Spitfire Audio 'HAMMERS': A Comprehensive Collection of Hard-hitting Drums and Percussion Instruments created in collaboration with composer Charlie Clouser

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Spitfire Audio 'HAMMERS': A Comprehensive Collection of Hard-hitting Drums and Percussion Instruments created in collaboration with composer Charlie Clouser



Spitfire Audio has recently released 'HAMMERS' Created in collaboration with composer Charlie Clouser (Saw, Wayward Pines, Nine Inch Nails), Hammers features more than 1,000 sounds across 58 drums, including detailed hits, ensembles, performance loops, and genre-bending warps. With this selection of explosive drums, inspired by Charlie’s extensive experience in film scoring, rock and industrial production, composers will have a uniquely powerful tool for creating hard-hitting rhythms. Supercharge your compositions with this crucial assemblage of instruments, recorded in a Brutalist space composed of concrete, glass, and steel, allowing for a uniquely sharp attack and controlled reverb. This is a must-have for composers and producers of all levels. Create intricate patterns, or use the awesome performance loops for instant inspiration, elevating your craft for 2021 and beyond.



▲ Charlie Clouser

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Hammers was developed to quickly give you access to a cutting-edge collection of eclectic drums, percussion, and scrap metals; these sounds are tailored for uses in film genres, video games, and trailers.  With its ultra-hyped, broadcast-ready sounds, Hammers is immediately playable and instantly satisfying. Recorded, processed, mixed, curated, and produced by composer Charlie Clouser, this library features 100% all-new recordings, specially crafted for this collection.


Hammers features 58 Drums across 8 drum types - Bass Drums, Surdos, Toms, Roto-Toms, Darbukas, Frame Drums, Scrap Metals, and Snares. Captured in an acoustic environment to allow for fast-paced, hard-hitting performances, with a wide range of mic, mix, warp signals, and a choice of 12 distinctive reverbs, this library gives you effortless control over extremely powerful drum performances. These are hard, brash sounds with fast attacks and tight, controlled decays allowing for clear and legible patterns when played at speed.



▲ Charlie Clouser

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Hammers features over 400 performance loops composed and performed by Charlie Clouser himself, with help from first-call percussionists Hal Rosenfeld and Lucas Fehring. Carefully composed in 8 bar loop phrases and delivered to give you the ability to build your own version of patterns by stacking and rearranging via clear keymapping, breaking up loops, and end hits, so you can control and develop the performances to suit your needs.


Rather than record a single collection of loops and stretch them to work at various speeds, Charlie composed each loop to be appropriate for their respective tempos—70, 90 110, 130, and 150 BPMs—with each range offering some shared and different sets of performances to work within that tempo. Slower patterns feature more minimal performances, and faster loops are composed with more energy and movement to propel action. Conveniently, every performance loop automatically syncs to the host tempo. This approach means you can work at a variety of tempo ranges and you will be able to find rhythmic continuity across the various loop groups, allowing a musically cohesive result across your compositions.



▲ Charlie Clouser

© Spitfire Audio 

Hammers was specially designed so that you can dive deep into the details to create complex, dynamic performances, but it remains very quick and intuitive. Further than the incredible number of mics, mixes, signals, and reverb options, Charlie Clouser and the Spitfire Audio engineering team have worked to develop customizations in the mapping of the performances inside the GUI that are unique to this library, and are based on the experience Charlie has from his years programming and composing with drums.


A custom “key brick” layout was developed by Charlie to allow for a wide range of MIDI performance styles, with total consistency across all of the drum types in Hammers. Laying out each drum across six adjacent keys following the same order (Hit, Ruff, Hit, Flam, Hit, Roll)  allows you to play the hits and ornaments in between them for quick improvisation. This then repeats up the keyboard giving you the option to move MIDI performances between drums by simply dragging the MIDI information up or down the keyboard or to other instances of Hammers. Except for a few of the miscellaneous Scrap Metal sounds, this mapping scheme is completely consistent across every drum type, so it’s a matter of seconds to take a finished performance from the Darbukas and hear it playing back perfectly on the Frame Drums, Surdos, Roto-Toms, or any instrument in the library.



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Other unique features available in Hammers include Reverse, Normalize, and Retro Pitch mode. The Reverse feature is very useful for modern hybrid composers across sounds in Loops, Warps, and Hits sections, with the ability to play in sync with the host tempo. Normalize appears as a single knob in the FX page, and has the effect of raising the level of the quieter samples until the quietest samples are effectively at the same loudness as the loudest samples. And Retro Pitch mode is provided as an alternative to the various time-stretching modes for host sync.  With Retro Pitch mode enabled, the samples are not time-stretched to match the playback tempo of your project; instead, they are simply shifted up or down in pitch. While the pitch will be different from the original recording, the transients are immune from any effects of time-stretching and remain crisp and clear. Retro Pitch is a great option to explore for creative sound design and extends the range of possibilities you can discover within Hammers.


For control over your production, there is a choice of up to 12 signals to customize and treat your sound, including 3 personal mixes by Charlie Clouser.





  • 58 Drums across 8 drum types
  • 1,060 Sounds - 12 Signals including 3 mixes from Charlie Clouser Himself
  • 408 Loops
  • 408 Warped Loops - 12 warped signals for each
  • Dedicated plug-in
  • 100 GB




Full: £249 | €299 | $299

Promo: £199 | €229 | $229


*Originals Cinematic Percussion Owners have a unique saving of 30% off RRP during the promo period.


Promo Period

22nd July, 2021 - 12th August, 2021



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About 'Spitfire Audio' ( 

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company that specialises in sounds — sample libraries, virtual instruments, and other useful software devices. It collaborates with the best composers, artists, and engineers in the world to build musical tools that sound great and are exciting to use.



About Charlie Clouser 

Composer Charlie Clouser’s never-ending search for bigger, heavier, and more brutal sounds — starting out as a drummer who became one of the go-to guys in Los Angeles during the early-Nineties for drum programming, remixes, and mad-scientist loop artistry as sampling technology evolved, spending almost a decade as the keyboardist and programmer in Nine Inch Nails, before becoming a composer of violent and intense scores for films like the Saw horror movie franchise — means that he always records and mixes his own drums for his scores. Since creating Hammers in collaboration with Spitfire Audio, his personally-crafted sounds are finally escaping into the outside world for the first time. 






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