Spitfire releases Evo Grid 001 – Strings for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of Evo Grid 001 – Strings, a collection of long evolving chamber strings orchestrated by Ben Foskett.

Spitfire Evo Grid 001 - Strings

Performed by some of the most progressive avant garde string players in London today and recorded dry at the amazing Air-Edel studios via the finest vintage mics, neve pre-amps and vintage Cadac desk. Spitfire went about recording 48 different and very long Evos. Not just tense, mysterious and frightening Evos as with Scary Strings. But also intensely beautiful, tender and moving. Recorded across 12 intervals, and arranged on a 12 x 48 grid the true genius of this library lies in its interface…

With a GUI Inspired by the EMS VCS3 you can instantly select (or peg) what evo sits on each of the 12 key ranges. This gives you literally an almost infinite number of personalised configurations. Toggle your pegs around, or hit “Randomise”, replay the MIDI and no cue will ever sound the same twice! The pièce de résistance here though is the ability to play ultra minimal music whilst holding your audience captive with the ever changing kaleidoscope of progressive string techniques.

Whilst playing the material orchestrated by Ben Foskett, we couldn’t stop ourselves from creating an additional 5 grids of awesome warped, saturated and totally transformed versions of each and every Evo.

The Evo Grid 001 library is available for the introductory price of £134 GBP until March 2nd, 2015 (RRP £179 GBP). Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Evo Grid 001 – Strings

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Spitfire releases David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1

Spitfire Audio has released David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1, a collaboration with Fanshawe One World Music, to bring the extraordinary recordings of David to your sampler.

Spitfire David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1

Antony Hopkins would surely have also appreciated the sentiment behind DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOL 1, the first release in a continuing collaboration between Spitfire Audio, the estate of David Fanshawe, and Fanshawe One World Music, a unique, ear-catching collection of recordings residing under the watchful eye of Jane Fanshawe. For the DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS collection will help to support the work being undertaken to prepare the astonishing archive that was David Fanshawe’s generous gift to the world for its eventual establishment as the premier resource for researchers and musicians worldwide. Work thereof includes cataloguing and digitising the entire archive with the aim of finding it a permanent home within a national museum or university of note.

Notably, with the DAVID FANSHAWE – EARTH ENCOUNTERS collection, Spitfire Audio aims to capture inspirational musical performances and sounds which can then seed future music-making as a kind of DNA. David Fanshawe was already trailblazing this pathway while Spitfire Audio co-founders and composers Christian Henson and Paul Thomson were still immersed in their formative years in education. Actually, African Sanctus left an indelible musical mark on the then-teens; the remarkable reception to its UK premiere at the Three Choirs festival back in 1978 — conducted by Paul Thomson’s choirmaster — was still being talked about many years later at the festivals in which Paul performed as a schoolboy chorister.

David Fanshawe: Earth Encounters Vol 1 features

  • 2,079 groups, 16,171 zones.
  • 11,491 samples, 21.3 hours content.
  • 27.39 gb (uncompressed 32bit wav), 13.7 GB NCW compressed size.

The library is available for purchase for the introductory price of £149 GBP until February 6th, 2015.

More information: Spitfire Audio / Earth Encounters Vol 1

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Spitfire Audio releases The Grange for Kontakt

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of The Grange, a sample-based virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, capturing three legendary drummers recorded at one legendary location.

Spitfire The Grange

The Grange is an exhaustively produced drum library recorded at Headley Grange, a former Victorian workhouse, now a private residence nestled in the heart of England’s rural Hampshire, that has played host to some of the most influential Sixties and Seventies recording artists that this country has produced (including Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis and Led Zeppelin).

The drummers recorded for The Grange:

  • Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • Roger Taylor of Queen.
  • Andy Gangadeen whose numerous percussive adventures include work with Massive Attack, Chase & Status, Rudimental and Labrinth.

Spitfire Audio is showcasing The Grange on a display designed to give everyone ‘hands-on’ experience of ‘The Spitfire Way’ in Hall E, Booth #6945 at The NAMM Show 2015, January 22-25 in Anaheim, California.

The Grange is available for purchase for the introductory price of £149 GBP until February 5th, 2015 (regular RRP £199 GBP).

More information: Spitfire Audio / The Grange

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Spitfire launches SD01 DUSTBUNDLE & REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT volume #1

Spitfire Audio has announced the release of SD01 DUSTBUNDLE and REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT volume #1, two new Extended Family series sample libraries produced by third-party developers.

