Spitfire Audio Labs - Free virtual instruments

An infinite series of free software instruments, made by musicians and sampling experts in London, for anyone, anywhere. Presented in our own plug-in, they are easy to use, and compatible with any DAW. And in case you missed it — they're all free.

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Granular Whalesong

Panspermia — Louis Rugg

LABS Granular Whalesong

Stunning recordings of whalesong, transformed using granular synthesis. This collection of haunting textures was commissioned by The National Theatre and composer Jherek Bischoff, forming the bedrock of his breathtaking score for the stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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Tundra Atmos

Neurogenesis - Louis Rugg

LABS Tundra Atmos

While on various shoots in the Northern hemisphere for Albion Tundra, we captured the natural sounds of near-silent environments — lava flows in the volcanic hinterlands of Iceland, a lapping Scottish loch and a dense Estonian forest — treated and warped to create atmospheric textures.

Wurli

Vertigo Street - Louis Rugg

LABS Wurli

This Wurlitzer electronic piano was sampled at Spitfire Studios by engineer Henry Cornish. Made popular in the 60s by legendary rock and jazz musicians, the Wurli is known for its distinctly sharp tone, cutting through your music like a knife. Choose our 'Super Soft' presets for a more mellow, soulful tone.

Soft Piano

Our Time - Homay Schmitz

LABS Soft Piano

Recorded at Air Edel Studios, London, this sound has become a favourite of musicians and composers across the globe. The soft tone is achieved by placing a thin strip of felt between the hammers and the strings.

Strings

Lights - Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Strings

Fourteen of London's best string players, recorded at Spitfire HQ by engineer Harry Wilson. This ensemble was captured using a wide range of microphones including a vintage BBC AXB1.

Electric Piano

Neutral Planet — Fiifi Mills

LABS Electric Piano

This legendary vintage electric piano is a classic, recorded and engineered at Spitfire Studios. Use it to write jazz melodies, or to add warm, mellow tones to your music.

Drums

Kickback — Louis Rugg

LABS Drums

Recorded at Spitfire HQ in 2012 using top-of-the-range mics, these drums showcase the talents of drummer Oliver Waton and engineer Stanley Gabriel. Play and program an awesome piece of kit — ba dum tss!

Rare Groove Piano

Carnevale — Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Rare Groove Piano

Another vintage gem recorded at Spitfire Studios, this Vox electric piano is overflowing with nostalgia. Seamlessly mix electric piano, finger bass and electro-harpsichord presets, and turn up the vibrato for ultimate 60s funk vibe.

Trumpet Fields

Alpine Marmot — Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Trumpet Fields

Recorded on our dry stage at Spitfire Studios, this swirling, droning brass will add warmth and subtle movement to your scores. Trumpet Fields features two amazing trumpet players performing soft, long notes with a range of granular elements — from double tonguing to slow bends. Choose from five different reverbs to create your own unique, atmospheric textural beds.

Moon Guitar

Yueqin - Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Moon Guitar

Immerse yourself in the magical resonance of the Chinese moon guitar. Recorded by Christian Henson and Seb Truman on a Neumann M149 valve condenser mic, it features solo, ensemble and tremolo patches, adding texture and beauty to your music.  

London Atmos

Trailer Music — Homay Schmitz

LABS London Atmos

Taking inspiration from Musique Concrète, Jon Hopkins & Burial, Spitfire engineers Harry and Jess took to the streets of London with a Sennheiser MKH418 to capture the spirit of the capital. From tube doors to city traffic, these field recordings have been warped to give you complete soundscapes — percussion, pads & atmospheric loops, ready to make your own.

Strings 2

Celestial Orbit — Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Strings 2

Complementing 2018’s LABS Strings, this second chapter offers you three new playing techniques — Pizzicato, Bartok Pizz and Swells Ensembles — performed by fourteen of London’s best strings players at Spitfire HQ. Mixed by Spitfire co-founder Paul Thomson, these strings will add texture and vibrancy to your music.

Opia

Why Not — Leo Wyatt

LABS Opia

In the spirit of creative collaboration, we give you a collection of unique sonic textures made out of audio samples from Ólafur Arnalds and the artists performing at his London festival, Opia: Kiasmos, VAAL, Rhye, Poppy Ackroyd, Högni & Ensemble, Grandbrothers, Hania Rani & Josin. Each artist has submitted a sample that means something to them — from the sounds of ice skating to pianos — mangled and warped by our expert team to create entirely new and unconventional sounds.

