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Heirloom features delicate strings, raw woodwinds, an inspiring piano and haunting guitars captured in London’s stunning Church Studios.

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    The emotional ensemble

    From the mind of acclaimed artist Keaton Henson comes a compositional toolkit of unique, modern scoring sounds, bestowed to enhance your sonic fingerprint with a beautiful human touch.

    Heirloom features delicate strings, raw woodwinds, an inspiring piano and haunting guitars captured in London’s stunning Church Studios (Adele, The XX. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Inherently contemporary and perfect for emotive writing, this sound library is the audial equivalent of the worn away seat of your father’s favourite chair. Traces, marks and imprints left behind by those who are perhaps no longer with us. Gone, but never forgotten.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    20 presets

    8 mic signals

    Dedicated plugin

    Listen to Heirloom

    The unique beauty of this library can be found in its imperfections. It is between the notes that you will feel those human moments that stop you in your tracks. The natural sounds of the players and their instruments captured during a performance.

    Capturing new and alternative expressive techniques creates a great foundation for this sound library, but Spitfire Audio have also expertly captured a selection of small, exquisitely performed moments that can be found in the studio section, including swells and “chimes” (chime-like tones). These focused elements will make compositions sound even more real, and even more human.

    Heirloom features 8 string players (3 violins, 2 viola, 2 cello, 1 bass), woodwind including a Contrabass Clarinet, and Tubax, an achingly beautiful Piano (the beating heart of the library), and Guitar. All intimately recorded by the highly talented Fiona Cruickshank at London’s atmospheric Church Studios.

    Heirloom pianist
    Heirloom saxophone and mixing desk

    All of my favourite writing comes from not caring what to play next – but just wanting to hear the note ring out.

    Keaton Henson

    Keaton Henson Portrait

    What's included



    This piano has the perfect amount of character, like an old but loved and well looked after piano that sits at a relatives house that you can’t help but play every time you walk past. It is inspiring to play and unbelievably real.

    • Piano Pedal Up
    • Piano Pedal Down

    Strings (

    Kept small and recorded close and never playing too loud, so that you can achieve an emotionally epic sound, but never lose the intimacy of the playing.

    • Legato
    • Long
    • Long Flautando
    • Long Viol
    • Brushed
    • Short Rounded
    • Chimes


    The sounds range from a really authentic sounding picked guitar, to some more complex techniques which have created some rich and haunting pads and swells, all performed by Keaton on his trademark telecaster and re-amped inside the beautiful Church Studios.

    • Swells
    • Shimmers
    • Harmonics
    • Plucked Bends
    • Plucks


    Contrabass clarinet

    An achingly soft and beautiful contrabass, with the perfect amount of breath without losing the tone. a perfect deep bed to build from, or soft section to play rumbling chords.

    • Long
    • Stab
    • Air


    An incredibly warm, smokey and characterful Tubax, contrabass in register, but with the tones and warmth of a saxophone) the subtle breaths captured, the soft shifts in tone, and at the louder dynamic- guttural growls and snarling drones.

    • Long
    • Stab
    • Air

    Mics & mixes


    • Mix 1
    • Tape
    • Close
    • Mid
    • Far
    • Ribbon
    • Listener
    • Player
    • Pedal


    How does your dedicated plugin work?

    Our dedicated plugin libraries work as standalone instruments in your DAW, meaning that no serial number is provided and the authorisation process happens during your download. We provide an AU, VST2, VST3 and an AAX, so as long as your chosen DAW supports one of those plugin formats, you’re good to go.

    Is this product available with an educational discount?

    Yes, this library will be available with an educational discount. Request your educational discount here. The Educational Discount will apply to the full RRP of the library, not the introductory offer, so any codes received during the promotional period will only “top up” the discount to 30%.

    Can I use this library on more than one computer?

    Yes, our license allows for up to two installations at a time for a single user.

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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

    34.2 GB download size

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    34.18 GB disk space required during install

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