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Posted 06 February 2016 - 01:44 PM

Since getting my NI Komplete Kontrol I've been having major GAS for VSTs. In my hunt I've found a couple of sites that pretty good for these.

http://vstbuzz.com/ - they have a weekly offer on one or two VSTs which is pretty good. Typically 50-90% off. They also have a bunch of cheap VSTs (I'm looking at Votox XS for €9.99) - http://vstbuzz.com/store/ and some really nice freebies here: http://vstbuzz.com/freebies/. Feroyn's Flute is what I used at the end of last month's comp challenge entry: https://soundcloud.com/mornats/drops

http://www.sampleism.com/ - they have some nice looking deals too but I've yet to check out the quality of what they offer on there. Worth a look though.

As stated in the title, most if not all of these will require the full version of Kontakt and won't work in the free Kontakt player. They have to pay a licence fee to use the free player so most of the cheap ones don't do that.
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Posted 06 February 2016 - 05:26 PM

Some unusual patches at £2.00 a go, from Spitfire Audio.
http://www.spitfirea.../spitfire-labs/

A nice list for stuff under $60.00.
(VI Control).
http://vi-control.ne...under-60.50220/

Also over at VI Control, seven pages of mainly Kontakt freebies.
http://vi-control.ne...ons-here.27876/

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 07:25 PM

This stood out for me with the £2 patches from Spitfire: http://www.spitfirea...ures/labs-2015/ - really nice touch.
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 04:58 PM

A nice free one here.
Impact Soundworks "The Stroh Violin".
Check out the demos, it's quite unusual sounding.
http://impactsoundwo...e-stroh-violin/
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 05:51 PM

Just grabbed that. Love the sound of it. It's quite unique isn't it? It'll stand out nicely in a mix.

I also went for Scary Strings, Hensons Frozen Strings and ThunderVox from the Spitfire Audio lab range. They give the money to charity so worth a punt without hearing them first.
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Posted 07 February 2016 - 07:33 PM

View PostMornats, on 07 February 2016 - 05:51 PM, said:

Just grabbed that. Love the sound of it. It's quite unique isn't it? It'll stand out nicely in a mix.

I also went for Scary Strings, Hensons Frozen Strings and ThunderVox from the Spitfire Audio lab range. They give the money to charity so worth a punt without hearing them first.

Ha,ha, I pretty much have all those. Although originally, quite a few were free.
But, even at a couple of quid a go (and for charity at that), well worth it.

Just a heads up, any one with the full version of Kontakt, will have the full library with it.
The Orchestral patches, although now old and limp sounding against the new libs,
do have plenty going for them. Just a little bit of work needed.
Mike Verta, has a demo with just the Kontakt VSL sounds.
http://mikeverta.com...-quest-mock-up/



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Posted 07 February 2016 - 08:39 PM

Forgive my ignorance so are these all samples or can you create your own melodies with them?
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Posted 10 February 2016 - 11:03 PM

They're real instruments that have been sampled to the point where you can play your own melodies using a midi keyboard and have them sound fairly similar to the real thing. Some are very well done and will adapt the sound based on the velocity of your playing.

I have to stop and carefully read the descriptions of some as it can be hard to tell if they're premade loops or proper sampled virtual instruments.

Download the free Kontakt Player from Native Instruments and have a bash. It comes with a small selection of virtual instruments. I'll dig out a thread on here where we've listed a bunch of other free ones.
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Posted 12 February 2016 - 12:08 PM

cheers
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Posted 15 February 2016 - 08:15 PM

A free Sound FX Library for Kontakt.
Some really unusual sounds (small download).
https://www.audioimp...n-leach-freebie
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 05:24 PM

Found another site listing a whole host of free Kontakt (full version usually) virtual instruments: http://bigcatinstrum...blogspot.co.uk/
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Posted 16 February 2016 - 06:01 PM

View PostMornats, on 16 February 2016 - 05:24 PM, said:

Found another site listing a whole host of free Kontakt (full version usually) virtual instruments: http://bigcatinstrum...blogspot.co.uk/

Looks like Spitfire Audio are giving away a little freebie very soon (well for folks who donated in the £2.00 Labs section).
Check your inbox on Feb 23rd. :)

http://vi-control.ne...4/#post-3938324
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Posted 23 February 2016 - 07:40 AM

Nice sale over at ARIA Sounds.

http://www.ariasounds.com
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Posted 24 February 2016 - 01:00 PM

Free Aphelion Cinematic tool kit.
Scroll down to the free version and click on the hard drive.
http://www.particula...on-sfx-library/
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 03:39 PM

Another freebie.
Wonky noisy tape Polymoog. :)
http://www.producers...-by-synth-magic
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 07:14 PM

Cheers! I grabbed the Aphelion Cinematic toolkit (free version... I've spent enough!) and I like some of the risers and whooshes in there.
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 11:59 PM

This just dropped into my inbox. Not had a chance to check them out yet.

http://blog.landr.co...e-strange-ways/

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:11 AM

You need to check these guys out too.
http://www.wavesfactory.com/
Premium quality Kontakt libraries for essentially buttons.

