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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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.

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

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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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…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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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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Posted on November 27th, 2014

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Own several of our libraries already? Want to add to your Spitfire arsenal? Think you’d like a bundle but already have a couple of products in it already? Well, login to your spitfire account, pop the bundle in your cart, check-out and our store will make sure you’re not overcharged!

Here’s a few pointers to get the best out of this service.

• The shop will deduct the discounted price of any of the products you own from the bundle you’re buying. So if you’re buying the “Albions” – bundle which is £749 down from a sold separately price of £1017, a discount of 26% – and you already own Albion 1. You will need to pay £490.74 + VAT (in the EU) to complete your bundle. Which is a further deduction of £258.26 which is Albion 1 discounted at 26% as per the rest of the bundle.

• We don’t recommend buyers of the original Sable Promo Bundle and the HZ01/HZ02 Bundle to try and use this service in conjunction with any Bundle that contains a Sable product or HZ01/02 product, as the system we had in place with that promo has since changed. This is something we will rectify soon. But in the meantime please contact us direct on the email below and we’ll process your order manually.

• Please don’t use this service in conjunction with any other promo or discount vouchers. It won’t work and may take some unpicking if you attempt it!

• We also recommend you use this service as a single bundle sale, so please do not put any other products or bundles in your cart.

• This service only works if we absolutely have the correct records for you. It is not uncommon for people to have more than one account or email registered. To make sure we’re up-to-date and you’ve got everything you should have on your account please log into your Spitfire account and give it a check. If something’s not right or you need us to merge a couple of accounts, ie a .mac and a .gmail for example, then contact us on the email below.

CHECK OUT THIS BUNDLE CALCULATOR MATRIX TO SEE, AT A GLANCE, WHAT DEALS ARE TO BE HAD:

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Spitfire started from one simple question “why are samples recorded differently to normal recordings”. So at first it was about the room, the mics, the engineers, the musicians and then the instruments. But then it became about artists, where do the best sounds come from, is it from sample developers or is it from the artists who win the Oscars, Brits, Grammys and Ivor Novellos? From that point on we have scoured the world to find you the most inspiring people making the most inspiring sounds. The next evolution in our history is a very natural one…

We’re now pleased to announce our latest range. The Spitfire Extended Family is a series of products produced by 3rd party developers and friends. The beginnings of a collection of the finest, most unusual and inspiring samples out there. Meeting with Spitfire’s exacting standards to ensure Spitfire Audio remains home to the highest quality samples and VIs money can buy in this increasingly congested, confusing and sometimes desperately disappointing marketplace.

Enjoy samples that we have enjoyed over the years, meet new and interesting devs and talent, enjoy the genesis of first time developers and entrepreneurs bringing there wares to market, enjoy with us those we never thought of but wished we had!

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So it’s only right that we have reached out to our favourite UK based sample developer Sound Dust, as well as the hugely successful sound design and music production company; RedCola to help realise their sampling ambitions, and of course to a totally new developer Snug who we have helped set up shop and who is working hard to put something truly amazing on our shelves!

The Extended Family range is an invite only scheme for developers. If you feel you may fit the bill, here’s some more info on what we can offer 3rd party developers with a bit of Spitfire flare:

Having invested heavily in a system that replaced PayPal, eJunkie and the excellent Continuata service, we offer our 3rd party developers a 1st class secure and watermarked and watertight shopping experience for their clients. We have an after sales service that is renowned throughout our industry as prompt, polite and dedicated. However, being part of the Spitfire extended family isn’t just about distribution and aftercare.

Extended family and friends get to use the Spitfire quality seal to endorse their products. They get to take advantage of Spitfire’s large mailing list, subscribers to channels, social media and the many forums it operates on. Spitfire has an incredibly far reach and gets its products on the desks of many of the world’s leading industry publications, online bloggers and reviewers. Not to mention a large sponsorship program, bold presence both at NAMM and Musikmesse alongside a bold and consistent print press advertising presence.

But it doesn’t stop there…

Spitfire “brings to market”.
To ensure that any products on Spitfire’s shelves adhere to it’s strict policy on sound, usability and functionality we can offer a “bring to market” service that is scaled to suit the proficiency of the developer. Is everything already built? Does your GUI already looks great? Fantastic! We’ll beta test it for you, watermark it and place it into our ultra secure shop.

Need some packaging done? No problem.

Need a GUI redesign and some scripting? Consider it done.

Just got a bunch of sounds? Well wouldn’t you know, we have a selection of off-the-shelf GUIs & scripts which we can build for you:

These massively field tested and award winning GUIs can be aesthetically tweaked to feature your logo and colour scheme. Our customers are familiar with them and we have dynamic user manuals and youtube walkthroughs littering the net! So we can get you to market quickly, and your customers can get up and running even quicker!

So I’m an established sample dev, does this mean I have to shut up shop in order for you to stock my stuff?

No! Imagine we’re like Liberty of London. They curate and stock the best lines from the best fashion collections, for example, 6 dresses from Vivienne Westward and a dozen lines from Tom Ford.  While Tom and Vivienne still have their own boutiques around the corner. We’ll even link to your store.

I make really good sounds but I wouldn’t know where to start building these into a Kontakt instrument, or how to market it, in fact I’m not even a business-person, could I really make some money from this?

Yes you can! We can hold your hand all the way, even help you with a company logo and advice on how to set up your website. Working on EXS, we’ll port it over, or you can simply send us your WAVs. By paying musicians and being at the centre of the British music and film industry, we’ve proven ourselves to be the good guys. We haven’t run for the hills with our successes and loot, we’ve reinvested in a huge engineering infrastructure and royalty department here in London.

The Extended Family range is an invite only scheme and not every dev will be a good fit. Indeed we may even be aware of a similar product in our pipeline that could potentially clash with yours. But if you like our approach and feel you’ll fit into the family, please drop us a line and tell us about your wonderful sounds and we’ll see if we can make it work.

Next step? Email us at the address below and we’ll let you know if we think your sounds are a good fit for our Extended Family range.

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