Epic Composer Tools
This is everything you need to make film music in one box. At its heart is a 109 piece orchestra accompanied by a thunderous cinematic percussion section. Add to that warp-able loops designed by award-winning music makers, plus an enormous steam synthesiser - it’s no wonder Albion ONE is our most renowned orchestral sample library. Perfect for first-timers and established composers alike, this industry standard product is the perfect place to start your film scoring journey.
These epic composer tools are on promotional offer until 11 January 2018
Invasion - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 1:30)
Knee Deep - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:16)
Someone - A. Blaney - Contextual (0:00 / 3:02)
Onederlust - Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:27)
Off Course - Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 1:44)
Invasion Electronic (In - Action) - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 4:16)
The Journey Continues - A. Pfeffer (0:00 / 1:38)
Midnight Parade - W. Feghali (0:00 / 1:18)
Grumpy - Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 2:24)
We were convinced that in order to create a great film scoring tool we should go to where the best film scores are recorded. Air Studios in London was founded by Sir George Martin, the legendary producer behind The Beatles. Its Hall has been the choice of Hollywood directors for decades, with countless blockbuster scores being recorded there (Justice League, Interstellar, Harry Potter, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Lord Of The Rings - the list goes on). Our Albion ONE orchestra was recorded by award-winning engineers via world-class equipment: priceless ribbon and valve mics through Neve Montserrat preamps, 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. No expense has been spared in order to capture in exactly the same way as for the movies.
The original Albion concept was simple - it had to be everything you’d need to score a film in single product. At the heart of most film scores you’ll find a large orchestra, and so it was natural that we’d do what we do best, and capture something big and special to go at the core of Albion ONE. We assembled 109 (!) of London’s finest players, who feature regularly in Oscar-winning film score sessions and major global concert performances, and recorded them performing a range of techniques: long notes, short notes, tremolos, pizzicatos and so on. Each of these techniques are captured across a range of notes, and by section (Brass Low, Mid and High, Woods High and Low, and Strings), giving you the flexibility to program or perform your orchestral compositions with plenty of control.
Albion ONE features our infamous “legato articulations”, which combine adjoining samples to give ultimate musicality, and also “runs” where a single note triggers the recording of a section playing phrases.
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 a popular “ostinatum” designer that allows you to instantly create exciting, tense or action packed rhythmic passages.
Let’s talk drums. Most scores will benefit from rhythmic accompaniment - from gentle undertones to full scale mega hits, we’ve captured everything you’ll need to build a backbone to your score. Also recorded in The Hall at Air Studios, we gathered some of the largest drums in London. From hi sticks to low taikos and toms, plus our recently added, supercharged Easter Island hits, we recorded some in sections and some solo with a dash of blockbuster-style hyped percussion thrown in for good measure. Finally, Jake Jackson, our highly experienced Chief Engineer and Air Studios resident brings an added punch via his exceptional mixes.
All of these samples are accessed via our Kickstart engine - an interface which makes it easy to map and perform drums in your DAW.
As well as single hits in Air Studios, we’ve captured hundreds of raw and warped loops from original recordings made at our own studio, featuring percussion heavy hitter Paul Clarvis (Spectre, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Star Wars) playing a collection of unrecognisable relics. Brunel Loops is a module based on our powerful eDNA engine, which is the perfect tool for mangling your sounds. It allows two input sources to be warped, sequenced, effected and blended, all in sync - this means you’ve got endless possibilities for creating unique and distinctive loops.
We’ve also taken the recorded orchestral material and done everything imaginable with it: pushed, pulled, stretched and squished; we’ve processed it using everything from priceless vintage outboard to cheap guitar pedals. As with Brunel Loops, this library is housed within our fully tweakable eDNA engine making Stephenson’s Steam Synth a unique and dynamic orchestral-synth engine. It’s easy to use and the go-to tool for creating pads and effects that perfectly bridge the electronic and orchestral.
Albion ONE is a sample library built to work with Native Instrument’s Kontakt Player, a sampler which is free to download here. It’s also NKS-ready which means it works great with your Native Instruments hardware - it’ll be pre-mapped and ready to play, with light guides for visual key switches, splits and mapping feedback, plus in-hardware library browsing.
In the latest edition of our flagship product - updated in celebration of Spitfire Audio’s 10th Anniversary year - we’ve expanded beyond our recent “ONE” re-recordings of the initial Albion “legacy” product to include: