Hello Composers, Mike here!
What are you favorite orchestral percussion VST plugins and sample libraries right now, and why? Do you use them in any specific way? Here are my favorites:
Damage by Heavyocity
- It just works, and sounds amazing straight out of the box. But it is a processed cinematic and epic sound compared to natural orchestral percussion libraries. Even so, it still finds it way into most of my cinematic music compositions.
Action Strikes by Native Instruments
- The main selling point of this library is the various rhythmic presets that you trigger with key switches. However I personally never use them. I simply use the big library of instruments included, and adds them on to their own tracks in my sequencer. I especially love that all instruments use the same keys for mapping, which makes it easy to remember when you record new parts.
Superior Drummer 3 with Orchestral Percussion SDX
- Not only do you get every single common percussion instrument used in orchestral music. But you also get the amazing Superior Drummer 3 interface and workflow, with MIDI Grooves, mixer, effects, sound design tools etc. And it is recorded in a great hall with super low noise floor. Overall, a superb library for natural orchestral percussion sounds.
Taiko Creator by In Session Audio
- The great part about this library is that you both get lots of preset banks of Taikos mapped across your keyboard, but also that you can create your own Taiko set. Customize the mappings, room tone, sound design, room tone etc. I mainly use these Taikos for the low-mid to mid parts, plus stick hits for the high range.
So let me hear your thoughts my fellow composers. What are you favorite orchestral percussion libraries and VST plugins right now, and why? =)
Mikael “Mike” Baggström
Founder of professionalcomposers.com