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Glass and Steel

Tuned percussion from another universe

Discover Spitfire's secret weapon — a collection of tuned percussion sounds, created from 'found' glass, metal and crockery, morphed, warped and sequenced into metallic hits, rhythmic tension beds, distorted sub basses and epic, shimmering pads. Recorded on our dry stage at Spitfire HQ, 45 instruments and objects ranging from metal bowls to wine glasses were played by world renowned percussionist Paul Clarvis in innovative ways to achieve a variety of unidentifiable sounds and glistening overtones. Presented in our versatile eDNA interface for instant playability and stimulation, we also give you 235 presets, designed to inspire and take your compositions to new places.

The Alchemist - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:00)

Glass Nebula - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:45)

Midnight Bustle - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:44)

Mystery Of The Crystals - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:11)

The Alchemist (extended version) - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 3:18)

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Product Info

  • ~3153 Samples
  • 3.3 GB Uncompressed .WAV
  • 1.6 GB download size Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout.

MYSTICAL METALLIC SOUNDS


Glass and Steel is a selection of mystical, shimmering sounds — from short, metallic hits to sub basses and long shimmering pads — created from found objects, hit, bowed and plucked virtuosically by leading experimental percussionist Paul Clarvis. Recorded with meticulous and intimate intensity on our dry stage at Spitfire Studios in London, each sound has been exhaustively investigated and played to its strengths — using different beaters, flicks, bows and pinches — to give you the most exciting results. Some objects were filled with water, rotating them as they were struck to capture a sense of motion.


As well as capturing the rare beauty of each instrument, we have also created over 235 presets — some simple, some warped beyond recognition — to demonstrate how these magical, otherworldly sounds can be used. Included in this is a selection of sequenced rhythms that interact with our sophisticated eDNA engine to create pulsing tension beds and mystical atmospheres.



THROBBING SUB-BASSES TO RHYTHMIC TENSION BEDS


One of the things we struggle with as composers is the sonic stereotype associated with certain recognisable instruments. At Spitfire, we strive to match the sonic characteristics of known instruments with those of lesser known or invented instruments, so that the same effect can be achieved without falling into stereotypes. Over four years, Christian and the Spitfire team experimented with close sampling resonant glass, metal and china objects. Glass and Steel is the result of this sonic exploration.


Whilst the idea of using non-tuned found sounds conjures up calamitous, catastrophic and fun compositions, Glass and Steel is exemplary in displaying the power and versatility of instruments recorded at minute levels, from throbbing subtones to glistening harmonics. This beautiful and mystical selection has found its way onto scores as far reaching as psychological thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and horror, through to nature and space documentaries.

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.

Product Reviews

Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

instruments:

