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LABS: Foghorn

A free virtual instrument from Spitfire Audio that samples the Sumburgh Foghorn.

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2 December 2023

Producing inspiring sounds for composers, LABS plugins are created with sonic pioneers such as Hans Zimmer, and the world’s finest musicians and studios. LABS is a series of free software instruments that are presented by Spitfire Audio, and available in an easy-to-use, dedicated plug-in. The user interface is clutter-free and focused, and features simplified controls, sliders for expression and dynamics, and a knob that can be easily customised to the user’s personal workflow.

From guttural low-end brass tones to otherworldly echoes created by caverns of rock, and even a mechanical kit created from the sounds of whirring machinery — LABS Foghorn blows ordinary instruments out of the water. Originally built in 1905 to guide ships through dangerous fog, the Sumburgh Foghorn has since gained a reputation for its uniquely terrifying sound, leading to a prominent feature in Robert Eggers’ Academy Award-nominated film ‘The Lighthouse’. Additional Sound Design by Venus Theory, and a special thanks goes to Field Recordist JJ Jamieson and Foghorn Engineer Brian Johnson.

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