NFO: Orchestral Swells

NFO: Orchestral Swells


About a year ago, I got an email from Jack Hughes, founder of the Northern Film Orchestra, based in Manchester. Following my Soft String Spurs project and my Isolation Collaboration, he proposed we do a similar thing but on a grand scale, with a full orchestra. The resultant library features over 600 combined recordings from over 40 players, in the shape of a Kontakt 5 and DecentSampler virtual instruments.

To get the ebb and flow that I wanted for this library, I decided to instruct the players to perform swells for Strings and Winds, and Accents for Brass. This allows the orchestra to perform as a cohesive unit. There are 5 dynamic layers which can be faded between using the Dynamics knob, MIDI Learn-able to any CC (my preference is the Mod Wheel).

The Northern Film Orchestra are a fantastic set of musicians who specialise in recording music for Film, TV & Video games. They have a wide range of recording packages from an Intimate 14 piece ensemble through to an epic 69 piece orchestra with 5.1 surround, photography and filming available. They even support shared sessions to record alongside fellow composers.

You can book them here:

Watch my walkthrough and behind the scenes film here:


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5.0 rating
July 25, 2021

Wow, toller Sound, vielen Dank dafür!!!!


thank you

5.0 rating
June 22, 2021

love it thanks



5.0 rating
June 18, 2021

Esta es una magnífica librería para complementar temas orquestales. Realmente buena !!!!



5.0 rating
June 17, 2021

Absolutely incredible samples, easy to use UI and all for FREE. Great job to all the players and organisers for this one!

Jason Kelliher

Impressive sound!

5.0 rating
June 15, 2021

I already have many commercially available orchestral sample libraries and this is really as beautiful as any of them, and it’s free! I cannot thank you enough! Well done, excellent work and thank you again!

Sotiris Gougousis


600 recordings from over 40 players of the Northern Film Orchestra

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