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A Curated List of More Than 170 Of The  Best Free Sample Libraries, Plugins and Free Soft Synths  (UPDATED JUNE 2024)

All libraries have been  tested and a brief review is provided before each link.  

Finding free sample libraries is easy these days. Finding really high quality sample libraries that sound good and play well is a lot more challenging. It commonly means sorting through a lot of -- I'll be kind -- less than great sample libraries. That's why I thought it would be helpful to the community to create a curated list of RECOMMENDED free sample libraries that play in a free sample players.  It now appears to stand as the most extensive curated list of free samples libraries on the Web. This list only includes libraries that I have used and find worthy of recommendation.  Many of these libraries, while very good to excellent,  often aren't meticulously detailed and ingeniously scripted like better paid sample libraries. But that level of detail may not even matter for your purposes. 

I invite others to post libraries that play in free sample players that they have used and can personally recommend. I'll update this list periodically and welcome suggestions for making it more convenient for people. I've also added free soft synths and invite others to add and discuss their favorites,  likes and dislikes.  Of course, my choices reflect my style, personal taste and the genres I play, so I hope we can get recommendations from others in order to represent a wide range of styles/genres. I mostly play rock, so if you play/produce other styles, we can especially use your input. 

 =Highly recommended favorites. 

  =My highest recommendation. 

RECOMMENDED FREE SAMPLE LIBRARIES

PIANOS 

Steinberg Lofi Piano       
I'm a huge fan of lofi sounds. I'm a massive fan of the Mellotron and Chamberlain and this lofi piano knocks it out of the park. 
PLAYER: HALion Sonic Player (free)
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/lofi-piano/

SoundPaint Pluck & Hammer Grand Piano     
I definitely would have bought this library if the folks at SoundPaint hadn't decided to give it away free.  It's a Kawaii Grand Piano recoded using guitar picks/plectrums and with a small metallic mini hammer. In SoundPaint's words, it's a "hybrid instrument that blends the characteristics of a harp, clavinet, guitar, lute, and harpsichord, with an added hammered dulcimer articulation."  While you're there, I'd recommend picking up every freebie they have. SoundPaint is trying to win sample library users over and giving away a bunch of very high quality libraries for free. Even more, you can create your own libraries using their plugin, all for free. 
https://soundpaint.com/products/pluck-hammer-piano

The Real Piano 
It took me a long time to decide if I wanted to include this piano library. Candidly, that's because I don't love the included presets. There's just something about the way it's EQ'ed that doesn't appeal to me. But I spent more time with the piano, tweaking the factory presets, creating my own presets, and using external EQ and I can now say that I might use this in a project where I'm looking for a very vintage sounding character piano. The sampled piano is a 1903 Chickering grand piano. It is a Kontakt Player library, so you don't need to own the full version of Kontakt to use this library. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.straightaheadsamples.com/the-real-piano 

The Love Piano 
This is a sampled grand piano with  12 velocity layers "between the soft to moderately loud dynamic range (no loud or “fff” dynamics here!) and also included hammer sounds pedal sounds (both of which can be added/removed) to give it even more persona." It includes 18 reverb impulse responses.  It  sounds very nice. It's a free Kontakt Player library, so you don't need to own the paid (full) version of Kontakt to use it. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://vstbuzz.com/special/the-love-piano-kontakt-player-freebie/ 

SonicCouture Hammersmith Free  
A beautiful grand piano sample library. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/p322-hammersmith-free/

VSL Soft Imperial  
This is a gorgeous Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano sample library that I would have been happy with had I paid for it. It is an intimate piano meant for softer playing. 
FORMAT: FREE VSL Synchron Player 
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Free_Instruments/Soft_Imperial

SoundPaint 1928 Vintage Steinway Grand Piano and Sampler 
A high quality grand piano sample library with a nice variety of patches.  The SoundPaint sample player enables you to easily create your own patches/programs and delve into sound design possibilities and arpeggiator patterns . 
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)
https://soundpaint.com/

The Creative Toolbox Piano   
A Steinway & Sons B-211 Grand Piano with 3 microphone positions.
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.strezov-sampling.com/products/view/the-creative-toolbox-piano.html

Estate Grand Piano from Production Voices(for the free Sforzando player) 
This is a high quality developer that I am a customer of and I find makes excellent piano sample libraries and this is a really nice piano.  
FREE/Donationware
FORMAT; SFZ
https://www.productionvoices.com/estate-grand-le-for-sforzando/

Heavyocity Foundations Piano     
A beautiful, soft grand piano with great effects. A must have, IMO.  I recommend downloading every free library in the series.
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://heavyocity.com/product/foundations-piano/

Sonic Atoms Novel Piano     
A beautiful warm sounding urpight piano with some great, very creative patches. It made me a fan of this developer and a customer. 
FORMAT: FREE HALION SONIC SE PLAYER 
https://sonicatoms.com/novel-piano/

 The Experience Fazoli Piano     
A beautiful sounding, beautifully sampled Fazoli grand piano. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/the-experience-fazioli-f308/

 The Experience Yamaha S6 Grand Piano     
One of the best piano libraries on Pianobook. A beautiful sounding,  well sampled Yamaha S6 grand piano.  
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/the-experience-yamaha-s6/

Mason Hamlin Model A Piano   
A beautifully sounding, beautifully sampled Mason Hamlin grand piano. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/mason-hamlin-model-a/

 Isolation Piano - Tubes and Tape     
I use the KONTAKT version and I love it and consider it one of the best pianos on Pianobook, arguably the best. It’s a sampled Model O Steinway grand piano. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/isolation-piano-tubes-tape/

Soft Piano (Spiifire Labs)   
A beautiful, gentle upright felt piano. 
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

Reel to Reel Tape Piano   
This comes from David Hilowitz, the very generous artist and developer behind Decent sampler. It's a very lofi, retro piano sample library that captures that kind of Mellotron vibe that I love. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.decentsamples.com/product/reel-to-reel-tape-piano/

Death Piano Prepared Piano from Production Voices (for the free Sforzando player)     
I love this library. It is a prepared grand piano and the KONTAKT version has a reverse patch that I really enjoy. 
FREE/Donationware
FORMAT; SFZ
https://www.productionvoices.com/death-piano-le/

