Capturing the Scandinavian zeitgeist Spitfire Audio has sampled a 100 piece orchestra playing never-before-sampled instructions at the very edge of silence. Alongside orchestral content are bellows, percussion and a characterful warped synth section. Everything you need to take it down a degree or two!
In what can only be described as a sonic odyssey, the Spitfire crew has travelled northern climes to research, discover and unearth the most naked, honest and glacial set of samples they have recorded to date. Returning back to London they set about recording an enormous orchestra - but not in a style steeped in the choral tradition, echoing angelic angels from above. The Spitfire Team sought instead to create a sonic tapestry that was of this Earth. As if it was seeping through the moss on the ground, smelling of Estonian forests, Scottish lochs, Norwegian fjords, and evoking the sense of isolation when stood on the permafrost and tundra of Iceland.
Partnering with long term collaborator, orchestrator and contemporary composer Ben Foskett Spitfire set about recording a full dynamic set of samples where the top level was set at mp (mezzo piano, or kind of medium quiet) right down and through to the quietest recordings they have ever dared record. Their chief engineer opened up the hall at Air Studios to maximise its amazing early reflections and to liquify the fibrous and finely textured instructions they gave the 100 strong band of extraordinary London players.
The “Vral Grid
Stephensons Steam Band
Spitfire took the bold decision of excluding violas from the orchestra and instead supporting a rich cello and bass offering of 12 & 6 players sat in the middle of the room with two massively enhanced violin sections of 20 and 18 players sat in 'Antiphon' (opposite sides of the room). The huge selection of articulations created ranged from pimped classics such as their ever popular flautando, but with mutes added, and sections playing poly-divisi so that even with a band of this size, every player can be heard.
Right through to unorthodox approaches; requesting that players attend the session with practise bows with NO rosin on the hair so traction was very limited, to actually BOWING the strings with the back of the bow. Jake Jackson's real challenge, with the roof fully elevated so that the signal contains as much early reflection as possible, was trying to get the musicians louder than the ambient room tone.
The Spitfire team recorded the strings in two (high & low) sections with (where possible) matching articulations. Highlights alongside these cascading longs articulations are flautando legatos, brushed shorts and some extraordinary loose pizzicatos where only the principals were in possession of the click track!
Spitfire has got four different bands (high winds, mid winds, mid brass, low brass) all booked with a choral mode in mind. Taking experience gained with their fantastically popular Trumpet Fields giveaway instrument, their instructions to all bands were to be naked, honest, and non-conservatoire, but also with very specific textural approaches that liven the hall to create a very natural mossy patina.
Whilst the entire "Tundra" orchestra is playing from quiet markings all the way down to 'oblivion', where the orchestral tones are slowly deafened by silence, the end result is a deeply dynamic and timbral set of expressive instruments that quite happily act as a stand alone orchestral tool-set, albeit of a quite unique quality.
In what is always a fascinating creative process, Spitifre set about accompanying the Tundra band with a selection of Harmoniums and Shruti Boxes (bellowed single chord Indian drone makers). But it didn't quite match up to the "Tundra" magic, so it was abandoned. Well, everything save a throw away portion of the recordings where Christian had requested for the players to perform on the knife edge between the bellow hissing, and the reeds actually sounding. This produced an extraordinary selection of stuttering granular folk beds which Spitfire has slammed through processing and have warped and cajoled into a very special Nordic style Evo Grid. With 32 evolutions spread over 12 regions and the all important dice function to immediately randomise your preset into a near infinite number of possible outcomes.
Following from their hugely successful warped orchestral content in Albions 1 through 3 the Spitfire Team decided to approach this set differently. Instead of using their 'in-the-box' pristine set of digital processing and mangling tools, they decided to go wholly out-of-the-box, employing whirring Roland Space Chorus Echoes with classic Eventides and Axe FX Pros into the mangle chain - the brief: "imagine you had put together a studio entirely made up from an abandoned 1960s American early warning system". Not only does this collection feature orchestral material, but also the aforementioned Harmoniums and Shruti boxes which offer up a particularly unique and northern feel.
The end result of this component is as inspiring, mossy, and earthy as the rest of the library. Presented in our ever popular 'eDNA' engine so you can instantly make these presets your own.
Never to shy away from epic, Spitfire also felt it important to create some brooding epic drum combos designed for intermittent use to mark time or punctuate.Think Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt. Featuring unique combinations of very small drums played against massive Verdi bass drums and taikos. These drums speak of distant pagan rituals!
Spitfire has invited the legend Paul Clarvis back on to their dry stage with his infamous car full of "percussion that doesn't sound like percussion instruments" to record some intimate and honest rhythmic passages to add frosty momentum to your scores. Again presented on the eDNA platform for instant tweakability, but also with a series of spring-out-of-the-box presets designed by Spitfire's team of award winning composers and producers.
The Overview Panel - Gives you a quick and easy way to access, view and load the different articulations, mic mixes and essential controller functions which you can then re-assign to suit your workflow.
General Controls Panel
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.
Quite simply a little inspiration machine. Not quite an arpeggiator, not quite a sequencer. This intuitive device allows you to build up complex patterns that react to your playing to achieve wild systems results tantalising Zimmeresque tension beds or cheeky multi-tonguing effects!
The Evo Grid - Based on the EMS VCS3 synth, this extraordinary and unique interface allows for instant gratification, customisation. With 1 or 2 clicks you will be armed with something totally unique and inspiring. Scroll the Evo Grid to discover and activate all 48 Evos. Pan and tweak each Evo for perfect blending punch in or out 3 useful modulators and effects, mix your mic positions all from the front panel.
Over the last seven years Spitfire - in partnership with Blake Robinson - have been creating some of the most intuitive and ingenious scripts, simple to use GUIs and attractive front ends. A year ago, we wiped the script clean and set about creating a monster of a new script engine. This we call eDNA. Two sets of sounds can be used in conjunction with the eDNA engine to quickly, dramatically and awesomely create a new audio experience for the next generation of music makers.
For a detailed List of Presets / Articulations / Mics / Mixes please go to more Infos!
Mit Albion V Tundra lassen sich sehr komplexe Kompositionen verwirklichen, welche nicht nur zur Untermalung nordischer Bildfolgen taugen. Die Library stellt teilweise noch nicht gehörte Klänge von Streichern, Bläsern und Perkussion zur Verfügung. Und die synthetischen, misch- und veränderbaren Sounds eignen sich hervorragend für mytische Klangteppiche.
The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europes largest independent customer review company.
I have several spitfire audio library, and this is best from this company..also cool sound design.
Sounds sind gut, ich hätte mir mehr authentische Loops gewünscht
Tundra is exactly what I needed and It sounds astonishingly natural...(as all Spitfire products)
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