Reviews: Sound Libraries


Points of Kontakt – Blue Street Brass from Indiginus

Indiginus has done it again. Here’s yet another inexpensive, easy-to-use Kontakt library - but this one may be their slickest (and most unique) creation yet.

Read More by David Townsend (09-2017)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Ginno looks at six sound libraries from Loopmasters, Black Octopus, Mode Audio and more.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2017)

Cineamania - The Orchestra by Bestservice

An orchestra library that’s light on RAM but not on sound quality, offering looped orchestral phrases at the same time – a great sketching tool (and more) that is easy to use.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2017)

Cinemania - Native Instruments Thrill

If your need a Hi-Fi background for your nightmares, then we have a perfect solution for you: with NI's Thrill you can scream all night long.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2017)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Ginno looks at ten sound libraries from SamplesFromMars, Loopmasters, Xils-Lab, and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2017)

Review - Strezov Sampling Rhodope 2 Ethnic Bulgarian Choir

The newest entry in Strezov Sampling’s Next Generation Choir series features the exotic sound of twenty women’s voices performing lower-range Bulgarian singing.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2017)

Oceania Choir by Performance Samples

Oceania Choir is a very easy-to-use choir library. All you need to do is to load it into Kontakt and play. The rest is done by developer.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2017)

Review - Strezov Sampling Freyja, Wotan and Árva

Strezov Sampling’s newest choral bundle emphasizes a natural sound, musical performance and a short learning curve. Are these the voices you’re looking for?

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2017)

Review – Sampled Ethnic Instruments (and More) from Impact Soundworks

Beautifully sampled and crafted non-Western instrument sample sets, and a couple of purely creative sample sets as well.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2017)

Ancient ERA – Persia by Best Service

Ediardo Tarilonte strikes again. ERA Persia offers a wealth of sounds from the ancient past, not to mention soundscapes that are simply out of this universe.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2017)

Review - Spitfire Chamber Strings Review

Chamber Strings might have the most extensive articulation set of any chamber string library. See what happens when small ensembles meet a large hall.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2017)

Cinemania - NOVO by Heavyocity

Our reviewer thought he owned all the string libraries he’d ever need, but then along came NOVO from Heavyocity. Long story short - turns out he was wrong.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2017)

Points of Kontakt – Wurl-E Studio from Indiginus

Indiginus delivers another quality gem: a clean, inexpensive sampled Wurlitzer Model 200 electric piano that you won't have any trouble finding a place for in your mix.

Read More by David Townsend (05-2017)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno looks at seventeen sound libraries from Bluezone, Cinetools, , Loopmasters, Samplephonics and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2017)

Straight Ahead Jazz Horns by Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks’ Smart Voice Technology might be just what you need to come off as a master of pop horn orchestration (even if you’re not … but we won’t tell!).

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2017)

Review - London Contemporary Orchestra Strings from Spitfire Audio

You all know Spitfire Audio for its beautiful, majestic string libraries. Well, London Contemporary Orchestra isn’t that. Strings just got weird – in a most delightful way.

Read More by David Townsend (05-2017)

Review - Super Audio Cart from Impact Soundworks  

If you’ve ever wanted the authentic musical sound of video game systems from the 70s to the 90s, then take a deep dive into Super Audio Cart.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2017)

Review - Spitfire Symphony Orchestra, Part 2: Masse and Beyond

In continuing coverage of Spitfire’s Symphony Orchestra sample set, we look at the very special Masse ensemble-timbre set and investigate the possibilities for microtuning these samples.

Read More by Warren Burt (05-2017)

Action Strikes by Native Instruments

Need a drum/percussion tool for tight time schedule scenarios that can deliver highly realistic sounding ensemble patterns? Maybe Action Strikes is just the thing.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2017)

Review - Virtual Grand Piano 3 from Art Vista Productions

We present a reasonably priced piano library with variety and versatility and ease of use. Is that even possible?

Read More by David Keenum (05-2017)

Review - Keyscape Creative from Spectrasonics

Keyscape Creative is a huge patch library for users of Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 and Keyscape. You may be surprised by what you can do by combining the two. And it’s free!