As to VSTs, bit pricey-er but if you buy reverbs from http://valhalladsp.com you'll soon wonder how you lived without them.
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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:59 AM

Valhalla room, is a great reverb.

Another cheap but quality company, is Embertone.
http://www.embertone.com


There are some freebies on their site as well.
http://www.embertone...ents/arcane.php
Click on the free tab for a bunch of other stuff.




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Posted 03 March 2016 - 10:16 AM

Some Classical Brass and Woodwinds for Kontakt (Freebies).
Sound nice and would be good for layering as well.
http://alpineproject.wix.com/main
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Posted 03 March 2016 - 05:27 PM

View Postlowdown, on 26 February 2016 - 11:59 AM, said:

There are some freebies on their site as well.
http://www.embertone...ents/arcane.php
Click on the free tab for a bunch of other stuff.

I used Arcane for the vocals on the end of this track: https://soundcloud.com/mornats/anyway - it sounds epic.
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 09:10 AM

Someone has put together a list of various free Kontakt libraries
on one site. A huge amount to try out and other formats and samples as well.
http://earmonk.com/f...mple-libraries/

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 03:35 PM

Nice. Just installing Piano in 162 right now. Also, you can grab it from VSTbuzz: http://vstbuzz.com/f...s/piano-in-162/ (and also send a donation to the creator from there if you wish).
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 05:48 PM

A few days ago, I won an online competition and picked up this prize from Embertone....
If I get time (busy, so unlikely), I might give it a run in this month's writing challenge
http://www.embertone.../leonidbass.php

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Posted 20 March 2016 - 08:25 PM

Nice, congrats! Just listened to the latest podcast from Samplecast, liked it and subscribed.
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Posted 07 May 2016 - 07:45 AM

Various Keyboards.
Acoustic, Electric and Organs.
http://bigcatinstrum...nstruments.html


More here, including the 'Iowa' and 'Sonatina' Orchestral libraries.
These have been knocking around for a while and are now in Kontakt format.
Some very usable sounds that are also great for layering with other Orchestral samples or both together.
http://bestofbigcat.blogspot.co.uk/
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Posted 22 May 2016 - 03:01 PM

An excellent deal at the moment from Kirk Hunter.
50% off everything. Just use code 50OFF
https://www.kirkhunterstudios.com/

Solo Strings work out at $20.00!!, and they sound great.
https://www.kirkhunt...solo-strings-1/
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Posted 22 May 2016 - 06:10 PM

Nice, I was looking around for a solo strings/violin VST just this morning! I really like the Friedlander Violin from Embertone but it's $125 and I didn't want to spend that much as I've got strings as part of Kontakt, Sampletank and of course Session Strings Pro. I don't have a dedicated solo strings VST that can do some of the articulations in Solo Strings though so for $20 I may just get it. I'm listening to some of them just now and they sound just as good as Chris Hein Solo Violin, Cinesamples Solo Strings and the like.
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Posted 22 May 2016 - 07:37 PM

Heh, I ended up going for Storm Choir in the VST Buzz sale instead! http://vstbuzz.com/d...ezov-sampling/. It's exactly the sort of epic choir/chanting that I've been after for ages.

I did a run through of all the string libraries that I have at the moment and I've got:

Session Strings Pro
Miroslav Philharmonik
Sampletank 2.5L and 3 (the cut down version of 3)
Action Strings
Kontakt Factory Library
Embertone Intimate Strings Lite
Pocket Blakus
Solid State Symphony (including Solid State Strings)
Spitfire Labs Hensons Frozen Strings and Scary Strings

I think I'm strung out! ;) Solo Strings do sound good but I have a fair few similar-sounding libraries. Let me know if the articulations and key-switching capabilities are good though as that can make a big difference.
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Posted 23 May 2016 - 07:08 AM

View PostMornats, on 22 May 2016 - 07:37 PM, said:

Heh, I ended up going for Storm Choir in the VST Buzz sale instead! http://vstbuzz.com/d...ezov-sampling/.

I was looking at that, sounds lovely, but has no dynamics, it's just full on fff.
I ended up with Soundiron Elements, it has various dynamics, key switching and more vowels.
The divisi legato sounds very nice.
I suppose at the end of the day, they all sound great, it's what is best for your needs.
http://soundiron.com...-player-edition

Re the Kirk Hunter strings, for around £12.00 for (excellent) solo strings, it is bargain of the year.
Plenty of key switches and articulations. Even If you don't use them for small ensemble writing,
they sound great as layers on top of other libraries.

Another nice freebie here from FluffyAudio.
Some very nice sound design sounds.
http://fluffyaudio.com/shop/aurorror/

Wavefactory do a nice collection of Instruments that are very cheap.
http://www.wavesfactory.com/index.php

They also do some freebies, the DrumCircle is very usable.
http://www.wavesfact.../drumcircle.php

Edited by lowdown, 23 May 2016 - 09:08 AM.

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