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One of the finest pianos in the world, in one of the finest rooms.... Abused. For our own esoteric desires. In need of a lead instrument that has no obvious providence but a natural inspiring enigmatic beauty all of it's own. The Spitfire plucked piano may be a good place to start...
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.
• 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
• TWO PLUCKING STYLES FINGER AND NAIL
• ARTICULATIONS CURATED BY COMPOSERS
• NUMEROUS MIXABLE MIC PERSPECTIVES
• INTUITIVE FRONT END GUI
• PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
• SONICALLY FITS WITH OTHER SPITFIRE PRODUCTS
• INSTANT INSPIRATION.
Available to download only from this site. Requires a full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to run.

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BACKGROUND

A famous instrument in the film world..... abused.
Paul Thomson leant over the sound board of this large concert grand piano and literally plucked and picked his nails and fingers into a bloody bruised mess. 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". The Plucked Piano module is a must have for any respectable composer in need of something "different".
SPITFIRE PRESENTS THE DEFINITIVE PLUCKED PIANO 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

As composers we’re always on that quest to find a “lead” string instrument that does the job of a piano, harp, or guitar without sounding like one, without having the stereotypical association. Or indeed that can play like a dulcimer or cimbalom, but doesn’t have the geographical connection or insinuation. So spitfire took quarter of a million pounds worth of concert grand heard on countless film, scores from Harry Potter to Inception, and... well, we plucked it.
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.
We’ve sampled the full range of the piano diatonically with two pluckung styles; finger pad and nail with a selection of mic positions for you to mix to get up front and personal. Or a more contextual perspective that will mix seemlessly in with your Albion and BML ranges of orchestral tools. What’s more we’ve included both direct and tape signals for if you’d prefer pristine and clean to that rounded top and tidy bottom of tape!
In addition to this we've added some amazing synth patches designed by Paul Thomson and derived totally from the plucked piano sessions, to provide your arsenal with some welcome moments of inspiration.

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

• Plucked Finger Nails
• Plucked Finger Pads
• Mercury Synth
Mercury Synth
• Close
• Tree
• Ambient
• Outrigger

Specifications

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

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A selection of review quotes from other Spitfire products


"Britannia rules with Albion"
J. Buchanan - Future Music Magazine
"Albion is the creme de la creme."
K. Gemmel - Music Tech Magazine
"The Best of British. This collection of instruments is enough to make Britannia drool."
D. Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine.
“Spitfire’s libraries just seem to get better with each release – and this superb horn library is no exception. The attention to detail is striking and the workflow is fast and intuitive”
Music Tech Magazine.
“Spitfire have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with worldwide”
D. Stewart Sound On Sound.
"Great sounding scoring tools that are both intuitive and flexible to use."
Future Music
"Sure to become a staple even integral feature on the soundtracks of major Hollywood film and network television scores."
The Economic Voice

Reviews of other Spitfire products

"I’m am absolutely blown away by the tone, quality and value for money this library delivers! I’m a composer from Australia that has a crap load of software samples from all the major companies out there, but am absolutely in awe by what you guys have produced here! And this is defiantly the best value for money sample library I have bought to date. Well I’m pretty sure you now have a life time customer in me because of this one product and I’ll probably be up all night tonight being re-inspired by this library"
“I’ve been playing with it all morning long, and it’s making me giddy. If you’re on the fence about buying it and you’re wondering “Is everyone overhyping this or is it really this good” — there’s no over-hype here. It really IS that good. There’s a density to the sound, or maybe a wideness or warmth, that I haven’t heard in libraries before — not even in Symphobia. Just buy it. Totally worth going into debt over.”
“I’m absolutely speechless, this library is beyond my expectations. It features the BEST strings I have EVER heard!”
“Thanks you guys! My music has become much better thanks to your work and inspiration that you constantly give. This is the most incredible instruments in my opinion with widest range of possibilities. And I think, having all instruments from Spitfire is like having the one instrument devided to volumes… all of them perfectly works together.”
“Bottom line, the sound is fantastic…"
“First of all: I’m at a loss for words to describe the sensational experience that is exploring and playing Sable. I really don’t know what to say. Magnificent achievement. Seriously: this is the stringslibrary I have been dreaming about and waiting for all my musicmaking life. It is simply perfect. Thanks sooooo much to everyone at Spitfire.”
"WOW! Sounds like I invited a real players… It’s so amazing! Thanks guys."
"Cannot say how amazing that sounds…..just mind blowing."
"The best of its type I have ever heard – period. I do have a load of orchestral stuff, but this is the first library I have ever played where I can honestly visualise real players right in my little studio."

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