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KVR Readers' Choice Awards 2021: Top 5 nominations for 'Favorite Sampled Virtual Instrument'

KVR Readers' Choice Awards 2021: Top 5 nominations for 'Favorite Sampled Virtual Instrument'

By KVR Audio on

The nominations for the 2021 KVR Readers' Choice Awards are in, as voted for by the KVR community. Voting is now open so make yourself heard here.

We present to you the top 5 nominations for 'Favorite Sampled Virtual Instrument'.

During this phase KVR members can choose their preference from the shortlist in each category (or stick with their previous selection, or choose another if they prefer, who are we to judge?) Spread the word, tell your friends, tell your enemies, tell your mum, #kvrrcas. All categories are optional. Please note that Freeware and Donationware products should not be voted for in any categories except Favorite Free Virtual Instrument and Favorite Free Virtual Effect Processor. Everyone can change their nominations / votes at any time until the voting closes.

NOTE: If the product you wish to vote for isn't in the KVR Product Database yet please contact the developer and ask them to add it.
Who won last time? Find out at kvraudio.com/2020-kvr-rca-winners

Bioscape

 My KVR
Field Recordings Instrument by Luftrum

Bioscape, Found Sound Cinematics

Field recordings merge together in a sonic kaleidoscope of found sound cinematics – from underscoring pads to drones, pulses and textures.

Bioscape is a 4.5GB Kontakt instrument that is based on field recordings and found sounds to create musical content, this gives you an unpolished, raw and organic dimension to your production.

Bioscape is particularly suitable for game and filmscore composers, but works extremely well with ambient music, music concréte, sound healing, music therapy or as a standalone experimental instrument.

Bioscape contains hundreds of field recordings and found sounds from hydrophonic desert wind to abandoned factory drones, from ghostly ringing rocks to cracking icy rivers, all sorted in different sound categories. Using the sound material, a team of world renowned sound designers have crafted over 440 presets sorted in categories from pulses to pads, textures, ASMR, drones, playables and effects.

Within the DNA of Bioscape is a multifaceted instrument that on one side can sound as atonal and dark as you want and on the other side produce the most ethereal and light timbres.

Bioscape is made for and licensed to the free Kontakt Player so you do not need the full version of Kontakt to play Bioscape. It is fully NKS compatible and supports drag & drop, so you can use your own sounds and samples. It is installed directly in Native Access, just enter the serial number and click install.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpEqzLp-S_Y

Drum Kits by XLN Audio
No Longer Available

Addictive Drums

Addictive Drums is a "Complete Drum Production Studio". It includes 3 complete kits, and lots of extra drums and cymbals. The samples include every nuance from the softest to the hardest hits, many stroke variations (hihat has 12 variations, snare has 6 for example) with alternating samples through-out. All sampled drum/cymbal sounds are recorded with a multi channel mic setup, just as you would record a real drum kit.

The Kits:

  • Sonor Designer (Kick, Snare, 5 toms).
  • DW Collector's Series (Kick, Snare, 5 toms).
  • Tama Starclassic (Kick, Snare, 3 toms).
  • Extras: Pearl Signature Ferrrone snare, Pearl Masterworks Piccolo snare, Pearl Masterworks kick.
  • Cymbals (Sabian & Paiste): 3 Hihats, 9 Crashes, 3 Splashes & 2 Chinas.

Shaping the basic sound is easy within AD's sampler section. Controls for volume and pitch (with envelopes), levels (adjust balance of Close, Overhead and Room levels of each Kit piece), and filter (cut the low end on hihats for example) means you can do anything from slight tweaking to major reconstruction of the sound.

12 mixer channels, 52 insert effects and 2 reverbs are at your disposal, with everything quickly accessible, no hidden menus get in your way.

The included presets make it easy to try out different styles for a track, and lets you save and re-use complete drum productions in new songs. You can create your own folders with your own presets and they immediately appear in the Preset menu.

A vast library of MIDI files in different styles, all easily accessible from within AD gives you the building blocks to create drum tracks quickly. The built in browser lets you search by keyword ("Ride", "Metal"), or sort by Category, BPM, Time signature. Drag'n'drop files the files you like to AD's favourite list, or drag them right into your host's arrangement window.

AD is a multi-out plugin; every channel in the AD mixer can be routed to a separate output if required.

World Instruments by UVI
$299 / 299€

World Suite 2

World Suite 2 - Instruments from Around the Globe:

  • Epic collection of traditional and ethnic sounds.
  • 65,000+ samples, 369 instruments, 10,000+ loops and phrases.
  • Intuitive UIs with instrument-specific controls.

