Sound for the screen: 5 essential cinematic sample libraries

Here are some tools to get you started on your film composing journey.

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Essential cinematic sample libraries

Our recent Sound For The Screen guide is packed with practical, expert guidance on creating audio for film and TV. This plug-in selection has been extracted from the main feature which you can sink your teeth into here.

Modal Runs by Sonokinetic

Sonokinetic Modal Runs GUI

A simple-to-use generator of orchestral runs able to bolster your soundtrack projects, it dovetails perfectly into Sonokinetic’s wider range of orchestral projects.

Price €74.90 ex. VAT/€90.63 inc. VAT. Read our full review here

Albion One by Spitfire

Spitfire Albion One

Spitfire’s reputation for creating exquisite sample libraries is well deserved. For our money, Albion One remains one of the greatest all-round cinematic libraries out there, providing lush strings, powerful brass, thunderous percussion and a grand variety of loops.

Price £383. Read our full review here.

Metropolis Ark series by Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 1

This series provides both the loud and quiet extremes of orchestral colour across four tailored libraries. Recorded at Teldex Studio in Berlin, they are colossally rich and inspiring, particularly the first in the range.

Price €549 inc. VAT.

Nucleus (The Orchestral Core for Kontakt Player) by Audio Imperia

Audio Imperia Nucleus The Orchestral Core

Audio Imperia’s samples provide a solid starting point for composers. Nucleus is elegant and easy to work with, replete with orchestral and choral sounds, as well as articulations and solo instrumentation.

Price $449. Read our full review here.

Symphobia 4: Pandora by ProjectSAM

Project SAM Pandora

Those looking to build tension for genre projects should try this library, which contains cinematic risers, falls and crescendos. Its often haunting collection, coupled with the included effects, is well suited to soundtracking horror.

Price €599. Read our full review here.

Stay tuned for the next buyer’s guide on sound design toolkits. Check out some tips we have for you to get started on your film composing journey here. For more buyer’s guides check here.


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