Posted on July 15th, 2014
IN OUR MISSION TO CONSTANTLY IMPROVE THE SPITFIRE ONLINE EXPERIENCE WE HAVE JUST ADDED THESE TWO NEW HANDY FEATURES:

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With a rapidly expanding waistline of products and some fairly idiosyncratic titling conventions (why did we call Sable Sable and not Chamber Strings, and why Mural and not Symphonic Strings?? Why did we call Albion Albion and not Really Reasonably Priced Goody Box Of Lovelies??!!) navigating through our menagerie of products can be a bit daunting. We’ve taken our decades of experience as composers to put together a guide based on how we use the products.

LISTED BELOW ARE THE BUYING GUIDES CREATED THUS FAR:

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With greater online exposure and an explosion in interest from many blog sites around the world we’ve launched a dedicated press page so writers and editors can easily get their hands on PR materials graphic images etc etc.

TO GET TO THE PAGE GO HERE.

Posted on July 14th, 2014

DemoZone

2nd EDITION W/E 14/07/14

WELCOME TO OUR FREQUENT ROUNDUP OF DEMOS SUBMITTED BY THE SPITFIRE TEAM AND OTHER TALENTED COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
BLAKE EWING demos Albion, Albion 2, and Sable,

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NEW FRONTIER – Blake Ewing (ALBION 1)
BEFORE – Blake Ewing (ALBION 1 DARWIN PERCUSSION)
A QUIET PAST – Blake Ewing (ALBION 2)
BENT GRASS – Blake Ewing (SABLE)
REST – Blake Ewing (FLAUTANDO)
GUYS, WHERE ARE WE? – Blake Ewing (SABLE CLOSE MICS)

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Blake Ewing is an American composer with a concentrated interest in creating music for visual media. His compositions have been commissioned, licensed, and well-received by film directors, videographers, sample developers, advertising firms and video game developers from around the world.

By historical standards, Blake was a latecomer to the world of music. At sixteen, he taught himself to play the piano by reading an old set of World Book Encyclopedias. Soon after, putting notes to manuscript became the norm.

Later, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Music that cemented his love for, and knowledge of, the art of music and instilled in him a deep appreciation for its importance.

He believes in music, and in its wonderful power to support and elevate storytelling.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND EXAMPLES OF WORK GO TO:

www.blakeewingmusic.com
www.soundcloud.com/blake-ewing
www.facebook.com/blakeewingmusic

ABOUT THE DEMO:

“One of the ways in which I learn a new library is to write as complete a piece of music as possible using only that product, if time allows. This process inevitably helps me to audition and find the right patches for my work and also helps me tremendously in understanding the interface(s) the developers have chosen and any distinct nuances and quirks the library may have.

For example, perhaps I want to learn how well an ensemble library such as the Albion series will handle a broad orchestral piece like “New Frontiers” as I seek out how far I can take the writing before I run into any melodic/textural limitations due to not having sectional access (e.g. V1, V2, etc separated).

Or, perhaps I want to test a certain aspect of the BML Sable library, such as the close/ribbon mics in “Guys, Where are We?”, or the beautiful Flautando articulation in “Rest”.

In this era of composing in the box through DAWs and sample libraries, the studio has become the instrument. And to that end, thoughtful practice with a purchase (especially those with the depth of content of Spitfire libraries) almost always adds considerably to my professional usage and personal enjoyment.”

…AND THE BEST OF THE REST, CHRISTIAN & JACQUES PUT HZ02 THROUGH IT’S PACES WHILST TATU GETS HIS HEAD ROUND SABLE ENSEMBLES!

FISRT UP TATU TACKLES SABLE ENSEMBLES:

Spit Polka – Tatu Rytkonen

JACQUES FIRES OFF ANOTHER EPIC JAZZ-OFF WITH HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION 2:

The Psychadelic Girl – Jacques Matthias

The Psychadelic Girl (DRUM & BASS ONLY) – Jacques Matthias

…AND FINALLY CHRISTIAN TOOK 9 JASON BONHAMS AND MADE THEM HAVE A DRUM-OFF WITH HZ02:

An Epic Tribe Of Jasons – Christian Henson

TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN DEMOS PLEASE EMAIL US HERE.

Posted on July 7th, 2014

DemoZone

1st EDITION w/e 04/07/14

WELCOME TO OUR FREQUENT ROUNDUP OF DEMOS SUBMITTED BY THE SPITFIRE TEAM AND OTHER TALENTED COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
PIYATUT “BILL” HEMSTAPAT brilliantly demos the GRAND CIMBALOM

…alongside other Spitfire classics, Sable, Albion, and Orchestral Percussion.

