Best Free Orchestral Sample Library

Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

I recently stumbled on this free orchestral sample library by Mattias Westlund called Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra. I have to say that some of the sounds challenge a few of the commercial orchestral sample libraries!

These will nicely spice up your electronic tracks and I highly recommended them.

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 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 ambiance, depending on their front-to-back placement, but in addition to that, a good hall reverb is a must.

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 Plogue.

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

Download the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra.


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  1. 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??


  2. Matthew Maynard on

    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?


  3. 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.