The Alpine Project has been launched with a first series of three sample libraries for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The Alpine Project came about from a realization about the state of free sample libraries. While there were many free samples in the public domain, there were hard to find, and in varying hard to use formats.
The Alpine Project collects the best public domain musical instrument samples, and combines them with clever scripting and effects in NI’s Kontakt. The result is great sounding free sample libraries that can find a place in the beginning and professional composer’s studio.
The sample libraries in question are Bass Clarinet, a library which uses samples from the University of Iowa MIS, English Horn – based on samples from the free Eddie’s English Horn Soundfont, and French Horn, a very playable and simple to use Kontakt sample library based on samples from the University of Iowa Music. French Horn promises a great sound, and has a very large dynamic range, due to the modeled dynamics.
If you own a full copy of Kontakt, then I strongly recommend you to try these. The free version of Kontakt (Player) is not supported, although you will be able to evaluate the Alpine sample libraries for 15 minutes with each load of it.
Bass Clarinet, English Horn and French Horn are available for instant download via The Alpine Project. They’re available under “Libraries” section, “Brass” and “Woodwinds” subcategories.