VST Sample Libraries
As much as I try to put as many live instruments into my music as I can, there are limitations of the home studio, especially when working to a shoe string budget on a tight deadline. For example; hiring a huge studio and top session players for an orchestra is out of reach for the vast majority of us, even when allocated a budget.
I have a long list of fantastic sample libraries, but I thought I'd list a very select few of my most used Plugins and VST's with you.
Spitfire Audio - Leogria 2 - I love this strings ensemble. It just feels more organic than many of the others I have purchased & the timbre is very workable. It doesn't offer a totally dry mic position however, but then again - it was never recorded to be this way.
£399 - https://www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/albion-ii-loegria/
Sonivox - Tony Coleman Drums - I bought this on a Black Friday deal. It is by far, the best money I have ever spent on a Sample Library. Although you cannot move the mic position (you can control the room mic and more though), I find it's versatility and sounds to be absolutely killer. To my ears, it sounds more realistic than sample libraries I've spent a lot of money on. It's an absolute steal and seems to just slot into every project I wish to put it in.
East West - Storm Drum 2 - I generally like to record my percussion myself. However, there are some amazing percussion instruments in here that would not be easily sourced, and if you're in a hurry for some nicely recorded percussion to slot into your music, this has been a life saver for me whether it's a surreal country track, or a cinematic hybrid rock track.
I should also mention some of my favourite VST Plugin tools.... but I'll save that for another post! For now - keep those drums tuned!