Spitfire Audio Releases Albion II – Loegria Sample Collection
Spitfire Audio has released Albion II – LoegriaSomebody at Spitfire likes King Arthur, a new cinematic sample collection for the Kontakt player. (Don’t ask, we don’t know what Loegria means either… —Ed.)
Following Spitfire’s Albion I – Epic Cinematic Tools – the UK concern has announced Albion II – LoegriaBring out your dead!!. Designed as a stand-alone tool, everything you would need to write beautiful and esoteric film scores out-of-the-box. We are excited to present a Chamber sized String group of the first call session players in the UK, again designed as High and Low Ensembles. At last this intimate sound is available with Spitfire’s mic mixing ability, and 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. LoegriaBring out your dead!! 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.
ALBION ORCHESTRA – 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 (seriously stunningly beautiful), light col legno and a variety of shorts patches. With our “LoegriaBring out your dead!!| Chamber Band we feel we have created most successful sounding chamber strings package commercially available today in addition to the full section we have duplicated full longs, & 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, 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 BEATS – Not only will LoegriaBring out your dead!! be great to provide a single stop solution for beautiful romantic, period scores, finer sounding strings for pop tracks, or detail to your thundering Albion I mockups, it will also give you everything you need to come up with esoteric independent style film scores. Byron beats is an inspiring place to start any new indy cue. Here will be a comprehensive selection of rhythms 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. LoegriaBring out your dead!! provides an entirely new comprehensive bank of these style of rhythms. Recorded vintage style through a rare Cadac desk, these loops will feature both the original full bandwidth analogue recordings and also “vintage” versions whose signal path includes a line mixer owned and used by Jimi Hendrix. These loops and patterns are designed to tempo lock with your host.
DARWIN PERCUSSION – Another selection of thundering cinematic drums to reinvigorate your Darwin collections, or indeed start you off with everything you would expect out of “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 REVERSALS – 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 Reversals 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.
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 atmospheres. With two way mic control and modulation control that at times effects dynamic, other times acts to “disintegrate” the sound, these sounds mix beautifully in with your orchestral arrangements as they are of wholly organic source.
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. LoegriaBring out your dead!! is the second instalment in the Albion range that delivers all this to you at a special discount for a limited time.
Spitfire Audio’s Albion II – LoegriaBring out your dead!! costs £329, but is available until September 13th for £245 (25% OFF).