THE YOUNG QUEEN OF THE EAST – Piyatut “Bill” Hemstapat

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Piyatut “Bill” Hemstapat (a.k.a. Bill Piyatut H.) is a Thai film composer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Being selected by ASCAP as one of the composer to watch in 2013, Bill has scored numerous films, animations, documentaries, commercials, and various other medias. He is best known for his score for a Thai box office hitting drama, My Bromance, which had a theatrical release in Thailand on Feb 20th, 2014. Bill currently resides and studies in the U.S. at College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati where he recently co-taught “CCM summer film scoring institute” along side with his professor, Tom Haines and composers, Blake Neely and Jeff Rona.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND EXAMPLES OF WORK GO HERE. OR HIS SOUNDCLOUD PAGE HERE.

ABOUT THE DEMO:

“I used a lot of Spitfire libraries in this demo. The grand cimbalom, obviously, stands beautifully on top of everything. I’ve added a little pingpong delay at the intro section, which surprisingly gives it a synthetic quality (imagine adding a delay to a synth arp patch) that I really like.

For the strings, the thing that I really like about their libraries is how “unstatic” they sound especially when doing a super repetitive ostinato figure (which I did quite a lot on this one).

That said, the ostinatum function in Albion has been used for that quite a good amount here. I used Sable quite a lot to add an extra detail in legato passage on top of the string library I’m using which doesn’t have portamento legato. Additionally, Sable works great as kind of like an extra round robins to your strings section when you have a very repetitive pattern like in this demo.

For the winds, again, I used a lot of Albion for all the swells because of the hall reflection that you get (I believe it’s the AIR studio thing) get and a very smooth dynamic crossfade.

I always put the ambience mic position up with tree for brass to get that hall sound and I like my brass to sit way behind in the mix.

All the orchestral percussions are from Spitfire percussion redux with only tree mic loaded on most of them. I only added a little close mic in for toms and timpani if I remember correctly.

And lastly, those big drums are from Leogria! I mainly used “Fine Drums” with “Easter Island hits” and “End of Days.” “

TATU has kindly allowed us to showcase two excellent demos for BML105 – REEDS VOL. 1
… with some beautiful backing from the likes of Mural Vol. 1 and Albion I & III.

Idyll – Tatu Rytkonen

REEDS GONE WILD – Tatu Rytkonen

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

I’m a long, long time, self educated hobbyist, and have worked on some small projects here and there in the past and present, but still; a happy hobbyist. I do have a small project of “epicness” going on, but it’s basically a “zero-budget, no schedules” type of thing and I have no need to rush with it, but it’ll get some meat on its bones eventually. When I don’t write music, I climb boulders and walls.

FOR MORE EXAMPLES OF TATU’S WORK GO HERE.

ABOUT THE DEMOS:

So far, the demos which I’ve produced for Spitfire Audio, have both long and short histories: Idyll, which presents the BML Reeds, is a fragment from a piece I wrote about a year ago and when I heard – and saw – the first walkthrough, I knew that that’s the library I need for it. Reeds Gone Wild – BML Reeds again – on the other hand was a “sit down, enjoy and play/program something” and didn’t take very long to produce (thanks to the easy to approach nature of it).

MORE DEMOS RELEASED THIS WEEK

TY UNWIN AND JEZ ASHURST LET RIP WITH HZ02:

CLOCKWORK FOUNDRY – TY UNWIN

TRISTIS ASCENSOREM – JEZ ASHURST

TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN DEMOS PLEASE EMAIL US HERE.

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Ben is a very good friend of ours. Alongside his amazing work as a concert composer he has also orchestrated Christian Henson’s total output over the last 6 years among many other top media composers. He has helped and advised us at Spitfire and many of the stunning FX and Aleatoric patches found in Albion (most notably in Albion III – Iceni), Sable and Mural have been designed by Ben. We’re pleased to announce that he has just released his latest and stunning album of original works and we wanted to pass this news onto all of our modern music lovers! It also has a very very cool cover…. Dinosaur!

TO PREVIEW AND BUY GO HERE.

CHECK OUT BEN’S SITE HERE.

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We’ve had a great 9/10 review for our beguiling Kitchenware – Glass collection from Richard Henley Davis at the Economic Voice. He concluded that “I would say that Kitchenware Glass is probably my favorite of all the Spitfire products because of it’s such a bold, well constructed offering that extends the tonal palette of my library massively in such a subtle way”.

He also somewhat disappointingly denied us a 9/10 because the library was just too perfect? He said: “Thus far I have never given a Spitfire Audio product a score less than 10/10 but this time I am going to have to knock a point off just because it is too perfect for what it is and covers absolutely all angles, meaning you will never need another glass kitchenware library again in your life, it has been perfected in it’s first attempt.” From that we extrapolate that he gets our somewhat madcap approach to sampling. There’s no difference to us recording a worldclass instrumentalist in a world class location to recording a wine tumbler in our purpose built dry location in Kings Cross. They both get equal and excessive TLC!!

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KITCHENWARE GLASS AND TO BUY GO HERE.

TO SEE THE REVIEW GO HERE.

WE’VE ALSO HAD A FANTASTIC DEMO SUBMITTED BY THE BRILLIANT JOE THWAITES.

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