The best VST for instrumental music


#1

paid or free plug-ins for instrumental music


#2
mackaymusic said

paid or free plug-ins for instrumental music

I use Komplete 8 for everything but orchestration, pianos, and guitars (although it does include guitar rig pro which is an amazing guitar effects plugin.)

For orchestration, pianos, and world instruments I have EastWest Complete Composers Collection.

Buying in collections can save you a lot of cash.


#3

read here: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-best-free-vst-effects/15145


#4
Sinar said

read here: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-best-free-vst-effects/15145

I think you mean that thread: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-samplers-and-sample-libraries/18932 or that: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-free-synths/26145 ;)

mackaymusic, look at these:
EthnoWorld 5 Pro - http://www.bestservice.de/detail1.asp/best_service/ethno_world_5_professional__voices/en
if you need virtual orchestra:
Project SAM Symphobia 1/2 or Orchestral Essentials - http://www.projectsam.com/Products/Feature-Products/
Vienna Symphonic Library - http://www.vsl.co.at/
Spitfire Albion - http://www.spitfireaudio.com/modules


#5
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Sinar said

read here: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-best-free-vst-effects/15145

I think you mean that thread: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-samplers-and-sample-libraries/18932 or that: http://audiojungle.net/forums/thread/freebies-free-synths/26145 ;)

Yes, you right )) Thank you!


#6

This is a very hard question to answer :wink: since it involves subjective opinions.
Usually , any vst always needs to be tweaked to accommodate and give you the sound you are looking for. Any given vst won`t give you a superb sound by default. Following that pattern , you can achieve amazing results with free vsts by tweaking the knobs, and have garbage sound with an expensive vst if you leave it as is:) ! You also might be lucky to find some “cool” sounds by default.
Cheers !


#7

Are you talking about VST instruments, samplers, effects, or all of the above? Also, what kind of instrumental music? Instrumental music can mean anything from instrumental rock to sweeping orchestral music.

I think to start, getting a good sample player helps quite a bit, although it’s not completely necessary. A lot of people make products for Kontakt, and if you buy the full sampler you get a decent amount of instruments in their standard library, and the ability to sample your own instruments. Although I’ve never been blown away by their standard libraries, you can get mileage out of them.
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/

Orchestral stuff:

Strings


LA Scoring Strings is more or less the standard string library right now.
http://audiobro.com/
I also like East West’s Hollywood strings+horns, but their library comes premixed and pre-verbed, which can be limiting.
http://www.soundsonline.com/Hollywood-Strings
You also have the old school Vienna Symphonic library, which is aging but still useful for a dryer sound.
http://vsl.co.at/
all these libraries are relatively expensive, but they are worth the money and offer lighter, cheaper versions.

Brass

Besides Hollywood Brass and Vienna, a lot of people have had good success with Symphobia.
I also recommend looking at cinesamples.
http://www.projectsam.com/Products/Feature-Products/
http://cinesamples.com/

Wood-Winds

VSL still sounds pretty good. East West and Cinesamples have also just come out with woodwind collections, like a week or two ago.

Percussion

I think cinesamples drums of war 2 is pretty good.
http://cinesamples.com/products/dow2/
and some of the (now defunct) Tonehammer stuff is pretty good.
http://www.soundiron.com/instruments/percussion/apocalypse/
I’ve also gotten some use out of
virtual drumline.

Rock:


guitars

I haven’t really come across anything that has impressed me when it comes to guitar samples. You can get a nice thrash/metal sound, but that seems to be about it. If I had to buy one, I’d probably get this guys
http://www.pettinhouse.com/html/directguitar.html
I think the problem is that people are so used to what guitars, basses ect sound like, it’s harder to fool them with samples. It’s a little easier with orchestral music. Also, the chord voicing with guitars is usually different than with pianos, and you’re usually looking at having to sample strummed chords and things like that. Slides and bends are a hard thing to get right.

Bass

Maybe Trillian, a bit expensive
http://www.spectrasonics.net/products/trilian-audio.php
or the old Scarbee basses
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kontakt/scarbee-pre-bass/?content=903
You might get more mileage out of a real cheap bass and DI, as bass is fairly easy to play and you can pull a lot of different tones out of a real bass.

keys.

So many piano samples, so little time.

Ivory is clean, popular, and useful. They also have some great upright samples. Fairly expensive libraries.
http://www.synthogy.com/products/ivorygrand.html
for jazz stuff, I like Cinesamples piano in blue and I have my eye on acoustic samples OldBlackGuard
http://cinesamples.com/products/piano-in-blue/
< a href=“http://acousticsamples.net/keys/oldblackgrand”>http://acousticsamples.net/keys/oldblackgrand
for a less sterile sound than Ivory, check out emotional piano

Electric pianos.

I’m really impressed by soniccouture’s broken Wurli. I don’t have it, but the demos sound great and all their free stuff has a high-production polish to it.
http://www.soniccouture.com/en/product/g31-broken-wurli/
For a rhodes sound, maybe neo-soul keys
http://neosoulkeys.com/

drums

I have my own drumset miced at all times, so I’m not huge on sampled drum kits. Drums are probably the most sampled instrument out there. Ez drummer seems pretty good.

Synthesizers

It’s really an open market when it comes to synthesizers, it just depends on what you are looking for. Again, sonniccouture has some cool stuff.
retro machines MKII came free when I bought Kontakt 5. some useful stuff in there.

Effects and Plugins.

I think you can usually get a lot of mileage out of the stuff that comes with your Daw. compressors, equalizers, ect - most Daws come with useable stuff. As far as reverb gos, for me, it’s either altiverb or spaces

There’s a whole world of samples out there, and they get better and better all the time.


#8

Seems to be a glut of non-specific, one sentence questions without the magic word (please) popping up over the last few days.


