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Hainbach — Landfill Totems

One-of-a-kind electronics from a sonic innovator

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  • One-of-a-kind electronics from a sonic innovator

    Made in collaboration with Berlin-based composer, producer, and pioneer in experimental electronics, Hainbach, these one-of-a-kind, complex sounds have been expertly created from vintage test equipment collected from nuclear research labs and scrap heaps — given a new lease of life and transformed into instruments by the artist.

    Developed further and presented in our award-winning plug-in, discover eerie morse code bleeps, comms signals and flickering bass pulses; deep drones, ominous pads and grainy textural rhythms; industrial drum hits and loops; electromagnetic noise and heavenly humanoid ‘voices’. Create high-contrast atmospheres of suspense, tension and beauty, whether you’re writing techno, ambient music, or a cutting-edge film score. It’s a library you can really get lost in, and it’s a ton of fun.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    Experimental electronic sounds

    40 presets

    Dedicated plugin

    Hainbach x Wasteaid

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    Spitfire Audio & Hainbach are contributing 12.5% of ongoing library sales to Waste Aid, a UK non-profit charity dedicated to sharing waste management and recycling skills around the world, fighting poverty, plastic pollution and climate change.

    Listen to Hainbach — Landfill Totems

    These machines made to send rockets to the moon, or to look at atoms, quickly assembled into something humanoid...here, they can live again, and sing a strange song they never did before.


    Living Machines

    Hainbach working machines

    The Landfill Totems project started life as a performance installation at PNDT Gallery, expanding exponentially into a full album and an accompanying sound library recorded at Patch Point Studios, Berlin. When observing these anthropomorphic figures, a deep appreciation and affection for the engineering technology of the past is apparent; totally unique vintage machines, assembled for one final swan song (one of the presets captures the sound of a machine dying). Stacked into three monolithic towers resembling totem poles, each piece of equipment was chosen for its distinctive tone generation and modulation abilities — wired together much like a modular synthesiser.

    Upcycled and redesigned, these totems act as a commentary on the environmental cost of progress; what was once the pinnacle of technology quickly becomes unviable and destined for the scrapheap, if not for the intervention of Hainbach — creating beauty from that which is thought to be obsolete. Among his collection are once high-end medical, telecommunication and scientific research equipment, vintage sound-testing devices, a Nuclear Instrumentation Modular, an outmoded medical signal generator, a mixer previously used by the Stasi, the state security service in former East Germany, and a Brüel & Kjaer 1613 Bandpass filter creating hi-hat, bass drum and watery sounds.

    Hainbach machines
    Hainbach GUI

    There’s something special about the sounds made from test equipment which I absolutely adore — making music out of these obsolete machines not designed for making music. Just press one note and you can hear a whole spectrum of emotion.


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    What's included



    • Distance
    • Blip
    • Tension
    • Third Place
    • Spacewalk
    • Noise & Beauty
    • Deep Space
    • Malfunctions
    • Penultimate Boss
    • Resonate
    • Conway's Game


    • Data Drone
    • Raw Beauty
    • Beauty Oscillator
    • Broken Oscillator Keys
    • Test Equipment Organ
    • Analog Motion
    • Machine Drift
    • Dark Motor Drones 1
    • Dark Motor Drones 2
    • Analog Shorts
    • Analog Bends


    • Bug Zapper
    • UFO
    • Heat-Ray
    • Flicker
    • Pocket Dialing
    • Water
    • Noise Machine
    • Circuit
    • Light Bloom
    • Doppelgänger


    • Drum Hits 1
    • Drum Hits 2
    • Drum Hits 3
    • Drum Loops 1
    • Drum Loops 2
    • Drums Hits & Loops
    • Motors
    • Machine


    • Expression
    • Dynamics (controlling Processed signal)
    • Attack
    • Release
    • Reverb
    • Delay
    • Stretch
    • Distort


    How do I add this library into Kontakt?

    You don’t! Landfill Totems is a dedicated, free to use plugin available as VST2, VST3, AAX and AU, so it can be used directly in your favourite DAW.

    What software will I need to install?

    You will only need the Spitfire Audio App which you can download here.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.15 to OS 13

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    0.8 GB download size

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