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Albion 1 is a cinematic anthology that gives you everything you would need to write amazing sounding epic cinematic music. Volume 1 encompasses a symphonic sized orchestra, cinematic drums, great drama loops and an amazing organic synth.
This library is a free "Kontakt Player" Library and requires NO FURTHER PURCHASES to operate to its full potential.
• AMAZING ENSEMBLES BASED ORCHESTRA
• DARWIN CINEMATIC PERCUSSION
• BRUNEL LOOPS TO MOTIVATE YOUR CUES
• STEPHENSON'S CINEMATIC STEAM SYNTH
• ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE CINEMATIC MUSIC
• SIMPLE TO USE, SOUNDS GREAT OUT OF THE BOX.
• CURATED BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• SOUND DESIGN BY AWARD WINNING PRODUCERS
• THE FINEST PLAYERS IN LONDON
• THE FINEST INSTRUMENTS
• PERFORMING WITH LIFE AND CHARACTER
• RECORDED AWARD WINNING JAKE JACKSON
• IN THE HALL AT “AIR STUDIOS”
• POSITIONED “IN SITU” - SPATIALLY SOUND
• PRODUCED BY AWARD WINNING COMPOSERS
• VIA THE FINEST VALVE AND RIBBON MICS
• VIA BESPOKE NEVE MONTSERRAT PRE-AMPS
• INTO THE WORLD’S LARGEST NEVE 88R DESK
• TO METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED 2” TAPE.
• 96K 24BIT DIGITAL PRISM A/D.
This library is a free "Kontakt Player" Library and requires NO FURTHER PURCHASES to operate to its full potential.

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BACKGROUND

“…if you need a palette of powerful orchestral ensembles which will inspire your writing, galvanise your scores and generally add class, sheen, size, power and depth to your orchestral armoury, the library delivers in spades.” Sound On Sound Magazine October 2011.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS ALBION VOLUME #1
EPIC CINEMATIC TOOLS
Made from a totally new set of samples recorded at Air-Studios Lyndhurst Hall, ALBION is the most exciting addition to Spitfire’s commercial range to date. A one-stop-shop of thundering orchestral delights….
Albion 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. Albion is designed to fit perfectly with it's BML and Definitive ranges.
Winning two Future Music awards: “Platinum” and “Value”. The magazine awarded Albion these scores: 8/10 for Stability, 10/10 for Value, 9/10 for Ease Of Use, 9/10 for Versatility, 9/10 for Results.
It is quite simply a must for any aspiring film composer, and equally any existing film composer wishing to pump life back into a tired palette of sounds. Recorded in London for that truly "British" sound.

FEATURES

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ALBION ORCHESTRA - “…if you need a palette of powerful orchestral ensembles which will inspire your writing, galvanise your scores and generally add class, sheen, size, power and depth to your orchestral armoury, the library delivers in spades.” Sound On Sound Magazine October 2011.
The finest orchestral session musicians playing the finest, rarest instruments, recorded at Air Studios - Lyndhurst Hall, London, through the finest vintage, valve, and ribbon mics to 2" tape. The only tape based orchestral library in the world. This is all you need to write epic sounding, widescreen cinematic orchestral music straight out of the box. Recorded in sections, this library features rich, aggressive and lyrical strings; punchy, growling brass; and some seriously malevolent woodwinds.
All patches come with 4 mixable/ routable and selectable mic positions C(lose), T(ree), A(mbient) and O(outrigger). Work with one mic "in" on your laptop on the plane, then render down with all four routed to 5.1 on your "big rig" back at your studio.
In addition to that, true legato is available across all choirs of the orchestra. A new and innovative addition is our "Ostinatum" engine that helps you build exciting and unexpected arrangements to your flowing top-lines and a huge bank of mod wheel fade orchestral FX to provide you with some alearic colours.
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DARWIN PERCUSSION
“The ‘cinematic’ sound of big, booming drums and scary, low pitched rumbles and crashes, preferably recorded in a highly reverberant hall acoustic… this type of explosive, earth shaking racket is amply covered in Albion.” SOS Magazine October 2011.
Darwin Percussion is a thunderous collection of massive cinematic drums, ear piercing metal slams, sub sonic thuds, a cymbal ensemble and exciting mid and high range action sections. Recorded with numerous round robins and dynamic layers.

