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Spitfire Audio Unveils Abbey Road Orchestra: Symphonic Strings

June 20, 2024 – In a monumental release, Spitfire Audio has announced the launch of Abbey Road Orchestra: Symphonic Strings, marking the latest development in their esteemed collaboration with Abbey Road Studios. This highly anticipated release encompasses a comprehensive collection of string instruments meticulously recorded at the iconic Studio One of Abbey Road Studios. Users of the previously released Abbey Road Orchestra libraries have been eagerly awaiting and requesting the completion of this collection, making this release a significant milestone. This new addition follows the earlier acclaimed libraries of Abbey Road Orchestra 1st Violins and Abbey Road Orchestra Cellos, completing the symphonic string section with unparalleled precision and detail.

THE SYMPHONIC STRINGS COLLECTION

The Abbey Road Orchestra: Symphonic Strings collection introduces the 2nd Violins, Violas, and Basses, available in both Core and Professional tiers. This release allows composers to access a 60-piece string section featuring some of the world’s premier orchestral musicians. The instruments are available individually or as a complete package, ensuring flexibility for users who may already own previous instruments from the series.

“We’re fortunate to have been granted further access to this beautiful sounding space to capture this next collection of instruments. This series is the culmination of over 20 years of sampling experience and innovation.”

Paul Thomson, Spitfire Audio Co-Founder

KEY FEATURES

  • 82 Core articulations: Professional tier features extended legato techniques, including portamento and détaché
  • 16 mic signals (Professional tier)
  • Dynamic Legato Interval Triggering: Advanced legato techniques offer a new layer of legato intervals triggered by playing speed and velocity, enhancing playability and responsiveness.
  • Extensive Articulations: The Core tier includes 82 articulations, while the Professional tier offers additional extended legato techniques and 16 mic signals, including custom mixes by GRAMMY Award-winner Simon Rhodes.

UNMATCHED RECORDING AND PRODUCTION

The meticulous production process involved over 950,000 raw samples, captured during 285 hours of recording across 95 sessions. The result is a virtual string library of unprecedented detail and responsiveness, created in collaboration with Abbey Road’s team and leading orchestral musicians.

Paul Thomson, Spitfire Audio’s Co-Founder, expressed the company’s excitement: “We’re fortunate to have been granted further access to this beautiful sounding space to capture this next collection of instruments. This series is the culmination of over 20 years of sampling experience and innovation.”

THE CORE AND PROFESSIONAL TIERS

Both the Core and Professional tiers share advanced legato patches, but the Professional tier includes additional articulations and 16 detailed mic signals, enhancing the sonic palette available to composers. These mic signals range from close microphones capturing detailed articulations to ambient microphones for a rich, full-room sound.

Through the Orchestra series, Spitfire Audio has managed to capture the magic of Studio One in unprecedented detail. They understand exactly what makes the studio the home for classical, film, and game music production.”

Sally Davies, Managing Director of Abbey Road

ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS: A LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE

Abbey Road Studios, synonymous with legendary recordings from The Beatles to contemporary film scores, provides the perfect backdrop for this orchestral collection. The studio’s renowned acoustics and historical significance lend an unmatched authenticity to the Symphonic Strings library.

Sally Davies, Managing Director of Abbey Road, commented on the collaboration: “Through the Orchestra series, Spitfire Audio has managed to capture the magic of Studio One in unprecedented detail. They understand exactly what makes the studio the home for classical, film, and game music production.”

CONTINUING THE JOURNEY

Spitfire Audio’s collaboration with Abbey Road Studios continues to set new standards in orchestral sampling. With the release of Abbey Road Orchestra: Symphonic Strings, the series now includes the full string section, building on the success of the previously released 1st Violins and Cellos. This comprehensive suite of instruments ensures composers have the tools to create scores with the highest precision and detail.

In our previous reviews, we praised the realism and playability of Abbey Road Orchestra 1st Violins and Cellos. We look forward to providing in-depth reviews of the new entries in this collection, examining how they enhance and complement the existing libraries.

For more information on the Abbey Road Orchestra: Symphonic Strings and to explore the complete collection, visit Spitfire Audio’s official website.

Photo by Spitfire Audio

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

  • Professional Tier: Individual instruments (2nd violins, violas, basses) – £299 / $349 / 349€; Symphonic Strings – £999 / $1,179 / 1,179€
  • Core Tier: Individual instruments (2nd violins, violas, basses) – £179 / $209 / 209€; Symphonic Strings – £699 / $699 / 699€

Spitfire Audio continues to elevate the world of virtual instruments, providing composers with unmatched access to the legendary sound of Abbey Road Studios. This release marks a significant milestone in their ongoing mission to deliver the true sound of cinema directly to composers’ fingertips.

ABOUT SPITFIRE AUDIO

Spitfire Audio is renowned for creating exceptional sample libraries and virtual instruments, partnering with iconic studios and world-class musicians. Their innovative products are a staple for composers and producers worldwide, contributing to countless award-winning scores and productions.

ABOUT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

Abbey Road Studios, the world’s most famous recording studio, has been at the forefront of music recording and production for over 90 years. It remains a premier destination for artists and composers, known for its exceptional acoustics and historical significance in the music industry.

ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: SYMPHONIC STRINGS (VIDEO WALKTHROUGH)

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