Spitfire Audio is launching the next chapter in their Albion series. It’s called NEO and is a modern cinematic collection of chamber-sized orchestra and super-intimate strings that are open to transformation through their synthesis engine.
The promo video is quite remarkable. It takes what appears to be yet another orchestral library for the Kontakt engine and opens up the beauty and thoughtfulness that’s gone into this instrument and where Spitfire Audio hope to take us over the next decade.
That’s quite fascinating, although your man looks very cold. In some ways it’s a shame to then talk about it in terms of a bunch of samples. But you do get 60GB of library, 41321 samples taken from a 36 piece orchestra with 54 multi-dynamic articulations with 23 strings, 6 woodwinds, and 7 brass all recorded in the sublime Hall at AIR studios through awesome bits of gear.
From that bedrock of samples comes all sorts of manipulations via the eDNA synthesis engine. There are the Segla Textures of loops, pads and effects; Stephenson’s Steam Band of hybrid synth pads, and Brunel Loops from the dreamy to the distorted. You can combine layers of sounds and apply all sorts of modulation, filters, envelopes, sequencers and effects.
Spitfire Audio always come up with the goods and in my view produce the most interesting and creative orchestral sound libraries. Albion NEO moves from the epic to the intimate in inspiring and organic ways. Lovely! And it’s only £299 for limited period.