Manthey Klaviano (PIANO)   
This is a very nice sounding basic upright piano. It sounds like your average piano you’d see in a middle class home or at a school. It’s not a sophisticated sounding piano. I really like its humble character. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER, SFZ
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/manthey-klaviano/

StraIght Ahead Samples: The Real Piano 
A 1903 Chickering grand piano, 6 microphone positions w/ user-controlled interface. A character piano with a vintage vibe.
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.straightaheadsamples.com/the-real-piano
[Added 11/08/2023]

Yamaha Grand Palm Mute   
If you’re looking for grand piano palm mutes,  you should enjoy these. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/yamaha-palm-mutes/

 Sterzov The Felt Seiler   
A very nice felted piano library. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.strezov-sampling.com/products/view/the-felt-seiler-free-edition.html

Prepared Staccota Cartoon Piano 
It's a one-trick pony that does what is says on the tin. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/prepared-staccato-cartoon-piano/
 

VOCALS / CHOIRS

* Also see the orchestral section for more choir patches

 Orchestratools: Manifold    
A beautiful sample library of male and female singers singing oohs and aahs and some unusual vocal sounds too. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER, Sine Factory
https://www.orchestraltools.com/sinefactory

Micah's Choir    
I love this library. The samplist who made it has a great deal of talent. It's a male soloist, but you can play it polyphonically. The singer's tone is beautiful. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER (also available for Spitfire Labs)
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/micahs-choir/

SonicCouture Tape Choir    
A retro choir patch that sounds a lot like the choir pad sounds on the 70s 10CC song, "I'm Not In Love." If I had a good voice, I would use this to cover the song.  
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/18-exclusive-free-content/p170-tape-choir/

Spitfire Labs Choir    
A beautiful choir recorded at Air Studios in London. 
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/choir

 Heavyocity Emotive Choir     
A beautifully sampled choir. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER
https://heavyocity.com/product/emotive-choir 

New House Choir
A lofi choir patch reminiscent of 10CC’s “I’m Not in Love” vocal pads but more church choir-ish.  
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/new-house-choir/

DRUMS

 Steven Slate Drums 5.5 Free     
A high quality, production ready rock drum kit. I think this is the best-sounding, deep sampled free acoustic drum plugin on the market.  It includes a mixer and beats. It's a no-brainer to install and download, IMO. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://stevenslatedrums.com/ssd5/#SSD5FREE

BFD Player        
I think this is easily one of the best FREE acoustic drum plugins on the market, but I don't really love the presets and I'm not in love with the sound of the snare drum samples, so I'm only giving this two stars as a freebie. Personally, I deleted it from my hard drive shortly after going through the sounds and trying it in a production. The snare drum sounds thin and the heavy effects on most of the presets overwhelm the snare, it just gets lost in the mix. Still, these are 5GB of deep sampled drums with a built in mixer -- it's not extensive, but you can always route the outputs to use your own effects and mix the drums exactly as you like, and that's a pretty nice option for a free deep sampled acoustic drum kit; but it's also a bit of work. BFD Player also works with a large number of electronic drum kits and features more than 300 beats.  I don't think it sounds as good or as professional as Steven Slate Drums, but it has enough going for it for a free drum plugin, that I'm still giving it my highest rating. Download it and judge for yourself. 

https://www.bfddrums.com/drum-software/bfd-player.html

The Creative Toolbox: Drums and Percussion    
An acoustic drum kit, two drum machines (Roland TR08 and Behringer RD6) and percussion (bongos, congas, castanets, shakers, agogo, clave, chimes, cowbell and rototoms. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER
https://www.strezov-sampling.com/products/view/the-creative-toolbox-drums-and-percussion.html

IK Modo Drum Kit 1.5     
A realy nice sounding hybrid modeled/sampled drum kit.  
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/mododrum/#nl_form_area

Spitfire Labs Drums and VIntage Drums   
I love the sound of this drum library. The only down side is that it only has two toms.  The 1975 kit also sounds really good and has three toms. 
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

Orange Tree Samples free Funk Drum Kit Sample Library  
A nice little jazz/funk drum kit. It sounds good. 
FORMAT; SFZ
https://www.orangetreesamples.com/blog/free-jazz-funk-drum-sample-library

Soft Drums 
This is a really nice, very usable traditional drum kit sample library. The drums are hit softly using Promark Broomsticks, which gives a sound like when a rock drummer plays hard with brushes, giving the drums a thwack type sound! I think these would be very useful for indie or folk rock. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/soft-drums/

Lorenzo's Drums  
I love this small drum kit. It just has a great sound to it. The caveat is that the hi hat doesn't close properly. If you can deal with that, I think the sound of this is really special. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/lorenzos-drums-v1/

ML Drums  Free
A complete drum kit using the developer's plugin. 
FORMAT:  Developer's Proprietary Plugin
https://ml-sound-lab.com/products/ml-drums-free

Drum Gizmo 
This entry is the exception to the rest of the list. I haven't used this library. It was recommended to me by a very talented KONTAKT developer who uses it. Based on his recommendation, I am adding it to the list. Drum Giznmo is a drum sample player system and a series of acoustic drum sample libraries. I am told that they are good to very quality. Note that the kits are unprocessed, so you'll need to apply your own effects, which is desirable for some and less desirable for others. 
https://www.drumgizmo.org/wiki/doku.php?id=start

ELECTRIC PIANOS

Steinberg Taped Vibes    
This is a lofi library with DI, taped, and pre-amp samples of a Wurlitzer 200A (Wurly) electric piano. While it's not a detailed library, it sounds very good, and the presets are really nice. 
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/taped-vibes/

Fracture Sounds: Blueprint Electric Keys   
A beautiful, and well-sampled 1969 Rhodes Mark I Electric Piano library that's, unquestionably, good enough to be a paid library. It allows you to adjust the key noise. It doesn't have a bunch of presets, but it lets you choose between direct input and amped and has controls for stereo spread, reverb, chorus, and atmosphere.  It's pretty obvious to see the developer's rationale for giving this away free. Once you use it, you'll be interested in their other libraries.   
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT 7 Player
https://fracturesounds.com/product/blueprint-electric-keys/

The Electro-Acoustic  
Samples of an acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes electric piano layered. I love the sound! 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER (Also Available for the Full Version of KONTAKT) 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/the-electro-acoustic-piano/

