CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2.1.1: COMMUNITY EDITION

PRODUCT INFO

VSCO 2 Community Edition (CE) is an open-source, open-ended subset of the main VSCO 2 library designed for young composers, hobbyist sample library developers, and students around the world to create better sounding music for free and learn more about the process of sample library development. The library is under a Creative Commons 0 (i.e. public domain) license.

That's right, you can download 3 GB of samples for free with no rules, no royalties, no limits on how or when you can use it, no annoying e-mail signups, and so on.

KEY STATS

See version for additional requirements

 

3,152 Samples (?)

 

111 MB - 3.2 GB of HDD space

(depending on version)

 

HDD of 5400+ RPM or SSD recommended

MIDI controller keyboard recommended

DEMOS

VERSION INFORMATION

Note: not all versions are developed by us; please contact the respective developer for support/issues.

VANILLA SFZ VERSION

FORMAT:

.SFZ (for Sforzando/ARIA/LinuxSampler/SFZ:rgc, etc.)

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INFO:

This version of the library was developed by us as the 'default' version of the library. We took the samples and mapped them with no significant tweaks or changes to the sounds or their layout.

OUR TAKE:

The SFZ version is the most natural, "vanilla" form of the library. It is great for ambient and calm orchestral, but may seem a little "loose" if you are used to GM soundfonts and the like.

NOTES:

To use this version, you need a sampler which can open .sfz files. You can use the free Sforzando for this, available here.

SFZ and SF2 are neither related nor directly compatible.

BIGCAT'S VSTi/AU VERSION

FORMAT:

VSTi and Audio Units (.dll, .vst, .component) Plugins

DEVELOPER:

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INFO:

Bigcat made these to be super easy to use and install. For Windows users, place the extracted .dll and .instruments together in your VSTi folder. For Mac users, place the extracted .component file in MacHD:/Libraries/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components.

OUR TAKE:

Bigcat has made some refinements to the response and normalization of the samples. This makes it more predictable and stable at the cost of "natural realism".

NOTES:

These do not require a sampler, only that you have a DAW you can load them in. If you're not sure where to put the VSTi, look in your DAW's VSTi or disk settings.

If Bigcat's blog links aren't working, try the VST4Free mirror.

BIGCAT'S SKETCHING CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

FORMAT:

.NKI (for FULL Kontakt 5.6.8+)

DEVELOPER:

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INFO:

The Sketching Chamber Orchestra features two dozen instruments from the VSCO2 Community Edition in only 1.25 gigs using Kontakt's lossless compression. Features reverb, ASDR control, EQ, scripted legato, faux RR, modwheel xfading, ensembles.

OUR TAKE:

Bigcat's Kontakt version is arguably the most in-depth version of VSCO 2 CE out there, with tons of controls and even his 'An Orchestra' experimental chord/arpeggio instruments.

NOTES:

To use this version, you must own the full (paid) version of Kontakt, 5.6.8 or higher.

Also on the page is Bigcat's Etherealwinds Harp II: CE Kontakt patch.

THE VIRTUAL PLAYING ORCHESTRA

FORMAT:

.SFZ (for Sforzando/ARIA/LinuxSampler/SFZ:rgc, etc.)

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INFO:

Paul Battersby built a great new library based on VSCO 2: CE, Sonatina, No Budget Orchestra, University of Iowa, and other samplesets in one ultimate package. Features section and solo instruments for woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.

OUR TAKE:

Paul took the best from each of the great open samplesets out there today and put it together in one cohesive package. The Standard version uses volume-based dynamics, while the Performance version uses modwheel crossfading.

NOTES:

To use this version, you need a sampler which can open .sfz files. You can use the free Sforzando for this, available here.

SFZ and SF2 are neither related nor directly compatible.

THE ALPINE PROJECT

FORMAT:

.NKI (for FULL Kontakt 5)

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INFO:

The Alpine Project collects the best public domain musical instrument samples, and combines them with clever scripting and effects in NI’s Kontakt.  The result is great sounding free sample libraries that can find a place in the beginning and professional composer's studio.

