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

The Academy brings together the best educational videos from the Spitfire Audio family – tutorials that have already amassed almost 10 million views and helped thousands of composers around the world. It is also where you’ll find brand new education videos appearing regularly, to help you on your journey as a composer.

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Masterclasses and insights that have earned hundreds of thousands of views and positive reactions

Orchestral Programming: Day One
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Orchestral Programming: Day One

In this video, Christian Henson tries to allay fears about writing orchestral music

Ólafur Arnalds Studio Tour
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Ólafur Arnalds Studio Tour

Ólafur kindly takes time off recording his album to talk us through his amazing array of outboard gear, his methods and his philosophy

The Hans Zimmer Composer Roundtable
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The Hans Zimmer Composer Roundtable

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

Fly On The Wall: Air Studios
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Fly On The Wall: Air Studios

Step inside the control room at Air Studios to witness, in real time, how quickly you can record orchestral players in London

Paul Thomson Studio Tour
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Paul Thomson Studio Tour

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

FROM THE VAULTS: Behind The Curtain - Hans Zimmer Percussion
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FROM THE VAULTS: Behind The Curtain - Hans Zimmer Percussion

Spitfire Audio takes you behind the scenes at the creation of Hans Zimmer Percussion

Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1
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Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1

Christian helps you to avoid various programming pit falls, rabbit holes and cul-de-sacs

Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2
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Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2

Christian continues his treatise into programming realistic strings, featuring another live composition session

THE BUSINESS END

Getting started, getting work, getting paid!

Scoring Doctor Who
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Scoring Doctor Who

In this video Christian Henson chats with Segun Akinola, composer of the music for Doctor Who

How Much Do Composers Get Paid?
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How Much Do Composers Get Paid?

Christian discusses how you can make a living from composing

How to Get Work as a Composer
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How to Get Work as a Composer

Harriet Moss joins composer Oliver Patrice Weder to share some industry insights on how to get work as a composer

Do I Actually like Being A Composer?
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Do I Actually like Being A Composer?

Christian has a candid conversation about his experience as a composer

Being A Composer's Assistant
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Being A Composer's Assistant

Christian gives 12 golden rules on becoming a composers assistant that he has learnt throughout his career

How Do You Land A Show Like Black Mirror?
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How Do You Land A Show Like Black Mirror?

Jon Opstad, composer for Black Mirror, walks us through how he broke into media composition

Can YOU Write Music To Picture? (Part One)
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Can YOU Write Music To Picture? (Part One)

FACtual ENTertainment is arguably one of the most profitable areas of media composition

Can YOU Write Music To Picture? (Part Two)
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Can YOU Write Music To Picture? (Part Two)

Part II of a three part series offering you the opportunity to get some real life experience of writing to picture

How Long Does It Take To Become A Successful Composer?
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How Long Does It Take To Become A Successful Composer?

Christian asks the question: Is it possible to become a successful composer later in life?

How Do Composers Get Paid?
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How Do Composers Get Paid?

Christian talks to Trevor Morris, Paul Thomson and Dru Masters about making a living as a composer

Piano Falling To Earth (What Does It Actually Sound Like?)
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Piano Falling To Earth (What Does It Actually Sound Like?)

This film is the final part of a three-stage process, where Christian offers out compositional duties to students at Edinburgh college

SCORE BREAKDOWNS BY TOP COMPOSERS

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

Scoring 'The Queen's Gambit' with Carlos Rafael Rivera
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Scoring 'The Queen's Gambit' with Carlos Rafael Rivera

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

Scoring 'Star Trek: Discovery' with Jeff Russo
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Scoring 'Star Trek: Discovery' with Jeff Russo

We visit LA to meet Jeff Russo in his studio and talk about his opening cue for Star Trek: Discovery

'The Handmaid's Tale' Theme with Adam Taylor
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Theme with Adam Taylor

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

Scoring 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' with Nitin Sawhney
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Scoring 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' with Nitin Sawhney

Nitin and Christian talk through a cue for Netflix's feature, 'Mowgli', at Nitin's studio in South London

Scoring 'The Sinner' with Ronit Kirchman
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Scoring 'The Sinner' with Ronit Kirchman

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

Scoring DC's 'Stargirl' with Pinar Toprak
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Scoring DC's 'Stargirl' with Pinar Toprak

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

Scoring 'Spiral: Saw' with Charlie Clouser
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Scoring 'Spiral: Saw' with Charlie Clouser

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

QUICK TIPS

Pick up useful new techniques and tricks in under ten minutes

6 Musicians - 1 Score
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6 Musicians - 1 Score

We challenged Emily Bear to compose a track with 5 musicians she'd never worked with before - entirely remotely!