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STEPHENSON'S STEAM BAND
“The pads section ranges from dreamy, gently swelling chordal textures to enormous, multi octave ‘choir of the gods’ style patches.” SOS Magazine October 2011.
Derived and punked entirely from our orchestral recordings, to make these "other-worldly" soundscapes easier to mix into the orchestral sound-palette. X/Fade dynamic modulation and 2 mic positions for surround use. Not only enormous in scale and interest, they are all harmonically monophonic for true musical integration into your cues.

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BRUNEL LOOPS
A selection of esoteric tools designed to sit on top of your mix to add sparkle and "motivation". These feature up to 4 dynamic layers of MW Xfade and an advance FX sequencer.

GUI

We like instruments that just open and play. So we have worked for many years to create a simple to use and uniform GUI so you learn one, you learn them all. With improvements being made constantly we frequently update the whole range to maintain uniformity in our interfaces across our entire range.

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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.

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THE OSTINATUM
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 tounging effects!

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FX SEQUENCER
The fx sequencer is an ingenious user interface that allows you to punk up our sounds without having to roll up your sleeves and go under the Kontakt hood. It incorporates a brilliant step sequencer that allows your tweaks and fx to change over time, either gradually, in sudden jitters, or to form totally new sequenced effects.

PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
ALBION ORCHESTRA
STRINGS HI
• Strings Hi FX 1
• Strings Hi FX 2
• Strings Hi FX 3
• V1V2 Octave Legato
• V1V2 Octave Longs CS
• V1V2 Octave Longs
• V1V2 Octave Shorts TM
• V1V2 Octave Shorts
• V1V2 Ostinatum TM
• V1V2 Ostinatum
• V1V2Va Legato
• V1V2Va Legato CS
• V1V2Va Longs CS
• V1V2Va Longs
• V1V2Va Pizz TM
• V1V2Va Pizz
• V1V2Va Shorts TM
• V1V2Va Shorts
STRINGS LO
• Celli Ostinatum TM
• Celli Ostinatum
• Strings Low FX 1
• Strings Low FX 2
• Strings Low Octave Shorts TM
• Strings Low Octave Shorts
• Strings Low Pizz TM
• Strings Low Pizz
• Strings Low Shorts TM
• Strings Low Shorts
• VCCB Longs CS
• VCCB Longs
• VCCB Octave Legato
• VCCB Octave Longs CS
• VCCB Octave Longs
BRASS HIGH
• Brass Hi FX 1
• Brass Hi FX 2
• Brass Hi Legato
• Brass Hi Longs
• Brass Hi Shorts TM
• Brass Hi Shorts
HORNS & BONES (MID BRASS)
• Horns & Bones Legato
• Horns & Bones Shorts TM
• Horns & Bones Shorts
• Horns & Bones Longs
BRASS LOW
• Brass Lo FX1
• Brass Lo FX2
• Brass Low Legato
• Brass Low Longs
• Brass Low Shorts TM
• Brass Low Shorts
WOODWINDS HIGH
• WW Hi FX1
• WW Hi FX2
• WW Hi FX3 Runns
• WW Hi Legato
