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Spitfire Audio’s new Glass and Steel offers unusual virtual percussion

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Out Now

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Music samples

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Spitfire Audio

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www.spitfireaudio.com

Laura  Barnes
Spitfire Audio’s new Glass and Steel offers unusual virtual percussion

45 different glass and steel objects were beaten, bowed, and struck to create over 235 presets.

Glass and Steel has 3.3GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 3,153 samples.

Spitfire Audio has unveiled its new Glass and Steel percussion samples, which feature a selection of mystical sounds created from ‘found’ glass and metal objects.

Percussionist Paul Clarvis has created by percussion samples by bowing, hitting and pinching various objects, then embedding the sounds into Spitfire Audio’s creative eDNA engine, creating a sample-based virtual instrument for Native instruments’ industry-standard KONTAKT platform.

Glass and Steel avoids the sonic stereotype associated with certain recognisable instruments. “Think the posh-sounding harp, the meaningful piano, the sad cello, the nursery horror of a celeste, or the unfortunate fact that today’s television and film composers cannot use a marimba without being accused of aping American Beauty or Badlands,” said the firm.

“But by its very nature, Spitfire Audio always strives to match the sonic characteristics of known instruments with those of lesser known – or, indeed, invented – ones so that equally effective compositional outcomes can be achieved, all the while avoiding such stereotypes.”

Glass and Steel’s backstory began when company co-founder Christian Henson — an accomplished television and film composer in his own right — and the Spitfire Audio team began close sampling resonant glass, metal, and china objects many moons ago.

Each and every one of Glass and Steel’s sounds – sourced from 45 different glass and steel objects being beaten, bowed, and struck to create over 235 hand-curated presets – has been exhaustively investigated, deeply sampled, and played to its strengths to gallantly give its user the most musical and mystical result possible.

Clarvis experimented and recorded the sounds at Spitfire Audio’s dry stage at London’s Kings Cross.

Glass and Steel has 3.3 GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 3,153 musical samples. It can be purchased and digitally downloaded from Spitfire Audio for £99.

Find out more about Glass and Steel at www.spitfireaudio.com/shop/a-z/glass-and-steel

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