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Ambient Guitars

Distorted Soundscapes for Cinematic Scoring

Ambient Guitars is a collection of inspiring and modern cinematic guitar sounds, textures and loops — from ambient to apocalyptic — created and performed exclusively by renowned guitar innovator Leo Abrahams, and expertly sampled by Spitfire Audio. Designed for use in film, TV and game music and especially suited to dark, urbane, indie style scores, its early incarnation is already a directors’ and composers’ favourite. This intuitive and instantly playable toolkit will inspire any discerning media composer or producer looking for fresh sounds and atmospheric textures with an experimental edge.

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Dark Pines — Christian Henson & Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:11)

Psychotic Impulses — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:02)

Paved — Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:40)

Betty — Jez Ashurst (0:00 / 1:46)

Silver — Christian Henson (0:00 / 2:00)

The Avant Gardener — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:11)

Drum Bucker — Jez Ashurst (0:00 / 1:41)

Magpie — Louis Rugg (0:00 / 2:36)

Celestial Sphere — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:51)

Aftermath — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:39)

Dark Pines — Christian Henson & Oliver Patrice Weder (Ambient Guitars Only) (0:00 / 2:11)

The Avant Gardener (Ambient Guitars Only) — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:00)

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Product Info

  • ~89269 Samples
  • 50.4 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 51.0 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later, Intel Core 2 Duo

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GUITARS, REIMAGINED


Ambient Guitars is a collaboration between Spitfire Audio and renowned composer, producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams. Featuring amazing new material recorded in 2019 and an amalgamation of two true Spitfire classics; Enigma 1 & 2, it is now presented in our hugely versatile, dedicated eDNA Engine UI (except our Evolutions & Distorted samples). We give you over 600 sounds, including over 10GB of brand new recordings and additional curated presets. We’ve also updated this to the free Kontakt Player format, with full NKS support. From atmospheric pad sounds to dark, heavy distorted guitars, this library gives you everything you could possibly want from a guitar for media composition.


In 2013, the Spitfire team decamped to London’s legendary Pool Studios (host to artists from Nick Cave to Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys to Foals) to capture Leo’s cutting edge techniques, created largely on a Trussart guitar, as well as a 1960s Gibson 355 and a Danelectro Hornet, plugged into a rare and enviable collection of pedals and amps. Discover over 400 presets — weird and wonderful sounding guitars, reverberant pads, dark, distorted plucks, warped pedal FX and synths. The ‘Distorted’ collection of sounds (formerly known as Enigma 2) comprises 18 tight and punchy distorted electric guitar instruments distinct in sound and character, through three amps and a variety of pedals. Add layers of distortion and feedback to create walls of sound or devastatingly haunting, dark, distorted beauty.



"Spitfire's Ambient Guitars takes the humble six-string into new and uncharted sonic territory."




Almost immediately after their release, Enigma, and its sequel Enigma 2: The Rapture became go-to collections for creating cinematic soundscapes, inspiring music makers the world over. In light of their success and inspired by our immediately playable LABS Peel Guitar — distorted, but chime-like and full of character — we welcomed Leo to Spitfire Audio studios in 2019 to create a whole new collection of textures: Amped Guitar Pads. Our latest edition also includes 160 brand new artist presets, created by Spitfire Audio founders and award-winning composers Christian Henson & Paul Thomson.


INDEFINABLE CINEMATIC SOUNDSCAPES


“There's such a wide variety of emotions and textures available from various fuzz boxes and guitars. I hear far too many guitar tones in soundtracks that sound generic and cheesy. I wanted to put the result of my compulsive years of eBay scouring at people's fingertips.”
— Leo Abrahams





“If I’m ever asked to make something sound cool, the samples we’ve created with Leo are the ‘get out of jail’ card I can always turn to”
— Christian Henson



These versatile, contemporary soundscapes are sometimes unrecognisable as guitars — from glistening passages to guitars warped beyond recognition, plus ultra-realistic fast action picking to add movement or percussive elements. The evolutions, presented in our sophisticated 16 x 16 Evo Grid with 4 different amps and signal paths to patch in and mix, allow you to add an element of the unexpected to your composition.