With 369 instruments at your fingertips World Suite delivers thousands of years of musical culture from every major continent and ethnic tradition. Explore the sounds of our global heritage and traverse the most secluded corners of the world for inspiration with hundreds of playable instruments and thousands of authentically performed loops and phrases.

World Suite's scope is truly massive, it's one our largest libraries yet including well over 65,000 samples and representing years of planning, recording, editing, coding and design to realize. The vision was simple, we wanted to create a single library that would allow anyone to quickly and easily navigate to any region of the world, browse local instruments and begin playing. Journey to Africa and feel the primal drive of tribal drums and the hypnotizing resonances of the MBira, to Asia and Indonesia for the delicate strings of the koto, mystical shakuhachi flutes and the cerebral gamelan, or to Australia for the didgeridoo and ancient percussive instruments of the aborigine... Wherever you want to go World Suite can be your musical guide with the largest and most complete collection of traditional instruments ever in software form.

What's new in World Suite 2?

Version 2 adds 48 instruments and over 2,000 loops and phrases including new Georgian vocal phrases (male and female), a new and exclusive Oriental Strings Ensemble with dozens of Arabic, Turkish and Persian multi-sampled phrases recorded in 12 keys with percussions, and 3 new Traveler instruments. Learn more.

Whether you're looking for a specific traditional instrument, an assortment of new and obscure timbres to arrange into your compositions or rural loops to chop for your next production, World Suite delivers a tremendous collection unlike anything you've ever seen or heard before.

World Suite offers native 64-bit standalone operation by way of Falcon or the free UVI Workstation, providing comprehensive support for all modern DAWs and simultaneous authorization on up to 3 computers or iLok keys.

Learn more

YouTube.com/watch?v=0iYfnP8Ml-s

BBC Symphony Orchestra Professional

In partnership with BBC Studios and the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra, Spitfire Audio has finally been able to capture what no other sample library has before: the musical synergy of a family of astoundingly accomplished players with a 90-year heritage of performances and recordings, deep sampled at London's famous Maida Vale Studios — home of the BBCSO, and host to The Beatles, Hendrix and Bowie. This landmark library is the stuff of composing dreams: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, all housed inside our award-winning plugin. Including three editions (Discover, Core and Professional) interchangeable through our groundbreaking mode-switching technology, BBCSO Professional is our definitive orchestral library.

Created as a universal starting point for composers and music creators of every level, BBC Symphony Orchestra now comes in three editions: Discover, Core and Professional. Professional is the definitive, comprehensive collection for writing professional, world-class orchestral music, featuring 67 different instrument presets recorded on world-class Millennia preamps, including groups and soloists, and 468 techniques, including 45 legatos, for each melodic instrument — as well as a staggering 20 signals.

In the latest update to BBC Symphony Orchestra Professional we have added an extra set of stunning performances from the brilliant brass section, as well as updating a selection of legatos with abilities including fast runs and shorts:

  • ~36GB of new content.
  • New Muted Brass techniques.
  • New Cimbasso.
  • Extended Legato Update.
  • Various bug fixes.

https://youtu.be/hK2vK8nOvzk

Noire

 My KVR
Kontakt Instrument by Native Instruments

Noire

Experience firsthand the signature grand piano sound of composer and pianist Nils Frahm. This is the sound of a unique concert grand – handpicked by the artist, custom intonated, and augmented with a felt damper. We've captured the piano in its native habitat – the ambient environment of Saal 3 in Berlin's renowned, Bauhaus-designed Funkhaus recording complex. The result is a unique, intense, and evocative instrument, with an atmosphere all of its own:

  • NOIRE was captured using vintage mics and preamps in the rich acoustic environment of Saal 3 in Funkhaus Berlin.
  • NOIRE offers pure and felt preparation versions of the 9' concert grand piano.
  • Quickly customize the sound from any page of the interface.
  • Dive deeper into advanced customization options to fine-tune your sound.
  • Add motion and spur new creative ideas with an innovative particles engine that automatically generates notes based on what you play.
  • Apply effects to shape or completely alter the piano's character. Blend in a variety of noises to enhance realism.
  • NOIRE was captured using vintage mics and preamps in the rich acoustic environment of Saal 3 in Funkhaus Berlin.
  • NOIRE offers pure and felt preparation versions of the 9' concert grand piano.

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