A belated blog from a lovely trip to the USA in August…
In the first of many planned city visits to see some of our best Spitfire friends we ventured to Los Angeles, to meet, to greet, to get feedback from a fine coterie of people whose company we were honoured to be in. We got to talk about plans, about our favourite toys and got to pre-announce a whole host of exciting new products. We thank everyone who attended our event in Santa Monica and hope you all enjoyed your goody bags!
ON THE LAST DAY OF OUR INTRODUCTORY PROMO OFFER OF OUR SEARING EPIC TRUMPET RANGE OLIVER PATRICE WEDER TAKES THE LATEST IN OUR ‘PHALANX’ MODULE OF BML FOR A LIP BLEEDING RIDE!
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BUY GO HERE.
It’s taken hours of deliberation, and it is an absurdly close call but coming up are the winners of what turned out to be a head turning competition. There is some seriously talented programmers out there and we thank everyone from taking part, for their time, effort and inspiration. You’ve all made us up our game here!
Our team of two composers, two engineers and an amazing guest judge Andy Grey, a true Spitfire friend and one of the most awesome sound designers, programmers and writers we know (provided you haven’t been imprisoned in a mine for the last 20 years, this chap has touched you in some way!). Looked at originality and brilliance of; programming, engineering, musicality (the grooves and chops), innovation, technical wizardy and last but not least would mark up realism if it was really stand out. We also had to investigate and seek confirmation that everyone had used ONLY Waton as a sound source. Which turned our heads even more, man you guys (and gals) know how to get something out of nothing!
So without further ado…
Producer Bundle (value £999*)
(bundle contains The Grange, BML Chamber Strings Ensembles “Sable”, eDNA 01 EARTH, No Illegal Connections – Martyn Ware, Leo Abrahams ENIGMA, PP001 Pylons)
BRANDON VON FEHR
and the three runners up will also receive a copy of The Grange (value £238*) each.
All the winners will get mails from us over the next 24 hours with their goodies, to check out the best of the rest go HERE.
With thanks to the hundreds of you who have submitted demos we’ve whittled the entries down to our favourite 10 and will be announcing the winners after the final round of drumming.
- Bjarne Gustavsen - Two Drummers Walk Into a Pub
- Brandon Von Fehr - Era
- Brendon Williams - The Grange Drum Off
- Christer Wibert - Resonant Distortion
- Clark Aboud - Kicked Down The Snares
- Liam Dunlop - Drum Machine
- Luke Kelly - Ollie And His Obnoxious Band Of Waton Bots
- Paul Norris - Competition Entry Drum Off
- Rob Howes - DRUMS
- Robert Larsson - Spitfire Drum Off Competition
…and here’s our best of the rest list:
- Roy Westad - Spitfire Drum Off
- Hendrik Schoebel - Rough Drumming
- David Cusick - Ollie's Entrance
- Henri Augusto Bisognini - Threshold 
- Luke Atencio - Flat Black
- TORLEY - Drumlicious
- Michael H Lee - The Grundge
- Christian Tristan - Hyperion
- Jonathan Still - TheGrange Drumoff
- Alex Ball - Sir Walton the 7th
We’re staggered at how inventive people have been with the Ollie Waton library (still available totally for free HERE). So much so we’ve had to contact many of the entrants direct to confirm that it is the Waton Drum Lib and that alone that has been used!!
Back soon with the winner!!
It is such tragic news that we should lose such a trailblazing talent in such a sudden and premature fashion, our hearts go out to James’ nearest and dearest especially to our good friend Simon Franglen and Simon Rhodes who has worked in the trenches with JH for many years.
Paul and CH hold our friendship and association with James and his team very close to our hearts. To have an endorsement from his team so early on in our evolution was an unbelievable boost to our confidence and motivation. He gave us our first blockbuster credit “Avatar” and a lovely mention on the soundtrack album too. We will always remember him prophetically and somewhat chillingly stating to Paul & CH over lunch at Abbey Road “you’re going to be doing this for the rest of your lives” in reference to sampling, at a point that CH & PT very much saw Spitfire as a sideline! How true his prophecy looks to become.
Somewhat curiously it was later discovered that Christian and James went to the same awful state school in Holland Park albeit separated by a few years.
So on that sorry note we must bid adieu, dig out that old Aliens score and reminisce!
We offer our condolences to his family and friends on this sad day.
Christian, Paul and the Spitfire team.