Due to its organic origins, Ambient Guitars brings honest emotion to your composition, and the analogue distortion gives you an authentic layer of grit and depth not achievable with digital distortion. These sounds will layer into your mix perfectly, adding a timeless edge to a huge range of settings — from inner city scenes to desolate, sweeping vistas — for film and game composers, or discerning electronic and pop producers alike.




LEO ABRAHAMS: GUITAR INNOVATOR


Leo Abrahams is a trailblazing musician, composer, and producer who has recorded and toured with successful artists such as Imogen Heap, Roxy Music, Grace Jones, and Pulp. Leo has written and produced for artists including Wild Beasts, Florence & the Machine, Ghostpoet and most recently, Editors. His own records include The Unrest Cure, featuring Brian Eno, KT Tunstall and Ed Harcourt. He has composed scores for movies such as The Lovely Bones (with Eno) and Hunger (with David Holmes), and is credited as the guitarist on film scores such as '71, Ocean’s 12 and Ocean’s 8, Twilight, Green Zone, Molly’s Game & The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


"When I'm writing, I often build a sound first and let the composition evolve from it. I hope that some of the guitar sounds on offer here will inspire other people to do the same, and that some of the ambient sounds are helpful when what's needed is neither a synth pad nor an actual 'part', but just a bit of atmosphere. I aimed to capture a sense of danger and abandon.”
— Leo Abrahams





GUIs

eDNA Engine

This interface houses our own sample-synthesiser engine. You can use it to combine two sounds and modulate between them with envelopes, filters and wobbles per sound, as well as a gate sequencer and a selection of go-to FX.

The Evo Grid

Based on the EMS VCS3 synth, this extraordinary and unique interface allows for instant gratification and customisation. With 1 or 2 clicks, you will be armed with something totally unique and inspiring. Scroll the Evo Grid to discover and activate Evos that are not visible. Pan and tweak each Evo for perfect blending. Punch in or out 3 useful modulators and effects. Mix your mic positions, all from the front panel.

The Overview Panel

This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

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Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

Construction Kits:

  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Notch, Distortion and EQ)
  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Phaser, LO-FI, Saturator)
  • Creator patch - By hz (MotorFX - Skreamer, Stereo and Vowel)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Notch, Distortion and EQ)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Phaser, LO-FI, Saturator)
  • Creator patch - Tempo Synced (MotorFX - Skreamer, Stereo and Vowel)
Factory Sounds:
  • Amped Guitar Pads (Factory Sounds)
  • Arps n Chords (Factory Sounds)
  • Atonal (Factory Sounds)
  • Enigmatic Pads (Factory Sounds)
  • Inspiration (Factory Sounds)
  • Inspiration Distortion (Factory Sounds)
  • Odd Looopers (Factory Sounds)
Individual Signals:
  • Amped Guitar Pads Amp 1
  • Amped Guitar Pads Amp 2
  • Amped Guitar Pads Amp 3
  • Amped Guitar Pads Clean
  • Amped Guitar Pads DI
  • Amped Guitar Pads Room
  • Arps n Chords Amp
  • Arps n Chords Clean
  • Atonal Amp
  • Atonal Clean
  • Engimatic Pads Amp
  • Enigmatic Pads Clean
  • Inspiration Amp
  • Inspiration Clean
  • Inspiration Distortion Amp 1
  • Inspiration Distortion Amp 2
  • Inspiration Distortion Amp 3
  • Inspiration Distortion Clean
  • Inspiration Distortion DI
  • Inspiration Distortion Room
  • Looped Clean
  • Odd Loopers Amp

Inspiration:

