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No self-respecting cinematic samples library would be complete without this idiosyncratic instrument. A definitive and experimental take on a cinematic water based classic played by percussion supremo Paul Clarvis. The Spitfire team take this instrument beyond it's vintage horror stereotype and discovers it's inspirational beauty when recorded in the hall at Air Studios.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
• THE FINEST PLAYER IN LONDON
• A PRISTINE INSTRUMENT
• PERFORMING WITH LIFE AND CHARACTER
• RECORDED AWARD WINNING JAKE JACKSON
• IN THE HALL AT “AIR STUDIOS”
• POSITIONED “IN SITU” - SPACIALLY SOUND
• PRODUCED BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• VIA THE FINEST VALVE AND RIBBON MICS
• VIA BESPOKE NEVE MONSERRAT PRE-AMPS
• INTO THE WORLD’S LARGEST NEVE 88R DESK
• TO METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED 2” TAPE.
• 96K 24BIT DIGITAL PRISM A/D.
• OVER 3GB OF DATA FROM 10,000S OF SAMPLES
• NUMEROUS ROUND ROBINS, HITS, BOWED & FX
• DYNAMIC WATER CONTROL
• ARTICULATIONS CURATED BY COMPOSERS
• NUMEROUS MIXABLE MIC PERSPECTIVES
• INTUITIVE FRONT END GUI
• WARPED MERCURY SYNTH
• PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
• SONICALLY FITS WITH OTHER SPITFIRE PRODUCTS
• INSTANT INSPIRATION.
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BACKGROUND

A cinematic classic, it was only a matter of time before Spitfire added this to it's definitive canon.
Paul Clarvis is a pre-eminent talent and a number one go-to instrumentalist for majority of AAA composers who work and record in London. Coupled with Spitfire's ability to produce and curate, samples that sparkle with life, whilst being able assemble and script an instrument that just works "out of the box". Clarvis' HG2O module is a must have for any respectable composer.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS THE DEFINITIVE HG2O LIBRARY!
Spitfire’s Definitive Range endeavours to offer the world a one-stop shop for classic and esoteric instruments played by the greats. As all these instruments are recorded in situ, in the same room, they’re designed to lock together sonically whether it be some timpani from the percussion range coupled with your Sable libraries. Or indeed a more curious band made up of the HG20, a plucked piano and a harp, it is designed to sound like they’re together in the same room. We provide a series of fantastic mixing options that allow you to dry stuff up or make it more ambient should you so wish, whilst preserving the acoustic integrity and perspective of a slavishly recalled microphone set up and room configuration. The instruments are all deep sampled but designed to play easily out-of-the-box, with easy integration into larger arrangements and templates without risk of demanding too much from your system resources. Recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall – Air Studios, on one of the finest scoring stages in the world, through an array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters: this is an unparalleled signal chain.
Spitfire is a collective of award winning composers and technologists. We don't just record and build samples we go further than that. We produce with great pride every single note, ushering the best out of the musician and curate each product with a set of articulations, sounds and performances that we know will give you the definitive take of this wonderful harp. We engage our specialists not only as performers, but as technical advisers to give us a consensus based on experience of what most composers want out of them, what DEFINES the instrument.

FEATURES

Hg2O is a set of samples performed by Paul Clarvis of a metallic atonal acoustic musical instrument consisting of a stainless steel resonator bowl or pan with a cylindrical neck and bronze rods of different lengths and diameters around the rim of the bowl. The resonator may contain a small amount of water giving the instrument a vibrant ethereal sound that has appeared in countless movie soundtracks, record albums, and live performances.
Recorded by Jake Jackson at Lyndhurst Hall - Air Studios, one of the finest scoring stages in the world through a huge array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve "monserrat" pre-amps to a beautifully serviced Studer 2" tape machine and then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters this is an unparalleled signal chain.
We've sampled deeply both bowed or drummed with movements to affect the water inside. This creates the resonant characteristics of the bowl and rods in combination with the movement of the water. The sound of the instrument is often used to evoke mystery and suspense.
The library is presented with numerous microphone positions which you can not only mix and blend to fit the application you’re working on, but also automate for dramatic shifts in focus and depth. They're also fully output assignable for surround and 5.1 use. As mentioned before the definitive range is designed to fit in with Spitfire's entire orchestral canon, including Albion, BML and some of the Signature Range as if they're in the same room together!

GUI

We like instruments that just open and play. So we have worked for many years to create a simple to use and uniform GUI so you learn one, you learn them all. With improvements being made constantly we frequently update the whole range to maintain uniformity in our interfaces across our entire range.

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GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

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MERCURY SYNTH
The mercury synth is the front end for all of our steam punked, sound designed and warped section of any library. It is an ingenious user interface that allows you to have instant fun without having to roll up your sleeves and go under the Kontakt hood. All of the controls are assignable to your control surface giving you the immediate ability to make our sounds your own.

PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
• BOWED RODS HI
• BOWED RODS LOW
• PLUCKED RODS (WITH WATER CONTROL)
• HAND SWEEPS
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• BRUSHES SWEEPS
• FAST BOW SWEEPS
• BOWED SWEEPS
• MERCURY SYNTH
MICROPHONES
• CLOSE
• TREE
• AMBIENT
• OUTRIGGER

Specifications

Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
MAC:
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
FOOTPRINT:
3.0 GB in download product from 7.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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