#9
AsherPope said

Seems to be a glut of non-specific, one sentence questions without the magic word (please) popping up over the last few days.

Funny, I noticed this too. One of the problems with Google Translate is that it doesn’t do good manners, sadly.


#10
AlumoAudio said
AsherPope said

Seems to be a glut of non-specific, one sentence questions without the magic word (please) popping up over the last few days.

Funny, I noticed this too. One of the problems with Google Translate is that it doesn’t do good manners, sadly.

truly :)

#11
adammonroe said

Are you talking about VST instruments, samplers, effects, or all of the above? Also, what kind of instrumental music? Instrumental music can mean anything from instrumental rock to sweeping orchestral music.

I think to start, getting a good sample player helps quite a bit, although it’s not completely necessary. A lot of people make products for Kontakt, and if you buy the full sampler you get a decent amount of instruments in their standard library, and the ability to sample your own instruments. Although I’ve never been blown away by their standard libraries, you can get mileage out of them.
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/

Orchestral stuff:

Strings


LA Scoring Strings is more or less the standard string library right now.
http://audiobro.com/
I also like East West’s Hollywood strings+horns, but their library comes premixed and pre-verbed, which can be limiting.
http://www.soundsonline.com/Hollywood-Strings
You also have the old school Vienna Symphonic library, which is aging but still useful for a dryer sound.
http://vsl.co.at/
all these libraries are relatively expensive, but they are worth the money and offer lighter, cheaper versions.

Brass

Besides Hollywood Brass and Vienna, a lot of people have had good success with Symphobia.
I also recommend looking at cinesamples.
http://www.projectsam.com/Products/Feature-Products/
http://cinesamples.com/

Wood-Winds

VSL still sounds pretty good. East West and Cinesamples have also just come out with woodwind collections, like a week or two ago.

Percussion

I think cinesamples drums of war 2 is pretty good.
http://cinesamples.com/products/dow2/
and some of the (now defunct) Tonehammer stuff is pretty good.
http://www.soundiron.com/instruments/percussion/apocalypse/
I’ve also gotten some use out of
virtual drumline.

Rock:


guitars

I haven’t really come across anything that has impressed me when it comes to guitar samples. You can get a nice thrash/metal sound, but that seems to be about it. If I had to buy one, I’d probably get this guys
http://www.pettinhouse.com/html/directguitar.html
I think the problem is that people are so used to what guitars, basses ect sound like, it’s harder to fool them with samples. It’s a little easier with orchestral music. Also, the chord voicing with guitars is usually different than with pianos, and you’re usually looking at having to sample strummed chords and things like that. Slides and bends are a hard thing to get right.

Bass

Maybe Trillian, a bit expensive
http://www.spectrasonics.net/products/trilian-audio.php
or the old Scarbee basses
http://www.native-instruments.com/#/en/products/producer/powered-by-kontakt/scarbee-pre-bass/?content=903
You might get more mileage out of a real cheap bass and DI, as bass is fairly easy to play and you can pull a lot of different tones out of a real bass.

keys.

So many piano samples, so little time.

Ivory is clean, popular, and useful. They also have some great upright samples. Fairly expensive libraries.
http://www.synthogy.com/products/ivorygrand.html
for jazz stuff, I like Cinesamples piano in blue and I have my eye on acoustic samples OldBlackGuard
http://cinesamples.com/products/piano-in-blue/
< a href=“http://acousticsamples.net/keys/oldblackgrand”>http://acousticsamples.net/keys/oldblackgrand
for a less sterile sound than Ivory, check out emotional piano

Electric pianos.

I’m really impressed by soniccouture’s broken Wurli. I don’t have it, but the demos sound great and all their free stuff has a high-production polish to it.
http://www.soniccouture.com/en/product/g31-broken-wurli/
For a rhodes sound, maybe neo-soul keys
http://neosoulkeys.com/

drums

I have my own drumset miced at all times, so I’m not huge on sampled drum kits. Drums are probably the most sampled instrument out there. Ez drummer seems pretty good.

Synthesizers

It’s really an open market when it comes to synthesizers, it just depends on what you are looking for. Again, sonniccouture has some cool stuff.
retro machines MKII came free when I bought Kontakt 5. some useful stuff in there.

Effects and Plugins.

I think you can usually get a lot of mileage out of the stuff that comes with your Daw. compressors, equalizers, ect - most Daws come with useable stuff. As far as reverb gos, for me, it’s either altiverb or spaces

There’s a whole world of samples out there, and they get better and better all the time.

THANK YOU! You use them?

#12

I use Komplete 8 quite a bit. Also recently got East West Quantum Leap bundle with symphonic orchestra, pianos gold, storm drum 2, Goliath, symphonic choirs with vota, and voices of passion. I still find myself going back to the Native Instruments pianos though. If you’re thinking of getting into ewql, I recommend symphonic orchestra. The brass and woodwind stuff is quite good. I use Session Strings for most of my strings now. I’m lazy. Lol


#13

Hi all, I want to ask does anyone know what the realties realties good vst choir


#14

I love Komplete 8 Ultimate, but if I had to choose one program to have if I were stranded on a desert island with my recording gear, it would be SPECTRASONICS OMNISPHERE. It is nothing short of amazing and huge! It’s a synth program with incredible sounds and samples. It has amazing pads, strings, and choir sounds as well. I use it in sooo many of my tracks. :slight_smile:


#15
mackaymusic said

THANK YOU! You use them?

I use some of them. Ideally, if I had an unlimited amount of money, I would have all of them and probably a good deal more. I think a lot of professional composers have huge sample libraries - it just makes you more versatile as far as being able to dial in the exact sound you’re looking for, or that your client wants - but it adds up to a lot of $$$. I think most of us get buy on very little.