The end of Albion 2 Loegria?

idematoa

Active Member
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I've been following this string closely and truly appreciate everyones valued feedback. Thank you. After weighing everything, I decided to go ahead and purchase. Just one person's opinion but after a short time with it, I think it's one heck of a library. When I think of all the other programs that I've invested in that sit on my hard drive gathering cobwebs, history has shown that I pretty much know out of the gate if it is going to be used. So far, so good in regards to Albion II.
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
I love Albion I, One, and V, which I have. I had my eye on Albion II but feel like the orchestral stuff is covered. Still...someone give me a nudge, heh.
The strings do sound great (if you use ensemble libraries) and the horn/euphonium patch is surprisingly useful. The strings fit nicely between Albion One/1 and Tundra to give the softer side of the strings.
 
I love Albion I, One, and V, which I have. I had my eye on Albion II but feel like the orchestral stuff is covered. Still...someone give me a nudge, heh.
I was at the same place you are. I don't know if this is a relevant analogy but I have 10 acoustic guitars (gas bubble) but I routinely only go to my Martin D-28 or my McPherson. However, I've got a CA carbon fiber guitar that has a slightly brighter sound that I simply can't get with my main two. I don't need it all the time but when I do, I'm glad I have it. It's a similar scenario in my mind because Albion II strings have a slightly different characteristic. It makes one pause because I think we're talking about subtle nuances.
 

redlester

Active Member
And the Spitfire player also opens in KK with knobs mapped and labeled but not the keyboard guide-lights.
Not sure what you mean by this, what Spitfire player? Do you mean the LABS player?

All the NKS Spitfire libraries that I have, the light guides work.
 

whiskers

Perpetual student
Not sure what you mean by this, what Spitfire player? Do you mean the LABS player?

All the NKS Spitfire libraries that I have, the light guides work.
Spitfire has developed their own player for a lot of newer libraries (not Kontakt.) I believe some HZ and the Eric Whitacre libraries are in their custom player. @jbuhler - correct me if i'm wrong.
 

zouzou

New Member
For me, I think it's pretty clear...

The 50% sale of Chamber strings + the end of Albion II: they will certainly announce Albion TWO soon, with possibly strings sounds close to SCS (or some of the original SCS samples), and a small portion of winds and brass ( Sackbutts and Euphonium or more?).

However, I'm thinking of buying Albion II and then Albion TWO, because I did the same thing with Albion I and ONE and I'm very happy of that! Indeed, if ALBION ONE is technically more "clean ", it does not sound like Albion I, which keeps a certain charm...
So for me, this little treasure of Abion II (with its "drunken recorder players"...) is worth buying if you like intimate atmospheres...

PS : please, more orchestral sounds and less loops and synths in Albion TWO...
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Not sure what you mean by this, what Spitfire player? Do you mean the LABS player?

All the NKS Spitfire libraries that I have, the light guides work.
Labs, HZ Strings, EW Choir, three of the EVOs now use the Spitfire player. As far as I know none of them use the light guides. They do map knobs however, at least the EW choir and Labs do.
 

thesteelydane

Senior Member
Albion II was the second sample library I bought, and this was the first piece I wrote with it a few years back:


All strings from Loegria, except the cluster rise at the end, which is from the original Albion. There's a passage towards the end that it couldn't really pull off, or my programming chops at the time weren't up to the job, but apart from that, even now - years later - I'm still delighted with the realism I was able to get out of it. And from a broad brush library no less....
 

robgb

I was young once
Albion II was the second sample library I bought, and this was the first piece I wrote with it a few years back:


All strings from Loegria, except the cluster rise at the end, which is from the original Albion. There's a passage towards the end that it couldn't really pull off, or my programming chops at the time weren't up to the job, but apart from that, even now - years later - I'm still delighted with the realism I was able to get out of it. And from a broad brush library no less....
Based on this, I'd say Albion II sounds much, much better than Albion One, which I own and rarely use.
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Based on this, I'd say Albion II sounds much, much better than Albion One, which I own and rarely use.
I don't mind the Albion One/1 strings, for what they are, but the Albion II strings are really very nice and much more versatile than those of Albion One/1. I haven't used them much since getting SCS a couple of years ago, but this close out sale has been good to go back to the Loegria strings and realize that they layer very well with SCS and offers somewhat more full bodied variants than layering SCS with itself (but a smaller, more delicate sound than layering SCS with SSS or even Berlin Strings).
 

robgb

I was young once
I don't mind the Albion One/1 strings, for what they are, but the Albion II strings are really very nice and much more versatile than those of Albion One/1. I haven't used them much since getting SCS a couple of years ago, but this close out sale has been good to go back to the Loegria strings and realize that they layer very well with SCS and offers somewhat more full bodied variants than layering SCS with itself (but a smaller, more delicate sound than layering SCS with SSS or even Berlin Strings).
Are the legatos in octaves, like most of them are in AOne?
 

Sean

I don't know what I'm talking about
Albion II was the second sample library I bought, and this was the first piece I wrote with it a few years back:


All strings from Loegria, except the cluster rise at the end, which is from the original Albion. There's a passage towards the end that it couldn't really pull off, or my programming chops at the time weren't up to the job, but apart from that, even now - years later - I'm still delighted with the realism I was able to get out of it. And from a broad brush library no less....
I keep telling myself I should save my money for the Cinematic Studio libs and not get Loegria but stuff like this keeps making it a really hard decision. That sounded so good!
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
Are the legatos in octaves, like most of them are in AOne?
No octaves. The low strings legato only two octaves and only goes up to middle C, though which is quite constraining. The high string legato, however, is more than three octaves (both full section and half section), and I find it quite lovely, especially on slower lyrical passages.