CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2.1.1: COMMUNITY EDITION

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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 - Need help deciding?

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.

Note: Due to the aging engine, this version is increasingly buggy.

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.

Edit: It looks like the original files are up here again.

ORCHESTOOLS ONE

FORMAT:

SAMPLETANK 3/Custom Shop FREE

DEVELOPER:

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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.

SYNTHSTROM DELUGE

FORMAT:

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

DEVELOPER:

Leonard Ludvigsen & Ron Cavagnaro

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INFO:

"Brought to you by me and the awesome Ron Cavagnaro (thanks for the link), I've organized this big ass orchestral multisample (and other samples) library with heaps of different articulations into readily Deluge-loadable folders so you won't have to!"

OUR TAKE:

Leonard and Ron organized the raw .wav files into a version compatible with Synthstrom Deluge by sorting the files into folders.

Also includes Miscellania I & II VSCO 1 Perc.

NOTES:

You need a Synthstrom Deluge in order to use this version-

https://synthstrom.com/product/deluge/

ORCHESTOOLS 306

FORMAT:

VSTi & Standalone (.exe)

DEVELOPER:

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INFO:

Orchestools 306 is a fully-featured ROMpler based on the 306 (256 + 50) sample packs included as a bonus for VSCO 2 CE (see below).

OUR TAKE:

Orchestools 306, although one of the smaller versions of VSCO 2 CE, provides unprecedented access to performance controls for the samples, including multiple LFO's, modulation options, MIDI learn, and more.

NOTES:

If you like this version, keep an eye on the Orchestools website for new freeware!

Made using HISE; source project can be downloaded here.

MUTATED for OMNISPHERE

FORMAT:

Omnisphere (50+1 patches)

DEVELOPER:

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INFO:

"This little library is my gift to all of you after this strange, strange year of unconventional circumstances and crazy events. For a time now I have wanted to do something with VCSO Community Edition and this library is the end result."

OUR TAKE:

Omnisphere users rejoice! VSCO 2 CE now has an Omnisphere version, crafted by Man Makes Noise. A great selection of trailer-esque and 'Hybrid' style sounds suitable for adding all kinds of orchestral flavor to any track.

NOTES:

This version requires you own Spectrasonic's Omnisphere 2.6.

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.

Hey you! Want even more sounds? Check out our new freeware project, VCSL, available in SFZ format. It contains over 5 GB of NEW free sounds to explore, covering everything from kalimbas to grand pianos!

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

 

COMMON QUESTIONS

Please note, we can only officially provide support for the Vanilla SFZ and Raw WAV versions.

Q:

What version should I download?

A:

If you are just getting started creating music and do not know what 'VST' or 'Plug-Ins' are, we recommend either one of the SFZ versions ('Vanilla SFZ Version' or The Virtual Playing Orchestra'), or Orchestools 306. Both are easy to install/use and reliable.

 

Otherwise, you can use Bigcat's VSTi version, though it is starting to get buggy with some operating systems and DAWs now.

 

We have a lengthy article here discussing which version is best for you.

Q:

I'm having an issue with Bigcat's VSTi or AU version!

A:

The most stable version of Bigcat's VSTi/AU version is the 'Individual Instruments' version, as found on his website. As time has gone on, the Maize Sampler engine these patches are built on has become more and more unstable in newer operating systems and DAWs. The ROMpler version (with all patches in a single plugin) for example is not stable in several DAWs and will crash on reload.

 

As such, if you have issues with this version, we recommend using one of the SFZ versions (e.g. Virtual Playing Orchestra) or Kontakt versions (if you own the full version of Kontakt, not just Kontakt Player) instead, as there is nothing Bigcat or we can do about this issue.

 

Note: Ilir Bajri, creator of Orchestools One and Orchestools 306, is now working on making a new VSTi/AU version of the library, slated to be released soon at the time of writing this.

Q:

Do all of the versions contain the same instruments?

A:

Short answer, no.

 

Each version is created and maintained exclusively by an individual or company, who designs the sound and content of their version to their liking. As such, there are pretty significant differences between the versions of the library.

 

For the most "accurate" version, which makes no changes, you should use the Vanilla SFZ Version. However, that doesn't make it the best or most usable version, as it makes no effort to improve the playability of the sounds.

Q:

How do I extract .rar files?

A:

Use a .rar extracting utility such as 7-zip, Winrar, or similar on MacOS. There are many freeware/open source ones you can use.

 

.RAR is basically a super-powered .zip file; it compresses data significantly better and so saves you download time and us bandwidth comparatively.

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