Free Sample Library
v3.2.2 - Oct. 31, 2020
virtual – “not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so”
by Tim Smith, Paul Battersby
What is “virtual playing”?
Virtual playing is my term for playing the simulated sound of a real instrument by using a piano keyboard and software based virtual instruments. (In technical terms, playing a MIDI controller and recording the notes through VST plugins using a computer in place of a multi-track recording studio)
What is Virtual Playing Orchestra?
Virtual Playing Orchestra is a free orchestral sample library (sometimes incorrectly called a Soundfont, VST or VSTi) that provides the sounds of all the instruments of an orchestra designed to be played back via a MIDI interface and a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).
This free orchestral sample library was built by taking the best parts of the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra sample library, blending it with the best free orchestra sounds that became available after Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra was created, adding missing articulations and looping all the samples so that each sound will play for as long as you hold the note.
See the Virtual Playing Orchestra download page to learn more.
What else is there to see here?
Besides the Virtual Playing Orchestra sample library, you will find music composed, mostly using the Virtual Playing Orchestra sounds since Oct 2016, some before and after samples of collaborations with song writers, as well as blog posts, videos, links to tools and resources that may be useful to those that use orchestral sounds in their music.