Star Wars Theme: Secret Scoring Weapons
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Star Wars Theme: Secret Scoring Weapons

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

How To Make Cinematic Drums
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How To Make Cinematic Drums

Oliver takes us through a series of drums in the Hans Zimmer Percussion library and demonstrates how to create cinematic drums.

Workflow Tips For Beginners
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Workflow Tips For Beginners

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

Adding Realism To Your Orchestral Sample Edits
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Adding Realism To Your Orchestral Sample Edits

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

How To Create A Successful Production Music Track
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How To Create A Successful Production Music Track

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

How To Be Successful Scoring Commercials
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How To Be Successful Scoring Commercials

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

The Unsung Magic of Evos
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The Unsung Magic of Evos

Christian shows us a new way to use evolutions

Making String Samples Sound Fat
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Making String Samples Sound Fat

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

3 Unconventional Uses For Reverb
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3 Unconventional Uses For Reverb

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

Music Gear for Horror Scores with The Newton Brothers
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Music Gear for Horror Scores with The Newton Brothers

Taylor Stewart from The Newton Brothers, demonstrates how he uses the Folktek Resonant Garden

CREATIVE CRIBS: THE SECRETS OF A-LIST COMPOSERS

Creative Cribs takes you inside the studios, minds and process of successful film composers, and explores iconic recording studios

Creative Cribs: Daniel Pemberton
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Creative Cribs: Daniel Pemberton

See inside 'Spiderman' composer Daniel Pemberton's Studio

Creative Cribs: Carly Paradis
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Creative Cribs: Carly Paradis

We visit East London to talk shop with 'Line of Duty' composer and pianist, Carly Paradis

Creative Cribs: Harry Gregson-Williams
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Creative Cribs: Harry Gregson-Williams

'Mulan' composer Harry Gregson-Williams walks us around his studio

Creative Cribs: Nathan Barr
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Creative Cribs: Nathan Barr

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

Creative Cribs: Nitin Sawhney
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Creative Cribs: Nitin Sawhney

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

Creative Cribs: Joseph Trapanese
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Creative Cribs: Joseph Trapanese

Oliver & the Spitfire team traveled to LA to visit 'The Greatest Showman' composer, Joseph Trapanese

Creative Cribs: Anne Dudley
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Creative Cribs: Anne Dudley

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

Creative Cribs: Andy Gray
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Creative Cribs: Andy Gray

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

STEP-BY-STEP TECHNIQUES

In-depth advice on helping you improve as a composer

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 & how you can do this with little to no theoretical knowledge

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

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

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

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

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

Christian discusses the single most important piece of advice he could offer any aspiring or struggling media composers

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

Christian helps you 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 his treatise into programming realistic strings, featuring another live composition session

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 Henson 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

Christian goes back to 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

orchestral programming

Spitfire Audio co-founder Christian Henson demystifies the process of writing for an orchestra and guides you through, step-by-step

INSPIRING STORIES

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

Recording at Abbey Road Studios
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Recording at Abbey Road Studios

Enter the room that most composers dream about

Alfa Mist: Confliction
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Alfa Mist: Confliction

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

Global Collaboration Panel
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Global Collaboration Panel

The benefits and pitfall's of working remotely from a variety of perspectives across the composing spectrum.

FROM THE VAULTS: Behind The Curtain - Hans Zimmer Percussion
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FROM THE VAULTS: Behind The Curtain - Hans Zimmer Percussion

Spitfire Audio takes you behind the scenes at the creation of Hans Zimmer Percussion

Suzanne Ciani On The Buchla 200e
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Suzanne Ciani On The Buchla 200e

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

The Hans Zimmer Composer Roundtable
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The Hans Zimmer Composer Roundtable

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

Fly On The Wall: AIR Studios
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Fly On The Wall: AIR Studios

Step inside the control room at Air Studios to witness, in real time, how quickly you can record orchestral players in London

Schimmel Pianos Factory Tour
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Schimmel Pianos Factory Tour

