SPITFIRE PERCUSSION

Definitive Orch Percussion

A comprehensive orchestral percussion library featuring the renowned Joby Burgess in Lyndhurst Hall at Air Studios. Alongside a huge array of large and small percussion, timpani, bass drums and cymbals lie a collection of mallet instruments described by Sound On Sound magazine as "to die for".

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Duelling Mallets - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:27)

Raise the Atocha (0:00 / 1:39)

Raise the Atocha- naked (0:00 / 1:42)

Variations CLOSE mics only (0:00 / 1:21)

Variations TREE - Decca Tree mics only (0:00 / 1:21)

Variations AMB mics only (0:00 / 1:21)

Variations FULL - all mics together (0:00 / 1:21)

Christmas Toddlers - Mathias Pedersen Smidt (0:00 / 0:57)

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Overview

Spitfire spent weeks at Air Studios recording a comprehensive orchestral percussion library with the renowned Joby Burgess (ensemblebash, Peter Gabriel, many major Film & TV scores) - a collection full of life and character. This percussion library is the ideal bedrock of your orchestral template.

The collection was recorded 'in situ' in Lyndhurst Hall, giving a degree of spatial richness that is extremely difficult to replicate artificially. The mic positions give you control over the amount of ambience in the sound, and the recording chain is strictly A class - vintage valve and ribbon mics through Neve Montserrat preamps, through the world's largest Neve 88R desk to meticulously maintained 2" tape, and finally converted via Prism AD.

Background

Joby Burgess is an exceptionally talented percussionist, and has worked hard to give Spitfire Percussion a hugely flexible and intuitive workflow. Playing in the beautiful Hall at Air Lyndhurst is an inspiring experience and this passion can be heard in the end result of the recordings.

Spitfire founders Paul and Christian worked with Joby to curate the most essential articulations and playing styles. An example of this, the Marimba in which Joby chooses the most appropriate beater for each range and dynamic, was described by Sound On Sound magazine as "to die for" - this careful process of vetting gives you very usable instruments right out of the box, without you needing a degree in percussion to be able to assemble a beautiful and detailed performance. You can concentrate on the music rather than on the technology.

Features

As one of Spitfire's earliest releases, the library is now at v5.1 - with Spitfire's new KickStart percussion engine, springing easily out of the box, but also featuring great depth of customisation for use with all kinds of controllers.

The library features up to 8 'round robins' and up to 8 dynamic layers, as ever these are curated carefully so that for example the loudest ffff layer of the Timpani is played with a wooden mallet to give that extra welly, while the ppp layer is a geniune super-quiet performance rather than a mid volume hit just scaled down like in so many libraries. Conversely, the Ship's Bell doesn't have quite so many dynamic layers! These choices made during production result in the best balance of performance and features, meaning that you get huge detail while the library is still usable in practice and doesn't gobble up system resources.

GUIs

Kickstart Engine

Kickstart is a Kontakt interface dedicated to percussive instruments and libraries. It allows Spitfire libraries to provide an organised collection of percussive instruments with a quick and easy way of accessing their various playing styles and techniques in a single patch.

Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Presets / Articulations

Individual instruments:

Tuned:

  • Tuned - Celeste
  • Tuned - Crotales
  • Tuned - Desk Bells
  • Tuned - Glockenspiel
  • Tuned - Marimba
  • Tuned - Timpani
  • Tuned - Tubular Bells
  • Tuned - Vibraphone
  • Tuned - Xylophone

Drums - High:

  • Bongos
  • Conga 1
  • Conga 2
  • Rototoms
  • Snare 1
  • Snare 2
  • Snare 3
  • Timbales

Drums - Low:

  • Bass Drum
  • Field Drum
  • Gong Drum
  • Tom Ensemble
  • Toms

Toys:

  • Agogo
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Cowbells
  • Gankogui
  • Guiro
  • Jawbone
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Ships Bell
  • Sleighbells
  • Tambourines

Unpitched - Metal:

  • Anvil
  • Cymbal Hi
  • Cymbal Lo
  • Cymbal Med
  • Mark Tree
  • Mini Anvil
  • Piatti
  • Rain Sheet
  • Rivet Cymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Trash Metals
  • Triangle 1
  • Triangle 2
  • Wind Gong

Unpitched - Wood:

  • Claves
  • Temple Blocks
  • Woodblocks

Legacy Instrument Patches:

Drums - High:

  • Bongos
  • Congas
  • Rototoms
  • Snare 1
  • Snare 2
  • Snare 3
  • Snare All
  • Timbales

Drums - Low:

  • Bass Drum
  • Field Drum 1
  • Gong Drum
  • Toms (Ensemble)
  • Toms

Mallets - Metal:

  • Celeste v4
  • Crotales v4
  • Desk Bells v4
  • Glock v4
  • Tubular Bells v4
  • Vibes v4

Mallets- Wood:

  • Marimba v4
  • Xylophone v4

Timpani:

  • Timpani v4

Toys:

  • Agogo
  • All toys
  • Cabasa
  • Castanets
  • Cowbells
  • Gankogui
  • Guiro
  • Jawbone
  • Ratchet
  • Shakers
  • Ships Bell
  • Sleighbells
  • Tambourines

Unpitched - Metal:

  • All metal
  • Anvil
  • Cymbal All
  • Cymbal Hi
  • Cymbal Lo
  • Cymbal Med
  • Mark Tree
  • Piatti
  • Rain Sheet
  • Rivet Cymbal
  • Tam Tam
  • Trash Metals
  • Triangles
  • Wind gong

Unpitched - Wood:

  • Claves
  • Temple Blocks
  • Woodblocks

Premade ensembles:

  • Contemporary
  • Hands and hits
  • Low Ensemble
  • Metal Clangs
  • Snare ensemble
  • Traditional Orchestra

Unmapped ensembles:

  • Drums - High
  • Drums - Low
  • Toys
  • Unpitched - Metal
  • Unpitched - Wood

Mics & Mixes

Mics:

  • Close
  • Tree
  • Ambient