Commercial sample libraries (and/or effects)

  • Takabuntu
Posted: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 22:30
Does anyone use commercial sample libraries (and/or effects) to create/produce songs under LINUX. I have a load of free soundfonts, but would like to work with a little more realistic sounding instruments and effects. I looked at the Garritan Personal Orchestra libraries, but am unsure if they would work under LINUX or that I could make full use of all the features they provide (like effects, etc). What can you recommend and/or have experience with (the good, the bad and the ugly are all welcome). I know that VST instruments/effects can be made to work with wine, wrappers, tutorials and aspirin. But somehow I see Wine more as a temporary solution to get VST instruments working under LINUX. Is there any news on the LV2 plug-in standard as a LADSPA replacement?

GIG could work

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 21:24
I built gigedit from source a few days ago. I managed to build a rudimentary sample bank from old wav samples I had laying about, and it did not sound bad ad all. Gigedit is an optional (but vital) part of the Linuxsampler family that is not yet included in 64studio (or any Debian based distro so far as I can see) I opened a ticket motivating its inclusion. Cheers,

True. Samplers are very poor

  • stanlea
  • 08/21/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 21:03
True. Samplers are very poor in the Linux world. One can understand because there are not many commercial libraries. But having just a good sampler with the ability of playing wavefiles, mapping sounds, etc. would be really cool. Maybe Linux sampler should be less focused on the Gig format.

Still dark in the tunnel...

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 19:33
But that means there is definitely not a train coming from that side of the tunnel at the present moment... There are too many parties involved, and not all of them have the same priorities. The Wine crowd couldn't be bothered if we manage to play VST in 64bit or not. The main focus for them is to have you still use your old word processor, or play your win games. It just escalates from there...


  • Takabuntu
  • 08/20/07
  • Tue, 11/06/2007 - 19:02
Wow, it does sounds amazing although they should work on a proper demo instead of this phony add. Have you also heard the examples of the "EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs"??? I am simply blown away by the realistic sound and being able to write your own lyrics and let 'your' choir sing it, that is something else than the (GM) oohs and aahs. I wish that kind of quality was available for 64studio too. It kind of feels that we're always a couple of steps behind everyone else with quality like this. I find it hard to find quality audio stuff produced with a LINUX DAW, it is mostly amateur stuff and a lot of weird sounding stuff. That in itself is not bad, but I am really convinced that LINUX audio production has a brighter (more mainstream) future than what I have heard so far. Do you know how the 64-bit support for VST is coming along?


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 11/05/2007 - 06:52
The best working solution at the moment is to use Linux Sampler. It can use GIG sample packs that you can either download for free (community made) or purchase on disk. Some of the commercial sample packs are very good, and you'll hardly notice the difference to the real instrument if you have good midi input... See the following link for a demo of what is possible in your favourite linux sequencer with one of these. Cheers,