Spitfire Audio Albion Colossus brings the epic sound of Hollywood blockbusters to your DAW

 

Spitfire Audio have announced the release of Albion Colossus, a new sample library. Albion Colossus is described as their “most epic library yet”, and is said to be a “gargantuan, all-in-one toolkit” for blockbuster scoring.

The sample library features “two complete orchestras, chamber and symphonic, heavy chugging guitars, a diverse, hard-hitting set of percussion and epic, widescreen synths”

Albion Colossus is a continuation of Spitfire’s Albion series, a collection of sample libraries aimed at providing everything that’s needed to score a film in one single product. Each edition of Albion is based around a different theme, and Colossus is geared towards capturing the sound of big-budget Hollywood blockbusters, epic action movies that require powerful and dramatic orchestral scores.

Spitfire Audio let us know that this edition of Albion differs in that it is the first time one of the Albion libraries has been housed within Spitfire’s dedicated plugin engine. The Albion Colossus plugin is equipped with a variety of controls. Accompanying the Dynamic and Expression controls we’ve seen in previous Albion libraries are three new adjustable parameters that enable the user to fine-tune their textures and timbres: Scale, Depth and Hype.

Scale will expand the size of the ensemble that’s playing, example from chamber to symphony orchestra. Depth will move a mix from a close-recorded, intimate sound to a wide, ambient and expansive tone. The effect that the Hype control has varies for each preset, but is capable of introducing saturation and distortion, and aimed at giving each sound a bit more of an edge.

The Albion Colossus library comprises over 100GB of cinematic sounds, including strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion, drums, synths, and guitars. At the core of the library are recordings of two orchestras: a 42-player chamber orchestra and 111-player symphony orchestra.

Albion Colossus is available now at an introductory price of £299/$349 €349. Find out more on Spitfire Audio website.

Albion Colossus’ GUI                                                       

Spitfire Audio recording sessions for Albion Colossus

 

 

AI Synthesis introduces AI106 West Coast Mixer Eurorack Module

AI Synthesis updates us that they’ve released the AI106 West Coast Mixer, available with pre-built and kit options.

The AI106 West Coast Mixer is a discrete mixer using no ICs. As gain increases, harmonics and analog warmth are added.

The AI106 takes inspiration from the mixers in 1960s West Coast Modular systems, but updates it for Eurorack and allows for user customization of the circuit. New, Old, and mismatched NPN transistors can be substituted to change the character of the mixer. True to original spirit, the output is inverted.

The AI106 West Coast Mixer comes in both Silver Aluminum versions and Black PCB FR4 versions.

AI106 West Coast Eurorack Mixer is available now, with the following pricing:

Prebuilt: $85    Full Kit: $55

Nonlinear Labs expands C15 Sound Design Capabilities with Firmware Update

 

Nonlinear Labs, creator of the C15 synthesizer, have released their third major firmware update for the instrument. The company says that this greatly expands the sound design capabilities of the instrument and improves its user interface.

 

Key C15 Firmware Update Features:

  • Users can now modulate almost all parameters using the Macro Controls (185 instead of 95 possible modulation targets), and developers have extended the ranges of 17 parameters.
  • There is now the possibility to bypass the Feedback Mix Gate and to control the decay times of Envelope C by velocity.
  • With the new Loop function of Envelope C it can behave like a polyphonic LFO, that is synced to the key and can be influenced by velocity and key trackings.
  • Single sounds can now also use a second effect group (in total 10 effects) and both effect groups can now be operated in parallel as well as in serial mode.
  • It is possible to pan Parts and effects groups and route them separately to the left and right audio output.
  • For Split sounds, the feedback routing has been extended, so that the output signal from one Part can be an input signal for the other Part.
  • The Preset Search function in the graphical user interface has been completely redesigned to display all search results in a single list. Search and sorting criteria have been extended. Thus, the new search window combines many preset functions in a convenient way.
  • And as a usability improvement of the hardware, the two physical ribbons can now be switched between two pairs of virtual ribbons, giving fast access to up to four Macro Controls.

More information about the C15 firmware update, along with an installer is available now at this link. Find out more about the C15 synthesizer on the Nonlinear Labs website.