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Albion 2 is a cinematic anthology that gives you everything you need to write amazingly beautiful detailed and esoteric media music. Volume 2 encompasses a detailed chamber sized string section, esoteric woods and brass, new cinematic drums, quirky eccentric loops and an amazing organic synth.
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• AMAZING ENSEMBLES BASED ORCHESTRA
• DARWIN CINEMATIC PERCUSSION
• BYRON LOOPS - VINTAGE MADNESS
• STEPHENSON'S CINEMATIC STEAM SYNTH
• ALL YOU NEED FOR BEAUTIFUL DRAMA SCORES.
• 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.
Available to download only from this site. This is a Kontakt player library.

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BACKGROUND

After the success of 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, this library would be a great starting point.
SPITFIRE PRESENTS ALBION VOLUME #2
BEAUTIFUL DETAILED AND ESOTERIC TOOLS.
Made from a totally new set of samples recorded at Air-Studios Lyndhurst Hall, ALBION II is simply the most beautiful entry into making detailed, chamber, and esoteric music.
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.

FEATURES

CINEMATIC DETAIL & BEAUTY
Following in the huge success of the thundering Albion I - Epic Cinematic Tools - Spitfire are delighted to announce Albion II - Loegria. 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 incredible chamber sized string group of the first call session players in the UK, again designed as High and Low Ensembles. With strings that concentrate also on an array of additional techniques not found in Albion I, 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 users wishing to expand on the possibilities of that broad & thumping tool-set, but also stands alone as a superb tool for creating intimate scores.
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 and at a price which is simply irresistible. We've loved beta testing this and many of it's 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.

CONTENT

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ALBION ORCHESTRA "Loegria Sessions" - As with Albion I, 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 newly enriched "Ostinatum" v3 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 it's standard, long, short and legato sets) features a comprehensive selection of additional techniques; the much called for tremolando patches, trills, harmonics, flautando (stunningly beautiful), light col legno and a variety of shorts patches. With our Loegria| Chamber Band, we feel we have created the most successful sounding chamber strings package commercially available today. 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 British brass sections and their heart wrenching choral qualities. We have two ensembles recorded, a bank of Euphonia and Horns, and the more ancient but no less beautiful 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 instrument in the world.
Byron Tapes
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). 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.


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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.

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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. And the way to blur a jump in music, a sudden 3/4 bar or a 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 control.


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STEPHENSON'S STEAM BAND As with Albion I, we have taken the orchestral elements found herein and have warped them out of all recognition into a scintillating 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.

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!

