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LATEST: HOW DOES A STUDIO SURVIVE A WILDFIRE?

LATEST: HOW DOES A STUDIO SURVIVE A WILDFIRE?

Richard Gibbs has scored over 60 films and grossed $1bn+ at the box office, but his studio - which plays host to legendary musicians like Barabara Streisand, Coldplay, The Rza & Tom Petty - was almost lost in the 2018 Woolsey fire.

Richard Gibbs has scored over 60 films and grossed $1bn+ at the box office, but his studio - which plays host to legendary musicians like Barabara Streisand, Coldplay, The Rza & Tom Petty - was almost lost in the 2018 Woolsey fire.

Masterclasses and real-world advice on film, TV and game scoring from a whole range of industry professionals, including Hans Zimmer, Ólafur Arnalds and Spitfire Audio composers – all for FREE.

Explore masterclasses and advice on film, TV and game scoring from a whole range of industry pros, including Hans Zimmer, Ólafur Arnalds and the Spitfire Audio composers – all for FREE.

Academy brings together the most popular educational videos from the Spitfire Audio family – masterclasses that have amassed almost 10 million views. It is also where you’ll find brand new education videos appearing regularly.

The Academy brings together the most popular educational videos from the Spitfire Audio family – masterclasses that have amassed almost 10 million views. It is also where you’ll find brand new education videos appearing regularly.

CREATIVE CRIBS: THE SECRETS OF A-LIST COMPOSERS

CREATIVE CRIBS: THE SECRETS OF A-LIST COMPOSERS

Look inside the studios, minds and processes of successful film composers

34.44

We visit GRAMMY-nominated Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds in his studio.

44.41

The rooms, the mics, the history!

17.35

We visit East London to talk to 'Line of Duty' composer Carly Paradis

44.41

The super-producer behind Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Harry Styles

12.45

John Powell shows us where he creates his scores

17.56

Christian visits 'Mowgli' composer Nitin Sawhney at his South London studio

23.10

'The Martian' composer Harry Gregson-Williams walks us around his studio

44.41

See inside 'Spiderman' composer Daniel Pemberton's Studio

47.26

'True Blood' composer Nathan Barr gives a very special tour of his one-of-a-kind studio

27.00

Oliver traveled to LA to visit 'The Greatest Showman' composer, Joseph Trapanese

33.46

Oscar winning 'Mamma Mia 2' composer Anne Dudley on embracing technology, pianos, pencils and paper

52.42

TV composer Andy Gray walks us through his oasis of vintage gear on the sunny Isle Of Wight

28.52

The Scottish composer talks us through his workflow

LATEST VIDEOS

LATEST VIDEOS

Discover the latest content created by the Spitfire Audio Academy team

Composing Trends of 2021
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Composing Trends of 2021

Paul, Christian, Kris Bowers and Emily Bear take a look back at their favourite soundtracks from 2021

The Pros and Cons of Lockdown
57.33

The Pros and Cons of Lockdown

Four Composers and Engineers share how they handled the pandemic

Recording at Abbey Road Studios
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Recording at Abbey Road Studios

Take a seat inside one of the most famous rooms in the world

From LA to London with Emily Bear
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From LA to London with Emily Bear

Grammy-nominated Emily Bear composes a track with 5 musicians - entirely remotely!

Behind the Scenes: Making Small Ensembles BIG
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Behind the Scenes: Making Small Ensembles BIG

Lucie shows how she turned four players into twenty

Top Tips For Aspiring Composers
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Top Tips For Aspiring Composers

Paul shares his composing wisdom with the runners up from the Stargirl Scoring Competition

QUICK TIPS

Pick up useful new techniques and tricks in under fifteen minutes

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How liberal super deep and subliminal bottom end can add emotion to your scores

5.17

Homay takes you through some tips and tricks in Logic which she wishes she had known earlier

7.01

Paul shares some thoughts about how to approach creating successful music for commercials

6.25

Oliver utilises the epic Hans Zimmer Percussion library

1.52

Jake Jackson demonstrates how to add a realistic edge to your orchestral samples

11.10

Three tips you can take away from the first eight bars of this incredible piece

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Christian demonstrates how to create successful production music in this latest Quick Tip

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Christian shows us a new way to use evolutions

8.25

Christian shows us one classic and three slightly more unexpected uses for reverb

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Taylor Stewart demonstrates how he uses the Folktek Resonant Garden

STEP-BY-STEP TECHNIQUES

In-depth advice to help you improve as a composer

The Ultimate Orchestral Expression Controller?
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The Ultimate Orchestral Expression Controller?