    Cinematic Rhythms:
  • Alien Distortions 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Awesome Metal Chime Pad and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 2 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 3 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 4 MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 4b MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 5 MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C 5a MW Stammer Gate
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Awesome Tension Arp IN Ca MW Sweeping Filter
  • Bass Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 1 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 1 MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool Distort 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Cool One Noters Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Cool One Noters MW Cool Filter
  • Deep Drone Metal MW Gate
  • Deep Drone Metal MW Sweeping Filter
  • Deep Drone MW Sweeping Filter
  • Glass Chime Pad and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Glassarp MW Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 2 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 3 MW Sweeping Filter
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 4 MW Stammer Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C 5 MW Stammer Gate
  • Great Tension Arp IN C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Loud Glass and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan Pad MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellower Gamelan Pad MW Interesting Gate
  • Metalarp MW Gate
  • Nice Distortion Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Nice Distortion MW Cool Filter
  • Play Quiet Arp Metal MW Gate
  • Play Quiet Arp MW Gate
  • Slow Filtrations 1 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 1 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 2 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 2 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 3 Metal MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 3 MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 4 Distorted MW LPF
  • Slow Filtrations 4 Metal Distorted MW LPF
  • Stammer Chords Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Stammer Chords MW Cool Filter
  • Tense Metal and Pad MW Sweeping Filter
  • Tense Poking Arp Metal MW Sweeping Filter
  • Tense Poking Arp MW Sweeping Filter
  • The Doctor 2 Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor 2 MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • The Doctor MW Stammer Gate
  • Trashy Chimes Metal MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Trashy Chimes MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Where That Bass Come From 1 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 1 MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 2 Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Where That Bass Come From 2 MW Cool Filter
Cinematic Systems:
  • Amazing Rubs MW Stammer
  • Amazing Rubs w Metal Sub Tones MW Stammer
  • Amazing Rubs w Metal Sub Tones Saturated MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter Metal Sub Bass 2 MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter Metal Sub Bass MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ Fatter MW Stammer
  • Bowed Glass Organ MW Stammer
  • Chimes n Bows MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Gamelan MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Soft Gamelan 2 MW Stammer
  • Clarvis' Soft Gamelan MW Stammer
  • Confused Harmonics Metal MW Stammer
  • Confused Harmonics MW Stammer
  • Dark to Bright MW Stammer
  • Deep Glass MW Stammer
  • Deep Glass n Metal MW Stammer
  • Deep Pretty Glass MW Stammer
  • Fat Bells MW Stammer
  • Filtering Glass MW Stammer
  • Goblet Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Goblet Ostinato Soft MW Stammer
  • Great Metal Bass 2 MW Stammer
  • Great Metal Bass MW Stammer
  • Lovely Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Mellow Bells MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass Distorted MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass Distorted n Rubs MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass MW Stammer
  • Metal Sub Bass n Bows MW Stammer
  • Mixed Bows MW Stammer
  • Nolan Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Play Really Softly For Best Osts MW Stammer
  • Play Softly For Best Osts MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Harmonics MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 2 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 3 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Hits 4 MW Stammer
  • Shimmering Metal Thumps MW Stammer
  • Simple for Simple Ostinati 2 MW Stammer
  • Simple for Simple Ostinati MW Stammer
  • Simple Ostinato MW Stammer
  • Super Sub MW Stammer
  • Theres A Special E In There MW Stammer
  • Thriller Bells MW Stammer
  • Un-Filtering Glass MW Stammer
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)
Disturbed Morphs:
  • A Matter of Glass MW is stutter
  • Alien Distortions Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Alien Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Amongst the Planets
  • Awesome Stammer Chords Metal Subs MW Cool Filter
  • Awesome Stammer Chords MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions Mental Version MW Cool Filter
  • Bass Distortions MW Cool Filter
  • Chinese Dulcimer MW Stammer Gate
  • Chinese Dulcimer n Metal MW Stammer Gate
  • Chinese Radiohead Metalised MW Cool Filter
  • Chinese Radiohead MW Cool Filter
  • Deep Church Chime Metal Play Quiet MW Sweeping Filter
  • Deep Church Chime MW Sweeping Filter
  • Distorium - MW Cool Filter
  • Distorium Metal - MW Cool Filter
  • Distorted Harmonic Series MW Cool Filter
  • Distorted Me in C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Flutter Bass 2 MW Cool Filter
  • Icy Infinity
  • Light Shimmer
  • Lovely Phasing Chimes Metal MW Cool Filter
  • Lovely Phasing Chimes MW Cool Filter
  • Low Hits MW LPF
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 Metal MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan 2 MW Interesting Gate
  • Mellow Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Metal Kick Drum Plucks MW Cool Filter
  • Metal Timps MW Sweeping Filter
  • Metallic Atmos
  • Ostinato Me in C MW Sweeping Filter
  • Ostinato Me MW Stammer Gate
  • Out of Space
  • Out Of Tune Mellow Bells MW LPF
  • Phat Kiss MW LPF
  • Phatt Laser MW Laser-ness
  • Pluck Bass MW LPF n Verb
  • Pounding Beauty
  • Respiro - press 3 notes MW is Filter
  • Rubbed Deep Chime MW Sweeping Filter
  • Sizzling Gamelan MW Interesting Gate
  • Slow Metal Hit MW Sweeping Filter
  • Stammer Bells Distorted MW Gate
  • Stammer Bells MW Gate
  • The Confused Phaser MW
  • The Sweet Spot
  • Too Much Filth MW Filtration
  • Trashy Chimes MW Cool Filter Gate
  • Yorke's Absolute Fave MW Sweeping Filter
  • Yorke's Fave MW Sweeping Filter
Hand Blown Pads:
  • Abandoned Factory
  • Absolute Epic Pad - hit hard for distortion
  • Aurora Polaris
  • Broken Glass
  • Completely Flanged
  • Distant Silence MW is Stutter
  • Headless Ghosts
  • Hot Steel
  • Ice Storm MW is intensity
  • Infinity
  • Magic Glassphere
  • Metal Mess MW insane
  • Nerveous Breakdown MW is res
  • Rising Pad
  • Serenity Pad
  • Simple Pad
  • Steam Glass MW is Chorus
  • Steelful Beauty MW is woah
  • Subtle Sparkle
  • The Ice Organ
  • Underwater World
  • Uneasy Weeping
  • Watery Comfort
Raw Glass and Steel:
  • Ceramic - Ceramic - Water
  • Ceramic - Ceramic Mug - Water
  • Ceramic - Enameled Mug - Water
  • Glass - Alsace - Water
  • Glass - Alsace
  • Glass - Brandy
  • Glass - Cafetiere 8cup - Water
  • Glass - Cafetiere 8cup
  • Glass - Cafetiere 12cup - Water
  • Glass - Cafetiere 12cup
  • Glass - Ceramic Mug
  • Glass - Ceramic
  • Glass - Clarvis Beater
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Long
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Ring Combo
  • Glass - Clarvis Bowed Short
  • Glass - Clarvis Hand
  • Glass - Clarvis Nail
  • Glass - Clarvis Pinched
  • Glass - Clarvis Ring Long
  • Glass - Clarvis Ring Short
  • Glass - Cordial - Water
  • Glass - Cordial
  • Glass - Enameled Mug
  • Glass - FaceCooler - Water
  • Glass - FaceCooler
  • Glass - Goblet - Water
  • Glass - Goblet
  • Glass - Sherry - Water
  • Glass - Sherry
  • Glass - Small Fishbowl - Water
  • Glass - Small Fishbowl
  • Glass - Stemless - Water
  • Glass - Stemless
  • Glass - Tumbler - Water
  • Glass - Tumbler
  • Glass - Wine Standard - Water
  • Glass - Wine Standard
  • Glass - Wine Toka - Water
  • Glass - Wine Toka
  • Steel - Hat Bowl
  • Steel - Heavy Bowl L
  • Steel - Heavy Bowl M
  • Steel - Measuring Cup L
  • Steel - Measuring Cup M
  • Steel - Measuring Cup S
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl L
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl M
  • Steel - Shallow Bowl S
  • Steel - Square Jug
  • Steel - Tall Bowl
  • Steel - Thin Jug

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