Sonokinetic EMP Mark II    
A Rhodes Mark II electric piano. Excellent quality sampling and it sounds very good. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT 7 Player
https://www.sonokinetic.net/products/contemporary/emp/

Electric V LE from Production Voices (for the free Sforzando player 
A very well-sampled Rhodes Mark V. 
FREE/Donationware
FORMAT: SFZ
https://www.productionvoices.com/product/electric-v-le/

Worlitzer 
Anyone who knows me at this forum is probably aware of my love of Wurli / Wurlitzer electric pianos. For a free sample library, this is really nice done and contains several patches.The samplist that made this clearly put some heart into it and it shows. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/worlitzer/

Wurli
A modest Wurli library. It really misses the dynamics that make a Wurli so special, but it otherwise, does have that  trademark Wurli sound, but seems like a one velocity layer instrument. 
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

Anne-Marie The Hohner T 
A nice sampled Honer T, just try it.
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/anne-marie-the-hohner-t/

GUITARS  and BASS

Cinematique Instruments Guitar Harmonics Essential
A small, but very nice library of guitar harmonics. Cinematique instruments makes some beautiful sound design libraries, IMO. Even their freebies are gorgeous and worth getting, like this one. 
PLAYER: HALion Sonic Player (free)
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/guitar-harmonics/

Fracture Sounds: Blueprint Feedback Guitar   
An ambient pad featuring two articulation options. I highly recommend getting every freebie from Fracture Sounds.  
https://fracturesounds.com/product/blueprint-feedback-guitar/

 IK MODO Bass 
This isn't a sample library, it's a modeled bass plugin, but it sounds very good, and is lightweight. It emulates a 1960's Fender Precision Bass.  For free, I think this is highest quality choice for an electric bass guitar. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PLUGIN
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/modobass2/?pkey=modo-bass-2-cs

 Heavyocity Foundations Nylon Guitar 
A beautiful-sounding nylon guitar. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://heavyocity.com/product/foundations-nylon-guitar/

Ample Guitar M Lite   
I have A LOT of paid guitar samples libraries and I've tried all of the free guitar and bass multisample libraries out there (and am open to any suggestions anyone has on new ones; I'm set with Evolution for guitar libraries, but want to at least test out libraries in order to maintain this list) and I find that no other free sample library or vst plugin can match Ample sounds freebies.  To put it mildly, this developer is pretty generous in what they give away free and they are a top quality sample developer. (One of their employees posts in this forum and has always been a class act, so really, nothing but respect for these guys). 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=7

Ample Bass P Lite   
For sampled electric and acoustic bass guitars, I'm set with Orange Tree Samples' libraries, but I've tried this out and think for free, it's the best quality free electric bass library that I know of.  It's really well done and I can easily recommend it. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=19

 RJS Electric Guitar 
A sampled Stratocaster electric guitar with the following patches: long notes with vibrato, palm muted notes, dead notes and feedback. Impressive. 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/rjs-guitar/

MELLOTRON 

Plogue Sforzatron  (Mellotron Sample Library)    
Some of the most popular Mellotron samples including cello, celli, strings, flute, woodwind sections, string sections, choir, pads, koto, and steel drums. The sample libraries were taken from the fantastic and freely distributed Taji Guy Mellotron samples that have been available online for two decades.  This is easily as good as a commercial Mellotron library. In fact, if this wasn't free and I paid, say $35 USD for the library, I would be extremely satisfied with my purchase.  This is one of my all time favorite freebies. 
FORMAT: Sforzando
https://www.plogue.com/products/sforzando-banks.html

ORCHESTRAL 

 Sonuscore The Orchestral Elements   
Thirty orchestral presets, with 4+ GB of "25 string-, 9 brass- and 12 wind-articulations, plus playable percussion and choir." This sounds great and is a lot of fun to play with sequenced string and horn / woodwind parts.  I recently tried it out and definitely am now watching for the next sale on a paid version of the product. But if you're budget is zero, this alone is wonderful. Just download and install it. It's a no-brainer.  
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.sonuscore.com/shop/the-orchestra-elements/

Orchestral Tools Layers    
A really nice, lush orchestral patch. 
https://www.orchestraltools.com/store/collections/layers

BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover     
A complete orchestra that sounds very good. It's not up to the level of a paid high end orchestral library, but it's amazingly good for a completely free orchestral library and it is pretty small in size in terms of data and won't tax on your computer resources.  
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.spitfireaudio.com/bbc-symphony-orchestra-discover

The Free Orchestra by PROJECTSAM     
A collection of orchestral related libraries including a choir, strings, and organ. It all sounds beautiful. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://projectsam.com/libraries/the-free-orchestra/

 The Free Orchestra 2 a by PROJECTSAM     
Project Sam's Free Orchestra series continues as each month, starting in late 2023, they've been releasing a new free library for their Free Orchestra 2 collection. As I write this, they're on month two and have strings and brass. Everything this developer puts out his very high quality. Their freebies, IMO, are must-haves. Great stuff. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://projectsam.com/libraries/the-free-orchestra-2

VSL Big Bang Orchestra    
Looking for large orchestrations with huge sounding tutti layers? Staccatos, sustains, marcatos, swells and runs -- if you're looking for the bombastic sound of a big orchestra, I think you're going to be pretty happy with this. 
FORMAT: Developer's FREE Propietary Player
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/BBO_Map/BBO

ORGANS

SoundIron Aquae Organ
Aquae Organ is not a regular pipe organ sample library. SoundIron created this library using a stereo pair of high-grade hydrophones recording three organ stop combinations with two pipe organs in unison. They then alterered the result using sound design techniques into something quite different and appealing in its own way. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER
https://soundiron.com/collections/free/products/aquae-organ

Sonuscore Pipe Organ      
It contains several pipe organ patches that sound really nice. I love this freebie. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://sonuscore.com/shop/free-pipe-organ/

Sonokinetic Carousel Organ     
If you want a carousel organ, you're in luck! It sounds great and it's a lot of fun to play around with. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.sonokinetic.net/products/instruments/carousel/

