Best Taiko VST Sample LibraryAre you looking for great sounding taiko sample libraries for your music composer toolkit?

This is my top list of recommendations of taiko libraries, as well as percussion libraries that include a great taikos:

5 Best Taiko VST Sample Libraries

  1. Taiko Creator
  2. Taikos X3M
  3. World Percussion Taiko
  4. Orchestral Percussion SDX
  5. Hans Zimmer Percussion

The Power of Taikos in Music

Taikos is a family of percussion instruments from Japan, that are often played in ensembles and for dramatic visual effect. They have in the last decades become more and more used in film and cinematic music due to their “action type sound”.

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

  • Instruments included (Taikos, Shinme Daiko, Byou Daiko…)
  • Solo vs Ensemble Taikos
  • Dynamic Range (velocity layers)
  • Round Robins (variation layers)
  • Microphones (ambience flexibility)
  • Mallets (ex: Hands, Sticks)
  • Extended Articulations (Stick Hits, Rim Hits)