The Spitfire Audio LABS programme is an infinite series of software instruments — free and easy to use, and made by musicians in London for anyone, anywhere. Presented in our own plugin, they are compatible with any DAW. We release one new instrument every month, and in case you missed it, they are all FREE.
Why Not — Leo Wyatt
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.
Trailer Music — Homay Schmitz
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.
Synaesthesia — Louis Rugg
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.
Spieldosen Musik — Oliver Patrice Weder
Discover the bewitching sounds of two music boxes. One was made and performed by award-winning composer and artist Hannah Peel, and features on her score for HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Last Watch. She made it by hand printing notations on paper with a hole puncher — the sound of the paper rolling through the box adds a beautiful texture. The other was sampled at Spitfire Studios on top of a piano, for extra resonance.
Pollinators — Louis Rugg
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.
Louis Rugg — Off-Kilter Butterfly
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.
Mute Reformer — Louis Rugg
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.
Gaia — Louis Rugg
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.
Of All Man's Appetites — Louis Rugg
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.
And the Robot had a Voice - Louis Rugg
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!
Virus — Oliver Patrice Weder
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.
Asphyxia — Louis Rugg
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!