Spitfire Audio’s Drumline gives you control over a world-class marching band

It samples the performance of the world champion Blue Devils drum corps.

Blue Devils drum corps in the studio

Image: Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio’s latest instrument library in its Originals series, Drumline, lets you access a collection of marching band percussion samples, performed by the world champion Blue Devils drum corps.

The sound library was recorded on the iconic Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox, where scores for The Mandalorian, The Lion King and hundreds more TV show and film scores have been recorded. The venue choice was down to the controlled environment the scoring stage affords, allowing for a tight and focused sound – fitting for the percussive nature of the pack.

Blue Devils drum corps in the studio
Image: Spitfire Audio

The tracking sessions manifest in three different signals which you can toggle or blend to create your ideal sound. Close features spot and overhead mics, while Room blends Decca tree, outrigger and room mics. Meanwhile, a third processed path, Hyped, adds compression, saturation, repitching and EQ for added impact.

Instrument types span snares, tenor drums, bass drums and cymbals. There are also nine preset modes to perform with, including Ensemble, which maps all instruments across the entire keyboard; Rolls, which come in 15 varieties, and high and low swells, each with three different lengths.

For further shaping the sound, there’re also dynamics, variation, tightness and release controls, as well as an onboard reverb effect.

Take a listen to Drumline in action below:

Drumline is available now for $29, learn more about it at spitfireaudio.com

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