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LABS – Instrument Update

The last time we wrote about Spitfire Audio’s Let’s All Be Something (LABS) free instrument series we covered their Electric Piano. Well, it’s been a few months and they’ve been churning out instruments since then. In this article, we’ll cover the latest in a series of instruments from the plugin maker. Charango The first instrument to come after the LABS Electric Piano was Charango. The Charango is a stringed instrument similar to a guitar, but native to the Andean culture. It is in the lute family of stringed instruments. It has ten strings that come arranged in five groups of two. This charango — an Andean guitar-like instrument — was recorded back in 2006 by Christian Henson on a KM184 mic in his Soho flat, played by his brother Joe. This was the instrument that inspired Christian and Paul to create Spitfire Audio. It plays quite smoothly for a stringed instrument which can always be tricky …

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Electric Piano – Spitfire Audio’s LABS Releases New Instrument

Electric Piano – Spitfire Audio’s LABS Releases New Instrument Spitfire Audio is back with their wonderful LABS series, Let’s All Become Something. LABS is a free series of virtual instruments based on sample libraries recorded for use in rompler software instruments. Each instrument has an easy to use interface and features only a few knobs for choosing your sound, that way it is guaranteed to stay out of your way and aid in sweet sweet music making. This is the fifth release in the series following some drums, a piano, and various string instruments. This time around they have gotten to the grind and recorded a flavorful Electric Piano instrument for free download. The samples were recorded by Henry Cornish on a beautiful electric piano, we’re inclined to agree with Spitfire when they said, “This legendary vintage electric piano is set to become a firm favourite for all.” Watch the video below …

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Amplified Cello Quartet – Spitfire LABS Releases Cello Library

Amplified Cello Quartet – Spitfire LABS Releases Cello Library Spitfire Audio has released Amplified Cello Quartet to follow up their previous release of DRUMS. This time around we’re getting blessed with an entire software instrument dedicated to the Cello. Christian Henson and Harry Wilson were the engineers responsible for capturing the sound from the celli artists. After passing the sounds through amplifiers they routed the audio through some effects pedals to give them a more distinct feel. Here’s what the engineers said about it: LABS Amplified Cello Quartet was recorded by our founder Christian Henson and engineer Harry Wilson in 2017, here at Spitfire HQ. Christian played with the sound during the live recordings using effects pedals, with the celli in one room and the amps in another. The amps were driven incredibly hard, allowing you to turn your strings up to 11! The plugin’s interface is presented in the same …

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DRUMS – Spitfire LABS is Back With a New Drum Library

DRUMS – Spitfire LABS is Back With a New Drum Library Spitfire Audio is back with their latest installment of their FREE to download professionally sampled audio library collection LABS (Let’s All Become Something). We covered their first two releases early last month for their Piano and Strings instruments. Both of those libraries proved to be quality options especially given the price tag of FREE. So, this time around we are provided their foray into drums – courtesy of drummer Oliver Waton and engineer Stanley Gabriel – and super happy for the option. If you are new to the Spitfire Audio LABS plugin then you may be relieved to find the user interface is minimalistic. There are only 3 controls – the 2 sliders and one large knob – Expression, Dynamics, and Reverb. Expression is described as an internal volume control in the tutorial below but they don’t expand upon the details …

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LABS – FREE Piano and Strings VST from Spitfire Audio

LABS – FREE Piano and Strings VST from Spitfire Audio A few months ago Spitfire Audio had announced they were preparing an audio library for release on their own platform, and just recently they finally delivered. LABS – an acronym for Let’s All Be Something – is now available to download for FREE from the LABS website. The plugin comes in VST/AU form as it is now a standalone plugin as opposed to previously only being operable in Kontakt. The plan is to release new instruments every month, but for now, you can utilize the Soft Piano and String libraries. Soft Piano is the first library available and is described as, “Recorded at Air Edel Studios, this sound has become a favourite of music makers across the globe. The soft tone is achieved by placing a thin strip of felt between the hammers and the strings.” Check out the video below …

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