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    Frozen Plain Terracotta: Mirage

    Mirage

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars.Terracotta is based around samples taken from recordings of 25 different Terracotta pots, divided into four round‑robin and four velocity layers.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    RT Sonics Cinematic Bundle

    WAV

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. These high-quality WAV samples would most certainly feel at home dropped into a high‑end blockbuster movie, action trailer, or AAA video game.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    Naroth Audio Rhythmus

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Rhythmus is built from over 2.5GB of samples taken from a variety of ‘found’ percussion.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition

    Sample Library

    EastWest/Quantum Leap unveil their expanded orchestral masterwork and built‑in orchestrator.

    Reviews Jul 2021
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    Audiobro Modern Scoring Strings

    Sample Library

    Audiobro faces the future with an all‑new divisi strings collection.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Strezov Sampling Choir Essentials

    Kontakt Instruments

    Rating ***** 5/5 Stars. For quick and effortless choral mock‑ups, or even more complete works, Choir Essentials boasts a healthy 11.5GB of sample content at a very attractive price.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Abbey Road One: Legendary Low Strings & Sparkling Woodwinds

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. As promised at the time of release, Spitfire Audio are now following up Abbey Road One with a series of smaller, inexpensive mini‑libraries derived from the main collection.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Fallout Music Group Unstrung

    Kontakt Instrument/WAV

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. As the title suggests, this is a collection of string‑based sound effects designed with horror or tension in mind.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Cinesamples Soundscapes

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. The Cinesamples approach to granular synthesis is based on a library of samples taken from recordings of violinist Michael Levine, which are divided into textures, pulses, pads, one‑shots and sound design patches.

    Reviews Jun 2021
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    Cinematic Studio Woodwinds

    Sample Library

    Cinematic Studio’s eagerly anticipated Woodwinds library does not disappoint.

    Reviews May 2021
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    Toontrack Gospel EZX & EBX

    EZdrummer/Superior Drummer & EZbass Expansions

    We look at the Gospel according to Toontrack.

    Reviews May 2021
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    VSL Synchron Strings Pro & Synchron Percussion

    Sample Libraries

    The Vienna samplemeisters expand their Synchron orchestral range.

    Reviews May 2021
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    Soundbake Fractured Strings & Broken Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. While Fractured Strings is a fully paid‑up product, Broken Strings is a freely available instrument, with samples drawn from a warped‑Nyckelharp and a broken Autoharp.

    Reviews May 2021
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    Auddict PercX: Raw Drum Kits

    PercX Engine

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. Auddict are back with a further library that uses the PercX engine: Raw Drum Kits, aimed more at songwriter/producer types.

    Reviews May 2021
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    Spitfire Audio Contemporary Drama Toolkit

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. As with its predecessor, this toolkit lacks any rhythmic material, but its astonishing sounds are well worth the entry price.

    Reviews May 2021
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    UJAM Virtual Drummer DEEP

    Virtual Drummer Instrument

    Rating ***** 5/5 Stars. DEEP’s drum sample content and collections of drum pattern style sets give it a distinct musical flavour within the UJAM drum line‑up.

    Reviews May 2021
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    Luftrum Bioscape

    Sample Library

    Luftrum offer some found sounds as a cure for lost inspiration.

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Orchestral Tools Berlin Symphonic Strings

    Sample Library

    Orchestral Tools beef up their Berlin orchestra with a full‑size symphonic string instrument.

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Cymatic Form Acousmatic Engine

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Acousmatic Engine explores future retro and Gothic‑influenced sound design to conjure a world of dank cellars, flickering lightbulbs and leering spectral apparitions.

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Toontrack Electronic Edge EZX

    EZ Drummer/Superior Drummer Expansion

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This is a very unusual expansion kit, steering well clear of the more familiar electronic drum sounds in favour of something rather more experimental.

    Reviews Apr 2021
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    Sudden Audio RAW Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4.5/5 Stars. Sudden Audio describe this package as ‘strings reimagined’, setting this sampled‑suite apart from the more usual orchestral or solo string bundles.

    Reviews Apr 2021

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