Best Free Orchestral Sample Library

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Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

I recently stumbled on this free orchestral sample library by Mattias Westlund called Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra and I have to say that some of the sounds challenge some of the commercial orchestral sample libraries! These will nicely spice up your electronic tracks. Definitely recommended.

Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra is a free orchestral sample library. While not as advanced or ambitious in scope as commercial offerings, SSO contains all the basic building blocks for creating real virtual orchestrations. It’s primarily aimed at beginners, but also more experienced composers looking for something lightweight and/or portable might find it useful.

The sounds are in .sfz format so the best way to start playing with them is to download and install the free SFZ Player by Cakewalk.

SSO works properly also with ARIA Engine, and the free SFZ Player. The library has also been tested on Shorcircuit 1, discoDSP HighLife and WusikStation 6, all of which appear to have very poor sfz support and are not recommended.

The SSO samples are stereo, 16 bit, 44kHz. Melodic instruments and chromatic percussion are sampled in minor 3rds. Staccato/pizzicato patches have 2x round-robin. All samples have varying amounts of stage ambience, depending on their front-to-back placement, but in addition to that, a good hall reverb is a must.

Licensing: SSO is a free (as in speech, and beer) library released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus 1.0 license.

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Petri Suhonen is an electronic music hobbyist. He has been producing music with computers over a decade on such styles as trance, downtempo, ambient & experimental electronic using FL Studio.

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David

Hi!
Thanks mate! Works great in 1 instance but if you ad more than one the sound gets all messy. Do you know how to use it in several channels??

Cheers!

Martin

HI David. It’s problem of sfz. Solvable by creating multiple copies od dll and renaming them like: sfz1, sfz2, sfz3 … … … And then use them separately.

David

Thanks mate!! I’ll try it out.

Web

Ah yes, Sonatina. A large, organized collection of samples and sound-fonts using Iowa State’s repository.

What’s better is when you load Sonatina into Directwave programs and add some fine-tuned reverb.

Here are some of my examples of Sonatina in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlU8jv7ptQw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poP-FYggStw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CZ_-xCRJ6U

Matthew Maynard

Hello,
First, I must say that I really appreciate what you do for people on your website and YouTube channel. I’ve learned so much and I can’t thank you enough.

Second, when I try to use the instruments on several channels, even with fl maximized for my system, and trying everything above, I still get loud white noise when i try to play more than one pattern on the playlist at a time. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Trey

The link seems to be down for the sfz player 🙁

Joe

Much appreciated if anyone knows where I can download this. I’m almost kind of mad we can’t all share via torrents. My upload speed is slow at the moment, but it’s still 20-40k that can help with the cause when I’ve gone to bed or otherwise not here.

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