British music technology company Spitfire Audio is partnering with the BBC Symphony Orchestra to create a definitive library of orchestral sounds, and make it accessible to the next generation of aspiring composers.
Spitfire Audio specialises in creating high quality virtual instruments and sample libraries in collaboration with the world’s best musicians, composers, and sound engineers. The creation of an audio library featuring the BBC SO allows would-be composers to create orchestral scores using the sounds of a world famous orchestra. Spitfire’s users will be able to draw on a library made up of 55 unique instruments and 501 techniques, all accessible and adjustable through their digital audio workstation.
Will Evans, CEO of Spitfire Audio said: “It is amazing to be working with an organisation as prestigious as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which shares our values of innovation, accessibility and musical excellence. This partnership means that our customers can access a world-class orchestra through our award-winning standalone plugin. More than that, it represents a new standard for orchestral sample libraries, which allows aspiring composers old and new to create incredible new music from a range of professionally created sounds and tools.
“During our recording sessions at London’s Maida Vale Studios we have pulled out all of the stops to create a future-proof library made up of the finest strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. We see this as the start of a movement which will allow anyone to compose music with one of the world’s greatest orchestras. We will be supporting the community of users in the long term with new unique resources, online content, events and more to take orchestral music forward into the future”
In its 12 years of operation, Spitfire Audio has recorded and released over 60 sample libraries, collaborating with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Eric Whitacre, Ólafur Arnalds & the London Contemporary Orchestra. Sounds from their audio libraries are heard in everything from major Hollywood film scores to recordings by Radiohead & U2.