Spitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of ALBION ONE — a new incarnation of its ALBION legacy library for Native Instruments’ KONTAKT platform.
ALBION ONE is all and everything needed to make epic-sounding, modern music with one sample-based virtual instrument library. At its musical heart is a 109-piece orchestra accompanied by a thunderous cinematic percussion section, dynamically-layered loops designed by award-winning music-makers, and an enormous so-called ‘Steam’ synthesizer. With all-new sample content for 2015 and attractive cross-grade options for original ALBION VOLUME #1 ‘legacy’ owners, ALBION ONE is a treat while also acting as an admirable milestone marker in Spitfire Audio’s seemingly-unstoppable success story.
Spitfire Audio was founded by a collective of award-winning composers and producers. In 2011 they set about distilling all of the essential tools they used to make modern, epic-sounding cinematic music into a single product. This was the genesis of ALBION VOLUME #1, an epic-sounding toolkit that took the music world by storm, earning itself many awards and plaudits in the process. It offered A-list composers a quick, CPU-light sketching and mockup tool; it provided power users with little time in their already overly-stretched schedules with an ability to create immersive widescreen tracks in an instant.
Come 2015, it was collectively felt that the time was right to revisit the original ALBION VOLUME #1 concept to see how it stood up today. The conclusion? Time to go back into the studio and put the beloved ALBION VOLUME #1 out to pasture. With the experience gained thus far, and applying feedback garnered from thousands of enthusiastic users worldwide, Spitfire Audio is perfectly positioned to present a product that is far superior to the original ‘legacy’ version, yet effectively preserves that legacy.
Spitfire Audio carefully studied what made ALBION VOLUME #1 so popular before returning to Lyndhurst Hall within London’s legendary AIR Studios to painstakingly recreate and enhance the original’s objectives for what would become ALBION ONE, albeit this time making use of the finest ribbon mics available alongside Neve ‘AIR Montserrat’ preamps put through the world’s largest Neve 88R console onto a meticulously-maintained Studer two-inch tape machine. This made ALBION ONE one of the only orchestral-based sample libraries on the market to be firstly recorded to two-inch tape, where it joins the hallowed ranks of the aforementioned BML series — before blossoming into stunning-sounding 24-bit/96kHz digital audio via high-end Prism Sound AD converters.
The epic, large Orchestra section is enhanced to include 109 players, presented in beautifully orchestrated sections — sometimes in unison across the entire orchestral range, sometimes in high, low, and middle sections — with many more articulations, including stylised legato presets by composer and sample developer Andy Blaney. Alongside an abundance of string runs, and additional features to die for — four MIC POSITIONS (Close, Tree, Ambient, Outriggers) can be loaded and mixed to suit the style of music being worked on and sense of scale that the user is looking to achieve, for example, The Ostinatum makes a welcome musical return, allowing for almost instant creation of exciting, tense, and action-packed passages.
The Darwin Percussion ensemble section has been carefully rerecorded with many additional parts, as well as a couple of old favourites, while this time the Brunel Loops section has been designed by Spitfire Audio’s award-winning team from new recordings made with percussionist Paul Clarvis and includes a lot of treats he uses on many A-list films, including Skyfall.
ALBION ONE can be purchased and downloaded directly from Spitfire Audio for £319.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) from here: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/products-page
Existing ALBION VOLUME #1 owners can cross-grade to ALBION ONE for only £149.00 GBP throughout October 2015, rising to £199.00 GBP thereafter.