The second most important tool we use in orchestral programming…. the expression controller

10 Golden Rules Of Orchestral Programming
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10 Golden Rules Of Orchestral Programming

Christian's 10 golden rules for programming realistic-sounding orchestral music

Composing For Choir With Eric Whitacre
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Composing For Choir With Eric Whitacre

Grammy-winning composer & conductor Eric Whitacre shares how he approaches composing for choir

How To Achieve More Realism with Note Velocities
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How To Achieve More Realism with Note Velocities

A dive into some useful info on note velocity programming and how to get more realistic results

How To Write Music (If You Can't Read It?)
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How To Write Music (If You Can't Read It?)

Christian demonstrates the transformative power of live musicians

Simple Tricks For A More Vibey Virtual Orchestra
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Simple Tricks For A More Vibey Virtual Orchestra

How Paul creates a dark and compelling soundworld with just a few simple parts

Short Notes: How To Get The Most From Them
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Short Notes: How To Get The Most From Them

Paul discusses how you can add some movement to a long flowing line with subtle use of short notes

If I Had ONE Piece Of Advice...
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If I Had ONE Piece Of Advice...

Christian's single most important piece of advice to aspiring or struggling media composers

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1
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How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1

How to avoid various programming pit falls, rabbit holes and cul-de-sacs

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2
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How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2

Christian continues programming realistic strings

Ólafur Arnalds breaks down 'Loom (ft. Bonobo)'
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Ólafur Arnalds breaks down 'Loom (ft. Bonobo)'

Ólafur Arnalds breaks down his Grammy-nominated track 'Loom (feat. Bonobo)'

The Best Ways To Voice Strings
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The Best Ways To Voice Strings

Paul shows the options for laying out the voices in a string section

Orchestral Programming Day One
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Orchestral Programming Day One

Christian tries to allay fears about writing orchestral music

Orchestral Programming Day Two
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Orchestral Programming Day Two

Christian is back to discuss the next steps in orchestral programming

Orchestral Programming Day Three
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Orchestral Programming Day Three

How to prepare for an orchestral recording session

The Secret To Orchestral Programming
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The Secret To Orchestral Programming

A fundamental lesson for improving your orchestral programming with expression and emotion

How To Make Samples Sound Authentic
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How To Make Samples Sound Authentic

Oliver shares the methods he uses to make samples sound authentic when composing

Cinematic Drum Programming
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Cinematic Drum Programming

Overcome impostor syndrome and creating outstanding cinematic drum compositions

How To Work With Musicians Remotely
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How To Work With Musicians Remotely

The root purpose of the original Spitfire project - to connect composers and musicians

Scoring To Picture: Day One
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Scoring To Picture: Day One

Christian demonstrates how to approach scoring to picture

MOST POPULAR

Masterclasses and insights from the Pros

2.36.19

Watch an orchestral session IN REAL TIME

1.01.36

Christian joins Paul in his newly completed home studio 'The Bullbarn'

7.37

From The Vaults: Behind the scenes of Hans Zimmer Percussion

1.52.56

A rare insight into the workings of some of Hollywood's A-list film composers

43.54

Ólafur talks us through his outboard gear, his methods and his philosophy

Composing in the style of...

