The downloadable Albion One Epic Composer Tools from Spitfire Audio is a collection of tools for the creation of cinematic orchestral & ensemble music. The 49,884 samples in the volume revolve around a symphonic orchestra of 109 musicians, but also incorporate an arsenal of raw and synth-processed organic and percussive sounds. As with Albion Legacy, the recordings were done in Lyndhurst Hall at AIR Studios, London.
The strings section is portrayed playing a variety of articulations including stylized legato, short and long notes, tremolo, col legno, pizzicato, and spicatto, as well as major, minor, and chromatic scale passages. The woodwinds and brass patches include various types of short and long notes, as well as stylized legato articulations. Dynamics, vibrato, release, tightness, lush verb, and expression control sliders open up a myriad of section-specific sound customization possibilities from each of the patches. Furthermore, Time Machine Patches, available for the strings and winds, enable stretching – or compressing – short articulations to varying lengths.
Beyond the orchestral section, Albion One also includes the Darwin Percussion Ensemble, Stephenson's Steam Band, and Brunel Loops, all named after famous British individuals. The Darwin Percussion Ensemble features a variety of cinematic percussive samples, with multiple round robins and dynamic layers per sample, with sounds including hi sticks, low taikos, toms, gongs, and more. Stephenson's Steam Band is a collection of synth-processed organic sounds powered by the eDNA script engine, ranging from dynamic pads to other-worldly drones and atmospheres. Brunel Loops is a selection of raw and synth-processed percussive loops played by Paul Clarvis, with tempo sync, multiple meter styles, and up to three dynamic layers per instrument. Lastly, the sample library includes a folder of favorite patches from Albion Legacy.
The four separate microphone systems are close, tree, ambient, and outrigger, each of which has independent level control to provide highly customizable mixing configurations. Albion One has been designed to be scalable to variously powered systems, where settings such as the number of round robins, active mics, and memory allocation can be adapted to maximize the performance of your hardware. The Albion One runs on Kontakt 5 player, the full version of which is included with the library.