Columbia 1 is a series of experimental instruments created from objects in, around, and outside the studio. The resulting sound lends itself well to industrial, lo-fi, and musique concréte as the nature of the instruments lend themselves well to warping and manipulation.
The name Columbia comes from the poetic name of the United States. This is a reference to Spitfire’s Albion series of libraries, where Albion is a poetic name for the island of Great Britain.
This is my first venture into sampling after needing a new palette for my second album. At the time of production, I did not want to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of sample libraries only to use two or three presets (likely the same few presets everyone else uses). Additionally, I couldn’t find any library that fit the bill for my needs. The natural conclusion was to begin writing my album and design sounds as I needed. The result was Columbia 1, a tailor-made library providing a dark and gritty selection of instruments for this new album.
The instruments include a selection of metal coffee cans and bowls, sticks, crates and boxes, trash cans, pocket sized synths, a 70’s Sohmer & Co. upright, a Fender Telecaster, and many more.
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A real nice mixture of sounds. Really well done.
A Treasure Trove
Just the bass guitar alone is amazing. The percussion kits are so crisp. That piano is sneaky great. It could be a standalone instrument. This really is a full-on toolkit. Chapeau!
This is ridiculous…
So wonderful, so inspiring, so creative.