Originally Posted by Beermaster
A long time ago (say 15 years ?) the first two sample based products that redefined how action film scoring could take a different direction from typical orchestral and synth style productions sounded were:
Spectrasonics 'Distorted Reality'
East West 'Percussive Adventures'
The first was a CDrom of seriously amazing pads, booms, Sweeps, Transitions and other utterly unique and groundbreaking effects - used for decades in thousands of films and TV soundtracks
The second was the very first of the 'Epic Percussion' libraries offering huge pre-made beds of massive ethnic and dramatic percussion grooves - the like of which had never previously been offered in a sample library
Both of these products were the first of their kind and spawned countless sound a like a copycat products some advancing the form and extending the offerings
Fast forwards to today and the pick of the bunch has to be
Omnisphere - for the sheer diverse range of cinematic and awesome synth and acoustic/Psychoacoustic sounds
East West - Storm Drum 2 for all your heavy bad ass epic drums
Many have copied and many pretend to be as good but for the money and for the diversity and ease of use these two rule !
Yeah, I hear those libraries all the time on the Discovery Channel. If you have no time to make something from scratch, they are excellent.