Spitfire Audio has announced the availability of a BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA sample library created in partnership with BBC Studios and, of course, in collaboration with the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra itself.
Indeed, the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical culture since its creation, coming up to its 90th year.
Spitfire Audio described BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA as ‘a universal starting point for orchestral sample libraries, letting everyone talk the same language. It is so much more than a product release; rather it is the start of a movement.’
The sample library was recorded at Maida Vale Studios — a complex of seven BBC Sound studios sited in one of the BBC’s earliest premises, pre-dating Broadcasting House, and the centre of the BBC News operation during World War II, before being used to record thousands of classical music, popular music, and drama sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 6 Music from 1946 to the present.
With BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Spitfire Audio has created a comprehensive, professional product made up of 99 players, 55 different instruments, 418 techniques (180 String, 110 Woodwind, 84 Brass, 44 Percussion), 33 legatos, and a staggering 20 signals — two mixes, five spill signals, 11 mic positions, and two atmos (front/rear) — for ultimate creative control. It is made accessible to all through Spitfire Audio’s award-winning standalone plugin, providing a foundation for any composer’s toolkit and workflow within a single sample library.
BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA can be preordered as an AAX-, AU-, and VST-compatible plugin that loads directly into a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) from here.
The new sample library was launched at a keynote at London’s Barbican centre, which you watch here.