Free Orchestral VST LibrariesAre you looking for some great Orchestral Sample Libraries and VST Plugins, that are free but still sound amazing?

In the recent years there has been an explosion of free orchestral libraries of all kinds of instruments, let’s have a look at some of the best ones you get get:

1 – LABS by Spitfire Audio

This is a complete range of many instruments that Spitfire Audio shares with you, completely for free. And they continue to add more instruments that you can use for your music compositions without having to break the bank. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Soft Piano
  • Frozen Strings
  • Strings
  • Choir
  • Dulcimer

2 – The Free Orchestra by Project Sam

My first high end orchestral sample library was actually Symphobia 1, back in…2008 I think. I fell in love with the warm, close sound, and great variation in the sample library.

Now Project Sam has a series of free orchestral instruments based mainly on the sounds from Symphobia. And even if I already have that product, it can be great to have a dedicated instrument with low footprint on CPU and RAM, while still sounding great. Here are some of my favorites:



  • Tutti Hits
  • Sordino Violins
  • Heroic Horns
  • Power Strike
  • Short Strings

3 – Layers by Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools have some of the most high end orchestral sample libraries on the market. So getting access to a free product from them, which still has the same professional quality recordings captured at Teldex Scoring Stage in Berlin, and made available in their SINE player is truly a gift! You get chords, sustains and staccatos of:

  • Full Orchestra
  • Strings
  • Brass
  • Woodwinds

My Final Thoughts

Now of course there are plenty more free sample libraries of orchestral instruments out there. But I recommend you to choose the best of the best, if you are going to use free tools. It’s a great way to start out, and even complement your existing tool box of orchestral sounds. Have fun, and keep composing music! =)


Mikael Baggström - Composer and Sound DesignerMy name is Mikael “Mike” Baggström, and I am a composer, sound designer, artist and educator.

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