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Henrietta Smith-Rolla — Spectrum


Unleash your narrative by delving into a world of colour. Spectrum has been created in collaboration with composer, producer and DJ, Henrietta Smith-Rolla, also known as AFRODEUTSCHE — an innovator known both for her techno house productions and piano-based scores. This toolkit of manipulated, multi-dimensional synth textures and tempo-synced loops provides you with cutting-edge sounds to inspire and enrich your own sound world — from the dance floor to your next score.

Showcasing another side to her artistry, we also present Smith-Rolla’s acclaimed piano-led score for BAFTA-nominated short film, Kamali, out now on SA Recordings and available to purchase as a bundle with the Spectrum sample library.

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Product Info

  • 0.5 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 0.50 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.15 Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. Intel-based Apple computers only - Apple Silicon/ARM not yet supported. Machine must be connected to the internet during install

"Spectrum is designed to be a useful tool for everyone, including people like me who don’t read music, or don’t have that sort of language.”

—Henrietta Smith-Rolla

— 50 presets of multi-dimensional synth sounds — from pads to tempo-synced loops and percussion

— Made by warping and manipulating sounds made using Smith-Rolla's unique synth collection, including the Kyma, a visual programming language for sound design, famously used in films such as Wall-E and The Dark Knight

— Four sections: Spectral Phases, Spectral Rhythms, Spectral Reflections, Spectral Percussion

— A wide range of controls: Stereo Spread, Attack, Release, Reverb, Delay, Stretch, Distort

— Seven Reverb options

— Available in our free and easy-to-use dedicated plug-in

— Instant access to a wide variety of inspiring sounds, designed for creating expressive music and unique soundscapes

— From contemporary electronic music to hybrid, modern film composition

The Spectrum sample library has been released in conjunction with Henrietta Smith-Rolla's score for the documentary film Kamali, out now on SA Recordings — the London label owned by Spitfire Audio, dedicated to supporting music created by contemporary composers and sound artists. This concept is an invitation for musicians and producers to reimagine, recreate or completely pull apart the sound world of an artist to facilitate their own vision.

Out now on SA Recordings, the score is available to buy on its own, as a digital bundle (digital download + sample library) or physical bundle (vinyl pre-order, digital download + sample library) via the SA Recordings website.

Stream or download Smith-Rolla's score here.

"One rule I gave myself in the sampling process was whatever sound I had at the beginning, it could sound nothing like that by the end.”

—Henrietta Smith-Rolla

This powerful BAFTA-nominated documentary film, directed by Sasha Rainbow, centers on a seven-year-old skateboarder challenging gender roles in India. Across six minimalist sketches, Smith-Rolla uses recurrent themes and motifs to craft gentle melancholia in unconventional forms, and in reducing her setup to just the piano, we are given a glimpse into a different side of her musicality. Using a simple arrangement of sparse harmonies and delicate melodies, Kamali distills moments of serenity into a series of introspective wanderings.

Watch the film here.

Henrietta Smith-Rolla, aka AFRODEUTSCHE, is a British-born Ghanaian/Russian/German artist, composer, producer, and DJ based in Manchester, UK. Her polyrhythmic compositions integrate a wide array of musical genres, including Afrofuturistic electro and techno, classical solo piano and Detroit legacy house; all memorable journeys into deep, abstracted sound. Known for her NTS Radio residency, her recent catalog includes an EP, RR001, followed by her 2019 debut album, Break Before Make, released on Skam. Smith-Rolla has written and performed scores for films and documentaries including the BAFTA-nominated ‘Kamali’ and renowned Earth documentary ‘Baraka’.

Not classically trained, Henrietta used colour and number systems to learn pieces of music. Her aim with Spectrum is to make composition accessible to all, offering producers and composers of all levels an inspiring tool for storytelling.

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What's included

Spectral Phases:

  • Sands
  • Organ Donar
  • Diverse Solar
  • Open Mind
  • Spectral Leakage
  • Space Foxtrot
  • Chamber Trill
  • Kinetic Fibre
  • Rapid Shores
  • Soft Joy
  • Watts The Story
  • Vail
  • Mane
  • Blipper
  • Kriegspiel
  • Center-fire
  • Buzzer On

Spectral Reflection:

  • Horrid Lead
  • Wonky Strobe
  • The Doctor
  • Atmosphere
  • Bright Spark
  • Solidly Tangible
  • Dial M for Mars
  • Harmonic Atmos
  • Insect Noise
  • Blades
  • Ragged Boom
  • Savage
  • Velvet Light
  • Resonant Chaos
  • Raymond Scott
  • Through Smoke
  • Airy Fizz
  • Impedance Day
  • Ruy Lopez
  • Phane
  • Valiant
  • Distance
  • Pure Temporal

Spectral Rhythms:

  • Hack
  • Atomic Touch
  • Rhythmic Chords
  • Power Wave
  • Wild Spark

Spectral Percussion:

  • Soap
  • Drum Set
  • Square Tuesday
  • Popper
  • Pound Cake

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