Pedal Pads

Synaesthesia — Louis Rugg

LABS Pedal Pads

In 2018, Christian fed a Wurlitzer, felt piano and guitar through ethereal effects pedals, including Gamechanger Audio’s Plus pedal, which sustains any sound indefinitely to create a soft pad effect. Discover nine patches of ambient pads, perfect for all your dream sequences.

Music Box

Spieldosen Musik — Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Music Box

Discover the bewitching sounds of two music boxes: one made and performed by award-winning composer and artist Hannah Peel, featuring on her score for HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Last Watch — made by hand printing notations on paper with a hole puncher, the sound of the paper rolling through the box adding a beautiful texture; the other sampled at Spitfire Studios on top of a piano, for extra resonance.

Sleigh Bells

The Yeti's Waltz — Louis Rugg

LABS Sleigh Bells

A LABS Christmas special! On a frosty winter morning at Spitfire’s London studios, we recorded these sleigh bells, brimming with festive cheer...

Hand Bells

Pluviophile — Louis Rugg

LABS Hand Bells

Add a touch of glistening magic to your music. Many years ago, we dotted a selection of hand bells around the Spitfire office, dinging them at any punchline. Hearing their sampling potential, we took them into the Spitfire studio, adding vibrato and ghostly effects.

Dulcimer

Pollinators — Louis Rugg

LABS Dulcimer

Two dulcimers, recorded by composer and Spitfire Audio founder, Christian Henson. He sampled a range of playing techniques to capture the versatility of the instrument. Choose hammered for a round, warm tone, fingerpicked or tremolo for a more metallic edge, and discover the spellbinding quality of the mini dulcimer, with glissandi.

Modular Piano

Mute Reformer — Louis Rugg

LABS Modular Piano

In January 2019, Christian Henson made a modular piano. He sampled his upright Schimmel felt piano and Wurlitzer, passing the signal through his modular rig — an array of analogue reverbs, delays, and other goodies — to give you twelve unique, beautifully atmospheric sounds with a slightly industrial edge.

Scary Strings

Louis Rugg — Off-Kilter Butterfly

LABS Scary Strings

These haunting string evolutions were the inspiration behind Spitfire’s Evolutions libraries, born out of the need for subtly shifting textures. Performed by a small ensemble of string players, we give you three distinctive presets: Cool, which creates icy overtones; Sustain, for longer notes; and Stretched, for a disturbing, drawn-out effect that will make your hairs stand on end.

Peel Guitar

Gaia — Louis Rugg

LABS Peel Guitar

Sampled by Christian Henson back in 2006, this classic instrument has been used all over his scores, and despite its simplicity, is a directors' favourite. Created using a Fender Telecaster fed through a 15w vintage tweed amp with a hint of vibrato, tremolo and distortion, we offer you a guitar sound synonymous with British indie music.

Synth Pads

And the Robot had a Voice - Louis Rugg

LABS Synth Pads

Recorded in May 2018 by Spitfire engineers Harry Wilson and Harnek Mudhar, LABS Synth Pads was created using Christian Henson’s much-envied synthesiser collection. They fed five vintage synths through reverb, guitar pedals and a selection of outboard gear to create a super celestial sonic universe!

Choir

Virus — Oliver Patrice Weder

LABS Choir

In June 2017, we sampled the exceptional Eric Whitacre Singers at Air Studios, London, to create our first ever choir library, curated and conducted by Eric Whitacre. LABS Choir features ever-changing choral samples, created by combining three evolutions from this epic vocal encyclopaedia — the textures weave in and out of each other and evolve constantly as you play, offering you endless inspiration. 

Frozen Strings

Of All Man's Appetites — Louis Rugg

LABS Frozen Strings

LABS Frozen Strings was the spark of inspiration that led to the making of one of Spitfire's most renowned libraries — Albion V Tundra. With just six strings players, recorded dry on a cold day in January 2015, Christian Henson set out to create a sound of stark beauty, something that would fit against low, grey skies — the super sul tasto is a haunting highlight.

Charango

The Armadillo — Louis Rugg

LABS Charango

This charango — an Andean guitar-like instrument — was recorded back in 2006 by Christian Henson on a KM184 mic in his Soho flat, played by his brother Joe. This was the instrument that inspired Christian and Paul to create Spitfire Audio.

Amplified Cello Quartet

Asphyxia — Louis Rugg

LABS Amplified Cello Quartet

LABS Amplified Cello Quartet was recorded by our founder Christian Henson and engineer Harry Wilson in 2017, here at Spitfire HQ. Christian played with the sound during the live recordings using effects pedals, with the celli in one room and the amps in another. The amps were driven incredibly hard, allowing you to turn your strings up to 11!

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