• WW Hi Longs (ALT) 2 Flutes
• WW Hi Longs v3
• WW Hi Shorts (ALT) 2 Flutes
• WW Hi Shorts TM (ALT) 2 Flutes
• WW Hi Shorts TM
• WW Hi Shorts
WOODWINDS LOW
• WW Lo FX
• WW Lo Legato
• WW Lo Longs
• WW Lo Shorts TM
• WW Lo Shorts
PIANO
• Albion Piano FX
• Albion Piano Staccato MW TM
• Albion Piano Staccato MW
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BRUNEL LOOPS
(All mod wheel dynamic)
• Bamboo Chiffs 4ths 8ths
• Bamboo Chiffs Multiple 8ths
• Bamboo Sticks 12ths & 16ths
• Bamboo Sticks Multiple 8ths
• Big Bottle 12ths & 16ths
• Big Bottle Multiple 8ths
• Brandy Glass 12ths & 16ths
• Brandy Glass Mulitple 8ths
• Cardboard Box 8th 12th 16th
• Guitar Octet 4ths 8ths
• Guitar Octet Multiple 8ths
• Large Wine Glass 12ths 16ths
• Large Wine Glass Multiple 8ths
• Mandys 4th 8th
• Mandys Mulitple 8ths
• Metal Stool 12ths 16ths
• Metal Stool Multiple 8ths
• Pumpkin String 4th 8ths
• Pumpkin String Multiple 8ths
• Single String 4th 8ths
• Single String Multiple 8ths
• Small Bottle 12ths 16ths
• Small Bottle Multiple 8ths
• Sticks 12ths 16ths
• Sticks Multiple 8ths
• Thigh Slaps 12ths 16ths
• Thigh Slaps Multiple 8ths
• Trumpet Fiddle 4th 8ths
• Trumpet Fiddle Multiple 8ths
• Trumpet Fiddle Horn 12ths & 16ths
• Trumpet Fiddle Horn Multiple 8ths
• Gope Multiple Rhythms
• Iron Drum Multiple Rhythms
• Mini Pan Multiple Rhythms
• Singing Bowls Multiple Rhythms
• X-Stand Multiple Rhythms
DARWIN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
• Easter Island Impacts
• Metal Shop Perc
• Hi Perc
• Hi Sticks
• Perc Lo
• Perc Mid
• Sub XL
• Cymbals XL
• Cymbals 2 XL
• Tams & Gongs
STEPHENSON’S STEAM BAND
STEAM PADS
• Coalface Brass Band Long
• Coalface Brass Band Short
• Coalface Pizzicato
• Coalface Strings Long
• Coalface Strings Short
• Coalface Woodwinds 1
• Coalface Woodwinds 2
• Coalface Woodwinds Short
• Coalface Steam Pad 1
• Coalface Steam Pad 2
• Grand Pianola
• Ropeworks Plucked
• Ropeworks Steam Pad 1
• Ropeworks Steam Pad 2
• Stephenson’s Celestion
• Stephenson’s Marimbarium
• Stephenson’s Steam Band Long
• Stephenson’s Steam Band Short
• Stephenson’s Universe
• Coalface Pad
• Woodland Pad 1
• Woodland Pad 2
STEAM DRONES
• Admiralty Brass Day
• Admiralty Brass Night
• Cavern Driller – Stabilized
• Cavern Driller Descending Machines
• Distant Steam Machines
• Hell Brass 1 MW
• Hell Brass 2 MW
• Steam Plane
• Trumpet Attack
• Turner Choir Universe
• Coalface Drone
STEAM ATMOS
• Angel Jet Plane
• Ascending Steam City
• Choir Orchestra
• Distant Organ Choir
• Ghost Ship Yard
• Insect Organs
• Plague Chorus
• Steam Plague
• Steam Screamers
• String Attack
• String FlyBy
• Trumpet FlyBy
• Trumpet Orchestra
• Whitechapel From Above
STEAM OSTINATI
(All Mod Wheel Dynamic)
• Albion Fanfare
• Boiler Blast
• Cathedral
• Flute Choir Maj
• Flute Choir Min
• Miner’s Choir
• North Sea
• Plague Pits
• Ropeworks Ostinati
• Steam Orchestra Ostinato
MICROPHONES
• CLOSE
• TREE
• AMBIENT
• OUTRIGGER

