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    Expansive industrial soundscapes

    A timely collaboration with innovative producer and composer GAIKA, War Island offers multidimensional, evolving sounds from the beating heart of London’s industrial underground. Featuring harsh bassy synth drones, tape-processed drums, pads, leads and warped vocal effects, these expansive sounds are abundantly complex by virtue of GAIKA’s unique and sophisticated processing techniques — made accessible, intuitive and interactive through Spitfire Audio’s dynamic, award-winning plug-in.

    Inspired by the sounds of GAIKA’s youth and developed over a number of years, these visceral, abstract environments are inundated with the distinctive buzz of an ever-changing and perceptibly dystopian London, offering a fresh creative lens not only for experimental producers, but composers looking for cutting edge sounds to enhance their scores.

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    A sophisticated yet easy-to-use library of colossal range, these rich, complex sounds have been meticulously curated, deconstructed and developed from a range of analog synths, hardware and experimental processing techniques by GAIKA and producer and sound designer, Felix Lee. The library offers eight controls, a key feature being the dynamics fader, taking you from the reverberant quality of the processed signal up to the immediate direct impact of the original recording, offering significant creative control. To create this processed signal, every sample was played back through a massive sound system in a large acoustic space at London’s Somerset House, and re-recorded, in order to create space and depth around each sound and provide a new expansive and cinematic perspective.

    Capturing the intense, industrial quality of GAIKA’s particular sonic world, this comprehensive toolkit is inspired by sounds GAIKA heard growing up in South London - conjuring its rich cultural backdrop of idiosyncratic musical styles, from gothic hip hop to soundsystem culture and classical tendencies as well as retro-futuristic influences, to produce a range of intense, abstract atmospheres resonating with earth-shattering depth — developed amidst the dystopian backdrop of London in lockdown and a result of being forced to reflect on the state of the city in the wider context of the world.

    People describe my records as the sound of the memory of the club as opposed to being really direct dance floor music… people tend to come to me because they want all of this cinematic, ambient stuff in their records, and the more that I've grown as a composer, I've really leaned into that.

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    I want people to just create new music, whether using the library to score in a more experimental way, or trying to push the boundaries of what they know without necessarily investing thousands and thousands into all of this hardware…

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    • Pads (5) 

    Moody, metallic, and heavy darkwave synth drones made from a range of analog synths including Matrix 6, Matrix 12, JP 8000, Lyra 6 and countless others

    • Basses (7) 

    Known for massive, jaw-dropping, villainous bass, GAIKA provides a crunchy low-end to complement the nuance of this idiosyncratic sound domain

    • Leads (12)

    Manipulated and processed tones conjure a dystopian backdrop whilst providing infinite capabilities for layering your unique sonic footprint

    • Atmosphere (7) 

    Capturing a unique air of disquiet and metropolitan malaise, these blissfully discordant offerings set up an unsettling atmosphere

    • Drums (6) 

    Punchy, layered drums made from old school drum machines with extensive processing, to create dance, rap and techno sensibilities within a classical framework to achieve vast rhythmic possibilities

    • Vocals (5) 

    Inspired by jungle music, these glitchy and melodic vocal samples capture the dystopian sound of a retro yet modern urban landscape

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    My aim was to create the same feeling of excitement from a sound library that I get from a physical instrument... I want people to get truly lost in the worlds I build, and for that journeying to trigger internal investigations beyond the moment of encounter.

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    What's included

    Pads (5)

    • Big Smoke
    • Clairvoyance
    • Creepy Seventh
    • Malevolence
    • Opium

    Basses (7)

    • Chrome Bass
    • Cyber Horn
    • Degenerated
    • Drill Head
    • Gritty Bass 7th
    • Maud
    • Smog

    Leads (12)

    • Badmon
    • Chaos Mission
    • Granular Steel
    • Mr Majestic
    • Planet
    • Lambo Smoke
    • Saw Hearts
    • Space Odd 2021
    • Stretch
    • Tape Stab
    • Scum Rain
    • Smiley Face

    Atmosphere (7)

    • 0101
    • Mystical Malaise
    • Smooth Hospital
    • Reborn
    • Sus Punished
    • Sus Soft
    • Taped Saturday

    Drums (6)

    • Filter Snares
    • FX
    • Lethal Chops
    • Machine Snares
    • Vim Kicks
    • Vim Noise

    Vocals (5)

    • Drone
    • Glitch
    • Vocal Arp 1
    • Vocal Arp 2
    • Uh FX

    FAQs

    How do I add this library into kontakt?

    You don’t! War Island 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 OSX 10.13 - Mac OS 11

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

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

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install

    32-bit DAWs not supported


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)

    Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2

    32-bit DAWs not supported


    File size

    2.1 GB download size

    2.1 GB disk space required during install

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