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