PATCHES

THE ALBION OCHESTRA
"LOEGRIA" SESSIONS:
• HornEuph
- Legato
- Longs
- Shorts
• Recorders Hi
- Legato
- Longs
- Shorts
• Recorders Lo
- Legato
- Longs
- Shorts
• Sackbutts Hi
- Legato
- Longs
- Shorts
• Sackbutts Lo
- Legato
- Longs
- Shorts
• Strings Hi
- Legato
- Legato 1/2 Section
- Longs
- Longs 1/2 Section
- Con Sord Longs
- Staccato
- Con Sord Shorts
- Pizz
- Col Legno
- Tremolando
- Harmonics
- Trill (maj and min)
• Strings Lo
- Legato
- Legato 1/2 Section
- Longs
- Longs 1/2 Section
- Con Sord Longs
- Staccato
- Con Sord Shorts
- Pizz
- Col Legno
- Tremolando
- Harmonics
- Trill (maj and min)
MICROPHONES
• CLOSE
• TREE
• AMBIENT
• OUTRIGGER
BYRON TAPES
• Freestyle Loops – 90bpm
• Bossa Nove
• Swing + Rimshot
• Freestyle Loops
• Jeering Gigolo
• Kings Road Groover
• Magic Molehills
• Mandy’s Skiffler
• Mellow Vibes
• MI5
• Night Stalker
• Primitive Strings
• Skadge
DARWIN PERCUSSION ENS II
• Easter Island Hits 2 Tight Loose
• End Of Days Tight Loose
• Fine Drums Tight Loose
• Metal Shop 2 Tight Loose
• Sub Hits Tight Loose
• Toms – Hi Tight Loose
• Toms – Lo Tight Loose
• Toms – Mid Tight Loose
• Fenton Reversals
• Fenton Grubby Reversals 1,2,3
• Fenton Smooth Reversals 1,2,3,4,5
STEPHENSON'S STEAM BAND II
• Chamber Steam
• Chamber Steam
• Coal Legs
• Crumbs Pad
• Flautandium
• Harmonicum
• Harmorgan
• Scaronium
• School Of Wax
• School Steam
• Small Steam
• St. Bethlem Grand Pipe Organ
• St. Bethlem Trills Minor
• Steam Sack
• Steamed Euphonia
• Thames Tide
• Waxed Brass
• Waxworks
• Gabriel’s Pads
• Backstreet Dentist
• Bennet’s Guitar
• Charter
• Dessicating Futures
• Devil Pipe
• Dick’s Drums
• Dirty Alley
• Dr Buzzy
• Faster Thoughts
• Francis’ Fiddle
• Industrial Sonar
• Industrial Stroke
• Maxwell’s Swell
• Morphed Mill
• Opiate Terror
• Padiulous
• Persist
• Running
• Scaronium Flow
• Steam Pans
• Surreal Movement
• Thoaty Organ
• Tunium
• Swellers
• Airpipe
• Arma Guitar
• Armadrone
• Arrowroot
• Bamboo Cave
• Clarendon Potteries
• Devil Drone
• Digital Beach
• Dr Rumbler
• Octavium
• Satanic Mill 1
• Satanic Mill 2
• Smelter
• Steam Missile
• Steam Razer
• Steam Trumpets
• Subsonic Clarinet
• Whitecross Street

Specifications

Available to download only from this site. This is a Kontakt player library.
MAC:
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
FOOTPRINT:
30.0 GB in download product from 50.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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Review Quotes

“Spitfire have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with worldwide”
- David Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine
“Albion II's lush sound...”
- David Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine
“ Albion II sounds absolutely knock-out”
- Computer Music
“...a set of musical loops that sound like they’ve escaped from a 1959 BBC TV documentary.”
- David Stewart - Sound On Sound Magazine.

Links to reviews

Customer feedback

“Albion 2 is a masterwork. It is an astounding sample library in every sense. THANK YOU SO MUCH!”
“God bless the Queen and the Spitfireteam!”
“Just wanted to let you know that I purchased Albion II on Friday and I am absolutely overwhelmed with the library. It’s incredibly inspiring !”
“I have never emailed like this before to any other company regarding their sample libraries but in this case I just had to. You are creating BY FAR the best libraries out there. Albion & Solo strings blew me away with their “out of the box” sound, and after downloading Loegria last night I just had to express my gratitude. Absolutely amazing, beautiful, playable, dynamic sounds that are just inspiring to have at your fingertips. My only gripe is that I now have to go and remix all of my scores!”
“Nice library, Loegria. The dog’s bollocks. ”
“errr … can i just say this library is BLOODY AMAZING I’m literally stunned”
“Auditioning the Loegria strings right now. I’ve been working with sampled instruments since 1983 (a PPG Waveterm system) and this morning I have a sense of resolution, of an arc completed. Not saying I’m prepared to die now, or anything like that, but I will admit that I have tears in my eyes. Thank you."
"You’ve created something truly beautiful in these strings, I always had a sound in my head for a perfect sampled string sound and this is it. ”
“Fantastic strings sound! I expected it to be very good, but not this good. It’s even outshining the sound of Albion I.”
“Really stoked for this. The sound and tone of this library is beautiful. Full, rich, but also tight. LOVE the half sections and sordinos. “

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

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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