How to sound like your favourite scores

20.40

Louis demonstrates how to create momentum in your scores

1.02.15

Dan builds a percussion-heavy composition inspired by Ludwig Göransson

22.05

Louis is inspired by Nobuo Uematsu's iconic score

23.06

Dan shows us how to achieve the Hans Zimmer 'Interstellar' sound

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Oliver takes us through a composition inspired by composer Gustavo Santaolalla

1.09.00

We spoke to the composers' behind the soundtrack of Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed Odyssey'

35.11

Oliver writes a piece inspired by Hildur Guðnadóttir's multi-award winning score for Todd Phillips' 'Joker'

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Dan composes a piece inspired by Danny Elfman's score for 'Edward Scissorhands'

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Paul looks at Elmer Bernstein's re-arrangement of Herrmann's original 1962 score to the film Cape Fear

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Three great tips you can use from the great Jerry Goldsmith’s score to 'Basic Instinct'

SCORE BREAKDOWNS BY TOP COMPOSERS

How the best in the business wrote the music for your favourite films and TV shows

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Jeff Russo talks about his opening cue for 'Star Trek: Discovery'

5.19

Adam Taylor explains and demonstrates how he composed the soundtrack for this dystopian world

30.52

Nitin talks through a cue for Netflix's feature, 'Mowgli'

16.38

Join Ronit Kirchman, composer of 'The Sinner', to talk through a key scene from the show

26.32

Carlos Rafael Rivera shows us his process for developing a sketch into a full orchestral score

10.31

Pinar Toprak shows how she scored a scene from DC's 'Stargirl', sharing some of her scoring tips

22.19

Composer Charlie Clouser breaks down one of the climactic scenes from the movie 'Spiral: From the Book of Saw'

THE BUSINESS END

Getting started, getting work, getting paid!

1.16.49

Series Composer, Segun Akinola, talks about leading a team

17.07

Christian discusses how you can make a living from composing

49.50

Hear from a Composer's Agency on how to get work as a composer

14.37

Christian has a candid conversation about his experience as a composer

26.09

THE 12 golden rules on becoming a composers assistant

24.32

Jon Opstad, walks us through how he broke into media composition

1.00.19

1/3 'Factual Entertainment' is arguably one of the most profitable areas of media composition

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2/3 Giving you the opportunity to get some real life experience of writing to picture

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3/3 Christian offers out compositional duties to students at Edinburgh college

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Is it possible to become a successful composer later in life?

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Trevor Morris & Dru Masters talk to Paul Thomson & Christian Henson

GETTING THE PERFECT SOUND

Sound advice to improve your recording, mixing and mastering

The Reverb World Cup
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The Reverb World Cup

Christian and Jake Jackson put a selection of reverbs to the test in this in-depth episode

How To Prepare A Pro Tools Session For A Recording
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How To Prepare A Pro Tools Session For A Recording

Oliver takes us through how you can prepare a Pro Tools session for recording

The Recording of Robin Hood
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The Recording of Robin Hood

Joseph Trapanese shows how the arrangement of the orchestra was constructed

How To Make Your Garden Shed Sound Good
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How To Make Your Garden Shed Sound Good

Can Christian and Yellow Technology make the shed an acoustically sound environment?

Professional Mixing - How Much Does It Improve Your Music?
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Professional Mixing - How Much Does It Improve Your Music?

Goetz Botzenhardt joins Christian to discuss how professional mixing can enhance your music

Which Budget Mic Should I Buy For Home Recording?
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Which Budget Mic Should I Buy For Home Recording?

In this video we take a look at seven great choices for recording at home

Why Are Synths So Difficult To Mix?
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Why Are Synths So Difficult To Mix?

Do you find synths difficult to mix?

Time Alignment - The Lost Secret Sauce?
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Time Alignment - The Lost Secret Sauce?

Christian discusses how you can use time alignment to improve your compositions

Mixing and Mastering Your Music
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Mixing and Mastering Your Music

Paul and Jake Jackson share an introduction to mixing and mastering

Make A Sample Library In A Day
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Make A Sample Library In A Day

The Spitfire team challenged themselves to create a sample library in a day

FROM THE VAULTS: Recording Hans Zimmer Percussion
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FROM THE VAULTS: Recording Hans Zimmer Percussion

Recording engineer Geoff Foster recounts the process of recording HZ Percussion

Comparing Mixes in Hans Zimmer Percussion Professional
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Comparing Mixes in Hans Zimmer Percussion Professional

Paul talks through his composition for the BBC show 'The Interceptor'

