mammoth sound (including 12 French Horns and Low Brass players, four tubas, cimbassi and bass trombones) Talos is also a versatile tool that’s adept at the softer elements of horn playing. Find the brass your soundtrack needs and bring the noise with this instrument.”

Garritan

Garritan products set the standard for sample libraries, have won several awards, and are being used by many top composers in the industry. The sounds are widely used in television, film, game audio, and on the world’s greatest concert stages. Garritan software libraries provide sounds so realistic they can be indistinguishable from a live performance at times.

Garritan Personal Orchestra 5

“The Garritan Personal Orchestra gives you a complete orchestra – strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, keyboards and more. Version 5 is a major new update, now with more than 500 instruments to choose from. Also included are a wide variety of instrument-specific articulations and techniques, performance spaces and reverbs, and instrument body resonances, all engineered  to provide incredible realism and authenticity to your music.”

Garritan Instant Orchestra

“Garritan Instant Orchestra is a revolutionary sound library that reinvents the way orchestral music is created by simplifying and streamlining the process. It is designed to create full cinematic orchestrations from just a few lines of music. With pre-packaged combinations and mash-ups, mood-based presets, and orchestral effects, you can evoke any emotion–instantly.  It provides an empowering experience where almost any musician can sound like an A-list Hollywood composer, by simply creating just a few staves of music.”

Audiobro

Audiobro is known for one thing in particular and that is the LA Scoring Strings. And rightly so. The Kontakt library is an absolute reference in its field, and the level of detail is hard to beat. However, Audiobro has much more to offer, such as the library Modern Scoring Brass listed below. So it is definitely worth checking out the other products of the company as well.

Audiobro Modern Scoring Brass

“Modern Scoring Brass is an elite 30 piece multi-instrument divisi library, that is painstakingly developed by recording individual brass masters on a trusted scoring stage. This gives you the ability to build your own sections using the sizes and instruments that best suit your production. The library runs in our state of the art Orchestral Engine.”

Audiobro LA Scoring Strings

“LA Scoring Strings 2.5 (LASS) brings you a whole new set of tools and revised sonic profiles, providing a new level of expressiveness, realism, real-time playability and program-ability to sampled strings. We updated and improved all our Sonic Profile Colors to yield a higher fidelity than before. Every preset is recreated for you from scratch using our most advanced technology. We also created 25 new Marcato patches and created the “Sordino-izer” that gives any articulation that LASS Sordino sound.”

IK Multimedia

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik 2

“Strings that soar, woodwinds that dance, brass that commands and a full symphony orchestra of sounds at your fingertips — all expertly performed with musical articulations for real music played by real musicians. From flowing legatos to animated pizzicatos, from aggressive spiccatos to elegant staccatos, from the most subtle pianissimo to the most triumphant fortissimo and more, Miroslav Philharmonik 2 is a sweeping vision from a master artist embodied in a new virtual instrument that brings the orchestra to life. It’s not enough to just have good recordings of classical instruments. For a true symphonic experience, you need instruments performed by the absolute best musicians articulated in just the right way directed by a producer and conductor who knows the fine art of making living, breathing samples. Miroslav Vitous pioneered the concept of a complete symphonic sample library for real composers, and now he has taken it to the next level.”

Vienna Symphonic Library

Vienna Symphonic Orchestra

“With over six million samples, the Vienna Symphonic Library offers an almost unbelievable variety of playing styles, allowing you to realize all your musical ideas more authentically than ever before. Whether Renaissance, Baroque or Avant-garde, Jazz, Pop or Dance, from solo literature to chamber music to large-scale choral/orchestral works: the possible applications of our products are limitless. But the authenticity, flexibility, musicality and high sound quality of our samples are just some of the reasons why successful musicians and producers from all over the world, including renowned Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winners, as well as ambitious amateur musicians and music teachers at leading universities, rely on products from the Vienna Symphonic Library.”

Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks Bravura Scoring Brass

“A complete collection of orchestral brass ensembles, soloists, and aleatoric FX recorded with stunning depth in a large scoring studio. Featuring three mic positions, extensive articulations, and incredibly powerful scripting, BSB is an ideal tool for film, TV & game scoring.  Bravura Scoring Brass works with the Free Kontakt Player. Individual ensembles and soloists are also available “a la carte” and require the Full Version of Kontakt.”

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