Posted on March 23rd, 2015

DemoZone

4th EDITION – 23 March 2015

WELCOME TO OUR FREQUENT ROUNDUP OF DEMOS SUBMITTED BY THE SPITFIRE TEAM AND OTHER TALENTED COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

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CARLES PILES has done something quite extraordinary with the BML range….

HERE’S WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS:

About the demo:

“The track is featuring all BML series, Percussion Redux and solo euphonium from Albion. Mostly instruments are used as they come by default (Decca tree only), very little reverb was added just to ensure consistence, slightly EQ shift around 10 KHz as a matter of personal taste, and a limiter at the end of the chain to avoid clipping and raise the initial ppp dynamic to a more audible level. Nothing else. That’s pretty much the BML sound out of the box. Strings are Mural (symphonic) and Sable (chamber) layered but not in a uniformly way, the relevance of one over the other is given by the moment and character in the piece. The combination of both string libraries results in a very flexible and powerful tool IMO.”

About Carles

Born in Valencia, Spain, Carles has been passionate about music and art since childhood. As a teenager he played keyboards and percussion in Rock bands and orchestra. At 18, after 5 years of music college, he started work as a graphic designer, swiftly gaining a reputation in CGI. In 2011 he joined Peter Jackson’s ‘Weta Digital’ digital visual effects company in New Zealand, where he has worked on many groundbreaking movies”

-The Hobbit trilogy
-The Rise of the Planet of the Apes
-The down of the Planet of the Apes
-Men of Steel
-Prometheus
-Iron Man 3
-The Adventures of Tintin (S. Spielberg)

Now, after 20 years (having re-started 3 years ago) he is rising from the ashes phoenix like as a musician, what an amazing stamp to make on the world of media composition and virtual instruments. Everyone at Spitfire wishes him the best of luck!

Carles at IMDB.
Carles’ Soundcloud Page.
Carles’ Website.
Carles’ LinkdIn Page.

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Posted on March 12th, 2015

DemoZone

3rd EDITION – 12 March 2015

WELCOME TO OUR FREQUENT ROUNDUP OF DEMOS SUBMITTED BY THE SPITFIRE TEAM AND OTHER TALENTED COMPOSERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

MATT HAWKEN demos LABS instruments, our free range of VI’s that have raised over $100,000 for Unicef.

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HERE’S WHAT MATT HAS TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS:

About me:
I’m absolutely addicted to making music. My tunes have been played on music theatre stages, in jazz clubs, on the BBC, at the Albert Hall and in a top-secret London basement at an A-lister’s birthday party. When I’m not writing my own notes, I’m orchestrating other people’s or transcribing them down. I also do the odd cello session here and there.
Website: matthawkenmusic.com
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/matthawken

About the demo:
This track is 100% Labs with minimal processing, using the Mandolin, Melodica, Scary Strings, Peel Guitar, Mini Harp, Kalimba, Ollie Waton Drums, Frame Drum, Soft Piano & Hammered Dulcimer. I wrote it to put the instruments through their paces and was pleasantly surprised at how well they can all sit together in a mix. I particularly enjoyed how easily the Peel Guitar comes alive with just a touch of delay and the detail in the Olly Waton drums. I discovered that the Scary Strings have a hidden cuddly side to them as well, found at the beginning of each sample before the hair-raising stuff starts to happen. And the Kalimba and Melodica are both in tune, which is miraculous.

About Spitfire Labs:
If Spitfire’s BML range is a vintage Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Labs are the home brew your mate knocked out in his garage one summer that you love because it hits you where it counts, and you can forgive the odd fly floating in it because it tastes gorgeous. Each instrument has such a strong character and they add a earthy, human, hearty tone to any track they touch. And I love the charity donation model Spitfire use to give these away. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling even before you’ve heard the sounds!

..AND HERE’S THE REST OF THE LITTER FROM RECENT DEMO SUBMISSIONS…






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Posted on February 28th, 2015

HERE’S A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO HOW ENGINEER NICK TAYLOR APPROACHED THIS HISTORIC PROJECT…

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Posted on February 18th, 2015

Whilst EVOG1 has been received with warm open arms from the VI community the same question kept arising…

“can EVOG1 do non-scary”?

