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release date: 20.10.2016

Albion V Tundra

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Recorded At the Edge of Silence

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!

Background

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.

Library Overview

Tundra Orchestra

  • 100 piece orchestra recorded to tape at Air Studios, London
  • 133 multi dynamic orchestral articulations split across Strings, Brass and Woodwind ensembles
  • 38 violins with 32 articulations including 19 longs, 11 shorts and 2 legatos
  • 12 Celli and 6 Basses with 30 articulations including 17 longs, 11 shorts and 2 legatos
  • Brass ensembles with 17 unique articulations for both Mid and Low ensembles
  • Woodwind ensembles with 18 unique articulations for both High and Mid Ensembles
  • Legatos designed by Andrew Blaney
  • All have multimic control with Close, Tree, Outrigger and Ambients
  • Recorded by priceless valve and ribbon mics at the edge of silence
  • Neve Monserrat preamps into a Neve 88R desk
  • Recorded digitally at 96k via 2" Studer tape

The “Vral” Grid

  • 32 hand crafted drones in our “Vral” Grid
  • Slowly evolving drones with varying loop points
  • All housed within our ‘Evo Grid engine for almost limitless randomisation

Stephensons Steam Band

  • 138 Stephensons Pads housed in our eDNA interface
  • Organic sounds created from the orchestral material
  • 198 original sounds to create more content from

Brunel Loops

  • 22 unique instruments with 52 presets
  • All played in triplets, 12ths, 8th and 16ths
  • Tempo-syncd to your DAW
  • Played by the infamous Paul Clarvis

Darwin Percussion

  • 20 percussive elements
  • Single patch for easy playability

Features in Detail

The Albion Orchestra

Icy Strings

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!

Whispering Chorusses Of Brass & Wind

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.

The Vral Grid

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.

Stephenson Steam Band

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.

Darwin Percussion

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!

Brunnel Loops

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.

GUIs

GUI - Overview PanelThe 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.

 

 

GUI General Controls PanelGeneral 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.
 

GUI  - The OstinatumThe Ostinatum

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!

GUI - The Evo GridThe 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.

 

GUI - eDNA EngineeDNA Engine

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!

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Flag DEspacedigital-notes.de 11/2016


digital notes sehr gut


Fazit:
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. 
 

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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.

 
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

I have several spitfire audio library, and this is best from this company..also cool sound design.

01.12.2016
Language: englisch
3.0 of 5

Sounds sind gut, ich hätte mir mehr authentische Loops gewünscht

03.11.2016
Language: englisch
5.0 of 5

Tundra is exactly what I needed and It sounds astonishingly natural...(as all Spitfire products)

26.10.2016
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Kontakt poweredThe latest NI Kontakt Player is included in this product!
The minimum Kontakt Player version to use this library is specified in the product description.

Download latest free Kontakt Player Windows (~ 450MB)
Download latest free Kontakt Player Mac INTEL (~ 600MB)

You want more?
This library qualifies for the reduced Crossgrades of full KONTAKT at Native Instruments (€ 249 instead of 399)
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Windows
Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit)
Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

Mac
Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11 oder 10.12 (latest update)
Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

for all

  • 1GB free disc space for player installation
  • additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)


SUPPORTED INTERFACES

  • Stand-Alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • WASAPI
  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)

Kontakt Player legacy downloads - please check compatibility with your libraries!

Kontakt Player 5 5.3.1 Win (WIN 7 or higher)
Kontakt Player 5 5.3.1 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)

Kontakt Player 5 5.1.0 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt Player 5 5.1.0 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)

Kontakt Player 5 5.0.3 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt Player 5 5.0.3 Mac (OS X 10.6)

Kontakt Player 4 4.2.2 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt Player 4 4.2.2 Mac  (OS X 10.5 / 10.6)

System FAQs
System FAQs - Albion V Tundra

Q: Can I use the included Kontakt Player for playing other libraries in Kontakt format (.nki plus .wav files)?
A: No, they only work in a 15 minutes demo mode
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Q: When trying to "Add Library" my Kontakt shows a message "No Library found"
A: Then this is not a protected Kontakt library, but an open Kontakt format. You can find additional hints for Kontakt Libraries in that Sounds & Gear Video

online activationProduct activation:
An internet connection on any computer is required to authorize / activate the product (Challenge/Response).

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