Read More by David Townsend (05-2017)

Review - Analog Strings by Output

Analog Strings – a string library that is definitely not just about the strings – it goes beyond the border of the well-known string universe.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2017)

Cinemania - Chris Hein Solo Cello through Best Service

Two realistically-sampled cellos with many articulations and implemented controllers. All you need is to ask yourself is if you are in a Romantic or Modern mood for recording.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2017)

ESSENTIALS: Ethno World 6 Complete by Best Service

A traditionally big package of ethnic musical sounds becomes even bigger: 80 new instruments and voices from all over the world to enhance your clean digital EDM creations.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2017)

Review - Precisionsound Angelic Vocal Pads 5

Precisionsound’s Angleic Vocal Pads 5 is a library of vocal silkiness in the Enya/10cc tradition. If you’re looking for “that sound”, maybe you’re just found it.

Read More by David Keenum (03-2017)

Review - Spitfire Symphony Orchestra, Part 1

This library is an amazing set of extremely high-quality orchestral samples that also reveals the biases of its makers.

Read More by Warren Burt (03-2017)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Ginno looks at fifteen sound libraries from Bluezone, Samplephonics, Samples from Mars, Zero-G and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2017)

Essentials - Session Guitarist - Strumming Acoustic 2 by Native Instruments

Is Strumming Acoustic 2 a virtual instrument or real session musician? One thing is for sure, the listener will never know the answer.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Cinematique Instruments Marble from Bestservice

A Full Kontakt instrument with over 900 presets ideal for cinematic and pop music in general that can add a beautiful, mellow atmosphere to your production.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Review – World Suite from UVI

Interested in the sound of instruments from around the world or in expanding your timbral palette by an amazing amount? Then this one is definitely for you!

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2017)

Cinemamania - Maximo by Sonokinetic

We offer a highly intense library with orchestral phrases having plenty of variation and additional options to make them sound even more dangerous.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Review - Embertone Intimate Strings Solo

Embertone Intimate Strings – a bundle of solo strings that is both flexible and allows virtuosic sounding performance.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2017)

Review - CineSamples CineStrings SOLO

Packed with articulation options and other features, yet very easy to learn and use, Cinestrings SOLO merits your attention for sampled solo string performance.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2017)

uBeat Drum Bundle from Umlaut

Kontakt-based drum beat library bundle with easy to use interface and great pile of trendy sounding kits and MIDI drum loops. Enough beats to make you happy for a long time.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2017)

Review - Mercury from Wavesfactory

Wavesfactory’s Mercury is a Kontakt Player piano sound library that features the Fiazoli Grand Piano that was owned by no other than the great Freddie Mercury.

Read More by Luka Sraka (01-2017)

Review - C. Bechstein Digital Grand

What do you get when you combine pristine sampling of an exquisite grand piano with a wealth of editing controls? The C. Bechstein Digital Grand is here, so find out in this review.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (01-2017)

Points of Kontakt – Six Libraries from Synth Magic

Synth Magic is a UK company which specializes in interesting samples of synth origin for use in Kontakt. We look at six of them herein.

Read More by David Baer (01-2017)

Review - Spitfire Audio Albion V Tundra

Spitfire Audio’s Albion V Tundra is a Kontakt Player sound library with instrument articulations like nothing you’ve likely seen before.

Read More by Luka Sraka (01-2017)

Review - Keyscape Keyboard Sample-based Virtual Instrument from Spectrasonics

OK, you know it’s probably going to be good, it’s from Spectrasonics! But you’ve already got gigabytes of piano libraries on your disk so do you really need another one? Find out here.

Read More by David Townsend (11-2016)

Review - North 7 Vintage Keys from Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio applies their sampling philosophy to four classic electro-mechanical instruments.

Read More by David Keenum (11-2016)

Review - Light and Sound Chamber Strings 1.6

A string library with great sound that is arguably the easiest chamber strings library to learn and quickest to use. So if you’re looking for a chamber string library, read this.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2016)

Review - Capriccio from Sonokinetic

Sonokinetic delivers another unique orchestral offering - a symphonic orchestral phrase library that also includes a playable percussion option.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2016)

Review: - Substance by Output

The low end can be something more than just that which follows the main harmonies of the song. Output Substance offers a great collection of bass sounds that are everything except being just another collection of bass

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspi looks at thirteen sound libraries from Bluezone, Samplephonics, Samples from Mars, Mode Audio and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2016)

Review - Solid State Symphony Lite: Q from Indiginus

This small version of Indiginus' popular Solid State Symphony instrument for Kontakt promises super-simple synthetic strings and brass on a budget, but it’s more than just a “Lite” version of SSS.