  • Atlas
  • Behind The Bridge Loud
  • Behind The Bridge Soft
  • Bell Mod
  • Bell Particles
  • Broken Prairie Organ
  • Building Wobble Mod
  • Call Forward
  • Closer Sonar Ping
  • Coin Guitar Chorus Loud
  • Coin Guitar Chorus Soft
  • Coin Guitar Loud
  • Coin Guitar Soft
  • Dead Ringer
  • Deep Blue Pad
  • Distant Bridge Builders Loud
  • Distant Bridge Builders Soft
  • Distant Bridge Builders
  • Distant Pedal With Tone Drops
  • Distant Sonar Pings
  • Fuzz Wobble
  • Fuzzwah
  • Gated Fuzz
  • Glitchity Hop
  • Harmonic Lullabuzz 2 Loud
  • Harmonic Lullabuzz 2 Soft
  • Harmonic Lullabuzz
  • Harmonics Loud
  • Harmonics Soft
  • Infinite Reverb Loud
  • Infinite Reverb Soft
  • Infinite Reverb Tamed Close
  • Infinite Reverb Tamed Far
  • Jam Glitches 1
  • Jam Glitches 2
  • Logograms
  • Lone Landing
  • Mellow Particles
  • Moon Landing
  • Particle Swarm
  • Particle
  • Pluck Organ
  • Plucked Glitches
  • Pulsing FIzzer Pad
  • Rade Blunner 1
  • Redshift
  • Ricochet
  • Ring Mod Chords
  • Ringer Flamm
  • Ringer
  • Rust Mountain
  • Slow Attack Choir Loud
  • Slow Attack Choir Soft
  • Slow Attack Loud
  • Slow Attack Soft
  • Slow Build Crescendo
  • Slow Build Into Fuzz
  • Soft And Wide Synth Particles
  • Soft Infinite Reverb Tamed
  • Soft Particle Delay Machine
  • Sonar Pad
  • Space Insects
  • Star Odyssey
  • Synth Particles
  • Thick Monosynth
  • Trap Delay Monosynth
  • Trussart Delays Loud
  • Trussart Delays Soft
  • Trussart Loud
  • Trussart Pencildrop
  • Trussart Soft
  • Under The Sea
  • Warm Glitches Delayed
  • Warm Glitches
  • Warm Wave Pad Wider
  • Warm Wave Pad
  • Wobbles

Distorted:

    Noise Patches:
  • Box Of Rock Noise
  • Buzztone Noise
  • Danelectro Rock Noise
  • DanElectroHornet Noise
  • Duo Distorter Green Noise
  • Duo Distorter Red Noise
  • Fuzztone Noise
  • J Everman LoFi Filter Noise
  • J Everman LoFi Noise
  • Love Tone Noise
  • MidFi Glitch Noise
  • North Effects AD50 Noise
  • Rainger Freak Noise
  • Sag Aloo Noise
  • Sag Paneer Noise
  • Skreddy Lunar Module Noise
  • Tone Machine Noise
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1 Noise
  • Box Of Rock
  • Buzztone
  • Danelectro Rock
  • DanElectro Hornet
  • Duo Distorter Green
  • Duo Distorter Red
  • FuzzTone
  • J Everman LoFi Filter
  • J Everman LoFi
  • Love Tone
  • MidFi Glitch
  • North Effects AD50
  • Rainger Freak
  • Sag Aloo
  • Sag Paneer
  • Skreddy Lunar Module
  • Tone Machine
  • Univox Super Fuzz Ch1

Inspiration Distorted:

  • Angelic
  • Bass Down Low
  • Bassline
  • Black Lodge
  • Bouncing Bits
  • Broken Gameboy
  • Clanker
  • Cloud Trem
  • CRT Choir
  • Crystal Waves
  • Dark Echo
  • Desert Sands
  • Devilish Chords
  • Devilish Shorts A
  • Devilish Shorts B
  • Epic Plonk
  • Fifths Apart
  • Filthy Behaviour
  • Fuzz Echo
  • Hard Sustain
  • Hello
  • Just Yet Another Guitar
  • Lonely Existence Of A Mars Rover
  • Lost In A Dream
  • Lurker
  • Manbeast
  • Mellow Noise FX
  • Nightmare Drone
  • Pax Romana
  • Pink Ring Mod
  • Pitch Shift
  • Proxima Centauri
  • Ring Mod
  • Sound 1
  • Stereo FX
  • Subtle Shift
  • Switch Ghost
  • Trickster
  • Watery Baubles

