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Layers: Free Orchestral Instrument
Layers by Orchestral Tools is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and a Standalone Application for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", SINE Player, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an AAX Plugin and a Standalone Application.
The OS and Format icons below are for the latest version of SINE Player. The version numbers are for Layers.
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Easy access to orchestral sound
Layers is a free orchestral VST instrument, and an easy way to add orchestral sounds to your compositions and productions. Draw from the finest recordings of strings, woodwinds, and brass. Generate full chords with one-touch simplicity. And seamlessly blend layers of tonal colors and dynamics with your MIDI controller.

Layers puts pristine orchestral sound right at your fingertips—for free.

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Layers offers an essential tool for enhancing your music - no matter what you're creating. Use Layers to spark ideas for your next soundtrack and produce sketches fast.

Sprinkle orchestral flavors into your latest pop songs. Or inject cinematic, orchestral textures into your electronic tracks.

Layers: Free Orchestral Instrument - Walkthrough

Why is Layers free?
Layers is our way of introducing the acclaimed Orchestral Tools sound to a new array of composers, producers, and songwriters. You get a completely original instrument library with the remarkable sound people have come to expect from Orchestral Tools.


  • Free orchestral VST instrument.
  • Full orchestral patch plus individual string, woodwind, and brass sections—each with several articulations.
  • Simple one-touch access to major, minor, and suspended chords with multiple inversions—plus single bass notes.
  • Multiple, mixable mic positions and configurations.
  • Unique layering capability that lets you seamlessly blend instrument sections and shift dynamics using your MIDI controller.

Captured at Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin
Layers delivers the same pristine sound as all Orchestral Tools collections. Just like those other collections, the instruments for Layers were meticulously recorded on the Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin—a large hall with amazing acoustics. Engineers used select microphones in multiple positions and configurations.
All sections featured hand-picked musicians from contemporary Berlin orchestras.

How do I get Layers?

Just hit the download button on the Layers page and follow the instructions.

Layers runs exclusively in the free Orchestral Tools SINE Player. Don't have SINE yet? Learn more and download SINE here.

Then join the Orchestral Tools community through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Tell your friends about Layers and share your new creations by tagging us in your posts. We can't wait to hear what you'll do with this free orchestral VST instrument.

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