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The Spitfire Audio Transphobia row has erupted across social media, following comments on Twitter by co-founder Christian Henson. In a move which we applaud, Spitfire Audio has condemned his actions and reported that Henson is taking a break from Spitfire Audio.

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Spitfire Audio Transphobia

Founded in 2007, Spitfire Audio was the brainchild of composers Christian Henson and Paul Thomson. Spitfire Audio specialises in virtual instrument sample libraries and is a big name in the industry. However, as of September 6th 2022, Christian Henson has stepped away from the company, following transphobic tweets on his own personal Twitter account.

Spitfire Audio’s CEO, Will Evans, quickly moved to issue a public statement on the matter:

Christian’s tweet has caused hurt across our community…I’m deeply sorry for that; we’ve worked hard to be a beacon for the industry and have a responsibility to do better

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In the following hours, Spitfire Audio issued numerous social media posts pledging their support for inclusivity and diversity in the music community. It’s laudable to see how quickly Spitfire has moved to condemn Henson’s Transphobia. So far there is no indication as to if and when Henson will return to the company.

Music Making for All

Since its inception, Gearnews has had a motto of “Music Making Fun”. Well, where’s the fun in making music if it isn’t for all? The history of music is founded on the achievements of those from all races, genders and sexualities. Where would electronic music be, without the groundbreaking achievements of Wendy Carlos? Equally, dance music itself emerged from the gay clubs of the 70s and 80s.

There should be no place in our musical community for hatred and discrimination. We applaud Spitfire Audio for their fast response and clear stance on the matter.

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