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Postby kinglouis » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:05 pm

Hello good people,

I've just had a commission for a documentary based in the middle-east and thought I might use the opportunity to plug a hole in my library arsenal. I'm looking for a decent library collection for general world music... BUT... am working on a relatively tight budget (sub £200 for the library).

Having looked at the Garritan World instruments which falls well in budget, I'm not sure if the sounds are very nice. Anyone tried it?

The big contenders are Motu Ethnic Sounds, Ra (££ ouch)... those ones I know about. Anyone got any experience with these/others to recommend?

Many thanks as always.
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Re: Ethnic Library

Postby BJG145 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:46 pm

A comprehensive, high quality collection like Ethno World 5 or something, would likely break the budget, though you might consider picking up smaller sets or solo instruments from places like PrecisionSound and SonoKinetic...

http://www.store.precisionsound.net/
http://www.sonokinetic.net/products/classical/sultan-strings...

(I noticed a copy of Eastwest RA on eBay (assuming it's legally transferable). I'd be interested in checking out Eastwest Silk, though again, that's over budget.)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EastWest-Quantum-Leap-RA-Virtual-Instrument-Mac-Windows-CDs-Software-/200839002896?pt=US_Computer_Recording_Software&hash=item2ec2effb10
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Re: Ethnic Library

Postby Athanasios C. Paschalis » Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:42 am

Hi,

Back in the days of early sampling CD's, Eric Persing's Spectrasonics released Heart of Africa followed by Heart of Asia. The quality of samples was astounding for the time. Having recently rediscovered these two libraries (I had them buried in my sampling CD library) I was amazed by the high quality of the samples and the programing and I used them succesfully in a recent production.

Heart of Asia should be the one that interests you and I think it still exists in AKAI Sampling CD-ROM format which should be fully compatible with exs24 and NI Kontakt. It's a little old but I think it still is one of the best out there.

http://www.spectrasonics.net/products/l ... ofasia.php
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Re: Ethnic Library

Postby kinglouis » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:19 am

Thanks for that - will check out those individual instruments particularly.
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Re: Ethnic Library

Postby oggyb » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:10 pm

Nice of you to link to the Spectrasonics library. The demo sounds amazing.

Sadly, I think *most* of their stuff sounds like when it was created.
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