Collab3  
This is a Hammond B3  emulation and I snuck this in because I picked this up a while back and just thought it was really good for a free B3 emulation with a Leslie rotary speaker effect. B3 perfectionists won't be satisfied, but it sounds really good and for the price (free), I don't think anything matches it.  Listen to it yourself. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLUGIN
https://sampleson.com/collab3-free-tonewheel-organ.html

Cassette Tape Organ
A lofi cassette recording of a Wurlitzer organ that has a very Mellotron type vibe to it. I absolutely love this library.  A lot of samplists attempt to get that Mellotron lofi vibe and, IMO, most don't hit the mark. This one does. Very well executed. 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/cassette-tape-organ/


PERCUSSION

World Colors Clar-Duduk by Evolution Series     
A very well sampled clar-duduk library. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.evolutionseries.com/product/world-colors-clar-duduk

SONIXENIMA Christmas Bells    
Three different-sized sleigh bells, multiple round robins, 3 preset rhythms; this is a nice little freebie. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://sonixinema.com/products/christmas-bells

Orchestratools: Gearbox    
A collection of studio percussion instruments including various drums, tambourine, claps, congas, etc.
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER, Sine Factory
https://www.orchestraltools.com/sinefactory

Hunter's Percussion - World      
A really nicely sampled set of percussion instruments. Djembe, conga, bongo, udu and various taiko drums.  
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER (also available for the full version of KONTAKT)
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/hunters-percussion-world/

VSL Small Percussion   
A nicely done library of various small percussion instruments including: boobams, tambourine, woodblocks, castanets, claves, caxixi, shaker, , splash, triangle, finger cymbals and crotales. 
FORMAT: FREE VSL Synchron Player 
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Free_Instruments/Small_Percussion


STRINGS
* Also see the orchestral section for more string patches

Sonic Atoms: Navia Harp Free     
A beautiful sounding harp. 
Player: HALion Sonic Player (free)
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/navia-harp-free/

Orchestratools: Helix   
A string ensemble library featuring sustains and spiccatos from combined solo violins with violas, celli, and basses. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER, Sine Factory
https://www.orchestraltools.com/sinefactory

Heavyocity Foundations Staccato Strings     
A beautiful, soft grand piano with great effects. A must have, IMO.  I recommend downloading every free library in the series.
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://heavyocity.com/product/foundations-staccato-strings/

STREZOV MINIMALIST VIOLIN LEGATO STRINGS   
A chamber string ensemble playing flautando with poco vibrato. Features auto divisi combined with Polyphonic True Legato. Sounds beautiful. 
https://www.strezov-sampling.com/products/view/afflatus-freebie.html

NFO CHAMBER STRING LONGS   
Chamber strings longs and drones. Excellent.  
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/nfo-alternative-chamber-strings/

NFO CHAMBER STRING SHORTS   
Short chamber string staccatos. Excellent.
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/nfo-alternative-chamber-strings-shorts/

Spitfire Labs Strings and Strings 2   
The first Strings libraries has soft, slow moving ensemble strings. Strings 2 features additional articulations, pizzicato, bartok pizz and swells ensembles. Spitfire really knows how to create quality string libraries and it's evident even in this free library. 
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

Cello Moods  
While this library -- and none of the Spitfire Labs libraries -- have a bunch of velocity layers I would expect in a paid library, it sounds beautiful and for a free library, is well worth having.  
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?types=strings&sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

Spitfire Labs Scary Strings, Frozen Strings, Amplified Cello Quartet, Artic Swells, Tape Orchestra, Harmonic Flights  
These are all interesting and worth downloading, IMO, I think I bought some of these back when they were selling for $5USD each and if they were back at $5 each, I would still recommend them. 
FORMAT: LABS PLAYER (SPITFIRE)
https://labs.spitfireaudio.com/?sortBy=prod_products_labs_latest

 Soft String Spurs Dan Keen     
A collection of three beautiful viola libraries. I use the KONTAKT version. IMO, one of the best string libraries on Pianobook, if not the best.  
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/soft-string-spurs/

VSL Big Bang Orchestra, Celestial Strings and Violin Runs   
Very nice orchestral string libraries. 
FORMAT: FREE VSL Synchron Player 
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Product_Overview/Free_Instruments

Firefly Strings
A thick analog strings sound that sounds like it was mixed with a pipe organ and I’m a sucker for pipe organs. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/firefly-strings/

SYNTHS (sampled)

Steniberg X-Stream      
Steinberg refers to this as a "monophobic spectral synth for sound design and ambient music creation." It sounds great and it's a joy to play around with it. It's very easy to lose track of time playing around with this. I find it pretty inspiring. 
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/x-stream/

Cinematique Instruments Color     
A very cool library made up of sound design and synth patches. They describe it as "sampled analog synth sounds, dusty lo-fi textures and colorful vintage keys. You can build your own sounds from scratch with four different layers, shaping tools and a clever modification engine, or hit the random button to get new sounds." I love everything I have from this developer. They do excellent quality work,  
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/colors-free/

Revolution Cre-8 Lite        
This is a lite version of a larger library based on backwards samples and I just love it. 
FORMAT: HALion Sonic (free)
https://www.samplefuel.com/revolution-cre8-lite

Arturia Analog Lab Play      
100 patches from various Arturia plugins. Organs, synths,  piano...This is a great, must have plugin. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.arturia.com/products/software-instruments/analoglab/free
(added 11/06/23)

 Syntronik 2 CS      
100 patches and 2.4 GB of vintage synth goodness. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/syntronik2/?pkey=syntronik-2-cs

Native Instruments: Analog Dreams   
3.6 GBs of vintage analog synth sounds. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/play-series/analog-dreams/

 Heavyocity Foundations Synth Bass    
Good sounding analog synth bass with ARPs. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://heavyocity.com/product/foundations-synth-bass/

Asimov    
I love this collection of 15 Synthwave/Retrowave presets. As the samplist states, the presets have a "cinematic touch."
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/asimov/ 

 Beat Zampler and Free Synth Libraries  
From the publisher of the German magazine Beat (there’s an English version too), Zampler is a free sampler and contains several very nice free synth libraries that mostly have a 90s vibe to them. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.zampler.de/

Isometra Venus Theory 
It comes from a talented patch maker and YouTuber and it’s a distorted analogy electric piano-ish library and I like it a lot and the GUI lets you easily modify the library and I have gotten good results very quickly. Well done. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://www.decentsamples.com/product/isometra-by-venus-theory/

