Creating a Solo Violin EXS24 Instrument for Logic Pro

Mike Watkinson, ADE, shows how to quickly and effortlessly create a solo violin sampled instrument in Logic Pro - something strangely lacking in the included content for Apple's flagship DAW.  

A question often raised on forums concerns the lack of solo violin instrument in Logic Pro. There are plenty of great sounding string ensemble instruments - but no solo versions! In this tutorial we look at how to remedy that situation by creating one of your own.

Download the samples

Pic 1

First of all, you will need to locate a source of free solo violin samples. Why free? Well, if you have paid for an orchestral instrument library for EXS24, then chances are you already have a perfectly good solo violin! As luck would have it, there is a well recorded set of violin samples on A professional violinist by the user name of ldk1609 has gone to the trouble of recording every note on their violin with and without vibrato, with a spaced pair of Earthworks QTC MP40 microphones. The sample packs are available at the following links:

Vibrato sample pack -

Non-vibrato sample pack -

For the purposes of this tutorial, go ahead and download both packs - you will need to become a member of if you are not already, and log in to the site in order to download.

Create your instrument

In Logic Pro, open EXS24, then click on the '

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More


The above looks great - that is until I tried to load the samples having followed the guidelines above. I can hear the samples individually, and excellent they sound too ('play' etc.) but I cannot install them in a way where they fall automatically onto the correct chromatic keyboard key. There are indeed 3 options to choose from, none of which lets the samples flow into their respected pitch (why do they always flow from C1 by the way - even A#3 for example?).
Any further assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Want to join the discussion?

Create an account or login to get started!