Mix Masterclass with Jake Jackson
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Mix Masterclass with Jake Jackson

Jake Jackson and Christian present a mixing masterclass on Solo Strings

orchestral programming

Christian demystifies the process of writing for an orchestra

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Composing Your First Film Cue
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Composing Your First Film Cue

Homay guides you through writing a film cue using BBCSO Discover

How to Get Started with Albion One
40.58

How to Get Started with Albion One

Dan Keen shows us how to avoid that all-too-common blank-screen syndrome with this step-by-step scoring session

How To Win Pitches and Get Noticed
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How To Win Pitches and Get Noticed

Christian focuses on vision and originality when pitching for composing work

Start Your Scoring Journey
16.17

Start Your Scoring Journey

Homay takes us through her latest demo written using libraries from our Originals series

How To Use Electric Guitars In Orchestral Music
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How To Use Electric Guitars In Orchestral Music

Christian takes us through how to use electric guitar in your orchestral music

The Iconic Sound Of Cinema
46.50

The Iconic Sound Of Cinema

Oliver takes a brief look at the iconic history of Abbey Road's Studio One

Adding Bite To Your Composition
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Adding Bite To Your Composition

Oliver takes us through writing music for a chase scene

INSPIRING STORIES

Insights, wisdom and behind-the-scenes films from across the composing community

30.28

Christian visits the factory of master piano makers, Schimmel, in Germany to learn how pianos are made

9:02

Alfa Mist’s journey as he collaborates with the LCO to re-imagine his track ‘Confliction’

22.10

Suzanne Ciani gives an in-depth demonstration of how she composes using the Buchla 200e

47.22

Lucie, Oli and Dan discuss scoring cinematic trailers, storytelling with music and compare writing styles

7.37

From The vaults: Behind the scenes at the creation of Hans Zimmer Percussion

28.38

Christian takes a trip to his favourite Loudspeaker company for a special tour

composing with strings

Level up your string arrangements

38.02

How to avoid various programming pit falls, rabbit holes and cul-de-sacs

40.50

Christian continues programming realistic strings, featuring another live composition session

20.07

Oliver shows us how to compose music for a string quartet

38.13

Paul shows the options for laying out the voices in a string section

11.45

Homay demonstrates how to build tension in your compositions

FREE SCORING TOOLS

Inspiring instruments to get you started

FREE SCORING TOOLS

Inspiring instruments to get you started

#OneOrchestra

Experience our incredible BBC Symphony Orchestra range

How to Create Emotive Melodies
25.39

How to Create Emotive Melodies

Louis Rugg takes us through his Ennio Morricone inspired score

Writing Fantasy Music
21.09

Writing Fantasy Music

Homay breaks down her stunning Fantasy piece, 'Sadie's Waltz', written using BBC Symphony Orchestra Professional

Writing In The Style Of Resident Evil
23.58

Writing In The Style Of Resident Evil

Louis Rugg shows how to pair piano with BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover

How To Create Amazing Orchestral Mockups
35.59

How To Create Amazing Orchestral Mockups

Louis Rugg sits down with Lead Developer Luke Olney to break down his highly popular demo 'Man's Best Friend'

Exploring Theme with BBCSO Core
22.05

Exploring Theme with BBCSO Core

Louis Rugg explores theme by drawing inspiration from renowned video game composer Nobuo Uematsu

Writing Music Using FREE Samples in Real-time
52.37

Writing Music Using FREE Samples in Real-time

Dan Keen sets a timer for 45 minutes to see how easy it is to write using only BBCSO Discover

Can Anyone Create Orchestral Music?
1.03.38

Can Anyone Create Orchestral Music?

Christian transforms Erik Satie's famous 'Gnossienne No. 1' into an orchestral piece

BY GENRE

How to compose in a variety of styles

21.41

Homay shares the process behind her music for the Ólafur Arnalds Stratus trailer

18.57

Lucie channels Björk and Sigur Rós to compose an Icelandic-inspired piece

21.17

In a special spooky video, Louis shows us how to write music for horror scenes

20.43

Dan takes us through his stunning composition 'A Strange New World'