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

Harbeth Speakers Factory Tour
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Harbeth Speakers Factory Tour

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

Composer Roundtable: Scoring Cinematic Trailers
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Composer Roundtable: Scoring Cinematic Trailers

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

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using spitfire audio libraries

How to get the most of your Spitfire Audio libraries and achieve your goals

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
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Start Your Scoring Journey

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

Writing For A String Quartet
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Writing For A String Quartet

Oliver shows us how to compose music for a string quartet

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
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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

Composing Your First Film Cue
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Composing Your First Film Cue

Composer Homay Schmitz guides you through writing a film cue using BBCSO Discover

Building Tension
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Building Tension

Homay demonstrates how to build tension in your compositions

Can Anyone Create Orchestral Music?
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Can Anyone Create Orchestral Music?

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

GETTING THE PERFECT SOUND

Sound advice to improve your recording, mixing and mastering

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 Thomson 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

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

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 Henson present a mixing masterclass on Solo Strings

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composing with strings

Level up your string arrangements

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1
38.02

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 1

Christian helps you to avoid various programming pit falls, rabbit holes and cul-de-sacs

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2
40.50

How To Program Realistic Sounding Strings Pt 2

Christian continues his treatise into programming realistic strings, featuring another live composition session

The Best Ways To Voice Strings
38.13

The Best Ways To Voice Strings

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

Writing For A String Quartet (with Sacconi Strings Quartet)
20.07

Writing For A String Quartet (with Sacconi Strings Quartet)

Oliver shows us how to compose music for a string quartet

Building Tension (with London Contemporary Orchestra Strings)
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Building Tension (with London Contemporary Orchestra Strings)

Homay demonstrates how to build tension in your compositions

Making String Samples Sound Fat
6.21

Making String Samples Sound Fat

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

Adding Realism To Your Orchestral Sample Edits
1.52

Adding Realism To Your Orchestral Sample Edits

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

Composing in the style of...

How to sound like your favourite scores

Writing in the style of 'STUDIO GHIBLI'
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Writing in the style of 'STUDIO GHIBLI'

Louis demonstrates one way to create momentum within your scores using Percussion Swarm

Writing in the style of 'EDWARD SCISSORHANDS'
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Writing in the style of 'EDWARD SCISSORHANDS'

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

Behind The Soundtrack of 'ASSASSIN'S CREED - ODYSSEY'
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Behind The Soundtrack of 'ASSASSIN'S CREED - ODYSSEY'

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

Writing in the style of Hans Zimmer's 'INTERSTELLAR'
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Writing in the style of Hans Zimmer's 'INTERSTELLAR'

Dan shows us how to use Symphonic Organ to achieve the Hans Zimmer Interstellar sound

Writing in the style of 'JOKER'
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Writing in the style of 'JOKER'

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

Writing in the style of 'TENET'
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Writing in the style of 'TENET'

Dan Keen builds a percussion-heavy composition inspired by Ludwig Göransson

Writing in the style of 'THE LAST OF US'
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Writing in the style of 'THE LAST OF US'

Oliver takes us through a composition inspired by composer Gustavo Santaolalla

Bernard Herrmann Masterclass - Cape Fear Re-Score
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Bernard Herrmann Masterclass - Cape Fear Re-Score

Paul looks at Elmer Bernstein's re-arrangement of Herrmann's original 1962 score to the film Cape Fear - for Martin Scorsese's 1992 remake.

Basic Instinct Theme (Secret Scoring Weapons)
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Basic Instinct Theme (Secret Scoring Weapons)

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

BY GENRE

How to compose in a variety of styles

Writing Icelandic Style Music with Ólafur Arnalds Stratus
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Writing Icelandic Style Music with Ólafur Arnalds Stratus

Spitfire Audio composer Lucie draws upon influences such as Björk, Ólafur Arnalds, and Sigur Rós to compose an Icelandic-inspired piece of music

Writing 'Fantasy' Music
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Writing 'Fantasy' Music

Homay breaks down her stunning fantasy piece, 'Sadie's Waltz'

How To Write Music For 'Horror'
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How To Write Music For 'Horror'

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

'Film Noir' Inspired Composition
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'Film Noir' Inspired Composition

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

Writing in the style of 'JOKER'
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Writing in the style of 'JOKER'

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

Writing Modern Trailer Music
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Writing Modern Trailer Music

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