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Spitfire travels to the tundra for its latest sample software

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Out Now

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Sample software


Spitfire Audio


Laura  Barnes
Spitfire travels to the tundra for its latest sample software

Albion V Tundra features icy strings, brooding drums and more.

New software from Spitfire takes inspiration from Arvo Part and Nordic music.

Spitfire Audio has introduced its new Albion V Tundra compositional tool designed for making modern film music.

The new sample software draws inspiration from the minimalist work of Arvo Pa?rt and the burgeoning Nordic community, recording a 100-piece orchestra playing never-before-sampled instructions.

“About 10 years ago I was listening to the radio and a work came on — Fratres by Arvo Pa?rt. It was one of the most profound and instantaneous connections I’ve ever had to a piece of music,” said Spitfire Audio director and co-founder Christian Henson.

“Where sampling is concerned, the real magic happens at the absolute quietest levels. With this in mind, and with the work of Pa?rt – an Estonian, and, I’d also say, a new sonic hinterland being created by emerging talent in Scandinavia and Iceland, we were inspired to create a whole new set of tools: whispering choruses of strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, bellows, all playing under instructions never sampled before — capturing instrumental groups playing at the very edge of silence.”

So, what exactly do those samples sound like? ‘Icy’ in the case of the High Strings (with no fewer than 18 Long presets/articulations balanced by 13 Short ones, not forgetting Trems - Gypsy Harmonics) and Low Strings (18 Long and 11 Short presets/articulations alongside Trems - Gypsy Harmonics).

Some of the lower mids were scooped out of the frequency map by boldly excluding violas from the orchestra and instead supporting a rich cello and bass offering of 12 and six players sat in the middle of the room with two tremendously enhanced violin sections of 20 and 18 players sat in antiphon — opposite sides of the room.

Resulting articulations range from pimped classics, such as Spitfire Audio’s ever-popular flautando – producing a flute-like tone on violin or other stringed-instruments by playing nearer the fretboard – but with mutes added, and sections playing poly-divisi – the simultaneous use of opposing time signatures – so that, even with a band of this size, every player can be heard.

Spitfire Audio created some brooding combinations of very small drums played against massive Verdi bass drums and taikos designed for intermittent use to punctuate or mark time – think Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pa?rt – in readiness for being creatively served up as the Darwin Percussion ensemble.

Add Artic Combos - 30 presets of Brunel Loops, an eDNA-enhanced series of spring-out-of-the-box presets designed by the team of award winning composers and producers – this time based on dry stage recordings of legendary percussionist Paul Clarvis’ car-full of percussion that does not sound like percussion instruments – and there you have the Albion V Tundra.

Spitfire’s latest software is available now for an introductory price of £249 from


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