What is Sample Library Review?

Sample Library Review (SLR) is a music production resource blog created by award winning composer Don Bodin. SLR posts news, reviews and tutorials for composers and music producers to evaluate and learn about computer aided music production.

SLR is a collection of curated content with a focus on education. SLR is centered around Bodin’s personal experiences with tools to create music as well as the tools that are on his radar.

Why Sample Library Review?

“I use virtual instruments everyday in my work. I know that getting as much information as you can before investing in a sample library or virtual instrument is very important because most composers and music producers have a limited budget to spend on their tools.
I created SLR as a way to “pay it forward” after years of self-education through internet/youtube tutorials. I felt there was a better way to pass along some of the music production knowledge and techniques I had learned. I hope to share my unique experience making music in many genres for advertisements, film, television and games to help others create better, more expressive music using technology.”- Don Bodin


Sample Library Review’s mission is to contribute to the global community of music makers by sharing news, creating brief overview videos as well as written reviews with a focus on creating concise content for busy professional seeking out knowledge base about new virtual instruments as well as gems we discover.


Don started Sample Library Review as a simple blog to post many of the video tutorials and walkthroughs that have helped him create music with software instruments.
Then he got ambitious and thought. . . “why not make it bigger, add reviews, create tutorials, post product trailers and music demos to make it a valuable resource for composers and music producers like myself.”

Sample Library Review is currently teaming up with software instrument developers and is creating original video walkthroughs, reviews and audio demos. If you have your own audio or video content and would like to submit video or audio content and be featured click here

The Sample Library Review Team

db • Host


db (Don Bodin) is a composer creating music for commercials, television, film and interactive media. You can check out his music here: or contact Don Here.




Brian Brylow • Editor

Brian is a Composer, Musician, Sound Designer and Producer from Milwaukee. He is a member of the electronic duos Parallaxe and Gorgon Nebula. He owns more VI’s than anyone I know. Check out his solo releases as Arpegiator here




Sam Burt • Contributor

Sam is a songwriter, producer, composer and educator based in the UK. A former BMG/Sony Records/Universal Publishing artist, Sam now creates music as part of the duo Border Scout and for trailer houses. Sam also works as an educator, tutoring musicians of all ages for the non-profit TICE.




AMM (Alexandria M. Mueller) • Contributor

Alexandria M. Mueller is an award winning composer and violist based in St. Paul, Minnesota.




T.M.K.Davis • Contributor

Tim has been playing keyboards and drums for 20 years and composing orchestral music for about 10 years. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in music production with a focus on video game scoring and commercial music.




EBravo (Esteban Bravo) • Contributor

Esteban is an Argentinian musician, composer arranger, guitarist and educator. He is working in 3 musical projects at this time: Unreal (Symphonic Metal band), Hamka (French Ethnical Metal) and Odysseia (Symphonic Metal). Also, he is teaching guitar at Funesart (School of music), guitar and Ensemble practice at Liceo Municipal Jose Pedroni




MH (Martyn Hilliam) • Contributor

Martyn is a UK based musician and composer. He plays lead guitar in the band Phoenix Calling and is currently embarking on his journey into composing for media.




Ashton Gleckman • Contributor

Ashton is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, filmmaker and hosts his own YouTube Channel.




Jonathan Tull • Contributor

Jonathan Tull is a composer for film, television, media, and commercial projects. You can find him here:




Christopher (The Darris) • Contributor


Christopher Byrum Harris is a film composer living the Bay Area of California. He creates composition tutorials as well as reviews of software for as well as his own Sample Spotlight Series Contact Christopher Here.




Adam • Contributing Assistant

Adam Lambert studied music at UCS and is currently working on his first solo album as AdamSample. Contact Adam Here.






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