Beautiful composer tools.
Everything you need to write beautiful detailed and esoteric TV, Film & Games music. This volume encompasses a finely sampled and enchanting chamber sized string section, esoteric woods and brass, new cinematic drums, quirky eccentric loops and an inspiring organic synth.
After the success of the epic sounding Albion 1 the second outing in the range features a smaller more detailed string section and a host of more eccentric and esoteric tools. If you have your sights on independent films, period dramas, or more cerebral and intimate music this library would be a great starting point.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS ALBION VOLUME #2
DETAILED, INSPIRING AND ESOTERIC TOOLS FOR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC.
Made from a totally new set of samples recorded at Air-Studios Lyndhurst Hall, ALBION II is simply the most elegant entry into making detailed, chamber, unique and esoteric music.
Albion ONE and its legacy predecessor, winner of countless awards and plaudits, has found favour the world over, whether it be as a one-stop-shop for media composers, a great starter for students wanting to break into media music, or indeed the building blocks for a fine orchestral set-up. With everything in the Albion range recorded in the hall at Air Studios, it fits perfectly with our Definitive and BML ranges.
Albion II is designed as a stand-alone tool and contains everything you would need to write beautiful and esoteric film scores out-of-the-box. We are excited to present an incredibly talented chamber sized string group of the first call session players here in the UK, as in Albion ONE, recorded as High and Low Ensembles. With strings that concentrate also on an array of additional techniques not found in Albion ONE, and woods and brass that centre more on “choral” use of such sections, at last this intimate sound is available with Spitfire’s mic mixing ability. Loegria is a must buy for Albion ONE users wishing to expand on the possibilities of that broad & thumping tool-set, but also stands alone as a superb tool for creating intimate and emotional scores. If you’ve ever been short of inspiration and desired to create something truly unique sounding and engaging we’re certain Albion II is a great starting point!
As successful composers Paul Thomson, Christian Henson and the rest of the Spitfire team understand the tools that we all need to deliver inspiration in times of creative drought, speed of use when up against the clock and scaleability on a number of systems when composition on your laptop on the red-eye from NY to LA is required.
Loegria is the second instalment in the Albion range that delivers all this to you in one box. We’ve loved beta testing this and many of its fine features are already making their way to dubbing theatres. In all honesty we think it’s the nicest sounding library we’ve ever produced.
ALBION ORCHESTRA “Loegria Sessions” – As with Albion ONE, everything is recorded at Air-Studios Lyndhurst Hall through the finest and rarest vintage valve and ribbon mics onto 2″ tape. Every patch is available with four way mic control and all shorts patches work with the enriching “Ostinatum” gadget. We have a mixture of true legato, longs, and shorts patches, the latter of which are recorded with 4 round robins.
The strings sound-set (in addition to its standard, long, short and legato sets) features a comprehensive selection of additional techniques; the much called for tremolando patches, trills, harmonics, flautando (a favourite for many of our users), light col legno and a variety of shorts patches. With our Loegria Chamber Band, we feel we have created a library that has detail as you would expect but with a richness not found in other chamber strings offerings currently on the market. In addition to the full section, we have duplicated full longs and legatos with a smaller ‘half section’ sized band. With the 4-way mic control the sound is very adaptable and we feel the smaller section is better suited to independent scores, period pieces, romance and comedy, not to mention vocal accompaniment – pop tracks and alike.
The brass range concentrates on the true beauty of traditional British brass sections and their heart wrenching choral qualities. We have two ensembles recorded, a chocolatey bank of Euphoniums and Horns, and the more ancient but no less moving Sackbut choir.
The wind section concentrates on the beautiful simplistic qualities of traditional wooden recorders. Played by a group of the finest players of this in the UK.
THE BYRON TAPES – An inspiring place to start any new indy cue. A comprehensive selection of rhythm loops inspired by a popular keyboard instrument from the 60s and 70s (you know the one, it used real tape).
“…a set of musical loops that sound like they’ve escaped from a 1959 BBC TV documentary.” ; – David Stewart – Sound On Sound
As there were only a few of these rhythms recorded on the original classic they have been subject to massive over-use. Loegria provides an entirely new comprehensive bank of these style of rhythms. With a variety of mix settings including one via a line mixer owned and used by Jimi Hendrix. These loops and patterns are designed to tempo lock with your host.
We hope when you’re up against a deadline and someone says “more quirky” that these loops will be a go-to destination for you.
DARWIN PERCUSSION – Another selection of thundering cinematic drums to reinvigorate your Darwin collections, or indeed start you off with everything you would expect from ‘cinema’ style percussion. We have gone deeper this time with 5 round robins, 5 dynamic layers and more hits. We have also recorded and edited “tight” and for that hooffner (very big indeed) sound; “loose” versions of the patches which really give you a sense of manpower behind the recordings.
FENTON REVERSERS – Any media composer knows that a tricky cut or a suddenly revised edit can make a mess of the musicality of a cue. A trick of ours that blurs a jump in music, a sudden 3/4 bar or 11/8 cut that runs in the middle of a beat, is to use some form of reversed material. Fenton Reversers are a selection of super cool reverses derived from the Albion range and locked into your host tempo so you don’t need to line them up. A lot of these are also mod wheel dynamic cross fade controllable.
STEPHENSON’S STEAM BAND – As with Albion ONE, we have taken the orchestral elements found herein and have warped them out of all recognition into a sparkling and rich set of dozens of pads, drones and atmos. With two way mic control and modulation control, which sometimes effect dynamic and at other times act to “disintegrate” the sound, these sounds mix beautifully in with your orchestral arrangements as they are of wholly organic source.