Hey what’s good fam!
Got a review of Spitfire Audio’s Albion, their original epic hybrid library for composers and sound designers.
The library is actually being retired at the end of this month (September 2015) and as such, they are having a huge discount sale on it.
I thought it would be a great time to show this library off as I know many love the Albion sound but the budget may not agree with our tastes at the time 😉
The current price brings it into a very affordable range for such a high end library, so I wanted to make sure you heard it and knew what it was about before it was gone.
So let’s dig in!
What is Albion?
I may be wrong, but Albion the first huge “flagship” style library from Spitfire.
It’s aimed at epic ensemble music, covering strings, brass, winds as well as percussion.
In addition to that, they also have some cool hybrid instruments in the “Steam Band” that give you great organic atmospheres, pads, drones, and more.
The goal is to provide everything you would need to write epic cinematic music, no matter if you’re a student getting started, a pro looking for a new tool, or a producer looking to add some realistic orchestral elements to your tracks.
It’s literally one of those libraries that “sounds like the movies” but it has such a unique character that sets it apart from the other “Hollywood” style libraries.
- content: 26.3GB
- format: Kontakt Player 5
- price: £149 (about $230 USD)
- product page: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/albion
How does it sound?
I’m a fan of Spitfire, not just because they make their libraries easy to use (names like short, long, hi, low go a long way for a guy like me!) but the sound is just pleasing to the ears.
It’s hard to describe but there is a warm, round, organic vibe to their libraries and they way they record them in terms of capturing the players gives a very realistic playing experience.
They will leave in the random “bad note” as played, or sometimes notes may be a little late, just those slight imperfections you get when working with humans over machines….but that’s what gives it such a great feel. They don’t do it in a cheesy way or in a way that sounds bad at all, I dig it, and personally I feel their whole approach to recording, even tracking to 2 inch tape, allows the library to be at home in an epic score or a contemporary production just as equally.
The orchestral ensembles are great, very dynamic with plenty of flexibility to adjust to your own tastes. I was surprised by the extra stuff like the Steam Band, there are some really great atmospheres, drones, and pad like sounds that were derived from their orchestral sessions.
Those instruments have such great texture and it allows them to fit in well with the rest of the library. The percussion and the crazy Brunel Loops are useful as well, especially the way you can morph between the loops and even add and sequence fx on top of them.
So yes, it sounds great!
What’s the bottom line?
Spitfire is one of those companies that remains at the top of the wishlist for many people, especially if you’re at all into orchestral libraries.
I give Albion 4.5 out of 5 subs, it just sounds amazing, is flexible, and is a creative breath of fresh air when it comes to orchestral compositional tools.
This library has been highly regarded for years and there’s no question as to why, it’s a great collection of inspiring instruments.
Spitfire definitely makes professional products for professional users and sometimes that puts the libraries out of budget for some people.
With the retirement price of Albion now is a great time and opportunity to add such a high quality collection of orchestral tools to your library.
Like I said, what I love so much is just the overall character, it really makes it useful for more than just epic film scores, even though that’s what it’s inteded for.
The organic texture of their libraries allow it to fit into any situation without sticking out like a sore thumb.
Go on over and read up on it: http://www.spitfireaudio.com/albion
If you’re interested make sure to grab your copy before it’s gone!
Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think