Hunter’s Percussion – Orchestral

Snares, Toms, Bass Drum, and Chimes deeply sampled with three mic positions....

The story

This is the orchestral percussion portion of a multi-part percussion library I put together during my final year of university. For a few years now, this library has been a secret sauce/garnish that I would blend into my other paid and professional libraries and figured it was about time to share!

Despite this being my first go at sampling, I had access to all of the conservatory’s instruments, multiple studios, and professional gear so I was pretty intent on quality and detailed sampling. Most articulations were captured with left and right hand variants and at least 6 velocity layers/4 round robins unless the articulation or drum was specialized in some way.

The rig:
Preamps- Focusrite ISA428, UA 4-710d
Close Mics- Neumann KM 184’s
Far Mics- AKG C414’s
Balcony Mics- Neumann U87s

The collection:
Snares (Concert and Field)
Toms (Six Sizes)
Bass Drum
Concert Chimes


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • Very nice quality percussion library!!

    I did not know what to expect, but I was amazed with the quality. GUI is very nice too and the whole library is very easy to use. Cannot believe this is the first time sampling...!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Great Orchestral drums!

    This library is a huge contribution to the PB site. The drums are expertly recorded and performed, and having multiple mic positions really makes this sample peck perfectly useful. Really well executed!

    Sam Ecoff19 October 2021
  • Amazing effort for a first time sampler!

    Great sounds for a free library. Easy to use, nice GUI, and well recorded. The Toms are the standout patch here and the Chimes are really nice too. Not too harsh on the actual hit and not full of awful overtones. Really nicely done!

    R.Treves18 October 2021
  • Handy orchestral snare and more, with plenty of snap!

    The mixing functions on this are really great as the close mics are genuinely very dry and the far and very far mics can be nestled in. Perfect for soundtrack use as you aren't stuck with a completely washy tree mic'd snare. The rolls are also very usable except they seem to spike my old CPU a bit leading to a few dropouts. I think that's because its some kind of program of the single samples rather than a sampled drum roll. But still works really well with the mod wheel. The toms and bass drum will be of less use to me. But the chimes are great for some spaghetti western moments of doom.

    samuelfscott18 October 2021
  • Incredibly well-made and detailed Incredible this is free !

    A great palette of sounds to layer up with other percussion or use on their own. They blend very well, are rather intimate and detailed and work very well. Bravo !

    Nolram17 October 2021
  • Quality sounds

    The sounds of the different percussive elements are really well recorded! Excellent sounding toms and chimes! Well done! Not a big fan of the rolls though...

    Kobe Cannière15 October 2021
  • This could be a little better, but it's good enough!

    I mean it, it seems that there is some serious work put on this small library, but unfortunately there are some issues that I can't really overlook. First and most important, the close mic introduces a white noise which exists even if you don't play anything. Sure you can slap a noise gate on that, but still the noise will still be there as soon as you trigger the sample. This happens mostly in the Bass drum patch and in the Chimes patch which are very noisy in general. My other issue is that some samples are inconsistent when it comes to the total volume. This is very audible in the Snare patch, where you can listen the single strokes being very "normal" in contrast of the rolls that can get very, very loud. I'd also love a flam sample! These are some very nice sounds and the GUI is nice too. You get 3 knobs for different mic placements, which I am not a fan of the indications on top, and they are also a little buggy - at some point I got locked using only one of them and after a while it got fixed by itself. There is also a nice light indication for the dynamics which are controlled by the modwheel.

    Alex Raptakis15 October 2021
  • What a surprise

    I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. Simply incredible, no other words come to mind. Intricately played and recorded, capturing both a crisp source and enthralling ambience. superb

    thomasgrant14 October 2021
  • Can already see myself Using

    I always get so hyped when i see a multiple gb download size on piano book because i know this means more detail, round robins etc. I can already see myself using this particularly the bass drum and i love how you added rolls. One thing i wish is that i was able to adjust the attack of when the rolls start because they take too long to build up for me to play in live along with a bass drum pattern , however this isn't really an issue since you could just move the midi around until your happy with where its sitting. ps. Im using this instrument right now in a track and the bass drum sounds so perfect for what I'm going for, however i don't know what it is, maybe some of the round robins are timed differently but im finding it extremely difficult to program a 4 on the floor pattern that stays in time with my track. If anyone has any suggestions let me know.

    septemberwalk16 October 2021
  • Quality Stuff

    This is all about sound quality. I already have Hunter's World Percussion library as one of my favourites, but this is another level. Thank you!

    Steves-Lens13 October 2021
  • Wow. Amazing sounding little percussion library

    Deeply sampled high-quality percussion. Gives me a very 'medieval/war time' feel with the high attack and long reverb tail as well as the beautiful snare rolls. although possibly partly due to GUI design which I think looks great. The only controls you get are for the levels of the 3 mics: close, far, and balcony, which might seem limited but trust me, the samples sound great out of the box. The piece of constructive feedback I have to offer is that some of the bass drum samples have inconsistent timing, dynamic layers, and round robins. Also, I think the controls might be easier to use as sliders rather than dials. Great library overall!

    Kalaish Stanley13 October 2021
  • Proper Great Orchestral Drums

    Crikey! The bass drum . . . . It sounds as good as anything I have previously owned- and then some. It's fantastic. The Snare , yep. The concert chimes are clear and the tones are distinctive. I am delighted to have discovered this first class addition to my percussion go to library. It will be featured in my scores moving forward. Smashing, thank you Hunter.

    Charlie Olins13 October 2021
  • Super detailed recordings

    I'm honestly amazed at the quality of this! All the recordings are super well done, the 3 different mics allow you to go from intimate to huge the dry mic is really dry!! and the playability is superb, especially in the snare - I wish the toms had some flams and rolls too. Everything you'd expect from a paid library, except... it's free!

    Gustavo Coutinho13 October 2021
  • This Gives Me Butterflies

    The range of options here is very exciting! Close, far and "balcony" mics, all sounding great, with wonderful velocity sensitivity. I got butterflies as I listened to the rolls on bass and snare in particular, but the chimes - with choice of hard or soft mallet! - and toms are also excellent. Playing with the "tune" setting on these provided further versatility, with a wider range of usable pitches being available to create. I would like to see at least some of these combined into a single virtual instrument if possible, but in the meantime, there is much that can be done with this excellent sample pack!

    Jake Hendriksen13 October 2021
  • Thats for Free?

    Thats some quality Samples. Roundrobbins, Velocity Layers and Mic Positions. Can't belive thats a free library. Great work!

    Stephan Scholz12 October 2021
  • Wonderfull percussions !

    Excellent piece of library. I love the snares and toms. Having two different type of mallets for the chimes is also well done. I know way more expensive libraries ;- that are not that good. I can't wait for other mallets and cymbals....

    LeBeginner12 October 2021