Best of 2022 – Sample Library Review’s Virtual Instrument Awards


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Sample Library, Virtual Instruments, and Plug-ins Year in Review / Best of 2022 Awards


BEST Ensemble Orchestral Virtual Instruments released of 2022
Metropolis Ark Ø by Orchestral Tools – 
►Review Metropolis Ark Ø –

Augmented Orchestra by UVI
►Review Augmented Orchestra –

Synchron Prime Edition by Vienna Symphonic Library
►Review Synchron Prime Edition –


BEST SOUND DESIGN in a Virtual Instrument released of 2022

Cello Textures by Emergence Audio
► Review Cello Textures –

Bloom by Naroth Audio –
►Review Bloom –

Time Textures by Sonuscore

►Review Time Textures –

UAP by Have Audio –
►Review UAP –

Drones by Orchestral Tools –
► Review Drones –

PlayBox by Native Instruments
► Review PlayBox –


BEST World/Ethnic Virtual Instruments released of 2022
Celtic Era 2 by Best Service/Eduardo Tarilonte –
► Review Celtic Era 2 –

Nørdic Cello by Have Audio
► Review Nørdic Cello –

Hearth and Hollow Plucked Folk Ensemble –
► Review Hearth and Hollow Plucked Folk Ensemble –

Ample China Erhu by Ample Sound –
► Reveiw Ample China Erhu –

LORES by Native Instruments –
► Review  – LORES



BEST BRASS Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Hyperion Brass Mirco –
► Review

Fluid Brass by Audio Imperia –
► Review

Muted Brass by Orchestral Tools –

Solo Brass Untamed by Westwood Instruments –
► Review Solo Brass Untamed –



BEST Piano / Keyboard Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Lo-Fi Keys by Karanyi Sounds –

Originals Intimate Grand Piano by Spitfire Audio –

PIANOTEQ 8 by Modartt –

Chroma Grand Piano by Sonuscore –
►Review Chroma Grand Piano –



BEST Woodwinds Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Fluid Woods by Audio Imperia –
►Review Fluid Woods –

Abbey Road One Selections Mysterious Reeds by Spitfire Audio –

Solo Woodwinds Untamed by Westwood instruments –
►Review Solo Woodwinds Untamed –

John Meyer Feathered Flute by Pianobook –



BEST Toolkit / Cue Builder Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Aevium by Soundiron / Boom –
► Review Aevium –

Monolith by Artistry Audio –

Heirloom by Spitfire Audio –
► Review Heirloom –

Habitat by Orchestral Tools –
► Review Habitat –

Evolution: Devastator Breakout Pro by Keepforest
► Review



BEST Bass/Guitar Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Audio Ollie Bryce Jacobs 7 Octave Guitar –

Rosette Fingerstyle Impact Soundworks –

Fink Signatures by Spitfire Audio –
►Review Fink Signatures –

Evolution Django Jazz by Orange Tree Samples
► Review Evolution Django Jazz –



BEST Phrase / Loop Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Sound Dust Loop Pool Percussion –

80’s by Sonokinetic –
Rewview 80’s –

Symphonic Elements Braaass by UJAM –
►Review Symphonic Elements Braaass –

Elements Cinematic Rhythms by Zero-G –
Review Elements Cinematic Rhythms –

Fractured Strings by Spitfire Audio –
Review Fractured Strings –



BEST Solo Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Pathfinder Cello by Osterhouse Sounds –
►Review Pathfinder Cello –

Gabrielle Flute by Musical Sampling –

La Clarinette En Rose by Straight Ahead Samples –
► Review La Clarinette En Rose –

VirHarmonic – Bohemian Cello V4 –


BEST Percussion Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Mystery Box 3: Clocks & Rhythms by Silence + Other Sounds –

Abbey Road Orchestra Low Percussion –
►Review Abbey Road Orchestra Low Percussion –

DON’S PERSONAL PICK – PRISM Retro Pop by AVA Music Group –
►Review PRISM Retro Pop –



BEST Vocal/Choir Instruments released in 2022
Choir: Omnia by Native Instruments –

Synchron-ized Voices Bundle by Vienna Symphonic Library
►Review Synchron-ized Voices Bundle –

Chorus by Audio Imperia –
►Review Chorus –

ETHERA Gold Atlantis 1 & 2 Zero –
►Review ETHERA Gold Atlantis 1 –



BEST String Virtual Instruments released in 2022
Stradivari Cello by Native Instruments
►Review Stradivari Cello –

Apassionata Strings by Spitfire –

Nightfall by Realitone
►Review Nightfall –

Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings –
►Review Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings –



BEST Sampled Synth Instruments released in 2022

Vintage Vault 4 by UVI –
► Review

Choreographs by Slate and Ash –

Polyscape 2 BY Karanyi Sounds
► Reveiw Polyscape 2 –

Tape Synths by Spitfire Audio –
► Reveiw Tape Synths –



BEST Budget Buy Instruments released in 2022
Spitfire Originals Cinematic Frozen Strings –

Originals Epic Choir by Spitfire Audio

Artefact by Dark Intervals –

Core Micro Soundiron –