Enigmatic Pads:

  • Anemone Repeater
  • Anemone
  • Apollo Pad
  • AtonaChimes
  • Autumn Pad
  • Background Pad
  • Bass Shrutibox
  • Blotto
  • Bowed Guitar Requiem
  • Casper
  • Cave Chimes
  • Cotton Wood Trail
  • Creaking Sub
  • Crush Shift
  • Crystal Chords
  • Dalek Synth
  • Dark Autumn Pad
  • Death Valley
  • Delay The Crush Shift
  • Dense Droplets
  • Denser Smooth Droplets 1
  • Denser Smooth Droplets 2
  • Desert Whale
  • Devil's Tower
  • Distant Organ
  • Electric Fence
  • Electric Rain
  • Electrified Rusty Radiator
  • Flat Bottom Fifths
  • Flitter Cloud
  • Flitter Universe 1
  • Flitter Universe 2
  • Flitter Universe 3
  • Ghost Hobos
  • Guitar Choir
  • Gushing Swoop 1
  • Gushing Swoop 2
  • Gushing Swoop 3
  • Happy Bubbles
  • Insect Angels
  • Last Sunrise
  • Lineman Attack
  • Lineman
  • Lo Wind Guitar
  • Locust Choir
  • Mental Floss
  • Mirage
  • Native Ghosts
  • Nazionale Noise Choir 1
  • Nazionale Noise Choir 2
  • Nazionale
  • Organ For A Common Man
  • Pebble Choir 1
  • Pebble Choir 2
  • Pebble Octaves
  • Prarie Crypt
  • Reversed Melatune Style
  • Rust Bow 2
  • Rust Bow
  • Rusted Reflections
  • Rustic Crystals
  • Rusty Hurdy Gurdy Wide
  • Rusty Hurdy Gurdy
  • Rusty Radiator
  • Rusty Sleigh Bells
  • Rusty Tines
  • Salem
  • Scraped Bowl Trem
  • Scraped Bowl
  • Seiz The Day
  • Slap Swoop
  • Smeared Halo Doubled 1
  • Smeared Halo Doubled 2
  • Smeared Halo
  • Solitude
  • Spinning Rust Bowl
  • Stereo Chorus Pad
  • Stutter Chorus 1
  • Stutter Chorus 2
  • Stutter
  • Swan
  • Time Splitter Pad
  • Torture
  • Toxic Bathroom Experiment
  • Toxic Fog
  • Tunnel Pad
  • Ulysses
  • Uncertain Company
  • Underwhisper Ping Pong
  • Underwhisper
  • Voyager 1
  • Warble
  • Wind Guitar
  • Winter Pad

Amped Guitar Pads:

  • Bright Pad
  • Cloud Amp
  • Dark Pad
  • Dark Soft Pad
  • Delay Swarm
  • Distant Floot
  • Distorted Delay
  • Electric Sheep
  • Enter Mist
  • Flying Fish
  • Granular Verb Pluck
  • Granular Verb Trem Loud
  • Granular Verb Trem Soft
  • Grind Loud
  • Grind Soft
  • Hammond Pad
  • High Bellow
  • Landing
  • Loose Blibs
  • Mountain
  • Mystery Box
  • Over Clouds
  • Peel Guitar
  • Pod Bay Flashbacks
  • Rate Crush
  • Res Me
  • We Float
  • What Have We Here

Feedback Evo Grid:

    Individual Evolutions:
  • Ambient Guitars - Moving Ambience 1
  • Ambient Guitars - Distorted Evolution 1
  • Ambient Guitars - Distorted Evolution 2
  • Ambient Guitars - Distorted Evolution 3
  • Ambient Guitars - Distorted Evolution 4
  • Ambient Guitars - Distorted Evolution 5
  • Ambient Guitars - Lunarscape 1
  • Ambient Guitars - Lunarscape 2
  • Ambient Guitars - Duo Distorter
  • Ambient Guitars - Super Fuzz
  • Ambient Guitars - Hello
  • Ambient Guitars - Chaos into Ambience 1
  • Ambient Guitars - Chaos into Ambience 2
  • Ambient Guitars - Chaos into Ambience 3
  • Ambient Guitars - Chaos into Ambience 4
  • Ambient Guitars - Chaos into Ambience 5
  • Ambient Guitars - All in one

