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    Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    Looking for some good free sf2 vibraphone or marimba. Hammersound only has one of them and it's a keyboard sample (I'm not looking for Yahama rips of what have you, but real instrument samples).

    sf2midi.com -- I can't get anything to work anymore since they came back online (I even started a thread here at NorthernSounds about that).

    I am making a piece for a short film and was thinking about xylaphone, but it just sounds a little too "hard" for me. Wanting something softer, more dreamy. I think adjusted properly, marimba or vibraphone would do it (unless anybody here can think of a better suggestion!).
    Using: FL Studio 8, on Windows.
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    I realize that you are posting in the sample libraries area and seem to be headed towards this type of solution but you might like to take a moment to look at physical modeled solutions.

    One solution is the Vibes add-on for Pianoteq 3.0.3. If you already have Pianoteq 3, then you can add on the vibes. They come standard with 2 vibes, but tweaking the parameters will easily turn them into a marimba, xylophone or balafon. If you do not already have Pianoteq 3, then this could be a solution that goes way over-budget since you mentioned that you were looking for free solutions.

    Another physical modeling solution that is not free, but very reasonably priced is Phybes (google phybes and the developer Xoxos to find out more). This can do a range of tuned percussion from vibes to xylophone to marimba to bells to etc. It will take more tweaking out of the box than the Pianoteq3 vibes, but it can be very satisfying and is great value for money. There is a demo that is limited to 2 voices of polyphony but that should be enough to let you decide if it is going to do the job or not.

    Staying in the sample world and staying in the free-zone, Viby from Acousticsamples comes to mind. It is not multi-velocity sampled, but it does sound OK for certain situations and it is free. You can download the wav samples and the EXS24 and Kontakt mappings. Of course you could map the wavs yourself to an SF2 or SFZ patch.
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    Garritan Jazz and Big Band contains quite decent vibes, adjustable from clanky to dreamy.

    Sonivox sells a good low-priced mallets Soundfont ($20 or $30) called something like "Orchestral Percussion". I've used that almost every day, for years.

    It's not plain what a "Yamaha rip" may be, but Art Vista sells a very fine $100 sample of a Yamaha vibraphone, programmed for different samplers. If that's a "rip", you don't want it.

    None of these is free, but you might despair of finding a good free one and have to dig out the dimes after all.

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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    another vote for the Pianoteq addon-its pretty amazing and very versatile!
    Great stuff!

    Hans

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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    I'm an unemployed guy who doesnt' even qaulify for Unemployment, and doing this short for free since my skills are limited and I've only been doing music since February -- no cash or reason to use horded cash for this.
    Using: FL Studio 8, on Windows.
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    And one more vote for the Pianoteq Vibes. Tried the vibes in 4 libraries I have and none of them beat the Pianoteq ones....or even came close. Bought the Pianoteq add-on this weekend and am currently using it in a jazz flavoured piece I am writing. Perfect sound for the song and just what I was looking for!
    Finally, here's another plug-in to consider "http://www.artvista.net/Cool%20Vibes.html" (called Cool Vibes). Neither of the above are free, but I suggest that you will find that you will 'get what you pay for' when it comes to this instrument.
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    i just uploaded a clip that uses one of the vibraphones from Pianoteq as the solo isntrument

    http://www.vimeo.com/5229497


    best
    Hans

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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    Very tasteful...and beautifully done (as always), Hans.........................frank
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    I like ArtVista's Cool Vibes.
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    Re: Looking for good vibraphone and marimba

    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Scheffler View Post
    i just uploaded a clip that uses one of the vibraphones from Pianoteq as the solo isntrument

    http://www.vimeo.com/5229497


    best
    Hans
    Wow, really nice...

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