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.
If you find any of the libraries on this site useful, I invite you to help make a contribution to the amount of public domain samples. Here’s what I mean:
While there are many public domain samples available, there are several gaps (for example, muted brass) in those publicly available. I invite you to record samples that I can use in future free libraries.
This process is surprisingly easy at this point in time. If you can play an orchestral instrument (or have a friend that does), have a computer, and have a microphone; you can record samples. You don’t need to record them in a studio or hall, in fact, this can make things harder later on in the process. It also doesn’t take a long time. Since most of the libraries here are very small, the total amount of samples is small, and the amount of recording time is very small. You can make the samples for a great sounding virtual instrument in under 15 minutes of playing time.
How easy is that? Again, if you enjoy the instruments you’ve downloaded here, please contact me in the following form so we can create the future of free sample libraries.
P.S. Any comments or suggestions would greatly appreciated. Really, let me know what you think, or what instruments you would like.