Ambient Guitars Evolutions

    Arps n Chords:
  • Angelic Chords Maj Min
  • Angelic Stroker Lo
  • Angelic Stroker
  • Angelic Sus 9th Min
  • Angelic Sus 9th
  • Angelic Sus Aug 11th
  • Angelic Sus Maj 7th
  • Angelic Sus Maj 11th
  • Angelic Sus Slow 9th
  • Auto Jazz Mega Chorus
  • David Played
  • Leo's Arps Soft
  • Leo's Arps
  • Leo's Pad Looppegios
  • Loading Screen Wiggler
  • Oscy Angel
  • Oscy Plonker
  • Otto's Shoes
  • PC Organ
  • Rust Mountain
  • Summer Crystals
  • Sunrise in Cape Canaveral
  • Throb Bass
  • Tumbleweed

Odd Loopers:

  • Augmented Time
  • Behind Bridge Natural
  • Behind Bridge Quantized
  • Bell Ring Mod
  • Bollyspace
  • Capsize
  • Capture
  • Constant
  • Dark Ring Mod
  • Engagement
  • Flux Speed Particle
  • Glitch Loops
  • Interstellar Beam
  • Mashed Loops
  • Muted Pluck
  • Out There
  • Particle Loops
  • Particles
  • Phone Home Natural
  • Phone Home Quantized
  • Pulse Particle
  • Rave Ring Mod
  • Rhythmic Mod
  • Ringer Clean
  • Rubber Bass Natural
  • Rubber Bass Quantized
  • Scrub Guitar
  • Sharp Ring Mod
  • Shudder
  • Signal
  • Soft Ring Mod
  • Stalagtites
  • Sub Cloud
  • Torture
  • Trap Delay
  • Trap Delays
  • Trembling 5ths
  • Wobble Fuzz

Atonal:

  • Anemone Drops
  • Coin Guitar Screeches
  • Delay Feedback Extended
  • Descending Bells
  • Infinite Verb Screenches
  • Insect Swarm
  • Jam Particles 1 Untuned
  • Jam Particles 2 Untuned
  • Metal Body Rub
  • Planeten
  • Rubber Hits
  • Space Yabby
  • Stuck In A Room
  • The Dud
  • Tight Spot
  • Trussart Sprangs
  • Tubular Hell
  • Vision

Artist Presets:

