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INDUSTRY GURUS SPITFIRE AUDIO

In the latest of our industry spotlights, we talk to Paul Thomson and Christian Henson, the founders of Spitfire Audio, fast becoming the go-to library company for composers everywhere, and flying the flag for British music technology…

MT Industry Gurus Spitfire Audio

Every month, we highlight some of the big players in the music-production industry. This time, we’ve tracked down the founders of Spitfire Audio, a company that has been around for less than a decade but has already made its mark with some of the best sample libraries out there, and has quickly become the number-one name for film and TV composers across the globe. Paul Thomson and Christian Henson are the founders of the company and responsible for libraries like Albion and a vast range of orchestral collections…

MusicTech: Tell us a little about how Spitfire came about…

Spitfire Audio: Spitfire began as a private sample library born of our frustrations with the existing tools available to composers and producers back in 2007.

It started as a two-man cottage industry which gathered a small group of A-list film composers together to create a new kind of orchestral sample library, recorded exactly the same way the biggest Hollywood scores are recorded, in the same studio, with the same players in London. As it started to expand, we saw that there was an opportunity to reinvent the way orchestral samples are recorded. We approached things from a slightly maverick point of view, with an instinct for what would keep life and musicality in the sounds. We’d say, “instead of recording samples, we’d record film scores, but one note at a time.”

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