Best Marimba Sample LibraryAre you looking for great sounding marimba sample libraries for your music composer toolkit?

This is my top list of recommendations of marimba libraries, as well as mallet percussion libraries that include a great sounding marimba:

5 Best Marimba Libraries

  1. Paradise Marimba
  2. Grand Marimba
  3. Ricotti Mallets
  4. Orchestral Percussion X3M
  5. Vital Series Mallets

The Power of Marimba in Music

The Marimba has an amazing range for a melodic percussive (struck) instrument, 5 full octaves! The classic wooden sound has a very short, distinct and light sound to it. And you can also use different mallets for a different tone.

The main things to consider for a marimba sample library or VST plugin are:

  • Range (in sampled notes)
  • Dynamic Range (velocity layers)
  • Round Robins (variation layers)
  • Tones (hard, medium, soft)
  • Extended Articulations (glissandos, rolls, tremolos)