A collection full of life and character, this definitive percussion library provides the bedrock for your orchestral compositions, performed by world-renowned British percussionist Joby Burgess. Spitfire Percussion has been expertly recorded in The Hall at AIR Studios, the home of blockbuster scores and the same space as our Symphonic and Chamber library recordings.
Own all of the essential symphonic percussion instruments to add ultimate power, rhythm and nuance to your scores, large and small, tuned and untuned — from thunderous timpani, bass drums and cymbals to a set of mallet instruments, from marimba to tubular bells, described by Sound On Sound as "to die for".
Duelling Mallets - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:27)
Raise the Atocha (0:00 / 1:39)
Raise the Atocha- naked (0:00 / 1:42)
Variations CLOSE mics only (0:00 / 1:21)
Variations TREE - Decca Tree mics only (0:00 / 1:21)
Variations AMB mics only (0:00 / 1:21)
Variations FULL - all mics together (0:00 / 1:21)
Christmas Toddlers - Mathias Pedersen Smidt (0:00 / 0:57)
The Escape - Dan Keen (using Other Libraries) (0:00 / 2:30)
This comprehensive orchestral percussion library has been made in collaboration with renowned percussionist Joby Burgess, known for leading the percussion on blockbuster film scores from Black Panther to Ex Machina as well as his work with artists from Peter Gabriel to Eric Whitacre. We have sampled extensive and and enviable collection of percussion instruments in one of the best scoring stages in the world — The Hall at AIR Studios. This space provides a degree of spatial richness that is extremely difficult to replicate artificially.
Spitfire founders Paul and Christian worked with Joby to curate the most essential articulations and playing styles, so you don't need to be a percussionist to assemble a beautiful and detailed performance. Choose between three different mic positions (Close, Tree, Ambient) for extra control.
Every note was recorded by AIR Studios' expert resident engineer Jake Jackson using an array of priceless vintage microphones via Neve “Montserrat” pre-amps and a beautifully serviced Studer 2” tape machine, then into digital at 96k via the best Prism AD converters.
Presented in Spitfire's KickStart percussion engine — instantly playable, with great scope for customisation. The library features up to eight round robins and up to eight dynamic layers, carefully curated, so that the loudest ffff layer of the timpani is played with a wooden mallet to give that extra power, while the ppp layer is a geniune ultra quiet performance rather than a mid volume hit scaled down, as found in other libraries.
This vast array of instruments will give you all you need to add colour to your compositions — 9 tuned instruments, from celeste to tubular bells: 13 drums, from bass drum to bongos; 12 'toys', from agogo to shakers, 14 unpitched metal instruments, from cymbals to wind gong, and 3 unpitched wood instruments. We have also curated various premade ensembles for instant playability.