Organic Orchestra Venus Theory  
A slow attack pad with a sound that seems like rain. It basically sounds like you’re in a rain forest. It’s very new-age-ish. Dead serious, if you’re into ASMR or looking for the kinds of sounds that you here in the music while playing Minecraft, this would be a really good choice. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://www.decentsamples.com/product/organic-orchestra-free-edition-by-venus-theory/

Malevolence Venus Theory 
Just my opinion, but I would recommend downloading everything Venus Theory uploads. He’s talented. This contains synth pads and basses and it’s good. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER 
https://venustheory.com/product/876165

TUNED PERCUSSION
* Also see the orchestral section for more tuned percussion patches

Cinematique Instruments Alto Glockenspiel      
A beautiful sounding, beautifully sampled instrument. 
FORMAT: FREE HALION SONIC SE PLAYER 
https://www.steinberg.net/vst-instruments/alto-glockenspiel/

Cinesamples Tongue Drum     
A beautiful sounding, beautifully sampled tongue drum that is a joy to play.  
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://cinesamples.com/product/tongue-drum

 Smiley Drum (Tongue Drum)    
An unusual-sounding tongue drum with a bright, crisp clank to it. It's quite different from the character of the Cinesamples Tongue Drum and the SoundPaint sampler gives you an arpeggiator and excellent effects to delve into sound design possibilities. 
FORMAT: FREE SOUNDPAINT PLAYER 
https://soundpaint.com/products/smiley-drum?variant=42680673173675

Cinesamples Create Series: Toy Xylo 
A children's xylophone. Sounds great. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://cinesamples.com/product/create-series-toy-xylo

 Cinesamples Create Series: Kalimba 
Sounds great. If you love the sound of the Kalimba, download it!
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://cinesamples.com/product/create-series-kalimba

 Cinesamples Mister Rogers Celeste 
A sweet celeste that was used on the American children television show Mister Rogers Neighborhood (1968-2001)
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://store.cinesamples.com/products/mister-rogers-celeste

 SoundPaint Polyphon 
I had no idea what the heck a Polyphon is. It turns out it's an ancient music box -- and I love music boxes. It sounds lovely and the sound design patches and possibilities for you to adjust this to whatever is in your imagination are virtually endless. 
https://soundpaint.com/products/polyphon?variant=42942318969003#specifications

SonicCoture Music Boxes   
Two music boxes from a superb sample developer for free. If you like the sound of music boxes, just get it. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/p43-music-boxes/

 Spring Chimes   
This glorious library takes 14 existing Pianobook bell and mallet libraries and layers them together and the result is absolutely wonderful. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/spring-chimes/

Gentle Vibes   
A well sampled vibraphone played softly with soft, medium and hard mallets. I am a sucker for a nice vibraphone or glockenspiel library and this is very nice. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/gentle-vibes/

SoundPaint Copperphone   
Somewhere in between bells and a marimba, this is a lovely-sounding tuned percussion instrument played hard mallets, soft mallets, wooden mallets, fingernails, and a distinct muted option. It's another instrument from SoundPaint where it's surprising it's free. SoundPaint always provides a great deal of patches with their instruments and the sound design patches and the ability to easily program your own creations.
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)
https://soundpaint.com/products/copperphone?variant=42692692869291

Vintage Glockenspiel   
A beautiful sounding, beautifully sampled instrument. I love the tone of this glockenspiel library. There are some imperfections with the library, but it's a keeper for me. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/vintage-glockenspiel/

Yamaha Glockenspiel    
A nice sounding glockenspiel with every note sampled and two dynamic layers. It's well sampled, but, unfortunately, lacks round robins. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/yamaha-glockenspiel/

Schulmerich Handbells 
A nicely sampled handbell lbrary made by Jon Meyer, a member of Pianobook who has produced some very good sample libraries. 
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/schulmerich-handbells/ 

Wineglass Tool Kit   
This is much more than straight wine glass samples. The samplist created 5 patches from samples of wine glasses:  melodic ‘ping’; a soft pad; a set of percussive sounds; a synth; and a textural pad.
FORMAT: DECENT SAMPLER
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/wine-glass-tool-kit/

Mini African Xylophone
True to its name. A nice little library. 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/mini-african-xylophone-max/

Ample Sound Cloud Drum
A beautiful sounding steel tongue drum sample library contained in Ample Sounds own plugin. 
https://www.amplesound.net/en/pro-pd.asp?id=27

Harpsimachord 
A 1970s two-manual, three-rank (8/8/4) Douglas Van Dyck Brown harpsichord sample library. The samples have noise that a pro samplist would have cleaned up and I hope someday the samplist denoises the samples, but I still love this library. 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/harpsimachord/
 

BRASS / WOODWINDS

* Also see the orchestral section for more brass / woodwind patches

Bell and Bone
A sampled trumpet and trombone. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S PLAYER (Rhapsody)
https://librewave.com/product/bell-and-bone/

Distant Brass
This isn’t a realistic-sounding brass library, it’s very lofi and I think it’s pretty cool. I don’t do hip hop music, I sound bad enough singing rock, but if I did do hip hop, I think this could be especially useful. 
https://www.pianobook.co.uk/packs/distant-brass/

MULTIPLE INSTRUMENT PACKAGES 
These are multiple sample libraries from a developer that include different sampled instruments. 

