Spitfire Audio recently released Spitfire Percussion, which is described as "the ultimate orchestral percussion library".
Recorded at Air Studios, Lyndhurst Hall, one of the greatest scoring stages in the world, and showcasing the talents of percussionist Joby Burgess, Spitfire Percussion is a Kontakt 4 Player-based percussion library that offers playability and reality with the impact, but also clarity of the hall, and a controllability and depth "not to be found anywhere else in a library of this type". This is designed specifically for the media composer.
All instruments are deeply sampled with up to 8 round-robins per dynamic and up to 8 dynamics per note. All instruments have the ability to mix and/or mute mic positions from the front panel: Close mics, Decca tree and Ambient outriggers. Route the spots into your centre channel, the tree in L&R and the ambients in Ls & Rs, and you also have a perfect 5.0 perc library. Or simply keep in stereo and mix according to taste. All controls can be fully automated.
Spitfire Audio says "We haven't bored you with hundreds of different beater types, we have built – we believe – the definitive Marimba patch, alongside the vibraphone, and xylophone, and a definitive timpani featuring a multi stick dynamic & pitch range that gives a powerful but controllable sound".
Pricing & Availability
Spitfire Percussion cost £499 and is available on the Kontakt 4 and Kontakt 4 Player platforms for Windows and Mac OS X (Stand-alone, VST, AU and RTAS formats). All patches are deeply editable but protected in partnership with Native Instruments. License allows distribution amongst machines/ rigs that you own. All samples are at 48k 24-bit.
Cast & Crew:
- Percussionist: Joby Burgess.
- Producer and Programmer in Chief: Paul Thomson.
- Executive Producer: Christian Henson.
- Recording Engineer & Associate Producer: Jake Jackson.
- Fixer: Dom Kelly for ESO.