Spitfire–Bernard Hermann Composer Toolkit–Recensione





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Spitfire’s first dry scoring stage ensemble library, inspired by the electric genius of Bernard Herrmann. Renowned for his groundbreaking scores including Citizen Kane, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Psycho, Vertigo and Taxi Driver, his legacy continues to inspire the work of composers today. We’ve worked exclusively with Bernard Herrmann’s estate to curate and assemble a unique set of studio orchestra ensembles, informed directly by the composer’s legendary orchestration aesthetic. Recorded at Studio 1 Air Lyndhurst by Simon Rhodes (Avatar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre, Harry Potter, There Will Be Blood), we’ve captured players performing as Herrmann would have had them – boisterous, lively and upfront, with patches featuring selected groups, unusual instrumental combis, chords, effects and much more. Fire-up this versatile Toolkit for lively and distinctive scoring.

  • 186742 SAMPLES
  • KONTAKT VERSION REQUIREMENTSKontakt Player 5.5 or higher


Bernard Herrmann is one of the great modern composers. His work for TV and film is nothing short of iconic, and is truly synonymous with mid-20th Century cinema. Collaborating with Orson Welles on Citizen Kane, Martin Scorsese on Taxi Driver, and in long-term partnership with Alfred Hitchcock for scores such as Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Marnie and beyond, the sheer magnitude of critical works produced is breathtaking. Not only did his work cause significant impact on culture at the time, but more recently those works have been used to invigorate contemporary scores, for example the use of the Twisted Nerve theme in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill – an eerie whistle which is now instantly recognisable worldwide.
Herrmann had a unique and trailblazing compositional style. His orchestrations were entirely original, daring and inventive; always appropriate for the context and subsequently incredibly influential in film scoring (Psycho is an obvious example of a totally new way to score a thriller). The bold selection of specific instrumental ensembles (his Psycho score was famed for being strings-only, and the infamous Torn Curtain featured 12 flutes) and choice of interesting combinations (harp and vibraphone in Vertigo, stopped horns and pizzicato strings in North by Northwest) challenged the status quo. Equally his experimentation of electronic instruments in scores was pioneering – the ondes Martenot in The Day The Earth Stood Still and amplified Moog synths in Sisters/Endless Nights brought sounds previously unheard to cinemas. He also went as far as to effect change in the performance style of players, requesting that players not play in the traditional, somewhat overblown nature that other Hollywood composers would traditionally employ.
He had a limitless curiosity and love of new music, championing the careers of several composers who became household names as a result of his hard work. His work as conductor of the CBS Symphony Orchestra, and the many radio broadcasts he made with them, helped to bring a huge and often little heard variety of music to a wide audience.
His was a truly individual voice and he stood firm against what he saw as the dilution of the art form and he continues to be massively respected and influential among film composers today.
So, of course, when the opportunity arose for Spitfire Audio to collaborate with his estate, we crumbled with excitement. We hope to have developed a unique library that provides working composers with a broad variety of new sounds and possibilities, albeit rooted in the genius of Herrmann and his approach to film scoring.



Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.


A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.


Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!


Included in the “advanced” folder are over 30 synth patches inspired by Herrmann’s use of sythesisers in combination with orchestral material. These can be controlled using our Mercury Synth GUI. It is an ingenious user interface that allows you to have instant fun without having to roll up your sleeves and go under the Kontakt hood. All of the controls are assignable to your control surface giving you the immediate ability to make our sounds your own.

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Key features

  • Big band ensemble articulations
  • Brass section mutes and solo instruments
  • Beautiful solo mute trumpet legatos
  • Sax ensemble articulations
  • Rhythm section includes guitars, basses and jazz drums
  • Greatly playable lead instruments
  • Includes tempo sync guitar and drum grooves
  • Script intelligently switches to half or double tempo
  • All sounds blend together marvellously
  • On-screen velocity and modwheel mapping info
  • Works with Kontakt Player
  • Native Kontrol Standard support
  • 35 GB library (uncompressed, takes up 18.5 GB on disk)

1.2 update
Swing! has just been updated to version 1.2, offering microphone output routing, various fixes and improvements as well as an refreshed design. This is a free update for all registered Swing! users.

Native Kontrol Standard support

Swing! supports the Native Kontrol Standard, which means full integration with Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol and Maschine hardware and software.

RECENSIONE ARTURIA Minilab mkII–Analog lab



Distribuito in Italia da Midiware


Arturia presenta la nuova versione di MiniLab

Arturia MiniLab Mk II è un’evoluzione della tastiera controller entry level della casa francese che, con lo stesso prezzo e diverse nuove funzionalità, diventa ancora più interessante. 

Il nuovissimo MiniLab Mk II di Arturia è un controller MIDI universale che combina al meglio le funzionalità di controllo con lo stile e la portatilità necessaria per trasportare il vostro studio ‘on the road’. Nonostante il design ultra compatto include già moltissime funzionalità, con 500 suoni selezionati dai migliori synth analogici (Analog Lab Lite) così come Ableton Live Lite e UVI Grand Piano Model D. MiniLab può sicuramente trovare spazio in ogni situazione, dal più piccolo home studio al più grande studio di produzione musicale.

Minilab Mk II è uno dei sistemi nella sua categoria con il più alto numero di funzionalità disponibili. Una tastiera 25 mini tasti velocity sensitive (la stessa della KeyStep) e la pitchbend/modulation touch strip consentono di creare melodie di grande impatto in modo semplice ed immediato. I 16 pad RGB retroilluminati (due banchi di 8 pads/pulsanti) consentono di creare ritmiche all’istante, mentre con i 16 encoder rotativi si possono regolare al meglio tutti i parametri del software. Aggiungete a tutto questo l’ingresso per il pedale sustain e la porta USB bus-powered, e avrete la soluzione mobile ideale per la produzione musicale. L’efficacia del nuovo design (ogni componente è stato migliorato) e la ricchezza delle funzioni implementate sono evidenti e anche per quanto riguarda la dotazione software il livello è altissimo grazie all’integrazione di Ableton Live Lite, UVI Grand Piano model D e del software pluripremiato Analog Lab che vi mette a disposizione 500 suoni di sintetizzatori attentamente selezionati dalla Arturia Classic Synths Collection con un’interfaccia pensata appositamente per MiniLab.

• Nuova tastiera 25 mini tasti velocity sensitive (la stessa della KeyStep)
• 16 pads RGB (due banchi di 8 pads)
• 16 encoders rotativi
• 2 Pitchbend/Modulation touch strip
• 8 user presets
• Ingresso pedale sustain
• Pulsanti Octave up e Octave down per un range completo
• Alimentazione via USB
• USB/MIDI class compliant nessun driver richiesto.
• Mac, PC
• Include il software Analog Lab con 500 suoni di synth
• Include Ableton Live Lite
• Include UVI Grand Piano model D
• Kensington Security Port