Library of orchestral and cinematic percussion

Spitfire Audio has published Abbey Road Orchestra: Bass Percussion which they claim features the most detailed sample library they’ve ever created – the first in an all-new flagship series. They say, designed for professional composers, producers, sound designers and music editors, Abbey Road Orchestra brings you every section of the orchestra in breathtaking detail. It is the culmination of over 20 years of sampling experience and innovation.

Spitfire tells us that bass percussion, the first release, gives you incredible precision through an encyclopedic selection of orchestral and cinematic percussion captured in Abbey Road Studio One. They say that, performed by world-class percussionist Joby Burgess (Black Panther, Mission: Impossible) and engineered by Grammy-winning engineer Simon Rhodes (Skyfall, Avatar), Low Percussion allows for a whole new level of expression. . Your own world-class percussionist, at your fingertips. Here are more details straight from the company…

Company co-founder and award-winning composer Paul Thomson is proud to present the most detailed sample library Spitfire Audio has ever created: “ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA is our new series of highly detailed orchestral samples, captured in the legendary Abbey Road space. [Studios’] Studio One. The series opens with… LOW PERCUSSION, a collection of unique and rare instruments, captured in exquisite detail and with a truly expressive feel. This is the most detail we have ever created in any of our projects. ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA’s goal is to take orchestral sampling to new heights, with a highly focused, detailed and uncompromising approach to capturing orchestral samples. This is going to be a long-term project, so we look forward to sharing more as the project progresses, but, for now, let’s dive straight into… LOW PERCUSSION.


In other words: with over 166,000 samples representing 65 hours of recording time in Abbey Road Studios’ famed Studio One, ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION certainly digs deep when laying the foundations for the all-new flagship. from Spitfire Audio. Series of professional composers. Indeed, it lays the foundation for any user’s compositions with unrivaled realism as a collection of truly thundering orchestral and esoteric drums that are beautifully captured in the legendary acoustics of Abbey Road Studios’ famed Studio One, the largest studio specially designed recording device in the world. . Studio One surely needs no introduction, having hosted famous classical recordings ranging from English composer Sir Edward Elgar to Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev, as well as iconic film scores covering the Raiders of 1981’s Lost Ark (John Williams), 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (John Williams) and 2001-2003’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (Howard Shore) to newer releases including 2018’s Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson) and 2019’s Avengers: Endgame (Alan Silvestri). It also houses one of the world’s largest in-house collections of vintage and modern microphones, while a large-format 72-channel Neve 88 RS mixing console with a unique and comprehensive surround monitor section acts as the centerpiece of its control room. It’s no wonder, then, that Studio One is the perfect setting for Spitfire Audio’s meticulously planned recording sessions to deliver the world’s most detailed orchestral samples, starting with ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION.


Duly distinguished by its extremely responsive and highly tactile nature, ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION explores the range of timbres and textures of 20 drums from across the orchestral repertoire and beyond performed by world-class British percussionist Joby Burgess’s hits, tools , swirls and sweeps. Such virtuosity has been captured in incredible detail by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer extraordinaire Simon Rhodes, who after joining what was then EMI Recording Studios in 1987 is now Principal Engineer at Abbey Road Studios, having cultivated a long-standing association with various composers, including the late James Horner, with whom he worked for 18 years on more than 50 projects, including Avatar in 2009 as one of the highest-grossing films of all time.


The ultimate orchestral sample library in terms of expression and realism, ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION puts in the hands of its users invaluable instruments spanning different tones ranging from orchestral staples to traditional folk instruments with up to seven sound options. drummer per drum, as well as several drumming techniques and positions. The 13 presets available as a result are as playable as possible, including Bass Drum (Gran Cassa) 36″ two-headed concert bass drum with deep, resonant sustain and high dynamic range (eight playing techniques); Bass Drum vintage bass body with a 32″ headstock on a shallow open shell combining defined attack, woody accents and balanced resonance (seven techniques); Gong Bass Drum constructed with a single oversized head, producing a very fat, “modern” sound with a fast attack and punchy low end (four techniques); Taikos pair of solid Siamese oak Japanese taiko drums offering a highly focused sound with which to create punchy, driving rhythms (seven techniques); Giant 60″ diameter Taiko shell, produces thunderous lows and complex sustain while remaining surprisingly agile (six techniques) low toms positioned on opposite sides, delivering a tight, powerful attack and an explosive, punchy sound (four techniques) Argentinian bass drum bombo with a 20″ string-tuned head, producing a deep, organic sound with a very short sustain (six techniques); Dragon Drums (Dagus) great pair originating from China, producing strong, characterful tones with long sustain (three techniques); Two-headed Dhol drum from the Indian subcontinent, each head struck with a different drummer to produce its characteristic sounds (a technique); Pair of Djuns originating from West Africa, adept at carrying strong rhythms with a balanced “forward” tone (a technique); Buffalo Drum (N. American Frame Drum) constructed from a shallow wooden frame covered with 22″ buffalo skin, producing strong harmonics with rich, flowery sustain (three techniques); and 22″ Surdo aluminum shell variant of a traditional Brazilian instrument, producing a dense sound with a distinct attack (three techniques).


That Spitfire Audio also brings next-level control to ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: LOW PERCUSSION allowing anyone to shape these many percussion options on offer to work with their compositions is perfectly in tune with the highly detailed orchestral sampling concept that drives its all new flagship Professional Composer Series, from 16 signal options including Mix 1, a full sounding room mix by Simon Rhodes (formed from Tree 1, Section Overhead and Outriggers 1 with curated mix of spots) , and Mix 2, a tighter mix by Simon Rhodes (formed from Tree 2, Mids and Outriggers 2 with a curated mix of spots). That said, the new discrete right/left mapping function and the “Soft Takeover” option for dynamics contribute greatly to its dynamic feel. “Spitfire Audio is, without a doubt, the best team in the world to deliver something truly revolutionary,” raves Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios, before concluding on an equally high note: “ The bar has been set extremely high, and this is just the beginning of the ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA series; it feels like we are all on a remarkable journey.”

Price and availability:
On sale until 1 December at £299 / $349 / €349 (Regular price: £399 / $449 / €449)

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