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Orchestral Tools present Grimm with Bleeding Fingers

Traditional instruments with a modern twist

Orchestral Tools Grimm with Bleeding Fingers drama horror fantasy scoring medieval instrument sample library

Grimm with Bleeding Fingers is the result of a collaboration between Orchestral Tools and Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers Music collective, and has been created alongside composers Adam Lukas and Jacob Shea. Described as a medieval orchestra crafted for the modern composer, the library captures a range of traditional instruments and aims to provide the ideal toolkit for horror, drama and fantasy scores. 

A collection of six ensembles comprising a main instrument with two matching supporting instruments that can be played as a single patch form the library’s core sound, with contemporary and experimental playing techniques helping the historic sounds to sit naturally in modern-sounding scores. The likes of a a hurdy-gurdy, lutes, baroque violins, violas, recorders and flutes are joined by a tagelharpa and the sackbut — a bowed harp from Northern Europe and a predecessor of the modern trombone. Everything has been performed by top-class musicians at the Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin, meaning that the library will blend perfectly with other Orchestral Tools offerings, and of the resulting samples adhere to the modern tuning standard of A4=440Hz. 

“Grimm was a fantastic opportunity to reimagine traditional instruments within a contemporary context, and expand the definitions of what sounds and textures fit within modern film and television scoring. It was great to collaborate with our friends at Bleeding Fingers Music on this collection, and we’re looking forward to seeing how composers use it to create modern compositions with a medieval nuance.” - Hendrik Schwarzer, CEO of Orchestral Tools

Along with the primary ensembles, Grimm also comes loaded with a selection of processed pads and impact sounds that have been created by filtering, distorting and apply effects processing to the core instrument sounds. The result is said to offer an array of gritty, dark and eerie sounds that lend themselves to modern film and TV scoring styles. 


Grimm runs in the latest version of Orchestral Tools’ SINE Player, which is supported on PCs running Windows 10 or 11, and Macs running macOS 10.13 and higher. VST, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in versions are available, along with a standalone application.

Pricing & Availability

Grimm is available now, and is currently (10 May 2024) being offered at an introductory price of €179, reduced from its full cost of €249.

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