Spitfire Audio continues to diversify their sound libraries into new realms of sonic mastery, this time by working with one of the world's most influential people in electronic music, Martyn Ware.
This time up for grabs are 11,016 samples consisting of an array of bass, drum, pad, brass, BPM timed sequences, lead, effects etc. all synthesised with Martyn Ware using authentic synthesisers of the time plus an excellent selection of sound designed stuff for good measure.
Unless you are from Neptune you will be more than aware of Martyn Ware's contribution to electronic music and his influence on modern music is immeasurable so the aforementioned offerings have a great deal to live up to.
Martyn Ware N.I.C. (No Illegal Connections) is a most interesting addition to Spitfire's Signature range in as much as it specifically aims itself towards the definitive sound of Martyn Ware (early Human League, Heaven 17) from the late 70s into the 80s.
Now we all know that there are many synthesised libraries out there but none that offer such authentic sonically uncoloured representation of an era during the sampling process.
As I keep finding with Spitfire Audio there is that extra mile which they take in attention to detail and this is shown in the GUI options of mic positions.
The mic positions are as follows:
M – Mic – Direct and close via the Roland System 100 speakers.
A – Amped – self explanatory
Ch – Chorus – from a Roland Dimension D
Sp – Spring – A vintage Telefunken Spring Reverb.
DI – Direct through a Neve line.
We are talking early British electronic music faithfully sampled and ready to load.
All the samples are tonally balanced with some true grit in there whilst remaining pristine in clarity.
Ever wanted to get 'that' late 70s early 80s synth sound from a Roland Jupiter 8, Korg 700, and Roland System 100 but not been able to afford the hardware or wondered about the quality of your signal chain?
Well here it is….flat and ready to use clean but having used many different electronic synth libraries I wanted to see how well they would take a bit of EQ and effect in my DAW and the results were most pleasing.
If, like me, you are a lover of early British electronic music this is a treat but a very focused one at that and after having this library for a few weeks to play with I am shocked at how individual it really is and that does not mean there is a lack of versatility, quite the opposite.
I found myself playing around and sculpting my own sound designs with the samples, which is a very good sign of how engaging N.I.C. actually is yet there were times when I just wanted to use and hear what Martyn Ware himself has designed and slot that into the mix.
For this review I have decided to omit a contextual demo because I was just having too much fun with N.I.C. and even my contextual demo was a little too self indulgent and did not showcase the true potential and craft that has gone into this work of art from Martyn and Spitfire.
With regards to hearing some faithful representation in a demo, please go over to the Spitfire Audio site to hear what the guys have done over there so I am keeping this review short because you all really need to have a hands on play with this yourself.
This is a superb addition to any producer's sample library but is essential to anyone who has a passion for electronic music and, dare I say it, N.I.C. has historic value too.
…..and the samples are fun to play with, so much so I nearly even put some eyeliner on one sequence.
A very nicely priced library so all I can say is I give Martyn Ware N.I.C. a rating of 9/10.
I do warn you though, if you love this era and genre of music it is possible to get lost in the N.I.C. Aladdin's cave of electronic sound so make sure you are suitably fed and watered before you open this box of delights.