    Christian Henson presets:
  • 1980s Sci Fi Documentary
  • Awesome Bass
  • Awesome Distorted Pad
  • Beauty Pad 2
  • Beauty Pad
  • Busy Pad
  • Cathedral Guitorgan Pitchy
  • Cathedral Guitorgan
  • CH Fave Sound 2
  • CH Fave Sound
  • Cloud Of Moss Pad
  • Dark Glacier Pad
  • Darkzone 2
  • Darkzone
  • Distant Bass
  • Distorted Gates 2 MW is awesome
  • Distorted Gates MW is awesome
  • Distorted Landscape
  • Dramatic Plucks
  • Echopad 2
  • Echopad
  • Endless Guitars
  • Enow Pad
  • Epic Trash Pad 2
  • Epic Trash Pad
  • Glacial Guitar 2
  • Glacial Guitar 3
  • Glacial Guitar
  • Great Drone 2
  • Great Drone
  • Guitar Bomb
  • Insect Guitar
  • Lo Fi Pad With Stutter Filter MW
  • Mellow Pad
  • Mellow Stutter Pad
  • Octave Pitch Pad
  • Pedal Stutter Note
  • Plinking Pitches
  • Plinkles
  • Skreeble Plucks
  • Slow Guitar
  • Small Organ Pad
  • Soft Attack Pad
  • Stunning Pad 2
  • Stunning Pad
  • Stuttar 2
  • Stuttar
  • Stutter Pad 2 MW is stutter
  • Stutter Pad MW is stutter
  • Super Darkzone 2
  • Super Darkzone
  • Sweller 2
  • Sweller
  • Synth Pad
  • Tidal Guitar 2
  • Tidal Guitar 3
  • Tidal Guitar
  • Trent's Plucker
  • Trenty Plucks
  • Trenty Randoms MW is awesome
Paul Thomson presets:
  • 80s Hair Metal Sad Pad
  • A Most Unfortunate Bass MW
  • Alarum Pad MW
  • Amazing 80s Jangle Pad MW
  • Amazing Highness Pad MW
  • Amazing Plucker 9th
  • Beauty Reversals Pad MW
  • Best Soft Pad MW
  • Blinking Light Pad MW
  • Bowed Piano Bass MW
  • Chifter Pad MW
  • Chime Afterglow Pad MW
  • Dawn Sampans MW
  • Deep Space Radio Pad MW
  • Delayed Gratification Pad MW
  • Deranged 80s Massiver MW
  • Digital vs Squeezebox MW
  • Distant Beauty Cloud MW
  • Distant Robot Stomper MW
  • Dream State Pad MW
  • Duvet Chatter MW
  • Engine Morphs Low MW
  • EP Starry Night MW
  • Epic Spacey Bassey
  • Ether Gasper MW
  • Extra Pulsing Dropsters MW
  • Fab Organic Trembler
  • Flangeful MW
  • Flumpy MW
  • Gentle Ralien Drops MW
  • Gentle Suspenders MW
  • Ghostly Wiggle that MW
  • Glimmers of Dawn MW
  • Glorious Crunch Pad
  • Good Nasal Pulser MW
  • Grinding Stabs MW
  • Grumbly Bottom
  • Grunchy Attack Pad MW
  • Homage To Jean MW
  • Intense Rethink Pad MW
  • Intimate Organ MW
  • Introspect Beauty Pad MW
  • Introspective Pulse Organ MW
  • Jittery High Chime MW
  • Katanga Pad MW
  • Lineman Pad MW
  • Lonely Note MW
  • Mains Commenced MW
  • Mangled Code
  • More Interesting Bass MW
  • Nasty Business MW
  • Never Know What MW
  • Oblivious Love Pad MW
  • One to Another MW
  • Organ Chiffer MW
  • Piquer Interest Pad MW
  • Pluckto Swarm Pad MW
  • Psych Randomiser MW
  • Pulsing Insistence MW
  • Queasy Pulse Short MW
  • Radio Piano Leslie MW
  • Radiophonic Fascination
  • Radiophoniq MW
  • Robot Gamelan
  • Robot Pans MW
  • Robot Tears Pad MW
  • Sad Growly Shimmer MW
  • Scanners Crunchpad MW
  • Shocked Machine Shivers MW
  • Sideways Look MW
  • Simple Organ Shimmer MW
  • Soft Organ Shimmer MW
  • Softly Chaotic MW
  • Solid State Pad MW
  • Spangles Horse
  • Sparkle Pluck Reveal MW
  • Special 5th Chord Machine MW
  • Special Swimmers MW
  • Spinner Pad MW
  • Sprinkle My Chords MW
  • Strangely Firm MW
  • Stranger Bass Chatter MW
  • Stranger Harmonics Pad MW
  • Superior Jangle Pad MW
  • Supersoft Highness Pad MW
  • Surprised Chord MW
  • Swimmy Pad MW
  • Talk Boxy Glitchmeister
  • Thoughtful Chords MW
  • Throaty Monster Bass MW
  • Timed Out Pad
  • TinkerBells Pad MW
  • Underlying Mischief MW
  • Undulation Station MW
  • Unfortunate Oil Incident
  • Unpleasant Insect Look MW
  • Very Unpleasant MW
  • Warmful Expansions
  • Why Computer
  • Wide Organ MW

Mixes:

  • DI - Direct straight from the pedals
  • Cl - Clean Showman with ribbon
  • A1 - Echolette / Selmer with ribbon
  • A2 - Bassman amplifier with dynamic
  • A3 - Swart with dynamic
  • R - Stereo room microphones

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