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.

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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. He started Sample Library Review as a blog in 2015 and handles all duties of a traditional publisher. You can check out his music here: or contact Don Here.


Raborn Johnson • Contributor

Raborn Johnson is a musician and film composer. You can check out his music at


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.



Andrea Wellard • Production Assistant

Andrea is an awarding winning singer-songwriter, composer, producer and virtual instrument enthusiast based in Switzerland. You can check out some of her music on SoundCloud


Shaun Chasin • Contributor

Shaun Chasin is a Canadian composer for film, TV and video games. He studied at Berklee College of Music majoring in Film Scoring with a minor in Video Game Music. Following this, he attended the University of Southern California’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program. There, he studied with composers such as Bruce Broughton, Garry Schyman, and Christopher Young. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his cat Bogie.


Andrea Federici • Contributor

Andrea is a Composer and Sound Designer for Film and Videogames.
Formerly a Metal guitarist, he loves Action, Horror, and Thriller but often ends up composing for Cartoon and Adventure titles!  He is a real geek and surrounds himself with computers, music software and gear.  He graduated Cum Laude from Berklee Masters Degree in Scoring for Film, TV and Video games.



Benjamin Goldman is an award-winning composer who specializes in creating original music for film, television, games and other media. He has collaborated on over 40 projects from around the world and for more information about his work, please visit


B. Free

Brian is a musician/composer for video games and all media, a technology enthusiast, and all around music nerd.



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