Native Instruments KOMPLETE START  
If you’re on a tight budget or no budget, download this. If you don’t have anything from Native Instruments, you need to! These guys make argubly the best multisampler on the market.   I own the full version of KOMPLETE, and outside of my DAW, it's the most important music-related software I own.  This free version includes a bunch of different synth libraries, piano, acoustic drums, electronic drums, guitars, bass, keyboards, an Irish harp,  a Chinese hammered dulcimer , effects, a guitar amp sim... If you're on a super tight budget and can't afford Kontakt or the standard version of Komplete, get this. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/bundles/komplete-start/

SoundPaint Sampler and Various Free Instruments  
The beauty of SoundPaint is that things load fast, its effects sound great, it's a lot of fun to use and you can easily create your own programs/patches. If KONTAKT, UVI or SampleTank have this level of capabilities to create your own presets, I'm not aware of it. I've heard developers compare it to Omnisphere. There's a grand piano, tuned percussion and a number of ambient libraries for free. You can easily layer the various libraries. It's a great sound design playground 
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)
https://soundpaint.com/

Spitfire Labs and Freebies     
If you haven’t already downloaded them, go do it… Guitars, bass, pianos, electric pianos, drum kits, strings, brass, woodwinds, synths, vocals/choris, orchestra instruments, percussion, tuned percussion… Get them all! 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.spitfireaudio.com/pages/free-instruments

SampleTank 4 CS   
50 sample libraries that all sound good and professional.
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER  
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/st4cs/?pkey=sampletank-4-cs

 VSL HELLO Free Instruments      
Excellent strings and orchestral libraries and a gorgeous free piano that I love that quickly became one of my favorite sampled pianos, Soft Imperial.
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER 
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Product_Overview/Free_Instruments

Orchestral Tools Sine Player and Instruments   
Piano, bass, drums, strings… Some very nice, beautifully sampled libraries in the developer’s proprietary sampler plugin. 
FORMAT: DEVELOPER'S FREE PROPRIETARY PLAYER
https://www.orchestraltools.com/store/get-sine

 Stezov Diamond Jazz 
A free set of instruments including a free upright piano that sounds really nice, a nice upright bass and  saxophone libraries. The sax libraries are meh. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://www.strezov-sampling.com/products/view/Diamond-jazz-trio.html

Sonixinema Assorted freebies - vocals, cello, acoustic bass, violin, medicine drum... 
I like these taster libraries, they're high quality but you're only getting one articulation of a library and it really isn't enough to pull off a performance with the sampled instrument. 
FORMAT: FREE KONTAKT PLAYER 
https://sonixinema.com/collections/freebies

AMBIENT 

SoundPaint Adastra Ambiences 
   
A gorgeous set of patches of string-based ambient sounds. Violins, violas, cellos and basses. With nearly 2GB, this is a library I easily would have paid for if it weren't free. 
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)
https://soundpaint.com/products/adastra-ambiences?variant=42905988366507

 SoundPaint Free Angels 
   
Over 7GBs of ambient sounds including drones, vocals, marimba, guitar, piano, bells, synths, ukuleles, risers, etc.
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)  
https://soundpaint.com/products/free-angels?variant=39295526502571

 Free ASMR   
Nearly 9GB of ASMR type sounds. This is really different and it's easy to find yourself playing around with this library. There are a good deal of synth sounds, human whispers, papery crunches, woody rattles, metallic scrapes and more. If you're looking for ASMR sounds, this is a no-brainer. 
FORMAT: SOUNDPAINT SAMPLE PLAYER (FREE)  
https://soundpaint.com/products/free-asmr?variant=39295531352235#parts


FREE SAMPLE LIBRARIES FROM PIANOBOOK

Pianobook has many KONTAKT (paid version) free mutisample libraries and Decent Sampler (free)  mutisample sample libraries. I wanted to create a list of their free Decent Sampler libraries I find worth recommending. These are often smaller, simpler sample libraries than the ones made for KONTAKT.  


https://www.decentsamples.com/product-category/publishers/decent-samples/

Free Decent Sampler Formated Sample Libraries on Pianobook 

I made this list when going through each library opened in my DAW, so you’ll need to search Pianobook to find them. Simply use the site’s search function with the library name. I’ll try to update this later and add links in the future. 

Busy Bee Analog Oscilator
A nice simple analog synth patch, actually two, one is lofi and I like it. 

Classic Dance Synth 
This is your classic 80s House Piano sound. If that’s what you’re looking for, download and install this. 

Cream Soda Atmos Pad
Antoher very pad that I like that has a very slow attac. 

Guffland Ukulele 
This isn’t an Orange Tree Samples kind of detailed sample library. It’s very simple. But the ukulele has a lovely tone.

Ideal Bouzouki 
Nice, simple. Worth installing. Multiple articulations. I love the plucked and fingered patch. If you’re not concerned about emulating the sampled instrument, the plucked and fingered patch has a harpsichord like quality about it. 

Melodic Ping - Wine Glass Tool Kit
Nicely sampled wine glass hits. 

Mixing Bowl 
It sounds cool. It’s bold. It’s fun. I like it. 

Musical Stones
It’s basically a xylophone featuring stones. It’s nice but the samples are a bit noisy. Still I like the character of the tone of the instrument and the noise doesn’t put me off as I see it as a bit lofi. 

Rob’s Andean Quena Flute
Think lofi Mellotron flute. I really like this. 

Saraswati Vena 
Simple, nice. I like it. 

Shivering Keys
A really interesting lofi analog piano that almost sounds like it could work in a horror soundtrack, but I think it’s slightly too sweet for that. 

Shivering Waves
A lofi pad that sounds a bit like Shivering Keys in a pad. 

Signals 
Sound effects that are perfect for sci-fi. 

St Kathrin’s Bell
It sounds great, like a church bell. But there’s a lot of noise in the samples.

Synimer 
A very 80s/synthwave-type pad that sounds very good. I don’t know the song, but it sounds a lot like the synth pad from one of the songs in the 80s movie, “Breakfast Club.” 

Timpani Hits
Nicely sampled, good sounding timpani hits. 
 

 RECOMMENDED FREE SOFT SYNTH PLUGINS

Applied Acoustics Systems AAS Player   
A free player for AAS library instruments that comes preloaded with 750+ sounds from AAS's various sound packs to get you started. 
https://www.applied-acoustics.com/swatches/#aas-player

IK Multimedia Syntronik 2 FREE    
100 vintage synth presets, 2.4 GB of sound content and 38 effects.  IK often gives away additional synths for this line from time to time. 
https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/syntronik/

U-he Tyrell N6   
Based on Roland’s Juno 60.  Two oscillators, noise, ring modulator.  Two LFOs with eight waveforms. Mixer with authentic overdrive and filter feedback.  Twin filter. Analog-type ADSR envelopes, loopable, or LFO-triggered. More than 580 factory presets. 
https://u-he.com/products/tyrelln6/

Viking Synthesizer   
A simulation of a classic monophonic synth that focuses on bass and lead sounds. 228 presets including Bass, Bright Lead, Electro Bass, FX, Percussive Lead, Soft Lead, and Synthwave.
https://blamsoft.com/vst/vk-1-viking-synthesizer/