Read More by David Townsend (11-2016)

Review - Sonuscore Trinity Drums from Bestservice

Here’s a cinematic percussion library with a bit different approach that brings some advantages (and disadvantages). Trinity Drums has its purpose - instant solution for immediate results.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016)

Review – Macabre Solo Strings from Strezov Sampling

Solo strings with a limited range but unlimited possibilities with this exceptional sounding collection of solo violin, viola and cello.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2016)

Cinemania - Soundiron Voice Of Gaia: Strawberry and Bryn

Orchestral strings, choirs and big percussion can make for a great passionate and intensive piece of music, but still can't give us that special emotive component that a superb single human voice can add.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Una Corda from Native Instruments

Native Instruments captures what is probably the world’s most subtle and delicate piano in the Una Corda library for Kontakt.

Read More by David Baer (11-2016)

Cinemania – Emotive Strings by Native Instruments

Emotive Strings from Native Instruments can save you enormous quantity of programming time while offering better end results. It is truly an orchestra on demand.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspli looks at sixteen sound libraries from Audio Boutique, Bluezone, Loopmasters, Mode Audio and other fine audio purveyors.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2016)

Points of Kontakt - Union Chapel Organ from Spitfire

Spitfire delivers a pipe organ library sampled in London’s storied Union Chapel that bears the usual high quality and attention to detail we’ve grown to expect from this company.

Read More by David Baer (09-2016)

Essentials - Chris Hein Violin and Shreddage Bass 2

A beautiful expressive violin playing passionate phrases followed by a highly skilled bass player - then comes a shock: there is only a computer in the room.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016)

Cinemania – Soundiron's Requiem Light, Mercury Elements and Olympus Elements

Three different choral libraries, all light versions from Soundiron, which for the price a major choral library, offer an extremely wide spectrum of choral experience.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016)

Review - Independence Pro by Magix

Independence Pro is the ultimate sample-player/workstation – a bold statement to say the least. Can the sample library and software fulfill the developers promise?

Read More by Luka Sraka (07-2016)

Review – Kwaya by Best Service

Sampling master Eduardo Tarilonte has done it again with this intimate, realistic library of full of rich African spirit. Introducing Kwaya.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2016)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at ten sound libraries from Samplephonics, Loopmasters, Zero-G, Bluezone Corporation and Cinetools.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Voyetra from Mars from SamplesFromMars

SamplesFromMars brings us a brilliantly produced set of samples from a rare but fabulous-sounding early MIDI synthesizer that was ahead of its time.

Read More by David Baer (07-2016)

Cinemania – Apocalypse Elements by Soundiron and Damage from Heavyocity

Two libraries that cover the full spectrum of percussion lines – from "normal" for everyday use to "abnormal" - the ones that can help you to spoil the party .

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2016)

Review - Eclipse by Wide Blue Sound

Behind the easy-to-use interface, Eclipse has a powerful 4-channel engine, sequencers, and effects. In this review, we take a look at this latest offering from Wide Blue Sound.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (05-2016)

Review - Renegade by Indiginus

Renegade is the latest electric guitar library from Indiginus. Fans of this company’s products won’t be surprised to find it’s easy to use, sounds great and costs less than a pizza party.

Read More by David Townsend (05-2016)

Review – Thunder X3M from Strezov Sampling

Strezov’s Thunder X3M is a percussion library that offers a natural immediacy that’s very organic, much to our reviewer’s pleasure.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2016)

Review - Morphestra 2 by SampleLogic

Sample Logic's latest product tries to cover all the bases, and is overflowing with sample content. Our reviewer checks it out in detail.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (05-2016)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

 Gino Legaspi looks at a trio of sound libraries from Samplephonics in an ongoing series of such reviews. by Ginno Legaspi, May 2016 Samplephonics - EclecticismEclecticism is a stunning library from

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2016)

Review - 8Dio Agitato Legato Arpeggio

We take a look at 8Dio’s Agitato Legato Arpeggio, the latest entry in the Agitato and Adagio strings family.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2016)

Points of Kontakt – eDNA from Spitfire Audio

We examine Spitfire Audio’s eDNA library, a massive and deep instrument of mostly synth-type sounds for both the full and free version of Kontakt.

