Review - Spitfire Audio - Eric Whitacre Choir - Special Event

Over the last couple of years Spitfire Audio have become one of the most prominent music technology companies producing a series of outstanding sample instruments ranging from the epic Symphonic Orchestra and Hans Zimmer Percussion to the fragile and intimate Olafur Arnalds collections and the Albion Tundra Orchestra.




As the online community surrounding Spitfire Audio and prominent vlogger Christian Henson grows, mid October saw the announcement of the second ’Special Event’ held by Spitfire Audio this year following on from the February launch of Hans Zimmer Strings at Air Studios. This time the venue of choice was the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and in the days leading up to the event all hints from the teaser videos and social media comments pointing towards the long awaited release of the Eric Whitacre Choir.



I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the event and made my way down with fellow North West based composer Tom Hunt. The event followed a similar structure to the Hans Zimmer Strings event with a drink reception on arrival and a chance to chat with fellow composers and attendees before Christian Henson and Paul Thomson took to the stage to give some background information and insight into the process and journey undertaken to complete this product.



Next came the arrival of special guest Eric Whitacre who joined Christian and Paul onstage to give his thoughts and insight into the product, letting slip that the renowned Spitfire Audio Evo Grid would be a feature of the product. What followed was a truly unique experience as we were led into the Planetarium for a live performance of ‘Lux Aurumque’ and a cover of the Nine Inch Nails track ‘Hurt’ set to projections of stars and images from the promotional campaign. To close the evening, Paul presented an overview of the product, which like the Labs series and Hans Zimmer Strings runs in its own dedicated plugin.



Spitfire Audio - Eric Whitacre Choir is available now and retails at £549 with an introduction price of £399 available until Thursday 8th November. For more information visit www.spitfireaudio.com