Cherry Audio Synthesizer Expander Module (SEM)
An emulation of the Oberheim monosynth.  
https://store.cherryaudio.com/bundles/synthesizer-expander-module-synthesizer

Vital  
VItal is a free spectral warping wavetable synth and it is superb. I like it better than most of my paid synths. If you use soft synths, this is a must have, a total no-brainer. There is a paid version for $25 USD with 250 presets and another version for $80 USD with more than 400 presets. All of them are well recommended by the community. But the free version works with third-party presets that you can find at the site's forum and all over the interwebs.  Just stop right now and get this! Also, see below for my link to site with tons of free patches / presets for VITAL and other soft synths. 
https://vital.audio/

Surge XT   
While Vital is my absolute favorite free soft synth, and maybe my favorite soft synth period, Surge is my second favorite free soft synth. It is a hybrid synthesizer. Roger Linn uses it -- and you can get it for free. Why are you still reading this??? Just get it!!!
https://surge-synthesizer.github.io/

Helm    
A great sounding virtual analog synth. 
https://tytel.org/helm/

SynthMaster Player 
I love it! I started with Synthmaster Player and ended up buying their Synthmaster One and Synthmaster Two synths.  
https://www.kv331audio.com/synthmasterplayer.aspx

Arturia Analog Lab Play    
A VST plugin with 100 synths, basses, pads, electric pianos, etc. , 
https://www.arturia.com/products/software-instruments/analoglab/free

Pendulate     
All things music related are subjective, but monosynth just sounds great to my ears and if you don't agree, you're clearly wrong.;) 
https://www.eventideaudio.com/plug-ins/pendulate/

 Togu TAL-Noisemaker  
This free analog modeled soft synth has been around a long time, but it still sounds good to my ears. I'd call it a classic. There are a lot of really nice free presets for it.  
https://tal-software.com/

Synth 1  
This is another classic virtual analog soft synth that's been around a long time, but is still worth having. There's a ton presets spread over the internet. 
https://daichilab.sakura.ne.jp/softsynth/index.html

u-he Zebrelette  
u-he has a lot of hardcore fans of their soft synths showering praise on their soft synths, and they're worthy of that praise. 
https://u-he.com/products/zebralette/

Crystal   
Another older soft synth. It may not sound as modern as some of the others, but I still love it. 
https://www.greenoak.com/crystal/dnld2.html


Dexed FM Plugin Synth  
A soft synth closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. If you like the sound of the DX7, you'll like this. 
https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/

discoDSP - OB-Xd -
An Oberheim Inspired Virtual Analog Synthesizer 
https://www.discodsp.com/obxd/ 

Cherry Audio Surrealistic MG-1 Plus |
An emulation of a vintage Moog synth sold at Radio Shack. 
https://cherryaudio.com/products/surrealistic-mg-1-plus

Voltage Modular Nucleus | Cherry Audio  
A free modular synth. It's not very intuitive, but what I've figured out sounds pretty good! 
https://store.cherryaudio.com/bundles/voltage-modular-nucleus 

kiloHearts One
I bought this synth before they made it free. It's basic, but nice. 
https://kilohearts.com/docs/download_and_installation#khs_one 
 

BONUS: Free Presets / Patches for Vital and Other Soft Synths  
This site has a collection of presets / patches for Vital and many other soft synths and you'll find some very nice ones there that rival and even surpass the quality of patches in banks I've purchased. Warning though, this site has fresh patches for Vital up several times a week and it's easy to become addicted! 
https://presetshare.com/


This list will be regularly updated. I've also created a list of my favorite free sample libraries for KONTAKT:
 

  

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17 minutes ago, Niky Serrano said:

Thanks a lot! 💓
I will review your list and I will add my "recommended" libraries :)

Of course,  everyone can do it however they want but I kind think it would be useful if you did something like a bold headline across any posts with your recommended libraries like this:

NIKY'S LIST OF  RECOMMEDED FREE SAMPLE LIBRARIES 

Then you could come back from time to time and update that post. 

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6 minutes ago, PavlovsCat said:

Of course,  everyone can do it however they want but I kind think it would be useful if you did something like a bold headline across any posts with your recommended libraries like this:

NIKY'S LIST OF  RECOMMEDED FREE SAMPLE LIBRARIES 

Then you could come back from time to time and update that post. 

Thanks for the suggestion
Great idea!

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Thanks, 

More great libraries for the free Kontakt Player:

World Colors Clar-Duduk by Evolutionserieshttps://www.evolutionseries.com/product/world-colors-clar-duduk/

The Free Orchestra by PROJECTSAMhttps://projectsam.com/libraries/the-free-orchestra/

Sirens by Sonixinema (vocal), they also have 3 more free kontakt player libraries in their site :  https://sonixinema.com/collections/freebies/products/sirens-freebie

Pipe Organ by Sonuscorehttps://sonuscore.com/shop/free-pipe-organ/

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Also a fun free Kontakt Player library is Carousel (fairground organ) by sonokinetic : https://www.sonokinetic.net/products/instruments/carousel/ 

A kind of  game and a library -  Arcane by Embertone - a little eccentric but i really like the vocals and it's a really fun one, also used this one to get a large discount and crossgrade to the full Kontakt https://www.embertone.com/instruments/arcane.php

A really unique Free (dontationware so can put 0 in price)  Kontakt Player piano is the 88E by impactsoundworks (what if you tuned every note on a piano to "E") https://impactsoundworks.com/product/the-88e/

 

 

 

 

 

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On 12/2/2022 at 8:54 AM, Dorondon said:

Thanks, 

More great libraries for the free Kontakt Player:

World Colors Clar-Duduk by Evolutionserieshttps://www.evolutionseries.com/product/world-colors-clar-duduk/

The Free Orchestra by PROJECTSAMhttps://projectsam.com/libraries/the-free-orchestra/

Sirens by Sonixinema (vocal), they also have 3 more free kontakt player libraries in their site :  https://sonixinema.com/collections/freebies/products/sirens-freebie

Pipe Organ by Sonuscorehttps://sonuscore.com/shop/free-pipe-organ/

 

 

 

 

 

All great recommendations that should have been in my list! I love the SonusScore Pipe Organ and Project Sam and everything else you added. They'll definitely be in my updates. Hopefully,  this thread will be something that brings some joy to people on a tight budget or with no budget. 

