Electronic Antique Is A FREE Sound Library For LABS


Spitfire Audio releases Electronic Antique, the latest in the LABS series of FREE instrument libraries.

Electronic Antique is the latest release from Spitfire Audio’s LABS team. Wobbly, warbly, and coated in tape saturation – this instrument will help add a sense of 60s-sounding eccentricity to your track.

What is the Ondioline?

Electronic Antique samples one of the world’s earliest synthesizers – the Ondioline – invented by the French designer George Jenny in the 1940s. The instrument hit its peak in the 1960s as an off-kilter replacement for a string section. It was used in a variety of psychedelic-inspired instrumental hits of the 1960s, and was even used to create unique soundscapes in a number of spaghetti-western films.

The Ondioline’s modulating tone is reminiscent of both the mellotron and the ondes musicales – later made famous by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame.

Easy to use – functional and experimental

Like all of LABS releases, Electronic Antique has been designed with simplicity in mind. The instrument is compatible with all DAWs and does not need Kontakt to be installed. The only thing you need to start using a LABS release is the free LABS plugin, available to download from the Spitfire Audio site.

With just three controls – sliders for dynamics and expression and an effects wheel – Electronic Antique is simple, clear, and uncluttered. This means you won’t have to spend too much time figuring out how to use the instrument. You can get straight into creating.

Exploring Electronic Antique’s presets

There are many presets to play with here, ranging from string-like patches to brassy tones, atmospheric lead lines, and some more left-field experimental soundscapes. LABS has incorporated many alternate features into each, enabling you to drastically edit the sound, such as feeding patches through guitar amplifiers.

The wheel at the center of the controls can alter release, attack, delay, delay, vibrato, and tone. LABS has preloaded each patch with reverbs, chorus, distortion, and even a granular pitch delay. With these effects, you can transform each preset and continue your experimentation. Each patch is customizable, enabling you to create the sound you want.
Electronic Antique

Fun, unique, dynamic, and customizable – Electronic Antique is another success in the long line of free software instruments for LABS.

This instrument is equally at home making 60s-inspired psychedelic lead lines to strange otherworldly soundscapes. On top of that, it’s free!

Download: Electronic Antique


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  1. Do one have to install Spitfire Audio App to be able to use it ? I already have far too many software managers crowding my harddrive

  2. Personal rant, so take all this with a grain of salt, but… it seems one has to install the Spitfire app to do just about anything through them now. And, frankly, it’s just a janky experience. Seems to be getting marginally better with each update, from what I can tell, but still. It’s still unclear which exact subfolders stuff will wind up during setup (granted, some folks don’t care about such things; I like to keep stuff organized), but heaven forbid you MOVE anything after it puts files wherever it does, or it’ll get lost, and you’ll probably wind up double-installing something somewhere. (Talk about wasted drive space!) And trying to do a CLEAN uninstall is 100% impossible. Just, nope. At least on Win10. Now as much as people complain about NI Access (the last version (1, I think), not the crazy new one–I’m not even touching that one), at least the old one seems to provide feedback when stuff’s happening, you know where things are going to be, its Repair functionality actually finds instruments when pointed to their containing folder, buttons do stuff when clicked, and UX seems to have been prioritized somewhat–oh, and the font isn’t microscopic (mostly). Yeah, personal opinion is that Spitfire just isn’t there yet, which is SUCH a shame, because their libraries are the freakin’ BOMB, but now everything with them is a hassle (much like IK, actually! But I digress). Rantrantrant…

    • J i missed you famz, i totally agree on spitfire app. ever since chris henson (no, not the catch a predator guy) was outted for you know what (better to not bring that talks to this community), spitfire has been doing this janky things. now you need the app just to even install one freebi? at least us professional producers can still be happy by the sounds we get feel me
      but you better not update native access at all. rumor has it that now that NI merged with PA and izotope, native access will stop showing the download progress and not really show where libraries are being installed. it will then be up to us to HAVE to know feel me where the downloads will be installed.
      it’s just a rumor going around, but you know that in the community, these tend to be true. they said that K7 would suck when released and the rumors were true too
      IK manager is also annoying, but feel me at least it still has the download status progress bar, nothing too crazy, but now in 2022 us producers can at least rely on that. trying to not digress too much
      it’s probably gates behind it, working with most industry standard major music production software developers to but

    • I completely agree, the app is a mess and installed libraries break often for no reason.

      I currently can’t install labs. I had to remove it as it was totally broken on my machine. I can’t reinstall it. I’ve deleted all possible file entries from spitfire including reg entries and cleared browser cache but spitfire thinks it’s still installed.

      There’s also the issue of libraries not loading in the project. I have projects that used labs and when reopening them it just always loads the first available library. I’ve just stopped using them all together.

    • Peter Dillon-Parkin


      IK Multimedia, the people who install everything you could buy, not just the stuff you own. The fun to be had deleting megabytes of stuff you don’t want, and that shows up in your DAW. I can’t decide. Stupid, or don’t care? Install their wretched Tube Screamer clone? What the heck will come with it. No thanks…

  3. Adilbek Temirkhanov


    NI Massive and iZotope Ozone Elements for free as Plug-In Collective Membership offer for Focusrite product users.

    • Thanks, it’s been mentioned here multiple times already. I don’t care about Ozone Elements but getting the original Massive for free is awesome.

  4. I’ve never had any issues with Spitfire installations but even if I did, LABS is worth the trouble. What an incredible set of tools that is – and all for free!

  5. Audiodeluxe has many offers in celebration of its 12 years, and with any purchase you get a model D piano from UVI audio

  6. LABS is dope. I can’t understand how anyone can bag Spitfire Audio.
    I have had no issues with the installer and always install libraries to an external drive, no sweat.

    • I feel the same. LABS is incredible for a free product and Spitfire Audio is extremely generous for giving so much amazing content away for free.

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