Sound Dust DUSTBUNDLE

Fresh from fellow British sample developers Sound Dust — created by Brighton-based composer, sound designer, and funny noise lover Pendle Poucher for composers, producers, and music-makers alike — comes SD01 DUSTBUNDLE, a purpose-built bundle comprising all six of the company’s top-selling, most inspiring, and delightful virtual instruments for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT platform:

PLASTIC GHOST PIANO is an amazing-sounding, one-of-a-kind ‘acoustic’ piano produced by spurting bursts of controlled noise through unsuspecting piano samples; GRAND THRIFT AUTOHARP2 is the result of mating a tiny autoharp with a full-sized grand piano to create an absorbing mixed-breed musical mechanism with four different string layers to create unique piano-ish, plucky, autoharp-ish sounds; DULCITONE 18842 represents the first time that this rare and beautiful 1884-vintage Scottish portable keyboard boasting basic piano action with spring-loaded felt-covered hammers striking small magnetshaped tuning folks to produce a woody, celesta-cum-glockenspiel-type sound has been multi-sampled to create another distinctive, musthave virtual instrument; DULCITONE 19002 gives a 16-year-younger dulcitone the same multi-sampling treatment with a slightly jinglier and more even tone throughout; HAMMR+ is one part of the Hammr Suite, a classic tonewheel organ sample set with a difference developed with Oasis/Sheryl Crowe keyboard player Mike Rowe and recorded by Andy Britton at Toyroom Studios in Brighton; while GHOST DULCITONE 1900 sees Pendle Poucher applying his PLASTIC GHOST PIANO multi-sampling experiments with impulse responses to his rare dulcitone collection to create otherworldly, hauntingly-beautiful sounding instruments — a yet-to-be released left-field beauty by way of an added bonus!

As Spitfire Audio cofounder/composer Paul Thomson himself says, somewhat excitedly: “There’s a wealth of great stuff in here. It’s really a killer collection of sounds!”

REDCOLA Trailer Giant Vol 1

Next up, REDCOLA TRAILER GIANT volume #1, the world’s first purpose-built trailer toolkit designed by behemoths of the trailer music and sound design world REDCOLA.

Spitfire Audio are collectively delighted to partner up with West Coast, USA-based likeminded craftspeople and enthusiasts for creativity and excellence in their art. As such, this carefully curated bumper volume of sweeps, rises, falls, atmos, hits, pads, and ‘moments’ is sure to become the definitive go-to pack of tasty and tasteful goodies for anyone seeking out mind-warping, jaw-dropping transitions when looking to inject adrenalin into cues and take things up a gear or two! Trailer use is, of course, an absolute given, as already professionally proven by Spitfire Audio themselves when using the spectacular sounds within this volume on ads, hybrid movie and TV scores, and especially when successfully scoring some major computer games.

Gushes Paul Thomson: “What we have here is a team who are amongst the best in their field, creating really high-end work with incredible sound design, recording, and processing, and then we’ve paired that with the controllability that you get with the eDNA engine in order that you can take this world-class raw material and make it into something new which is unique to your project. So it’s not just buying a bunch of sound effects as WAVs and sticking some in the middle of your session. We always want the user to be in control of what is actually coming out of the system — that’s the key thing for us, so this is a really wonderful pairing.”

The sample libraries are now available exclusively from Spitfire Audio for £99 GBP for the DUSTBUNDLE and £299 GBP forREDCOLA TRAILER GIANT volume #1 (subject to VAT within the EU).

More information: Spitfire Audio

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Spitfire releases Albion IV – UIST

Spitfire Albion IV - UIST

Spitfire Audio has launched Albion IV – UIST, a new orchestral library for Kontakt featuring large ensembles.

A once-in-a-generation collection of extraordinary “progressive” orchestral techniques curated by contemporary music titan Ben Foskett.

Performed by experts of contemporary, atonal and avant garde. Recorded for a complete week at the hall at Air Studios.

With over 800 orchestral articulations and nearly 200 unique warped instruments this is a must have for existing owners of both the Albion and BML ranges. Or indeed as a stand-alone library for anyone wishing to take their music to fascinating new realms.

The library is available for the introductory price of £269 GBP until January 5th, 2015 (regular £349 GBP).

More information: Spitfire / Albion IV – UIST

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