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I've updated the list. BTW, when I see people mention freebies that I find are worthy of recommending -- that I simply didn't recall when making my list -- I'll add them to my list. But please don't let that stop you from making your own list. The value here is that it's not just a list of freebies, it's a list of free sample libraries that you have downloaded and installed and are personally telling others, this is a good quality sample library that is worth downloading and installing. That's the value of having a curated list as compared to a list of everything we've ever found that's free. These lists should help others to easily find what we believe are the better/best freebies. 

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31 minutes ago, PavlovsCat said:

Those should have been in mime top! I love that SonusScore Pipe Organ and Project Sam. and everything you added. They'll definitely be on my updates too. All really good sample libraries. Hopefully,  this thread will be something that brings some joy to anyone on a tight budget or with no budget. 

Really appreciate the  effort you put into this post, Its a great idea , it's amazing how many free quality libraries you can get if you look.

Pianobook really opened my eyes on what sample libraries can be (actually bought kontakt with a large discount with the Embertone crossgrade route which i'll also add to my post right after i discovered about Pianobook )

Many libraries probably wouldn't have been commercially viable but are unique and have many have stories and background to them  that really contributes to the experience of playing them

Also some of the libraries in Pianobook are really unique and incredibly fun to play ,for those who don't know about Kontakt even if you don't own Kontak you can install the free Kontakt Player and try try the pianobook libraries (even if they are meant for the paid kontakt) for 20 minutes without restrictions, take for example - panjo, a pan-drum and banjo instrument that is just so fun to play or many piano's that have such a unique feel to them 

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2 hours ago, Dorondon said:

Really appreciate the  effort you put into this post, Its a great idea , it's amazing how many free quality libraries you can get if you look.

Pianobook really opened my eyes on what sample libraries can be (actually bought kontakt with a large discount with the Embertone crossgrade route which i'll also add to my post right after i discovered about Pianobook )

Many libraries probably wouldn't have been commercially viable but are unique and have many have stories and background to them  that really contributes to the experience of playing them

Also some of the libraries in Pianobook are really unique and incredibly fun to play ,for those who don't know about Kontakt even if you don't own Kontak you can install the free Kontakt Player and try try the pianobook libraries (even if they are meant for the paid kontakt) for 20 minutes without restrictions, take for example - panjo, a pan-drum and banjo instrument that is just so fun to play or many piano's that have such a unique feel to them 

I'm totally with you, Dorondon. I mostly download Pianobook libraries in KONTAKT format, but I really wanted to do this for people who don't have the budget for KONTAKT (full version), hoping that someone whose budget was tight might come across this list and find a goldmine of really beautiful and free sample libraries. While most of these libraries aren't the extensively sampled libraries that I tend to purchase, many of them are still worthwhile because of their character, or as you wrote, their "unique feel" that even though I have a great deal of paid KONTAKT sample libraries, I'll use one of them if I feel their character fits the song I'm working on. Like VSL's Soft Imperial Piano, it sounds beautiful. I love it more than many of the piano libraries I've paid for.

I'm planning on doing a similar thread featuring recommended free KONTAKT libraries too. But I wanted to prioritize this list because it doesn't require a musician to have any budget so that those who may not have the money to buy a bunch of sample libraries can find some really nice ones without spending anything.  

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This is a great list.

I'll add Soundpaint's Free Angels and ASMR. If you're doing ambient drone, these plus the 1928 Steinway will give you some amazing sounds.

Also, the Meldaproduction MSoundFactory Player has the excellent Monastery Grand piano.

For anyone who wasn't aware, there's a (curated) topic on this forum for favorite freeware instruments in general:

 

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I want to tell the story of why I am so fond of Starship Krupa. 

Last year, I started attempting to play music again, 20 years after an injury kept me from being able to play for even a few minutes without pain.  Since I was a little kid, I was always focused on being a good musician and never had much of a voice. So, in my 50s, 20 years of not playing -- I did noodle around every so often over the years, but my last DAW PC hard drive  died, I went 10 years without another DAW PC. I wanted to at least record some songs I wrote for my kids when they were very young (they're now teenagers) and the pandemic gave me a heightened sense of mortality, to do it now  so in case I was gone they would have some reminders of how much I love them (and also what a crap voice their old man had!). I also thought it would be cool to redo the demos of songs I wrote that my original band was planning to record with a singer we never found. So, it's weird playing again when you even wonder if you could play.

While I've been making multitrack recordings since I was probably 12 or 13.  I've only showed them with musicians and immediate family (all musicians). In all those years, I never learned the art of mixing. Starship Krupa offered to mix one of the first songs I ever shared in the Songs subforum.  I thought about taking him up on his offer, but didn't think it was worth his time. But I'll never forget his kind offer and encouragement and every time I see his posts, I always feel  like this man is a true mensch. 

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20 hours ago, JoeGBradford said:

This forum really needs a heart emoji in the reactions 🙂

I've had that same thought many times.

This forum is the music related forum I spend 90% of online forum time at. Why? The people. This forum the most helpful and friendly community of any forum of its kind that I know of. 

I've led digital marketing, including social media,  at a bunch of companies, including some very large global brands and also ran a couple of forums for my own sites and I realize that the forum ownership plays a significant part of the community culture, so Bandlab and the moderators here also deserve significant credit for fostering and maintaining a really healthy community. 

Other forums that are a lot larger, like KVR and VI Control have their strengths,  but they have very different forum cultures, which are the result of many factors, like the forum's policies and what the forum moderators encourage and discourage.  Some of the sites can be very clickish. VI Control has always had these weird hanger on personality cults where developers and pro composers are rockstars and the ownership prioritizes around the developers,  as opposed to users, because that's where they make their money. Whereas Bandlab's forum policies-- even while I've been critical of the one about not letting developers deep link-- reflect that Bandlab has a very user centric approach and that's rare for this space. Bandlab and their moderators deserve a lot of credit for the very helpful and friendly culture they've nurtured. We're not a big community,  but we're big enough to make it very useful and having @cclarryis pretty much like having 20 additional members scouting and posting deals. 

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