August 9, 2007

Informal Poll...

by Chris Randall

I'm just curious as to the market for a sophisticated sample set, like the Konkrete 2 package. All this discussion has got me thinking about the viability of such things; I know that they used to sell much better than they do now, but that's really neither here nor there in the scheme of things.

So, how 'bout it? What do you spend, per year, on largish ($50 or more) sample sets? Up until yesterday, I hadn't bought any samples in years, but by the end of the day, I'd spent several hundred dollars on various things I couldn't easily or quickly make myself, or seemed cool and useful.



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Aug.09.2007 @ 2:38 PM
I'm probably not a standard (home) studio owner / elecronic musician as far as my buying habits go... But basically the only samples I spend money on are multisamples of real instruments I don't have - SampleTekk pianos, exotic instruments like the Soniccouture Kim, etc. I prefer to sample and mangle the weird bits and electronic stuff myself. (warning: shameless plug incoming...) Here's a recent little tune with just cutlery, houseware, cans, toilet, beer bottles and whatnot used as sound sources: link []">link []

Oh, I did just buy GURU and it's supposed to come with shitloads of drum samples but technically that's not really what I paid for, because I just wanted the software. Won't mind getting two gigs of samples as a bonus though.


Aug.09.2007 @ 2:40 PM
Oh sorry, the statistics part... I guess not more than a few hundred dollars per year, total.

Aug.09.2007 @ 3:38 PM
I just upgraded to Battery 3 so that I could use it on my new MacBook, but I wouldn't have bothered if not for it's very large sound library.... guess that counts?

I generally avoid sound libraries because I mostly make electro acoustic music these days, which sample libraries aren't usually useful for, though I would eventually like to get a very nice piano set.


Aug.09.2007 @ 4:03 PM
Just got the EIC for Ableton Live, and its pretty decent. The pianos and keys are great, but I'm sure there's better out there. Nice to have a paper manual, too, but more percussion/drum samples would have been good. And I'm diggin' the P Bass, but only one octave? Or am I missing something?

Aug.09.2007 @ 4:10 PM
I bought one sample cd of hip hop loops about 10 years ago. And I just felt too guilty to ever use it. At the end of the day I just cant buy sounds or beat, or use presets...but that might just be me.

Aug.09.2007 @ 5:06 PM

unless you count what came w/kontakt when i bought it last year.

i've downloaded a few things over the years (legally). just x0x box samples or classic drummachine samples. before i had any synths i would (legally) download waveform samples from analog synths.

i guess if i did a lot of commercial work i'd buy a few.


Aug.09.2007 @ 5:12 PM
This year? Yeah, probably $50 to $100. I guess this about average thus far. I try to find things off the beaten path - antique, ethic folk instruments - figuring I've got the synth, rhythm thing pretty well covered. Though I would certainly pay for nice programming. Problem is, some of them are just too expensive for something you'll use perhaps a few times.

And I'll still buy an occasional loop "CD" (download) if I think I might be able to squeeze some juice from it - no guilt; it's all in the deconstruction. But again, it's usually of instruments I don't have access to. Or breaks. I love me some breakbeats.


Aug.09.2007 @ 5:20 PM
I don't buy a lot of big sample sets, mostly because the bigger libraries tend to be tied to sampler formats I can't really make use of (I don't have Kontakt or Giga or Halion).

I'd guess I spend between $50 to $100 a year on samples, I got Precisionsound's Retro Gadgets this year, and a few odd things here and there. I'm really good/patient at finding free stuff or donationware, or will do a demo track for free samples, so haven't had a huge need to buy many libraries.


Aug.09.2007 @ 6:41 PM
as much as i wish there were better sound libraries to purchase, the business model of such an adventure is really bad. Just look at the torrnts and you can see why. while an application and installers can have a certain level of anti piracy, content such as .mid .wav .aiff .sdII are incredibly hard to protect as you are aware. I have been making my own libraries that I would like to distribute, but the more I think about distributing the less I want to do so because of this piracy issue. If you find a good way of protecting content let me know. I have several good hardware libraries I've made, including hundreds of instruments I've made in KYMA, MAX/MSP and Csound and batched sampled with Redmatica.

Aug.09.2007 @ 7:20 PM
The future of sample collections seems to be packaging them as software instruments.

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