SCRAPED PERCUSSION

Otherworldly Percussion

Scraped, bowed, rubbed, brushed percussion. At last, a selection of things you’re not supposed to do with a great player, with great instruments in a great room with great microphones & a bit of imagination!

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Overview

We can’t believe its taken us this long. After our seminal “orchestral percussion” range and many “hitting” experiments with our Darwin sound banks (found in the Albion range), we’ve finally got around to bowing, rubbing, scraping and scratching!

Found herein is a definitive selection of bowed, rubbed and scraped delights to add extraordinary, other worldy textures, flavours and colours to your music. From some glorious cymbals to the teeth shattering polystyrene cup. This is a definitive range of percussion played in ways the makers never had in mind! Performed by Paul Clarvis, one of the true session greats in London. This selection is made up from his experience being asked frequently by A-list film composers and artists to add that extra “edge” and contemporary sonic architecture to their scores.

Combined with the majesty of the hall at Air, that signal chain, that 2” tape, Jake Jackson’s mastery of the room and the mixes, and a beautifully programmed instrument that “just works”, we’re sure you’ll agree you’ve just laid your hands on something truly special.

Background

Paul Clarvis is one of the most in demand percussionists in the world. Its hard to reduce his biography to a paragraph but he has played on films such as Inception, Dark Knight, Interstellar, Star Wars, Thunderbirds, The Passion, Troy, King Arthur, Dorian Gray, Kingdom of Heaven, Around the World in 80 Days, Alien vs. Predator, The Lord of the Rings, Madagascar, On a Clear Day, Spy Games, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Shakespeare in Love, G.I.Jane (ethnic percussion), James Bond, Billy Elliot, Notting Hill, Harry Potter, The Guru (Indian percussion).. and on recordings by artists including Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Sting, Bryan Ferry, John Williams, Andy Sheppard, Kenny Wheeler, Fred Hersch, Karl Jenkins, Richard Thompson, Moondog, John Adams, McFly, Sam Rivers, John Harle, Gwyneth Herbert, Harrison Birtwistle, Matthew Herbert, Hugh Masekela, Gordon Beck, Marc Ribot, The Orb, Michael Nyman, Loreena McKennitt, Mark Anthony Turnage, Anthony Phillips, Michel Legrand, Maurice Jarre, John Williams, and Victoria Mullova. He has performed as a soloist at the proms, and served as chairman of the percussion judges for the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Spitfire are incredibly proud to work with him on a number of our percussion libraries.

Spitfire’s Definitive Range aims 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 detailed mixing options that allow you to dry the sound up or make it more ambient, whilst preserving the acoustic integrity and perspective of a consistent microphone set up and room configuration. The instruments are all sampled in great detail but designed to play easily out-of-the-box, with simple 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 vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps, to a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine and then into digital at 96k via Prism AD converters: this is an unparalleled signal chain.

Features

Paul has created a wonderful collection of exceptionally unusual percussion noises. Until you have heard the sound of a bowed polystyrene cup in the Hall at Air Lyndhurst you can sleep easy. Once you have heard it.. pretty hard to get that sound out of your head! We have fully explored each of these curios, with Paul attacking them with every possible performing style, a single example (Cymbals) being articulations for 5p, Bowed Long, Bowed Short, Serrated Long, Serrated Short, Stick Long, Stick Short, Superball Long, Superball Short.. You get the idea!

The library is presented with eight microphone positions and three stereo mixes 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. 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 performing in the same room at the same time.

We have also included a collection of morphed pads and ambiences from the raw organic samples in our Mercury Synth engine, further extending the usefulness of this unusual library.

GUIs

The Overview Panel

Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.

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.

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Instruments main mics:

  • Bicycle Wheel various
  • Cymbal various
  • Glass 1 various
  • Glass 2 and 3 various
  • Icebell various
  • Music Stand - Short and Long
  • Polystyrene Cup various
  • Saw Blade various
  • Sonori various
  • TamTam various

Tweakable patches:

  • Bicycle Wheel various - The Punch Cog
  • Cymbal various - The Punch Cog
  • Glass 1 various - The Punch Cog
  • Glass 2 and 3 various - The Punch Cog
  • Icebell various - The Punch Cog
  • Music Stand - Short and Long - The Punch Cog
  • Polystyrene Cup various - The Punch Cog
  • Saw Blade various - The Punch Cog
  • Sonori various - The Punch Cog
  • TamTam various - The Punch Cog

Instruments mix mics:

  • Bicycle Wheel various
  • Cymbal various
  • Glass 1 various
  • Glass 2 and 3 various
  • Icebell various
  • Music Stand - Short and Long
  • Polystyrene Cup various
  • Saw Blade various
  • Sonori various
  • TamTam various

Tweakable patches:

  • Bicycle Wheel various - The Punch Cog
  • Cymbal various - The Punch Cog
  • Glass 1 various - The Punch Cog
  • Glass 2 and 3 various - The Punch Cog
  • Icebell various - The Punch Cog
  • Music Stand - Short and Long - The Punch Cog
  • Polystyrene Cup various - The Punch Cog
  • Saw Blade various - The Punch Cog
  • Sonori various - The Punch Cog
  • TamTam various - The Punch Cog

Instruments synth:

  • Aggressive Whistle
  • Bending Down
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chiff Patterner
  • Digital Cloudfront
  • Discord
  • Dr Whohe
  • Endless Hooter
  • Ethereal Grinder
  • Glass Rodney
  • Grindy Pinger
  • In The Tunnel
  • Industrial Accident
  • Melodic Sawblade
  • Nasty Noodler
  • Pixel Tumber
  • Saw Flutepad
  • Scary Subway
  • Sirens At Sea
  • Slow Kordals
  • Solitude
  • Unpleasant Pasture
  • Windy Cathedral

Mics & Mixes

MICROPHONES

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient
  • Outrigger
  • Close Ribbon
  • Stage
  • Mid
  • Gallery

MIXES

  • Fine
  • Medium
  • Broad