OUR TAKE:

The Alpine Project combines many of the best free sample sets with some absolutely brilliant Kontakt scripting to make a very usable set of lightweight Kontakt instruments.

NOTES:

To use this version, you must own the full (paid) version of Kontakt 5.

OLIVER'S XRNI CONVERSION

FORMAT:

.XRNI (for Renoise)

DEVELOPER:

Zeograd/Oliver

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INFO:

Compared to the direct use of SFZ companion files in renoise, this set of XRNI brings modulation set support, volume and mapping fixes, case sensitivity fixes, smaller download (flac vs. wav), individual instruments, and improved compatibility.

OUR TAKE:

Oliver's XRNI files are a great option for Renoise users looking for complete compatibility and more flexibility. If you use Renoise, download these instead of the SFZ's or any other format.

NOTES:

To use this version, you need to have a copy of Renoise.

Renoise's forum is currently being redone, so our mirrored copy of v0.9.9 is above.

ORCHESTOOLS ONE

FORMAT:

SAMPLETANK 3/Custom Shop FREE

DEVELOPER:

Ilir Bajri

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INFO:

Orchestools One is an orchestral soundset for Sampletank featuring over 600 presets and 100 multis, based on VSCO 2 CE.

OUR TAKE:

Orchestools One is a fantastic set of patches that moves well beyond the realm of 'orchestral sample library' and into the world of pads and soundscapes. If you already own Sampletank, this is your best option.

NOTES:

To use this version, you need to install Sampletank. Instructions are provided by the developer here.

There are some awesome demo videos here.

ORIGINAL .WAV FORMAT

FORMAT:

.WAV (44.1 kHz, 16- or 24-bit)

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INFO:

If you want ultimate functionality, you can download the original .wav samples and build your own instruments in any format you desire! Licensed under CC0, you can do whatever you want with these. **Includes VSCO 1 Percussion & Miscellania 1&2.

OUR TAKE:

If 3,000 samples sounds a bit daunting, don't worry, we put together a 256-sample pack and a 50-sample pack for casual designers. Try creating a piece using only 10 samples and see what you can come up with!

NOTES:

You can download the 256-sample pack here.

Or the "hardcore" 50-sample pack here.

INSTRUMENTS

Woodwinds

  • Woodwinds - Piccolo
  • Woodwinds - Flute I
  • Woodwinds - Oboe I
  • Woodwinds - Clarinet I
  • Woodwinds - Bassoon I

 

 

Brass

  • Brass - Horn I
  • Brass - Trumpet I
  • Brass - Tenor Trombone I
  • Brass - Tuba I

Keys

  • Keys - Church Organ
  • Keys - Upright Piano
  • Keys - Upright No. 1

 

Mallets

  • Mallets - Glockenspiel
  • Mallets - Xylophone
  • Mallets - Marimba
  • Mallets - Tubular Bells

 

Strings

  • Strings - Concert Harp
  • Strings - Solo Violin
  • Strings - Violin Section
  • Strings - Viola Section
  • Strings - Cello Section
  • Strings - Solo Contrabass

Percussion

  • Percussion - Snare II
  • Percussion - Suspended Cymbal I
  • Percussion - Crash Cymbal I
  • Percussion - Gong
  • Percussion - Bass Drum
  • Percussion - Timpani
  • Percussion - Anvil
  • Percussion - Bell Tree
  • Percussion - Brake Drum
  • Percussion - Claves
  • Percussion - Conga, Quinto, Tumba
  • Percussion - Cowbell
  • Percussion - Guiro
  • Percussion - Log Drum (Hi/Lo)
  • Percussion - Ratchet
  • Percussion - Sleighbells
  • Percussion - Triangle III & VI
  • Percussion - Alien
  • Percussion - Cymbal on Timp (timpsnare)
  • Percussion - Zap

 

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