Specifications

This library is a free "Kontakt Player" Library and requires NO FURTHER PURCHASES to operate to its full potential.
MAC:
For new customers, OS X 10.8 and above is required to run Kontakt 5. For legacy customers, OS X 10.7 and above is required to run either Kontakt 4 or Kontakt 5. Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM recommended.
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM recommended.
FOOTPRINT:
20.0 GB in download product from 40.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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Review Quotes

“Britannia rules with Albion”
- J. Buchanan - Future Music Magazine
“Albion is the creme de la creme.”
- K. Gemmel - Music Tech Magazine
“The Best of British. This collection of instruments is enough to make Britannia drool.”
- D. Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine
“…if you need a palette of powerful orchestral ensembles which will inspire your writing, galvanise your scores and generally add class, sheen, size, power and depth to your orchestral armoury, the library delivers in spades.”
Sound On Sound Magazine October 2011.

Links to reviews

Customer feedback

“OH MY GOD THIS IS F****** AMAZING!
You guys are the best. I only just got albion downloaded and set up but this is INSANE. So rich and vivid!
I’ll stop pestering you with things you know. I am just amazed. I’ve been looking forward to this for years.
Thanks for your excellent and prompt service and your products are beyond words.”
“This morning I’ve installed Albion, and after just 3 hours of playing with this library – all I can say is – this is one of the most inspiring libraries I’ve came across !!! (and I own a very large amount of other libraries !) So just a note to tell you – well done ! your work is well appreciated here !”
“I am sure you have been inundated with praise for Albion already….but…I just wanted to write to say how incredible your new Albion library is and how much I am enjoying using it on my current project. It is, hands down, the most beautiful sounding and inspirational orchestral/soundtrack library I have heard to date.”
“Albion is responsible for my recent sleep deprivation! I feel so inspired by these patches they are making me create differently! The ostinatum is incredible, the creative uses are endless and it helps me think differently and generate new ideas and approaches”
“Just wanted to say well done to all involved in producing this. Lovely stuff. Truly amazing, inspiring and playable sounds. It’s going to be all over my next project”
“AWESOME sounds. I forgot to mention that in my initial post. Really beautiful sound. I tried layering short string arts with winds and WOW! WOW WOW! Real sounding to these ears.”
“My quick impressions are that the Strings KILL!! – Wonderful sound. Percussion and TM based patches look to be a lot of fun and sound great. The Pads sound wonderful. The Low Brass & Low Winds are great. There are some real surprises for Sound Design and non-orchestral production in Brunel Loops and Steam Band! In fact Brunel Loops might remind you of a whole Tonehammer-style lib or 2. String FX and other FX are going to fill a lot of holes in my pallet.”
“simple and very fast download. And Albion sounds fabulous, more natural and warm then most of the libraries I’ve heard. Congrats on a great product. Can’t wait to see & hear updates and new libraries from you guys!”
“I’m am absolutely blown away by the tone, quality and value for money this library delivers! I’m a composer from Australia that has a crap load of software samples from all the major companies out there, but am absolutely in awe by what you guys have produced here! And this is defiantly the best value for money sample library I have bought to date. Well I’m pretty sure you now have a life time customer in me because of this one product and I’ll probably be up all night tonight being re-inspired by this library.”
“Haven’t had a chance yet to peruse the patches, will do that tomorrow, but I did just finish reading the manual… and all I could keep thinking over and over was “classy classy classy”, from the branding and graphics design all the way to the kontakt scripting. IMHO, all sample library developers, both newcomers, small shops and especially some of the large stalwarts alike should take note
THIS is how to develop and release a product. The whole environment around this has been in such a stark contrast to some other rather recent developer postings here, filled with what was a really unpleasant show of ego and arrogance. I hope Spitfire enjoys some real success with this, because they certainly deserve it

A selection of review quotes from other Spitfire products


"Britannia rules with Albion"
J. Buchanan - Future Music Magazine
"Albion is the creme de la creme."
K. Gemmel - Music Tech Magazine
"The Best of British. This collection of instruments is enough to make Britannia drool."
D. Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine.
“Spitfire’s libraries just seem to get better with each release – and this superb horn library is no exception. The attention to detail is striking and the workflow is fast and intuitive”
Music Tech Magazine.
“Spitfire have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with worldwide”
D. Stewart Sound On Sound.
"Great sounding scoring tools that are both intuitive and flexible to use."
Future Music
"Sure to become a staple even integral feature on the soundtracks of major Hollywood film and network television scores."
The Economic Voice

Reviews of other Spitfire products

"I’m am absolutely blown away by the tone, quality and value for money this library delivers! I’m a composer from Australia that has a crap load of software samples from all the major companies out there, but am absolutely in awe by what you guys have produced here! And this is defiantly the best value for money sample library I have bought to date. Well I’m pretty sure you now have a life time customer in me because of this one product and I’ll probably be up all night tonight being re-inspired by this library"
“I’ve been playing with it all morning long, and it’s making me giddy. If you’re on the fence about buying it and you’re wondering “Is everyone overhyping this or is it really this good” — there’s no over-hype here. It really IS that good. There’s a density to the sound, or maybe a wideness or warmth, that I haven’t heard in libraries before — not even in Symphobia. Just buy it. Totally worth going into debt over.”
“I’m absolutely speechless, this library is beyond my expectations. It features the BEST strings I have EVER heard!”
“Thanks you guys! My music has become much better thanks to your work and inspiration that you constantly give. This is the most incredible instruments in my opinion with widest range of possibilities. And I think, having all instruments from Spitfire is like having the one instrument devided to volumes… all of them perfectly works together.”
“Bottom line, the sound is fantastic…"
“First of all: I’m at a loss for words to describe the sensational experience that is exploring and playing Sable. I really don’t know what to say. Magnificent achievement. Seriously: this is the stringslibrary I have been dreaming about and waiting for all my musicmaking life. It is simply perfect. Thanks sooooo much to everyone at Spitfire.”
"WOW! Sounds like I invited a real players… It’s so amazing! Thanks guys."
"Cannot say how amazing that sounds…..just mind blowing."
"The best of its type I have ever heard – period. I do have a load of orchestral stuff, but this is the first library I have ever played where I can honestly visualise real players right in my little studio."

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