Charlie Clouser and Spitfire Audio’s Hammers boasts over 1,000 hard-hitting drum sounds

Recorded in a Brutalist space of concrete, glass and steel for true industrial hits.

Saw soundtracker and ex-Nine Inch Nails member Charlie Clouser has teamed up with Spitfire Audio on Hammers, a collection of cinematic drum and percussion instruments.

The all-new library boasts over 1,000 hits from 58 drums across eight drum types, including bass drums, surdos, toms, roto-toms, darbukas, frame drums, scrap metals and snares. Presented as a Spitfire Audio virtual instrument, users can blend mic positions, mixes and warp signals of the acoustic drum sounds, with the option to apply one of 12 reverbs to the sound to create some space.

Hammers can be easily played in over 130 different ways, with a mix of performance techniques, beater types and drum head tightnesses. According to Spitfire Audio, these controls give you “a wide variety of unique tonalities, adding a deeply humanistic feel to your drum and percussion cues”.

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Producers can employ Charlie Clouser as their drummer with one of the 400 performance loops available, which have been performed by Clouser and percussionists Hal Rosenfeld and Lucas Fehring. These are composed in eight-bar loop phrases and can be stacked and rearranged with keymapping, loop breaks and end hits for true customisation.

Clouser left his mark on the library from the recording process through to the GUI. The drum hits were recorded in Clouser’s own recording space: a Brutalist environment with 23-foot ceilings, and concrete, glass and steel surfaces. This is the same space that Clouser has captured all of his scores and productions for the last 15 years.

Within the Hammers instruments, users can also reverse and normalise sounds, as well as using Retro Pitch mode to transpose sounds for deeper sound design. There are 12 signals in total to customise and treat the overall sound, with three personal mixes by Clouser.

Spitfire Audio says that Hammers is “Two and a half years in the making, from ideation to execution and completion, with Charlie personally obsessing over every element, from development to recording and processing.”

“Hammers represents the best possible presentation of my personal vision for the way huge cinematic drums and percussion should sound”, adds Clouser, “with enough variety and flexibility of signals for everyone to craft their own personalized interpretation.”

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Check out the full overview below.

Spitfire Audio’s Hammers is available now at an introductory price of £199/$229, moving up to £249/$299 after 12 August 2021. Owners of Spitfire’s Originals Cinematic Percussion Owners can take advantage of a unique saving of 30 per cent off RRP during the promo period, too.

Learn more at spitfireaudio.com.

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