Sample Library Review announce Best of 2021 Awards Winners for Best Software Instruments & Plugins of the Year
Sample Library Review has announced its Best of 2021 Awards List.
Sample Library Review’s Best of 2021 Awards celebrates the virtual instruments that found their way into the hearts and scores of music composers.
December 27, 2021, Los Angeles California – Sample Library Review has announced its Best of 2021 short list. The annual celebration of music software is one of the better indicators of music production trends for composers and music makers working on scores and song for TV, films, games and trailers
“Many of our contributors and reviewers work with up to 100 new instruments every year seeking out an edge in our own music production,” said Sample Library Review host, composer Don Bodin.
“It’s rewarding to share our experiences with the readers and viewers through posts and videos but the Best of Awards Show takes that to another level.”
The virtual instruments created by Spitfire Audio, Native Instruments, Vienna Symphonic Library, Soundiron, Orchestral Tools, and many other developers received accolades in Sample Library Review’s “Best of” 2021 Awards list this year, the only annual awards show specifically devoted to the celebration of sample library and virtual instrument software.
The closely watched ‘Best String Sample Library’ category honored Performance Samples for their Vista strgin section, Realitone’s release of Sunset Strings, and Impact Soundworks’ Tokyo Scoring Strings and Spitfire Audio’s intimate string quartet Abbey Road Two
Spitfire Audio took a total of 9 spots with the developer’s Albion Solstice getting nods in the categories of Orchestral Ensemble Orchestral Virtual Instrument, Graphics/Cover Art as well as Best Trailer/Teaser for a virtual instrument.
There was no shortage of Piano/Keyboard Virtual Instruments on the list with Native Instruments‘ Piano Colors, Skybox Audio‘s Hammers + Waves, Sound Yeti‘s Revelation Scoring Grand, Soundiron‘s Delphi Piano #1: Autumn 1958, Fractured Sounds’ Glacier Keys and Spitfire Audio‘s Originals: Mrs. Mills Piano all receiving recognition.
New this year on the “Best of” list was the category of “Best Developer’s Official Walkthrough” which went to UJAM‘s promotional video for Symphonic Elements Drums.
Sample Library Review’s Best of 2021 Awards was published December 20, 2021 on YouTube, with a complete Sample Library Review’s Best of Awards 2021 award winners listed on the official Best of 2020 Awards show notes page with links to the developers as well as links to reviews of the instruments.
Sample Library Review’s “Best of” awards are determined by an advisory board and selection committee that includes music journalists, producers, songwriters, and media composers.
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Best World/Ethnic Virtual Instrument
Ancient Greek Series by Soundiron
Ventus Native American Flutes by Impact Soundworks
World Colors Clar-Duduk by Evolution Series
Ethera Gold Sahara Voice by Zero-G
Best Piano / Keyboard Virtual Instrument
Piano Colors by Native Instruments
Hammers + Waves by Skybox Audio
Revelation Scoring Grand by Sound Yeti
Delphi Piano #1: Autumn 1958 by Soundiron
Glacier Keys by Fractured Sounds
Originals: Mrs. Mills Piano by Spitfire Audio
Best Toolkit / Cue Builder Virtual Instrument
Tallinn by Orchestral Tools
Symphonic Destructions by Heavyocity
Elements Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G
Contemporary Drama Toolkit by Spitfire Audio
Groth by Wavelet Audio
Best Bass/Guitar Virtual Instrument
RCD Guitar by Audio Ollie
Evolution Dry Relic by Orange Tree Samples
Session Guitarist – Picked Nylon by Native Instruments
1975 Soulful Guitar by Soundpaint
Boutique Mood Guitars by Naroth Audio
Best Orchestral Brass Virtual Instrument
Hyperion Brass Elements by Soundiron
Angry Brass Pro Soloists by Performance Samples
Synchron Brass by Vienna Symphonic Library
Norrland Solo Trumpet by Norrland Samples
Graphics/Cover Art for a Virtual Instrument
Albion Solstice by Spitfire Audio
Best Trailer/Teaser Video for a Virtual Instrument
Albion Solstice by Spitfire Audio
Best Developer’s Official Walkthrough Video for a Virtual Instrument
Symphonic Elements Drums by UJAM
Best Sampled Synth Virtual instrument
PX SunBox by UVI
Elements – Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G
Omnisphere 2.8 by Spectrasonics
Best VST Preset Collection or Expansion
DUNESCAPES for Elements – Modern Scoring Synth by Zero-G
Altura for Omnisphere by Very Loud Indeed Co.
Sonic Extensions by Spectrasonics
Serum Alpha by The Unfinished
Editors Pick: Soundpaint