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 we have recorded to date. Returning back to London we set about recording an enormous orchestra – but not in a style steeped in the choral tradition, echoing angelic angels from above. We 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.
For many years now Spitfire Audio has been recording orchestras of all sizes, but a theme that has run throughout our last decade is how to unearth and discover more naked and honest performance styles. We also understand that where sampling is concerned it’s the quietest of levels where the real magic happens. By taking this into account, by studying the most popular recordings of Arvo Pärt, Sibelius and Gorecki, and by observing new emerging talent from Scandinavia and Iceland we were inspired to create a whole new set of tools. Partnering with long term collaborator, orchestrator and contemporary composer Ben Foskett we 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 we have ever dared record. Our chief engineer opened up the hall at Air Studios to maximise its amazing early reflections and to liquify the fibrous and finely textured instructions we gave the 100 strong band of extraordinary London players. Samples we believe that have never been made before.
Spitfire Audio Albion V Tundra KONTAKT
100 piece orchestra recorded to tape at Air Studios, London133 multi dynamic orchestral articulations split across Strings, Brass and Woodwind ensembles38 violins with 32 articulations including 19 longs, 11 shorts and 2 legatos12 Celli and 6 Basses with 30 articulations including 17 longs, 11 shorts and 2 legatosBrass ensembles with 17 unique articulations for both Mid and Low ensemblesWoodwind ensembles with 18 unique articulations for both High and Mid EnsemblesLegatos designed by Andrew BlaneyAll have multimic control with Close, Tree, Outrigger and AmbientsRecorded by priceless valve and ribbon mics at the edge of silenceNeve Monserrat preamps into a Neve 88R deskRecorded digitally at 96k via 2″ Studer tape
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