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Flying Lotus has provided some insight into his creative process while scoring Yasuke, a new Netflix anime series based on a real-life African samurai. The Brainfeeder founder was also the executive producer for the film. The electronic music producer composed over 200 tracks for the six-episode anime series, which premiered on 29 April 2021. 26 […]

Spitfire Audio has returned with another free virtual instrument under its LABS series: Autoharp. Sounds for the virtual zither were recorded by composer Christian Henson at the UK-based Castlesound Studios. The Autoharp pack also includes an FX signal that features a recording of the instrument sent through a Vox guitar amp. This added signal brings […]

Danny Elfman has announced Big Mess, his first solo album in 37 years. It’s due out 11 June through ANTI- and Epitaph. Best known for his scores for films such as Edward Scissorhands, Spider-Man and Good Will Hunting, Elfman also penned the iconic themes to The Simpsons and Men In Black, and founded Oingo Boingo, […]

Legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu has said that his score for Fantasian might be his last video game score, but it’s also “the best soundtrack” he’s ever made. Uematsu is best known for his contributions to the generation-spanning Final Fantasy role-playing game (RPG) franchise. Music from the series has spawned symphony concert tours, tribute artists and remixes from online […]

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were held last night (14 March), with a variety of music producers and soundtrackers taking home awards for their work. The eligibility period for a Grammy was anything made from 1 Sept 2019 to 31 Aug 2020, so there are some winners from late 2019. This includes Kaytranada, whose BUBBA […]

Flying Lotus has shared the first images of Yasuke, a new Netflix African Samurai anime that he has soundtracked and executive produced. The Grammy-nominated producer and Brainfeeder founder has been working on the six-episode series for three years, alongside The Boondocks co-director LeSean Thomas. In Netflix’s blog post, Thomas says he was “meant to create this […]

Orchestral Tools has announced a new free subscription service providing custom-built instruments for SINE Player. Subscribers to SINEfactory will receive information on new releases by email and collections will be added to their account automatically. The service will remain free and kickstarts immediately with three new instruments. SINEfactory is built with the intention to provide […]

EastWest Sounds has announced Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition, a major expansion to its lauded orchestral VST series and the first to feature the brand’s new Opus engine. New sounds New instruments include an 18-piece violin section recorded with all-new players, said to bring a different sound and vibrato from the original library’s first 16 violins. […]

BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-nominated composer Samuel Sim has teamed up with Spitfire Audio for the second time, following the success of British Drama Toolkit. The new instrument library, Contemporary Drama Toolkit, maps out intense sound palettes across your keyboard, with new layers triggered by different velocities. The NKS library gives you the freedom to […]

Award-winning composer and sound designer Tom Wolfe has released Premier Collection, his flagship collection of presets for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2, Arturia Pigments 2 and U-he Zebra. The collection focuses on cinematic sounds using the power of the three synths, boasting a total of 1,600 presets. This includes 1,000 cinematic presets for Omnisphere; 400 presets, 37 […]