Read More by David Baer (05-2016)

Boutique Kontakt Corner – Small But Great Kontakt Libraries That We’ve Never Heard Of

There is an endless quantity of small Kontakt libraries around us that we've never heard about. We decided to make a detailed search in that area bringing some interesting finds to your attention.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2016)

Review - Embertone Fischer Viola

We take a closeup look at Embertone's latest entry in its solo strings collection for Kontakt, this time the viola.

Read More by Per Lichtman (03-2016)

Chris Hein Orchestral Brass Complete (& Compact) from Bestservice

Chris Hein has done it again. Orchestral Brass Complete instruments sounds so authentic and detailed that you can easily use as solo instruments or all together in a crowded orchestral arrangement.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Essentials - March 2016

Add some real vocals to your compositions, spice them with some exotic wind lines and finally, master everything with some good software. That is our recipe for this issue - all ingredients included.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Alpine Volksmusic by Bestservice

We thought we’d seen it all, but then we found Alpine Volkmusik, a library that brings an essential set of instruments to help you to recreate authentic Volkmusik Oberkrainer musical backgrounds.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Cinemania - Action Strings by Native Instruments

Native Instruments Action Strings is one of the most unique and innovative cinematic tools that has come along lately. Use your creativity and make some great action music – the sky is the limit.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2016)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at seven sound libraries from Zero-G, Loopmasters, Niche Audio and more in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2016)

Points of Kontakt – Italian Concert Organ from Hephaestus Sounds

We look at a library created with sounds sampled from a cathedral organ, in this case one that speaks with a lovely Italian accent, that is suitable for all manner of organ sound recreations.

Read More by David Baer (03-2016)

Exhale by Output (through Bestservice.de)

We examine one of the most unusual, appealing and original instruments found in VST world. It is truly unbelievable what can be done just with a collection of vocal samples and a few effects.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016)

Essentials – Albion One, Fischer Viola and Emotional Cello

Santa brings to our Alex a virtual symphonic orchestra with two solo instruments. He had just one wish: that all presents should sound authentic, be simple to use, and not be overpriced.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016)

CinemorphX by Sample Logic

Sample Magic has packaged three of their libraries into one brand new instrument, adding technology for a fourth, thus creating one of the most impressive tools in the cinematic market.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2016)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at seven sound libraries from Famous Audio, Zero-G, Loopmasters and more in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (01-2016)

Review - Slide Acoustic for Kontakt from Orange Tree Samples

The name says it all: an acoustic guitar played with a slide. A tricky thing to pull off in a sample library, though. We see how Orange Tree Samples’ Kontakt scripting guru Greg Schlaepfer did it.

Read More by David Townsend (01-2016)

Review – Three Libraries from Sound Dust

We look at two organ libraries for Kontakt and another unique conglomeration that sets up classic synth waveforms in a structure that allows them to be manipulated with a Hammond-like drawbar interface.

Read More by David Baer (01-2016)

Essentials - Mayhem Of Loops 1.5 by UVI

A great all-in-one collection of drum loops has become even bigger. Over the years it has gained an essential status offering everything from Hip Hop to Industrial and everything in between.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2015)

Ginno’s Sound Investments  

Gino Legaspi looks at six sound libraries from Bluezone, Loopmasters and Zero-G in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2015)

Review - Organum Venezia from Best Service

The organ is often called the King of Instruments. In this review we look at a virtual organ expertly sampled from an Italian instrument that offers you a cathedral experience in your studio at a modest price.

Read More by David Baer (11-2015)

Review – Hypernova from CL-Projects

Here’s a look at the recently released Hypernova sound library from CL-Projects, which brilliantly captures the sound of the Novation Supernova analog synth and which which makes sophisticated sound design a breeze.

Read More by David Baer (11-2015)

Review - Model 80 Electric Grand from Chocolate Audio

Not quite a grand piano, not quite an electric piano, this classic 70's staple is a curious hybrid of the two. Want a piano that cuts through the densest rock mix like a chisel? Here ya go.

