NAMM 2020: Spitfire Audio takes its Albion collection into the new decade

A cinematic collection built for the modern musician and composer.

NAMM 2020: Spitfire Audio has announced Albion Neo, an expansion of its bestselling collection of sample libraries and virtual instruments centred on modern cinematics.

At the heart of this new collection is a “chamber-sized orchestra” with an intimate string section, captured in The Hall at AIR Studios. Recognising the cultural shift in film scoring and composition, Spitfire Audio has released this collection with the modern composer and musician in mind.

Spitfire Audio Albion Neo (UI)

Neo Orchestra

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At the heart of this collection is the Neo Orchestra, which Spitfire Audio claims is designed to be instantly playable and easy to use. It features the recordings of a 36-piece orchestra recorded to tape at AIR Studios, London, playing 54 classic and unconventional articulations split across strings, brass and woodwind ensembles. Here’s a breakdown of the instruments:

23 Strings (Divisi)

  • Band A – 12 (3, 2, 2, 3, 2)
  • Band B – 11 (3, 2, 2, 3, 1)

Six 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

Seven Brass

  • 2 Horn
  • 2 Flugelhorn
  • 2 Euphonium
  • 1 Bass Trombone

Stephenson’s Steam Band

Another highlight of this collection is Stephenson’s Steam Band, a collection of modern, cinematic, hybrid synth pads and textures housed within Spitfire Audio’s dynamic eDNA engine. It features a vast steam synth, built from NEO recordings and a collection of Christian Henson’s rare vintage synths. It has 108 unique curated presets, treated and manipulated by Henson as well as Spitfire producer Harry Wilson.

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Other collections included in Albion Neo are Segla Textures and Brunel Loops. Both of these feature evolving, hypnotic textures and loops.

More information at spitfireaudio.com.

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