First Look: British Drama Toolkit by Spitfire Audio

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British Drama Toolkit lives up to its marketing as a tool to “compose, arrange, and complete a cue in one pass.” Testing out the library I felt like I was in the room with the performers waving my hands to get expressive variation and movement out of a few simple notes.

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Review: British Drama Toolkit by Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio is back with a new library, British Drama Toolkit, an instrument designed for the needs of the drama series scoring composer. For this elegant, time-saving tool the developer teamed up with composer Samuel Sim (Awake, House of Saddam, Doogal). Samuel seems to have come up with the concept for the library as a solution to his tight television scoring deadlines.

British Drama Toolkit delivers a chamber ensemble at your fingertips that performs emotionally charged sustained yet textural performances. The library lives up to the marketing material that states composers can “compose, arrange, and complete a cue in one pass.”

This library for Kontakt does conjure emotion indeed, with a collection of long sustained notes that all contain just enough change or movement to create beautiful, delicate and expressive string and wind textures from a single patch.

British Drama Toolkit comes with dozens of expressive long sustained articulations ranging from loud to soft with “chiffs” and “chatter” textures, harmonics and more.

As you can see in the first look, I found the instrument was easy to use with its layer-based articulation triggering. For the most part, I found you could just hold notes or chords, add a little midi cc for expression and have a perfectly rich and lush performance.

Main instrument interface with velocity articulation triggering visualized.

Though by design British Drama Toolkit does have it’s limitations, the sample set is of a small chamber group with both individual instruments and ensembles so you will be getting a chamber sound. There is no epic massive orchestral playback here, just delicate expressive performances. Also, the sample set is limited to only a handful of variations of sustains with no short notes included so you will not be able to play any staccato, spiccato or pizzicato with these players in the same room.

In the interview with Samuel Sim (see videos below), Sam mentions that he thinks of the instrument playback in terms of working with real players and directing their performance. I completely got the same feeling testing out the library and often felt I was in the room with the performers waving my hands to get expressive variation and movement out of a few simple notes.

British Drama Toolkit sells for $199 from Spitfire Audio
At the time of posting Spitfire Audio was offering the British Drama Toolkit for a special introductory price of $149. Visit Spitfire Audio for all the details.

You can learn more about Sameul Sim here.

Facts

The British Drama Toolkit downloads as 6.8 GB. It is a sample set of individual and ensemble made up of Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute & Piccolo.

The library was sampled with 2 microphone positions (Close and Tree) and the main presets use a velocity dependent articulation triggering.

British Drama Toolkit comes with 10 Main NKIs as well as individual NKI instruments for the accented & each articulation.

British Drama Toolkit is a Kontakt Player Instrument and compatible with Full Kontakt or FREE Player 5.6.8+

British Drama Toolkit sells for $199 from Spitfire Audio

 

Demos of British Drama Toolkit by Spitfire Audio

Videos of British Drama Toolkit by Spitfire Audio