Read More by David Townsend (11-2015)

Review - Distort 2 from Strezov Sampling

Need some distorted rhythm guitar beds for your epic trailers, and need ‘em fast? Distort 2 is an electric guitar sample library for full Kontakt 5 from Strezov Sampling, for quick ‘n dirty distorted rhythm guitars.

Read More by David Townsend (11-2015)

Review - Soundiron’s Apocalypse Percussion Elements

Soundiron’s aptly named APE (for short) is a percussion powerhouse. It sounds like massive primordial percussion and jungle drums that evoke strange primal emotions, all controllable via a fantastically designed yet

Read More by Suleiman Ali (09-2015)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at ten libraries from Bluezone, Samplephonics, Loopmasters and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2015)

Drumasonic 2 Luxury Bundle, through Bestservice.de

We examine a definitive new drum library for all e-drummers and audio engineers. Could there also be something for us everyday producers?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2015)

Review - CineBrass COMPLETE Bundle

Our reviewer says that the CineBrass Bundle is the best multi-mic brass library with which he’s ever worked in terms of ease-of-use, and it’s got a lot going for it sound-wise as well.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2015)

Review – Chromatix from Hideaway Studio

Chromatix is Hideaway Studio’s latest collection of marvelous sounds of antique electronica. If such is your cup of tea, you will be most interested in checking this one out.

Read More by David Baer (07-2015)

Abletonalies – Summer Vacations

Why should you provide yourself with vocal packs and what else do you need to get your production to the next level? Abletonalies: from the old plug-ins to the new ones.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2015)

Review - Gravity by Heavyocity

Heavyocity set a new cinematic standard with Gravity. Does anyone know how big impact all those hits, impacts, risers and all other out of this world sounds will have on cinematic market?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2015)

Review - Cornucopia Strings from Strezov Sampling

Cornucopia is a 20-piece tutti string section for full Kontakt from Strezov Sampling, intended for fast creation of lush cinematic beds or backing strings for popular genres.

Read More by David Townsend (07-2015)

Review – Titan 2 from Best Service

Best Service has introduced an instrument that claims to be 266 synths in one, boasting a library of 12,800 presets. Too good to be true, you say? Decide for yourself after reading this review.

Read More by David Baer (07-2015)

Review - Orchestral Tools Capsule 2.0 Update for Berlin Strings and Expansions A+B

Berlin Strings 2.0 is not the only choice you have for strings - it just happens to be one of the best ones money can buy.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2015)

Era II Medieval Legends by Bestservice.de

Is this a tool just for media producers or it could serve as an ultra up-to-date library for modern Chill - Trop House production? A gift from the past for all our future needs?

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2015)

Review - Lipp Piano from Strezov Sampling

Yes, here is yet another piano library. And yes, we can hear you yawning already. But hang on …

Read More by David Townsend (05-2015)

Review - Strezov Sampling Thunder 1 thru 3 Bundle

Thunder from Strezov Sampling is a set of multi-sampled ensemble percussion libraries with enough unique characteristics to make them … well … unique. Find out more here.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2015)

Klanghaus 2 by Best Service

  Klanghaus is back, now in version 2, it is even noisier, dirtier and more appealing. Let's discover how all those noises can be compiled in enjoyable music.by A. Arsov, May 2015 A new upgraded version of

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2015)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at fifteen libraries from Bluezone, Sony, Samplephonics, Niche Audio and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2015)

Review – The Blue Orb Trilogy from CL-Projects

The Blue Orb trilogy of Kontakt instruments, comprised of Triode, Saffron and Neutron excel at leads, bass and pads respectively. We take a close up look at these marvels in this review.

Read More by David Baer (05-2015)

Review - Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion

Rhapsody Orchestral Percussion is a library designed as a one-stop-shop for orchestral percussion. It works very well for the purpose, but several things about it may prove useful to composers that already own another

Read More by Per Lichtman (03-2015)

Review - Perc+ and XP1

Perc+ is a percussion library specializing in cymbals, metal, unusual sounds and some world percussion instruments – oh, and by the way … it’s also a noble undertaking for a worthy cause.

