Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of Spitfire Studio Woodwinds, which represents the British music technology company’s third and final release in its Spitfire Studio Orchestra range.
Spitfire Studio Orchestra is a range of world-class strings, brass, and woodwinds, which provide composers with a comprehensive collection of orchestral options.
The new woodwind ensemble creates a versatile, pro-end dry stage sample library, and was recorded in AIR Studios’ Studio 1. The sample library is available as ‘standard’ (Spitfire Studio Woodwinds) and ‘extended’ (Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional) editions, as of February 14.
AIR Studios’ Studio 1 was capable of accommodating up to 45 musicians across its 140m2 floating floor (with a specially designed sliding door system that allows it to be divided into acoustically separated areas). Spitfire Studio Woodwinds follows the success of the Spitfire Studio Orchestra series siblings —Spitfire Studio Strings and Spitfire Studio Brass — to offer a wide range of instruments from its namesake section, from the bassoon to the piccolo.
Two years in the making, the Spitfire Studio Orchestra series’ third and final sample library bears the signature features of Spitfire Audio: high-profile London session players performing with high-quality instruments, and recorded by multiple Grammy Awards-winning engineer Simon Rhodes.
The Spitfire Studio Woodwinds collection includes 143 articulations across 11 instruments, including five solo ones — namely, Piccolo, Flute Solo 1, Flutes a3, Alto Flute Solo, Oboe Solo 1, Oboes a3, Clarinet Solo 1, Clarinets a3, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon Solo 1, and Bassoons a3 – and all recorded to a (Decca) Tree rig featuring Schoeps microphones. Meanwhile, Spitfire Studio Woodwinds Professional provides 185 articulations and 15 instruments, including the Contrabassoon, Contrabass Clarinet, and Bass Flute. Furthermore, extensive control of the sound is also available, due to the inclusion of two mixes (M1 and M2), two close-mic arrangements (C1 and C2), two Decca Tree setups (T1 and T2), ambient mics (A), and outriggers (O), so users can access and personalise their own mix of Simon Rhodes’ microphone selection, picked up by Neumann, Schoeps, and Sennheiser mics.
Simon Rhodes is recognised for his work in film score recording, including being American composer, conductor, and orchestrator James Horner’s go-to engineer for 18 years, with blockbuster movies such as Avatar, Spectre, and Skyfall having all benefited from his touch. Rhodes revealed:“For the Spitfire Studio Woodwinds sessions, the approach echoes what we did with the Spitfire Studio Strings and Spitfire Studio Brass, so there is complete consistency between the libraries. The main Schoeps room mics were the same, and I captured two flavours of spots.”
Company co-founder Paul Thomson remarked:“When you put your arrangements together, you’ll find that these all lock together really beautifully. With the mic options in there, you can get a really tailored sound — either from a very close, full intimate sound, or a really staged, film studio scoring stage sound.”