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Olafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit

Intimate Piano Based Writing Tools

Designed for composers, songwriters and producers, this is an intimate and deeply personal set of tools, curated by BAFTA-winning & GRAMMY-nominated composer Ólafur Arnalds, recorded at his studio in Reykjavik, Iceland. It centres around a characterful 'felted' grand piano, as well as a comprehensive set of inspiring sonic manipulations and progressive synth sounds, designed with the writer in mind.

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Unrequited — Harnek Mudhar (0:00 / 2:46)


Product Info

  • ~4691 Samples
  • 15.2 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.
  • 16.00 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later, Intel i5

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Our second Spitfire collaboration with BAFTA-winning, multi-instrumentalist producer and composer Ólafur Arnalds, who mixes organic instruments with loops and edgy beats to create textural tracks and scores, from ambient to electronic.

So many virtual instrument libraries are focused on the art of production, while the nuanced and beautiful Ólafur Arnalds Composer Toolkit was designed with the writer in mind. Ólafur conceived what would be his staple set of sounds that would enable him to continue to produce original, inspiring and moving music, wherever he was in the world. Spitfire's expert team of technicians, musicians and engineers descended on Ólafur's studio in Reykjavik, working closely with the composer to capture the essence of Ólafur's approach and to harness the spirit of his surroundings.


Ólafur Composer Toolkit is centred around a 'felted' antique 1904 Bechstein grand which was customised by Ólafur after several tests using various strips of felt. This was sampled in meticulous detail over several days to capture the subtle nuances of the softest layers. Fed through Ólafur's vintage outboard, it was recorded ultra quiet — the levels of recording were so hyped that everyone in the room had to hold their breaths for the duration of every sound.

The felt piano is presented with 4 unique signals; KM84, Coles, Processed and Spaced. The KM84 signal is the pure sound of the small condensers, giving you a tight crisp sound. The Coles is a mono signal below the soundboard, processed through a Roland Space Echo as a LoFi tape simulation for a gritty low end. The processed signal is a mix of the KM84s with a pair of C12s, mixed by Ólafur into a pair of Pultec EQs, then slammed through a 1178 stereo compressor to give you the distinctive Arnalds sound. This processed sound has been paired with a ‘Spaced’ sound in a ‘Mixed’ patch that Ólafur has further processed creating a unique take on his signature piano.

To accompany and complement the felt piano, Ólafur has programmed and created various sonic manipulations of the original piano and other instruments, for instant inspiration. With nearly 100 presets, presented by type in Spitfire’s sophisticated Mercury synth engine, this library will enable your musical creativity to flow.

This product is a Kontakt free player library and has NKS capabilities.


Ólafur Arnalds is a BAFTA-winning Icelandic composer and producer (Broadchurch, Kiasmos, Erased Tapes), known for his unique ambient electronic sound. He takes strings and pianos to a new place, treating them with effects and mixing them with loops and beats. His most recent albums include For Now I Am Winter, and The Chopin Project, a collaboration with classical pianist Alice Sara Ott. Based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ólafur’s approach to sound and composition has inspired a new generation to enjoy and create modern orchestral music. He gained huge notoriety with a new audience for his BAFTA-winning score featuring haunting strings, pianos and electronics for the British crime drama, Broadchurch. He has drawn heavily on the techniques he explored for that project for this selection of samples.


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.

General Controls Panel

This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

Mercury Synth

This ingenious user interface features a range of organic sounds and specially curated warped sounds. All of the controls are assignable to your control surface, giving you the ability to instantly make our sounds your own.

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What's included

Felt Grand Piano:

Individual Mics and Mix:
  • Felt Grand Piano - Coles
  • Felt Grand Piano - KM84
  • Felt Grand Piano - Mix
  • Felt Grand Piano - Mics
  • Felt Grand Piano - Mixed

Composer Toolkit:

    Organic Warps:
  • Evo Ambience
  • Olafurs Kalimba
  • Plate Space Piano
  • Prime Crusher
Synth Embelishments:
  • Basic 60
  • Big 60
  • Big Open 60
  • Big Pad
  • Dark Angel
  • Detuned 60
  • Detuned Tape
  • Hi Jen
  • High Thrills
  • Init 60
  • Jen Distortion
  • Low Thrills
  • MonoLead
  • Noise Stab
  • P6LFO
  • SoftEntrance
  • Sonar Rhodes
  • Sub 60
  • Wild Resonance
Tempo Locked:
  • Less Resonant Synth TM
  • Resonant Synth TM
  • Rhythm 1 TM
  • Slow Attack Perc Rhythm TM
  • Timed Delay Stab TM

Sonic Warps:

  • A Flickering Start
  • A Soft Entrance
  • Arrival Pad
  • Becomes Granular
  • Bevelled Ice
  • Bowed Waves
  • Celestial Pad
  • Chorus Pad
  • Closing
  • Cool EP
  • Dark Hold
  • Deep Broodings
  • Detuned Glass
  • Dirty Pipe Piano
  • Distant Voices
  • Dream Sequence
  • Dreams
  • Dreamscape
  • Dusk Pad
  • Dusk To Dawn
  • Encapsulated Pad
  • End Credits Pad
  • Enter Noises
  • Excited String
  • Filtered Noise
  • Flatland Pad
  • Ghost Bowls
  • Head In The Clouds
  • High Noise Mellow
  • Hill Organ Fuzz
  • Hill Organ
  • Holar Falls
  • Holding On
  • Hollow Wind
  • Hope Pad
  • Hopes And Dreams Pad
  • Horizon Pad
  • Innnes Piano
  • Is it Simple
  • Jarring Music Box
  • Kopasker Wind High
  • Light Noise
  • Longing Pad
  • Lost In Thought Pad
  • Meditate Pad
  • Moving Filters
  • Opportunistic Moment
  • Past Ride Piano
  • Pure Contact
  • Realisation Pad
  • Resonant Glass
  • Reversed Fun
  • Reversed Pad
  • Soft Bowls
  • Soft Chords
  • Sombre Waves
  • State Of Mind
  • Sub Organ
  • Submereged Hopes
  • Sunken Heaven
  • Sunrise Pad
  • Taking Time
  • Tasty Round Bottom
  • Underorgan
  • Underwater Panic
  • Vertical Lead
  • Voices in the Machine
  • Was It Right
  • Wave Swept Pad
  • Whale Song

Mics & Mixes

Felt Grand Piano

  • KM84
  • Coles
  • Processed
  • Spaced

Composer Toolkit/Sonic Warps

  • Single signal

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