Read More by Per Lichtman (03-2015)

Review - Studio Box Mark III by Bestservice.de

  What can we do with a bunch of Foley effects? Actually, plenty of things. When inspiration doesn't strike, just use our recipe that can spice many a desolate musical moment. by A. Arsov, March.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2015)

Abletonalies – A Tropical moment

A long hot summer is coming, so, it is time to arm ourselves with new set of tutorials, TB 303 clones, bass instruments and some vocal packs that will help us to survive the season.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2015)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at eleven libraries from Sony, Samplephonics, Bluezone, Big Fish Audio and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by David Baer (03-2015)

Review - Three Libraries of Analog Synth Sounds from PinkNoise Studio

PinkNoise Studio produces sound sample libraries of analog synth sounds and they do so with considerable aplomb. Find out more as we take a close look at three of those libraries.

Read More by David Baer (03-2015)

Abletonalies – a New era

Santa brings a big collection of third party toys for our Ableton Live. A pack of instruments plus instruments inside packs ... and that's not all.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2015)

Review - Cinesamples Tina Guo Acoustic Cello Legato

Cinesamples Tina Guo Acoustic Cello is in an incredibly easy to use solo cello library with phenomenal sound quality, vibrato and bow changes. Are there any reasons not to get it?

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2015)

Review - Sonokinetic Grosso

Grosso is Sonokinetic’s follow-up to Minimal that lets composers perform a series of elaborately divided string, woodwind, brass, percussion and choir loops by playing triads on their keyboard.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2015)

Review - Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion - HZ01, HZ02, HZ03

Spitfire Audio’s Hans Zimmer Percussion is a Kontakt Player cinematic percussion collection unlike any other, designed for the largest possible sound with uniquely comprehensive mixing options.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2015)

Review - 8Dio Agitato Grandiose Legato Strings Bundle

8Dio’s new string library picks up where Adagio leaves off, with legato and dynamic bowings designed for use in faster passages, with a change in vibrato and timbre to match.

Read More by Per Lichtman (01-2015)

Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit Review

We take a close look at the Kontakt 5 version of the Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit by Drumdrops, the latest addition to their impressive arsenal of acoustic drum sample libraries.

Read More by Tomislav Zlatic (01-2015)

Three Hideaway Studio Libraries

Hideaway Studios is one of our absolute-favorite providers of Kontakt sound libraries. Here we look at three of Hideaway’s exceptional offerings.

Read More by David Baer (01-2015)

Review - Orchestral Tools Berlin Strings with EXP A and EXP B

If you need strings having some of the most powerful scoring capabilities available (and have budget for it), then the Berlin Strings Series could be just what you’re looking for.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2014)

Review - Hollywood Orchestral Percussion by EastWest

Eastwest’s Hollywood Orchestral Percussion is a grade A, great 70GB percussion library that completes EastWest’s Hollywood Series with a bang.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2014)

Review - Three Great (and Cheap) Kontakt Libraries from Indiginus

Three new – and very affordable - Kontakt sample libraries from Indiginus are explored: two acoustic guitars plus a percussion collection. Proof that “cheap” and “good” are not necessarily mutually exclusive!

Read More by David Townsend (11-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at nine libraries from Samplephonics, Bluezone Corporation, Big Fish Audio, and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (11-2014)

Review - Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums Collekction by Heavyocity

This is a library of big drums for scoring professionals, but the price is accessible to all. So, maybe it is time to become a novice professional. Stock libraries want you.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2014)

Review - 8Dio Adagio Strings Bundle  

We look at the 8Dio Adagio String Bundle, a huge string library offering much warmth and nuance, in this review.

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Review - Shreddage 2X by Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks claims Shreddage 2X is the "Absolute Electric Guitar". Those words are a lot to live up to, and our reviewer thinks they might have actually delivered on that claim.

Read More by Rob Mitchell (09-2014)

Review - Cinematic Strings 2.1

If you like strings that are big and round, recorded in-place in a concert hall and prefer working quickly to a wide range of articulations, then this might be the string library for you.

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Mystica by Eduardo Tarilonte through Bestservice.de

Mystica is a sample library that incorporates a beautifully sounding women’s choir into a user-friendly programmed library – our reviewer may be in love.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2014)

Review - Prague Solo Strings

We look at Prague Solo Strings, is a budget library of warm sounding instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass).