Yes of course! However if you’re using the randomiser die to create custom patches you’ll probably find a single “scary” style Evo will curdle your milk. Christian takes us through this:

“Hey guys, before responding to these claims I wanted to go back to what we did and work through all of the Evos. I think there are three types, Straight, Tense, & Scary. I count 20 “Straights” these are achingly beautiful. So that’s roughly just under half the Evos. I would divide the remaining 24 between tense and scary in equal amounts so roughly 12 of each. This is how I planned the sessions so I just wanted to check we delivered on that front.

In defence of how my walkthrough appeared I used the die a lot… my view is if one of these 24 scary or tense is pegged automatically by the die even just one instance or utterance will make your whole chord sound eerie or scary. So we’re looking at tagging the Evos so you can randomise by type (it may simply be a case of us creating reduced Evo presets so you can randomise stylistically).

In the interim here are the Evos I would describe as straight & beautiful:

1,2,3,4,5,7,11,18,20,23,24,31,32,33,35,39,40,42,43,46″

Here are two contextual demos that show how pretty and tender EVOG1 can be.

The chords are just a single instance of EVOG1 with a different EVO on every Key Range. Accompanied by the Horn/Euphonium choir in Albion II, The Gong is Goldfinger Percussion and the low drone is from eDNA-EARTH.

In the 2nd context it’s EXACTLY the same MIDI, but with the Grid pegged differently and with some of the ambient versions mixed in. This is to show how when a director loves something you’ve done and has peppered all over his film, you can replace it with something that doesn’t sound like a cut and paste. Just a cut and peg!!

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AVAILABLE TODAY AT THE MUST-HAVE PRICE OF £134 (RRP £179 offer ends 2nd March 2015) GO HERE FOR MORE INFO, DEMOS AND TO BUY.

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NAMM 2015 was our debut year and we’re delighted to report we landed with a splash, got to hang out with some old friends, made some news ones, got to put so many faces to familiar names and launched 5 great new products which we’re looking forward to telling you about here. The show for us kicked off with the launch of the THE GRANGE in the company of Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith himself and ended with a lifetime highlight of Christian getting to demo eDNA – EARTH to none other than Gary Numan himself! We thank any of you who paid us a visit and for the really kind compliments and affection you all offered us.

SO HERE'S WHAT WE GOT UP TO…

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At midday on the first day Chad welcomed members of the press for an intimate launch event at NAMM. His enthusiasm for this project is infectious and we thank him for making the journey down to Anaheim to do this with us.

Many of you came and had a play of The Grange and shared our excitement about it for it is an absolutely cracking set of legendary recordings in the shape of playable kits and over 2,500 loops.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS STILL AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT THE INCREDIBLE PROMO PRICE OF £149 (offer ends 14th February 2015) FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY GO HERE

Then we introduced NAMM to the legacy of a very special man, explorer, recordist, composer and ethnomusicologist DAVID FANSHAWE…

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DAVID'S GIFT TO HUMANITY IS AVAILABLE AS A FIRST VOLUME OF EXPLORATION HERE TODAY TO BECOME THE DNA OF YOUR MUSICAL ADVENTURES. TO REBIRTH DYING OR EXTINCT TRADITIONS BY MAKING THEM SEEDS OF INSPIRATION FROM WHICH YOUR MUSIC CAN GROW. FOR THE PROMO PRICE OF £149 (Offer ends 14th February 2015)

HERE'S A FASCINATING FEATURETTE ABOUT THE MAN, THE MUSIC AND THE PROJECT THAT IS EARTH ENCOUNTERS VOLUME #1…

We were then very excited to launch these two products, not only so people could get their hands on them on our stand and see how much they spring out of the box, but because we’ve been dying to get our hands on these bad boys ourselves!…

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AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD AT THE INCREDIBLE PROMO PRICE OF £79 EACH (offer ends 14th February 2015) FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY GO HERE (CELLO) & HERE (VIOLIN).

…and finally we left NAMM with a bang by introducing a seminal collection of multi sampled instruments and loops created by one man, one mouth and one microphone:

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THePETEBOX SAMPLE LIBRARY IS AVAILABLE TODAY AT A PROMO PRICE OF £79 (RRP £99 offer ends 14th February 2015). GO HERE FOR MORE INFO OR TO BUY.

HERE'S AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FEATURETTE…

So thanks again to NAMM, we’ll be sure to see you back there next year. We didn’t get around much but of everything we saw we’d recommend you check out: SLAPSTICK, bring forth the funk!

Here's an exclusive behind the scenes vlog of our trip to NAMM this year…

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