Thursday, January 16, 2020

NEW RELEASE: SPITFIRE AUDIO ALBION NEO




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ALBION NEO


Introducing the next chapter in our bestselling Albion series: Albion NEO. At the heart of this modern cinematic collection is a chamber-sized orchestra with a super intimate string section, split by divisi across all articulations for incredible definition and expression — all captured in the beautiful resonance of The Hall at AIR Studios.


These organic recordings have been taken to new dimensions to create an encyclopedic range of hybrid synths, inspiring loops and textures, including over 300 curated presets to take your scores into the new decade, all in one instantly playable package. Where Albion ONE was for blockbusters, NEO is flexible across genres, designed to inspire a new wave of forward-thinking composers, artists and producers looking to create a closer, more emotive, hybrid sound – for TV, films and beyond.


Having inspired a whole generation of composers and producers, our Albion range is the DNA that encapsulates the true spirit of Spitfire, giving you everything you need to create film music, in one box. The most famous of these is Albion ONE — the ultimate toolkit for creating epic, blockbuster scores. But small can also be powerful...


Albion NEO is a modern composer's dream — intimate, expressive sounds and textures, from organic, to hybrid, to electronic — instantly playable and malleable in our interactive, award-winning interfaces, specifically designed to spark new ideas, or bring your existing ideas to life. At its core is the NEO Orchestra, made up of super intimate, detailed chamber orchestra performances, with two divisi strings sections and a specially orchestrated chorus of woodwinds and brass. These recordings have been taken to new dimensions by our award-winning engineers to create Segla Textures: evolving orchestral textures presented in our eDNA interface — a groundbreaking synthesizer engine, giving you the opportunity to blend and mix these sounds to create new, hybrid orchestral textures. Stephenson’s Steam Band offers you combinations of vintage and modular synths as you’ve never heard them before, from Christian Henson’s personal collection, while Brunel Loops offers you 116 inspiring loops performed and curated by Spitfire’s very own talented band of musicians and engineers. Finally, what icy northern library would be complete without a pristine harmonium recorded in the cinematic splendor of The Hall at AIR Studios, both clean and warped.


An exciting cultural shift is happening in the constantly evolving landscape of film scoring and composition, with the emergence of a new wave of progressive musicians and composers producing more emotive, daring, hybrid works, out of London, Berlin, Reykjavik and beyond. With TV series and independent films now as big as blockbusters following the rise of streaming platforms, directors are looking for a new sound — a modern, hybrid sound that fits more subtle, intimate settings, redefining film scoring for the next generation. With our groundbreaking Swarms and Evos libraries, as well as collaborations with pioneering composers and visionaries from ├ôlafur Arnalds to The London Contemporary Orchestra, we have been part of this new wave, creating tools that push the boundaries of orchestral music and enable you to become a part of it. Albion NEO encapsulates this new and beautiful revolution, taking everything we have learnt in sampling over the last ten years and applying it to our hugely successful Albion blueprint.




Echoing the subtle, nuanced sound of Albion Tundra, but with a smaller ensemble to give you more definition, this modern, comprehensive scoring library will provide you with endless inspiration for writing intimate sections, scoring independent films that need more focus, precision and detail, or adding beautiful, expressive sounds and textures to your production — all in one box.


At the heart of Albion NEO is the NEO Orchestra. Like all of our Albion libraries, it is designed to be instantly playable and easy to use, with all instruments in each section spread across the keyboard. Capturing stunning performances from a group of 36 world-class first-call session musicians playing 54 classic and unconventional articulations, it has been carefully crafted by award-winning orchestrator Ben Foskett and Spitfire Audio’s Harry Wilson, and recorded to tape by renowned engineer Jake Jackson in the world-famous Hall at AIR Studios, London. The emotion of each performance has been captured in intense detail, with five microphone positions and two specially curated mixes to choose from.






36 piece orchestra recorded to tape at AIR Studios, London 
54 multi-dynamic orchestral articulations split across Strings, Brass and Woodwind ensembles 
Multi-mic control with Close, Close Ribbon, Tree, Ambient & Outriggers 
Recorded digitally at 96k via 2" Studer tape, using priceless valve and ribbon mics 
Multi-mic control with Close, Close Ribbon, Tree, Ambient & Outriggers 
Single patch, for easy playability 
Two specially curated mixes 

23 Strings (Divisi):

Band A - 12 (3, 2, 2, 3, 2) 
Band B - 11 (3, 2, 2, 3, 1) 


6 Woodwinds:

Flute 1 - dbl Alto 
Flute 2 - dbl Bass 
Clarinet in Bb - dbl Bass 
Bass Clarinet 
Sax 1 - Alto dbl Baritone 
Sax 2 - Tenor dbl Bass 


7 Brass:

2 Horn 
2 Flugelhorn 
2 Euphonium 
1 Bass Trombone 





Complementing the brass, we also give you a Harmonium, beautifully recorded in the Hall at AIR with two combinations of stops. The warped content folder, presented in our Mercury Synth engine, invites you to take this classic instrument to new dimensions.


Evolving, inspiring textures and loops, made from our organic NEO recordings and presented in our sophisticated, interactive eDNA Engine.





Housed in our fully tweak-able and dynamic eDNA Engine to give you endless creative possibilities — the go-to tool for creating pads and effects that perfectly bridge the electronic and the orchestral, now including a new built-in arpeggiator
85 organic and electronic curated presets
Classic Spitfire techniques including super sul tasto, tremolo harmonics and col legno tratto, as well as more progressive techniques such as seagulls, pulses and slow detunes, ready to make your own
Curated by Spitfire founder and composer Christian Henson and our expert team of engineers.



A collection of modern, cinematic, hybrid synth pads and textures housed in our dynamic eDNA engine, made from our organic NEO recordings and Christian Henson’s rare vintage synth and modular collection. In keeping with the NEO soundscape, the aim was to extract and enhance the emotion from every sound, taking them to new, warped dimensions.



108 unique curated presets, treated, warped and mangled by Christian Henson and Spitfire producer Harry Wilson
A vast steam synthesizer, made from the organic NEO recordings and a selection of Christian Henson’s rare vintage synths
Organic sounds fed through Christian’s modular rig, an enviable array of pedals and vintage tape machines to create innovative and cutting edge hybrid and electronic pads, loops and textures.



An extraordinary collection of subtly evolving, hypnotic loops, taking inspiration from Jon Brion (Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and the work of Nick Cave, and Warren Ellis. Performed and developed by Spitfire’s talented musicians and engineers, these will become your “get out of jail sounds” an array of instantly gratifying gems from the heart of London.




116 inspiring and emotive loops, from subtle and dreamy to rhythmic and distorted
Workshopped, performed and developed by Spitfire's very own incredible musicians and engineers
Experimental combinations of amplified stringed instruments, guitars and pedals, synthesisers (Solina, Rhodes, Juno 106, MS20 and more), tape loops, tuned and untuned drums and percussion, Space Echos, and field recordings
Multiple methods of playback: Loops of varying depth and intensity, presented in mixes and stems at their original pitch; our favorite stems mapped chromatically across the keyboard
Choose the full band or select groups of instruments individually — split into Percussion, Guitar, Synth Hi and Low, and Organic (untreated stems)
Direction fader function, enabling you to reverse each loop
Tempo sync to your DAW or host tempo



"ALBION NEO SPELLS THE END OF WRITER'S BLOCK."

— CHRISTIAN HENSON, SPITFIRE AUDIO CO-FOUNDER AND AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER


Available on January 23rd. Introductory offer ends February 6th. Exclusive savings for owners of any Albion libraries.

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