March 13, 2013

Guitar God Steve Vai talks to Spectrasonics about using their virtual instruments

Since first learning the guitar in 1974 with the legendary Joe Satriani as his teacher, Steve Vai has played with the likes of Frank Zappa, Whitesnake and Dave Lee Roth, to name a few, as well as being a solo artist in his own right with eight solo albums and three Grammy awards under his belt. Steve’s guitar work has also featured in various video games including Grand Theft Auto:…

January 31, 2013

We talk to Producer, Performer, Musical Director and Spectrasonics fan Richard Cardwell

Annie Lennox, James Morrison, Rod Stewart, Gary Barlow, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Overtones… just some of the renowned artists that Richard Cardwell has worked with in his capacity as a producer, performer or musical director. Knowing Richard is a fan of Spectrasonics instruments, we caught up with him to find out how he’s using the software in his music and to also find out more about his brainchild ‘How To…

January 3, 2013

Spectrasonics Omnisphere plays starring role in The Hobbit

It’s a well-known fact within our industry that Spectrasonics‘ Omnisphere can be heard in hundreds of movie soundtracks – a true testament to the powerful features, awe-inspiring sounds and  the inspiration that this software instrument provides. We were particularly excited to hear recently that this epic ‘Power Synth’ had been used within Howard Shore’s soundtrack for the eagerly awaited epic movie masterpiece that is The Hobbit. Though most of the…

November 16, 2012

Thomas Newman uses ‘tons’ of Omnisphere in James Bond Skyfall movie

After a succession of five stirring soundtracks by composer David Arnold, director Sam Mendes turned to Thomas Newman to write the original score for Skyfall, the 23rd movie of the popular 50-year-old franchise. American composer, Newman, whose movie credits include American Beauty, Road to Perdition and the more recent The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, wrote most of the Skyfall soundtrack in London’s Abbey Road Studios, embracing the true ‘Englishness’ of the…

September 12, 2012

In Your Studio series continues with theatre composer Fernando Mota

We are pleased to welcome Portuguese composer, multi-instrumentalist and Time+Space customer, Fernando Mota, for the third instalment of our In Your Studio series. Fernando has composed music for the theatre since 1994 and in 2007 received a ‘Mention of Honour’ by the Portuguese Association of Theatre Critics. Fernando has also explored traditional Portuguese instruments and has built several experimental musical instruments himself, he has also worked with sound manipulation through…

August 21, 2012

Spectrasonics Omnisphere powers into Computer Music’s Top 10 must-own synths list

“Omnisphere has become something of a standard by which other sample-based instruments are judged, even those to which it bears little resemblance.” Computer Music’s definitive guide to the Top 10 software synths you should own in 2012 has been released with Spectrasonics Omnisphere Power Synth deservedly featuring in the rundown. Omnisphere presents an unlimited number of creative options and Computer Music’s 7-page feature on the instrument helps to unlock its…

July 19, 2012

Spectrasonics Artisan Hans Zimmer on scoring The Dark Knight Rises

Hans Zimmer is one composer that needs no introduction. The Academy Award, Grammy and Golden Globe winner has been responsible for the scores within numerous high profile movies including Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down and Madagascar 3, to name just a very few. Zimmer is also renowned within the music production world for his involvement with Spectrasonics titles in particular Hans Zimmer Guitars, Heart of Africa…

July 5, 2012

Our new ‘In Your Studio’ series kicks off with composer Kev Curtis…

It’s always interesting to hear how our customers are using our brands’ virtual instruments and sample libraries in their projects so we invited you to share your music and tell us all about your set-up, your favourite products and your musical ambitions. If you’d like to take part in the ‘In Your Studio’ series, find out how at the end of the interview. With a set list of six questions,…