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at twelve libraries from Big Fish Audio, Loopmaster, Zero-G and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2014)

Review - Stradipad Platinum Collection

In need of a different and unique solution to string sounds in your mixes? Maybe the Stradipad Platinum Collection is what you’re looking for.

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Review - VSL Solo Strings I Full

We look at the VSL library featuring solo violin, viola, cello and double bass instruments, a library that many think defines the standard against which all others must be judged.

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Review - Embertone Blakus Cello and Friedlander Violin 1.5

Embertone continues it's exploration of the realm of solo string instruments with a new cello library and an upgraded violin library. We look at both in this review.

Read More by Per Lichtman (09-2014)

Review – SampleTank 3 from IK Multimedia

The much-delayed SampleTank 3 has finally arrived. Was it worth the wait? We take a close look at the instrument in this review.

Read More by David Baer (09-2014)

Review – Epica by xfonic limited

In this installment of Points of Kontakt we look at Epica, a major and impressive collection of synth sounds that are expertly crafted and superbly recorded.

Read More by David Baer (09-2014)

Ginno’s Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at fifteen libraries from Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, Zero-G and several other sound purveyors in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2014)

Review – pocketBlakus

If you have the full version of Native Instruments Kontakt and you want a solo cello sound, there’s really no excuse for waiting to download this free library. Hint: it does not sound like a freebie.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2014)

Ueberschall The Voice 1 & The Voice 2 Through Bestservice.de

Here are two old vocal packs with dated demo clips, but as soon as we blow the dust off, we can find up-to-date vocal phrases that can shake the charts.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2014)

Review - CineStrings CORE

Cinestrings CORE from Cinesamples is a Kontakt library which our reviewer found noteworthy (no pun intended) for its up-front sounds and consistent articulations from section to section.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2014)

Chris Hein Winds Complete by Bestservice.de

Here’s an entire wind orchestra at your fingertips. With a little work, you can achieve a result that’s hard to distinguish from a real wind orchestra.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2014)

Review - XSample Chamber Ensemble

Herein we look at XSample Chamber Ensemble, a Kontakt 2 Player library consisting of keyboard, percussion, harps, solo strings and solo woodwind, each recorded in the same space in a similar fashion.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2014)

Gypsy Jazzy by UVI

Electro-swing is still here, so it’s not too late to jump on that wagon. All you need is a smile on your face and Gypsy Jazzy library from the UVI.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2014)

Review - Signor Paganini Solo Violin

SimpleSamSamples’ Signor Paganini Solo Violin is a library for owners of the full version of Kontakt 4 and above that sets out to do one thing very well: short solo violin notes.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2014)

Review - Spitfire Audio BML 309 Mural Vol. 2

If you want the sound of a large string section, in a hall with a large sound, recorded through a warm signal chain then our reviewer thinks this library is going to nicely fit the bill.

Read More by Per Lichtman (07-2014)

Review - The Voices of Eduardo Tarilonte ( Altus: The Voice of Renaissance and Cantus: Gregorian Chants)

Eduardo Tarilonte brings us two remarkable new vocal libraries through Best Service: voices of the Renaissance in Altus and Gregorian chant in Cantus.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Ginno Legaspi looks at an even dozen libraries from Loopmasters, Zero-G, Big Fish Audio, Sample Magic, Blue Zone Corporation, Best Service and Renaissance Sounds.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (05-2014)

Review - Minimal by Sonokinetic

Sonokinetic’s Minimal is a Kontakt instrument that offers “Philip Glass in a box”; it is a library which is very true to the spirit of minimalist composing.

Read More by Per Lichtman (05-2014)

Review – Celestia by Impact Soundworks

Impact Soundworks Celestia promises heavenly sound design with a vast palette of tonal sounds and textures for creative audio designs. Can it take your listeners into the cosmos?

Read More by David Baer (05-2014)

Review - Digital Sound Factory Ultimate E-mu Ensoniq Rack

The 1990s was the “rise of the rom-plers” era. Ensonic and E-mu were major players. DSF let's us revisit tht time with Kontakt libraries that sound like the real thing because they are the real thing.

