Giving every user an instant orchestra under their finger tips, Albion is used the world over by A-listers wanting a quick, inspiring compositional and sketching tool. It is utilised by power users who are short on time and tight on a deadline to render compelling, impact driven masters in an instant. It is used by people who are interested in breaking into the world of TV, Film, and Games music by having the best sounds available. It is used by people wanting to try their hands at orchestral music regardless of their theoretical understanding and finally it has found its way into the arsenal of many successful hit makers wanting to add a bit of rich British size into their next hit. Whilst many people jump first to the orchestral content, further investigation reaps an Aladdin´s cave of cinematic percussion, dynamic and engaging loops and amazingly inspiring synth sounds derived from the 100+ epic orchestra!
Spitfire has carefully studied what made Albion ‘Legacy’ so popular, have returned to the hall at Air Studios and have painstakingly recreated and enhanced the objectives of the original. As with Albion Volume 1 there is at the centre a large epic orchestra, but this time the orchestra size has been enhanced to 109 players with many more articulations and new features including stylised legacy articulations by Andy Blaney and an awesome strings ’runs’ section. The Darwin Percussion has been carefully re-recorded with many additional sections (and a couple of old favourites). The Brunel dynamic loops section has this time been designed by Spitfire’s award winning team from new recordings made with Paul Clarvis and a lot of treats he uses on many A-list films including “Skyfall”. The Stephenson’s Steam Synth takes epic and awesome to whole new levels with both this and the loops presented in Spitfire´s much applauded eDNA engine. There are also few exceptions of ‘special’ moments from the original ‘legacy’ Albion that they felt they couldn’t better, so they have retained those in ONE, you know who you are!
All of these sections are available to download as a single pack or in convenient sections so you can grab what you need now and come back anytime to treat yourself to the other treasures you have bought.
An awesome 109 piece orchestra featuring the finest players in the UK today recorded via priceless ribbon and valve mics via Neve Monserrat pre amps, the largest 88R Neve console in the world and onto pristine 2” tape before being converted with the top-of-their-class Prism AD converters at 96k. The orchestra is presented in beautifully orchestrated sections, sometimes in unison across the entire orchestral range sometimes in high low and middle sections. Alongside many ´work horse´ long and short articulations are expertly prepared legato patches; a menu of effects and a huge selection of string runs. There are four mic positions (close, tree, outriggers & ambient) to load and mix to suit the type of music you’re writing and the scale you want to achieve. Spitfire also provides an excellent “ostinatum” designer that allows you to instantly create exciting, tense or action packed rhythmic passages with instant satisfaction.
Also gathered in the hall are some of the largest drums in London from hi sticks to low taikos and toms, some recorded in sections, some solo with some awesome blockbuster style hyped percussion thrown in for good measure!
Brunel Dynamic Loops
100s of raw and warped loops from original recordings made on a dry stage featuring percussion giant Paul Clarvis playing a collection of unrecognisable relics. These are designed to be sculpted into your tracks with the unique crossfadable dynamic functionality with up to three dynamic layers per instrument and many of the loops designed for 8th, 16th and 12th style meters. All of these loops lock to your host tempo and can naturally follow even the most “rubato” of passages.
Stephenson’s Steam Synth
Spitfire has taken this new orchestral material and, using morphing experience garnered from the first 4 Albions and the seminal eDNA Earth range, has created a huge library of cinematic, widescreen and dynamic pads, drones, atmospheres, effects and tools. As these all derive from organic material many music makers and producers find even the most ‘synth’ of presets to mix more easily with your orchestral arrangements. These are all presented in the much lauded eDNA engine which just begs to be tweaked and fiddled with.
THE OVERVIEW PANEL
Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.
GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.
Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpegiattor, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!
Over the last seven years Spitfire - in partnership with Blake Robinson - have been creating some of the most intuitive and ingenious scripts, simple to use GUIs and attractive front ends. A year ago, we wiped the script clean and set about creating a monster of a new script engine. This we call eDNA. Two sets of sounds can be used in conjunction with the eDNA engine to quickly, dramatically and awesomely create a new audio experience for the next generation of music makers.
Kickstart is a Kontakt interface dedicated to percussive instruments and libraries. It allows Spitfire libraries to provide an organised collection of percussive instruments with a quick and easy way of accessing their various playing styles and techniques in a single patch.
"Albion One is a serious upgrade on its famed predecessor. It retains the immediacy and ´easy-scoring´ remit of the original Albion but the expanded orchestral size and improved sound make for a richer approach to orchestral writing. Those preferring a hybrid electronic/organic sound will find there´s plenty here too, while the percussion sounds are as at home underpinning trailers as they are picking out warped quasi-electronic pulses and rhythms. A new star rises."Rating 9.2/10, FutureMusic read the full review here
"Albion One is Spitfire´s greatest orchestral package to date, combining exemplary ease of use and a knock-out sample bank to stunning effect." (Rating 10/10) - Computer Music
"I can imagine someone only having Albion One as their sole sample library and being able to score a major feature film with no problem. The sound is great, its intuitive and with it you will be able produce convincing orchestral/hybrid tracks very quickly plus, the price is affordable so anyone can buy it. Albion One is in my opinion a must have for anyone in the business." - (Rating 5/5),The Audio Spotlight
"It gives an enormous level of flexibility to shape sound- and play-behavior of the library without sacrificing any sound quality. The patches themselves all sound great and are obviously high quality. The orchestral sounds, in particular, feel alive and breathing" - Producer Spot
"When it comes to all-round cinematic orchestral sample libraries, few can match Spitfire Audio´s Albion One, which provides powerful brass, thunderous percussion along with a huge variety of organically derived loops and synth pads." - MusicTech, read the full review
"A fresher sound, a simpler operation and improved creative possibilities make Albion one the most well rounded package for the modern orchestral and hybrid music production." - Musik Und Computer
"It achieves it´s mission of giving users all the essential tools used to make modern epic cinematic music very well." - Sound on Sound