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Free orchestral instrument samples

Clarence Simpson
permalink   Thu, Oct 14, 2010 @ 3:44 PM
This is kinda old news apparently, but I just found out about it, so I’m sharing it just in case.

I stumbled across a section of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s website that houses 100’s of free samples of orchestral instruments playing both single notes and short melodic lines. Seems like these could be pretty useful to ccMixter folks. The only downside is that all the samples seem to be individual instruments (i.e. - no sections or full orchestra samples)

From what I can tell they are giving them away for composers to use royalty-free. A quote from them said: “This means that the samples are free to use for creative musical purposes. Even if you use them to create a No.1 selling CD (in fact we hope you do), we will not make any charges or any claim for royalties.”

I didn’t actually try it, but they even have a in-browser sequencer on their site for people to mess around with arranging their samples.
Admiral Bob
permalink   Thu, Oct 14, 2010 @ 3:49 PM
This sounds familiar although I can’t place where I might have heard this before. But yeah, this is a very, very cool find, and thanks for it!
Abstract Audio
permalink   Sun, Oct 17, 2010 @ 8:48 AM
Whoo thanks mate!! I used to have a great sample cd but I lost it a few years ago, this has the same great quality. How did you stumble upon this one?
I think there should be a perment link some where on this site??
permalink   Clarence Simpson Sun, Oct 17, 2010 @ 12:38 PM
I realized that I didn’t have any orchestra hit samples anywhere so I started searching on Google for one and ran across the Philharmonia site.
permalink   ScOmBer Sun, Oct 17, 2010 @ 12:45 PM
Great resource. Just loaded a whole heap of notes into melodyne. Wow! Thanks for the headsup! Potentially a huge time waster. I like it!
permalink   Abstract Audio Sun, Oct 17, 2010 @ 11:32 PM
you can leave the potentially out ;)
permalink   Mon, Oct 18, 2010 @ 11:57 AM
And here’s 85 free real brass samples of good quality:
permalink   Tue, Oct 19, 2010 @ 6:35 AM
Another link for classical instruments:

In the page is written:
Please feel free to use these samples in your research or music projects without restriction.
Father Scrough
permalink   Fri, Oct 22, 2010 @ 5:26 PM
And also at (CC licenced):
..which is why they might be familiar
Admiral Bob
permalink   Wed, Oct 27, 2010 @ 6:20 AM
This is interesting:
permalink   Clarence Simpson Thu, Oct 28, 2010 @ 11:58 AM
Hmm… can’t see the page. When I click on the link it says “you have successfully logged out”. Weird…
permalink   Father Scrough Fri, Oct 29, 2010 @ 10:45 AM
Works for me. Perhaps they saw you coming…
permalink   Clarence Simpson Fri, Oct 29, 2010 @ 12:06 PM
Maybe, it worked when I tried it this time
permalink   Sun, Oct 31, 2010 @ 9:53 AM
this is awesome!
permalink   Wed, Nov 17, 2010 @ 10:28 AM
Nice find.