Chris Metzler wrote:
I buy them. My sampler of choice is (the now long in the tooth)
GigaStudio Ver 2.5x. (GSt) File format is *.gig. (Generally)
LinuxSampler will play many of them, and it's getting better all the time.
Here are just a very few of the places where you can purchase GSt
libraries, but they are some of my favorites:
Also check out
for gigabytes of free gig files.
I've done a lot of web searching,
Scarbee is wonderful, both for fingered and slap styles. Worra has a
number of options in the free price range that are OK, so check that
out. My one piece of advice, assuming you're going to tell me that you
don't have money, is to stay away from Sound Fonts converted to gig
format (whether you buy them or do it yourself) if you are looking for
the best results. You get what you pay for...
That is a problem...
In general I play a MIDI keyboard to orchestrate what I want in the
beginning. In the end I don't often record the audio from MIDI but will
attempt to replay the parts with more feeling than MIDI seems to give
me, but I've done both.
All of this depends a lot on the music you are doing. It's different
doing 'Art Rock' on a sampler vs. doing orchestral, but samplers are
used everywhere these days.
(I even have gigs that are full of Acid Loops and get triggered by MIDI.
Good luck with your explorations,