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Your Score in an Instant


Immerse yourself in a new world of brass and reeds — a stunning sound palette of 99 patches, brought to life with our unique and intuitive Layers technology. Instantly sparking inspiration on first play, it’s every composer’s dream — the ability to finish a whole cue within a single patch. Made in collaboration with award-winning composer Samuel Sim, intricately workshopped techniques from a range of solo brass and woodwind instruments (including saxophones, recorders and flugelhorn) are presented in various combinations — each offering a full spectrum of emotion and expression.

For anyone looking to embrace a new approach to scoring — and a fresh alternative to string instruments — this sophisticated toolkit offers instant creative freedom. British Drama Toolkit: Brass & Reeds intuitively matches the intensity at which your fingers hit the keyboard by selecting from three different velocity layers – layering textural beds with characterful, emotive lead lines — unlocking a world of sound in every patch.

“This is a great library! It sounds very live and intuitive to work with.”

– Ruth Barrett


Recorded in Castlesound Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland, this comprehensive toolkit features an intimate selection of solo brass and woodwind instruments — from contrabassoon, saxophone and flugelhorn, to recorders, and more. Discover carefully curated Combi patches (curated combinations of instruments, split into various layers across the keyboard) — a great place to start sketching cues, Ensembles (full section ensembles) and solo instruments, meticulously crafted by Samuel Sim and the Spitfire Audio team. These less commonly found instruments offer a fresh alternative to strings, taking your scores to a new place — soft saxophones to create jazz-influenced, Noir scores, with the distinctive timbre of tenor and flugelhorns offering a subtle alternative to low strings.

Brass & Reeds features the UK’s finest players performing a range of uniquely workshopped techniques – including Shorts, Longs, Recorder flutters and chiffs, Tuba multiphonics, Saxophone growls and rich Cor Anglais swells. The fluidity and unpredictability of the breaths between the notes and re-articulations offers a genuine sense of reality, with notes firing off each other in different ways, to add nuance, depth and humanity to your scores.

In contrast to our epic orchestral libraries, the immediate and intimate sound of a smaller band more effectively reflects the introspective moods, character and emotion found in TV and film drama — but these sounds can also be layered with bigger libraries to complement epic soundscapes, or processed and warped to create unique textures.


Our inbuilt Layers technology is unique to the British Drama Toolkit series, allowing you to compose, arrange and complete a cue in one pass. Since faders are not required (although Expression, Attack and Release controls are available within the plugin, as well as velocity sensitivity control via the Dynamics slider), you have the flexibility to play with both hands to achieve a beautifully intricate, dynamic and musical sound — improvising and sketching on the fly as you would on a piano.

The magic begins as soon as your fingers hit the keyboard. Depending on the intensity at which you hit the keys, the plugin selects from up to three velocity layers (Texture, Soft & Loud), with varying expressive performances within each layer. It’s a unique experience, offering ultimate creative control as well as the opportunity to listen and move intuitively, responding to the varying lengths of notes and subtle shifts present within each technique.

The velocity layer grid comprises three distinct layers:

  • Texture – pads, textural beds, subtle movements, pulsing repetitions and re-blowing
  • Soft – muted tones, suited to subtle moments or moments of dialogue
  • Loud – characterful, expressive lead lines with a soloistic feel

“A really useful addition to the studio – as with so many of the Spitfire Libraries I can definitely see this providing inspiration and helping to get an idea off the ground in a hurry.”

– Ben Foster


Composer Samuel Sim has won multiple awards for his deep, gritty TV and film drama scores — with credits including epic Netflix series The Dark Crystal, the BBC’s Showtrial, and The Spanish Princess.

Writing scores often requires a huge amount of music, working to tight deadlines. Teaming up with Spitfire Audio, Sim’s unique vision was to create a toolkit that removes the barriers between musical ideas and their realisation. Since velocity sensitivity can dramatically amplify the character and emotion of your music by creating nuanced and realistic sounding performances, one patch is capable of a huge range of expression — allowing you to respond instinctively to the drama, rather than get sucked into what Sim calls “the vortex of the computer”.

The result is a living and breathing palette of sounds designed for those looking for that spark of inspiration, with the tools needed to get your ideas down quickly – ready for wherever your imagination may take you.


  • 99 Patches
  • Dedicated Plugin
  • In-built Velocity-led Layers technology, featuring three distinctive layers of recordings
  • Signals (2):
    • Close – Close intimate mix capturing every detail of the instrument
    • Tree – Medium distance signal with added depth
  • Sections (5):
    • Double Reeds:
      • Contrabassoon
      • Bassoon
      • Cor Anglais
      • Oboe
    • Recorders:
      • Recorder Ensemble
    • Saxophones:
      • Bass Sax
      • Bari Sax
      • Alto Sax
    • Brass:
      • Tuba
      • Bass Trombone
      • Tenor Trombone
      • Tenor Horn
      • Flugelhorn
    • Combis
  • 23658 samples
  • ~8GB download size



Available: March 16th, 2023 at 5pm GMT

Link: www.spitfireaudio.com/british-drama-toolkit-brass-and-reeds

Drama Toolkit Collection page link: www.spitfireaudio.com/drama-toolkit-collection

RRP: £169 / $199 / 199€

Promo Period: £129 / $149 / 149€

Promo Crossgrade: £109 / $129 / 129€

* A discount for anyone who owns British Drama Toolkit or Contemporary Drama Toolkit

Promo period ends April 6th, 2023

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