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    What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    Hello,
    I am looking for the best Marimba Library. Any suggestions? I own Pianoteq (with the Marimba add-on) and also the VSL. Both library do not convince me. Pianoteq is somehow distance and "thin", but very playable, VSL is not expressive enough to me and sonically not my taste. I am going more for the sound of Thomas Newman "American Beauty"...
    I also listened to Sampletekk Marimba own Demos. They have only one short demo on their site (per sound), and hard to tell for me, because the music-style,... is very different to my favs.

    So far, the best MArimba sound I have is from my Roland E-Piano FP7-F. But I would love to have an alternative, so I can work 100% in the box.

    Best for now,
    Seb

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    Re: What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    Hi Seb

    A lot of people like our marimba:

    http://www.sampletekk.com/proddetail...VER-001-FORMAT

    Edit: Oooops, saw that you've already found it... Send me a MIDI file, and I'll generate a demo for you
    You can send it to: per@sampletekk.com
    Worra
    SampleTekk

    Arf, arf, arf...

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    Re: What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    Thanks Worra. Nice offer! I will email you.

    Yesterday I played with Logic Sculpture and was surprised how good it sounds. It plays very organic, I guess because of the virtual modeling (similar to Pianoteq).

    Has anyone tried the Marimba from Spitfire? It had a nice review on "Sound on Sound" some time ago...

    Seb

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    Re: What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    Hi Sebmo,

    There's a Youtube demo of the Spitfire marimba here if you've not already bought something else:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivimzbo4RTM

    You might find the £349 price a little steep if you only want a marimba, but if you can make use of the other orchestral percussion, you'll find all the tuned percussion and the timps pretty much definitive.

    Read more here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/spitfire-percussion.html

    (Yes, I do work for them! But I'm also a film music editor and music producer, and these are the sounds I use myself)

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    Re: What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    I don't have the Spitfire percussion set, but the best sampled Marimba I've heard is the old "Christian/Lane" Ultimate Vibes and Marimba Gigastudio set. A nice variety of mallets including rattan handles. It convert-loads into Kontakt just fine. The Vibes also sound great, but I think the motor tremelo was synthesized in Giga and needs to be recreated in Kontakt. Here it is for less than $40 shipped on ebay:


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Christian-La...item3352bd754a

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    Re: What is the best Marimba Library? (Style: American Beauty...)

    hi , thanks for the posts. I bought the sampletek marimba a few weeks ago. I like them a lot. they work great for my stuff.

    I do have some Spitfire libraries. they are great. like the youtube presentation. but I really needed just a marimba sound now. but I definitely will check it out in the near future.

    Best,
    Seb

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