Read More by David Baer (03-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at four libraries from Zero-G, Sounds-of-Revolution and Sample Magic in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (03-2014)

Superior Drummer 2.3 by Toontrack

Our reviewer thinks that Superior Drummer 2.3 has that “I'm happy that I'm drumming” vivid feeling and that Toontrack's offering has that "something extra" that gives it an edge.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (03-2014)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at four libraries from Zero-G and Black Octopus in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (01-2014)

Voices of Prague & Soloists of Prague by Virharmonic

Voices of Prague and Soloists of Prague offer some possibilities that can even come remarkably close to credible singing of words, at least in our reviewer's estimation.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2014)

Review - Sonokinetic's Toccata for Kontakt

When you consider that the price of a real pipe organ instrument would be prohibitive, assuming you even had a place to put it, this Kontakt incarnation has much to recommend it.

Read More by David Baer (01-2014)

Review - Chromatic Harmonica From bestservice.de

Need a realistic-sounding harmonica with an plenty of articulations and controllers tol help you to mimic a live player's behavior in every aspect? Maybe this is the solution.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2014)

Review - Poetic Guitars II by Bestservice.de

Our reviewer looks at Poetic Guitars II and finds much to appreciate, which is no small matter since he's an accomplished guitarist to begin with. Find out more in this review.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (01-2014)

Review - Embertone Friedlander Violin

If you use solo strings in your music (or want to) then read this to find out if the Embertone Friedlander Violin for Kontakt could be the one for you. Our reviewer thinks it's pretty special.

Read More by Per Lichtman (11-2013)

Symphobia 2 by Project SAM

Symphobia is a cinematic library, basically an orchestral library adapted to cinematic needs. But our reviewer thinks that Symphobia is a pure cinematic Pit-bull; It bytes every time when it hears the word "cinematic".

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2013)

Shevannai by Bestservice.de

Need a beautiful dreamy female voice that is controlled through your keyboard? Maybe Shevannai is just what you're looking for. Find out more in this review.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2013)

Review - Indiginus Solid State Symphony for Kontakt

If you have a need for synthesized orchestral sounds and are looking for the cream of the crop, then Solid State Symphony should definitely be on your short list.

Read More by David Baer (11-2013)

Review - Lumina by Project SAM

Lumina is not a standard orchestral library, but if you make music for media and want to give it a try, you may easily find that it is worth every penny you pay for it.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2013)

Complete Orchestral Collection by Bestservice.de

The String Essential 2nd Edition has recently gone on a diet in pricing. That might not be good for its seller but it's great news for prospective buyers, so you might want to take a closer look.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2013)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at Exoplanet and Deadspace from Bluezone in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (09-2013)

Review - AEON Complete by Heavyocity through Bestservice.de

If you are a TV, video, game or stock library composer, you will find more than enough reason to start dreaming about AEON Complete if you want to stay up to date with current soundtrack trends.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2013)

Review - Hollow Sun GUI Shell

Hollow Sun has come up with a brilliant idea, but one so very obvious it begs the question "why didn't somebody think of this a long time ago?". Introducing GUI Shell.

Read More by David Baer (09-2013)

Review - Hideaway Studio S-VX Hybrid Library and Orbitone Collection

Hideaway Studio is becoming a far cry from a hidden treasure. We look at two superb offerings from this relatively newcomer in the Kontakt sound offering marketplace.

Read More by David Baer (07-2013)

Ginno's Sound Investments

Gino Legaspi looks at three sample libraries from Bluezone and Zero-G in an ongoing series of such reviews.

Read More by Ginno Legaspi (07-2013)

Rev: Cinematique Instruments 2 - Bestservice.de

If you are looking for some odd instruments, plucked nightmares or psycho drones, or even gentle forgotten memories, then this library may be just what the doctor ordered.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (07-2013)

Wrenchenspiel by 8Dio - When You Need a Monkey Wrench

We all know it’s a bad idea to throw a wrench into the works … but maybe you might want to think about occasionally throwing a few into your mix.

Read More by Robert Halvarsson (05-2013)

Forest Kingdom II (Bestservice.de)

A wild number of exotic, constantly evolving soundscapes mixed with rain forest sounds of nature - this is the magic that can be found up in this library.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (05-2013)

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