Best of 2019 – Sample Libraries, Virtual Instruments and Plugins Year in Review
This page is sponsored by our friends at Realitone. Realitone, best known for vocal libraries for Kontakt such as Realivox Ladies and Realivox Blue continue to push boundaries with their 2019 release, Hip Hop Creator, which functions as an entire Hip Hop production studio all inside of Kontakt.
This year we have taken our popular “Best of” post and expanded it! We reached out to our contributors and some of the most respected composers in our circle and asked what the best sample libraries, virtual instruments and software plugins released in 2019.
Sample Library Review’s Best of 2019 – Sample Libraries, Virtual Instruments and music software plugins.
Best Solo Orchestral Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Sampled Synth Virtual Instrument Nominations
Mentioned Realitone Libraries
Best World / Ethnic Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Sound Design in a Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Loop/Phrase-Based Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Piano / Keyboard Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Percussion Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Bass / Guitar Virtual Instrument Nominations
Fingerpick 2 by Realitone (released 2018):
Shreddage 3 Stratus by Impact Soundworks
Evolution Flatwound Bass by Orange Tree Samples
Ample Semi Hollow III by Ample Sound
► Winner: Shreddage 3 Jupiter by Impact Soundworks
Best Woodwinds Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Budget Buy Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Brass Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Vocal / Choir Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best FREE Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best VST Preset Collection or Expansion Nominations
Best Ensemble Orchestral Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best String Virtual Instrument Nominations
Best Budget String Virtual Instrument Nominations
► Winner: Hyperion Strings Elements by Soundiron
Best Mixing / Mastering Plugin Nominations
For this year’s “Best of” we expanded our search looking for the best strings, winds, brass, percussion and orchestral instruments as well as seeking nominations for the best sound design sample libraries, mixing and mastering effects plugins and VSTs and Omnisphere expansions. Nominations were presented by the contributors and select industry professionals and final selections were narrowed down by input from our readers and viewers.
We have included a playlist below of all the Best of 2019 nominees and winners that Sample Library Review had the pleasure of reviewing this year.
Video Reviews of SLR’s Best of 2019
Huge thanks to Sample Library Review Editor Brian Brylow and our contributors: Raborn Johnson, Sam Burt, Alexandria M. Mueller, T.M.K.Davis, Steve Blizin, Shaun Chasin, Michael Reinmuller, Raymond D Ricker, Andrea Federici, Kent Kercher, Benjamin Goldman, Brian Freeland, Dedric Terry, Nathan David Carlton and Pete Checkley.
Special thanks to our Guest Contributors who are not limited to but do include: Arn Andersson, Composer and Co-founder at Evenant, Dirk Ehlert, CEO & Founder at DE-Tune and CWVI, Karél Psota, Sound Designer, Composer and author of Trailer Sound Design, Craig Peters, Guitarist/Composer/Producer at Destroying The Devoid and Press/Media Manager at Soundiron.
Alex Pfeffer, Composer at Epic Score, Dynamedion and owner of String Theories, Christopher Byrum Harris, Composer at Sample Spotlight & Lux Nox.
Music used in the Best of 2019 video includes demonstration tracks by the developers including: “As The Years Pass” by Benjamin Botkin, “Admiral Benbow” by Andy Blaney, “SPIELDOSEN MUSIK” by OLIVER PATRICE WEDER, “The storming valkyrie” by Kaizad Patel & Firoze Patel, “Subterrenea” by Ian Dorsch, “Drifting (Dressed)” by Shaun Chasin, “ThePulse” by Ari Winters, “Portal To Epsilon Eridani” by Christian Wirtz
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