What’s The Best Violin VST Plugin? Breaking Down Your Top 5 Choices

VST plugins are largely used in today’s music because they can simulate almost any instrument. Most importantly, there are now plugins that can emulate the most hard-to-replicate acoustic instruments such as a drum set, clarinets, trumpets, and cellos.

For that reason, having an arsenal of VST plugins is very powerful for the electronic musician.

Plus, it’s like having an entire orchestra with you all the time! Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

Today I am going to focus on the best violin VST plugins.

There are a lot of them to choose from, but I narrowed them down to top 5.

Let’s begin, shall we?


Personal Orchestra 4

Personal Orchestra 4

This awesome product from Garritan can give you that realistic violin sound that you crave.

With so many different violins, you can actually achieve that breathtaking sound that nobody can listen to without getting goosebumps!

Personal Orchestra has one of the best sample libraries. Their library combines the soft and sensitive touch of a violin with the powerful and high-performance ARIA Player.

Personal Orchestra is 64-bit compatible, with not very high system requirements (surprisingly).

It’s pretty easy to use, and basically, when you start to combine the included sounds, it makes for a pretty powerful package.

Some of the included violins are:

  • Solo Stradivari Violin
  • Solo Gagliano Violin
  • Solo Guarneri Violin

And besides violins, there are lots of other instruments like trumpets, trombones, French horns, keyboards, harps, violas, flutes, clarinets, and many more!

With the current price of Personal Orchestra, it’s worth it alone for the violins. With all the added instruments, you can’t go wrong with this plugin!

“Considering the low, low price, GPO4 more than delivers with its solid-sounding, highly playable orchestral instruments.” -MusicRadar

Well, it’s not hard to see why Personal Orchestra has been awarded by MusicRadar and MusicTech in 2010.


Orchestral Suite

Orchestral Suite

Next on the list, Orchestral Suite, which with over 60 classical instruments and 15,000 samples in its library, is a pleasure to work with.

With additional instruments like the clarinet, flute, harp, guitar, and even different types of choirs, you can be a music virtuoso with only a small effort.

It features instrument-specific controls, as well as key switching and a pretty easy to use interface.
And it all comes in a small package, 4.62GB of an entire orchestra.

Most importantly, you get plenty of great EPIC violins!

You can choose any of the ultra-realistic acoustic violins, and be sure that you won’t be disappointed.

This high quality and sophisticated plugin is a joy to work with, which is exactly why a lot of today’s top producers use it.

Orchestral Suite is compatible with both Windows and Mac. It will work in every major DAW.


Film Score Companion

Film Score Companion

If you want to make music for film or games, there is no better plugin than Film Score Companion.

With five instrument collections, it has more than enough for your every need.

And they are:

  • Orchestral Companion – Strings (violins, violas, cellos, and basses)
  • Orchestral Companion – Brass (trumpets, trombones, French horns, and tubas)
  • Orchestral Companion – Woodwinds (flutes, clarinets, bassoons, oboes, etc.)
  • Eighty Eight Ensemble – It has a Steinway Concert Grand piano, which is recorded in the same hall as the other instruments, which gives you that perfect mix you were looking for.
  • Big Bang Cinematic Percussion – Over 200 percussion instruments that can give you that “epic battle” sound that we all like.

Now just try to imagine The Godfather theme song without a violin. You can’t!

The violin is such a crucial orchestral instrument. That’s why it’s so important to use a good one and this plugin delivers just that.

With many different violin samples/instruments in its library, Film Score Companion is a great tool!

Film Score Companion works with Windows and Mac. All you need now is, at least, 2GB RAM and 35GB of free hard drive space. After that, you are pretty much on your way to possibly making the next best movie or game soundtrack!


Orchestral Companion - Strings

Orchestral Companion – Strings

I mentioned this plugin in Film Score Companion, and now you will see why it is so good for, not only violins but other string instruments too, like violas, cellos, and Contrabasses.

Many of us like that specific and rich sound of string instruments, that can be soft and gentle, and in the next moment hard and brutal.

Of course, we all have different tastes, but, whatever you like, I can assure you that Orchestral Companion Strings can satisfy your taste.

The SONiVOX design team made over 90 outstanding string programs, which can give you best and the most accurate experience as possible.

Very talented artists playing on the most finely crafted instruments were recorded in a big-budget studio to get great sounding samples to base this plugin off of.

Regarding the fact that violins are one of the best string instruments that exist, this is a program that you should use if you want high-quality sound, which is when mixed with other string instruments, a remedy for the soul.

Orchestral Companion Strings is compatible for Windows and Mac, and you can download either 32-bit or 64-bit version of it. It takes around 15GB of hard drive space.

If you have all of that or more this plugin will run very smoothly!


World Traditions

World Traditions

This creation of beauty brings you sounds from all around the world, which makes this plugin something special. Its library contains over 4,400 samples with instruments organized into 10 categories:

  • African
  • Arabian
  • Asian
  • Indian
  • Mediterranean
  • Spanish & Gypsy
  • Bossa Brazil
  • Balkanish
  • Celtic
  • Accordions

Those categories contain instruments that provide a sound with a raw vibe or atmosphere of those regions.

For example, the Celtic category contains instruments such as the Celtic guitar, violin, concertina, acoustic guitars, Irish flute, mandolin, and biniou (small bagpipes). Music is all about combining different inspirations of yours to form something new. That’s a huge reason why this plugin is so handy to have in your collection.

Just by after a few minutes of messing around in this plugin, you could just imagine all of the creative possibilities for you to explore.

Of course, you will find a good selection of strange and ethnic instruments to violins, but there are many other instruments and sounds for you to explore. The Arabian, Balkan, and Celtic regions have some of the most unique violin sounds in the world, which makes World Traditions a joy to use.

World Traditions is compatible with both Windows and Mac. You need 4GB RAM and only 2.26GB of hard drive space to use it. Overall, it runs very smoothly on most computers especially when considering how feature-packed it is.


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In conclusion, each and every one of these plugins has something that makes them a unique and amazing product. They all have their own purposes and different producers can find different ones the most useful.

No matter what plugin you purchase, you can expect to have a great time spending hours enjoying some of the best quality violin sounds that exist.

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    1. It’s hard to find a good free violin. Violins are a very dynamic instrument that isn’t the easiest to make a convincing virtual instrument out of. Check out the Sonatina violin, which is free. Might get the job done depending on what your project is.