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Abbey Road Orchestra: 1st Violins Professional

Advanced legatos for ultimate expression

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  • Advanced legatos for ultimate expression

    Our professional tier is designed to help you work efficiently without sacrificing performance and nuance. 8 legato articulations — including extended patches — amazing sampling depth, alternative attacks and 16 signal options for the ultimate nuanced expression, this library is handcrafted for professional composers and producers.

    Our aim is to deliver the highest quality possible, working with the Abbey Road team — including GRAMMY® -Award-winner Simon Rhodes — in a globally renowned studio and with masterful string players. The design, development and production reflects our commitment to deliver an orchestral range with unrivalled expression, realism, and playability.

    Put simply this library is future-proof.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    16 1st Violins

    16 signals

    196’000 raw samples

    Extended techniques

    "I believe this is the closest we have ever got to the ‘perfect’ string sound in my head. Full of vibrancy, passion and musicality, it is a joy to play!"

    Paul Thomson

    Co-founder of Spitfire Audio

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    Where performance meets precision

    Meticulously recorded to allow for smooth and expressive transitions between notes, emulating the natural way a violinist shifts from one note to another without breaks. All aspects of the legato programming has been improved in both Pro and Core versions, with multiple dynamic legato intervals, and flexible interval types triggered by playing speed and/or velocity.

    The extended techniques in the Pro version are the most advanced string patches we have ever created. With additional portamento and detaché legato styles, plus accented marcato and 'soft swell' entries for single long notes, the Pro version marks the absolute pinnacle of detail, expression and playability.

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    Advanced legatos. Ultimate expression.

    • Performance Legato (extended): hugely detailed and highly playable legato patch which reacts in real time to playing speed. Additional legato styles (portamento and detaché) plus marcato and soft entries for single notes - our most advanced legato ever.
    • Lyrical Legato (extended): A relaxed legato patch for slower-moving melody lines. Additional legato styles (portamento and detaché) plus marcato and soft entries for single notes.
    • Legato Runs: A very agile legato patch specifically for very fast passages and flourishes up to a minor 3rd.
    • Legato Detaché: A legato-style patch in which all the connecting notes have broad but separated bow strokes, ideal for strong and impactful statements.
    • Legato Portamento: A legato patch in which all the intervals are performed in a 'portamento' style with an intentional slide between notes.
    • Legato Slurred: A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a 'moderate tempo' feel for sweeping melody lines.
    • Legato Allegro: A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a sprightly 'uptempo' feel, ideal for quicker or arpeggiated ostinato material.

    Core

    A comprehensive collection of articulations, 11,000 raw samples, 2 technologically advanced and detailed legato techniques, a high level of sampling depth and one signal option curated by GRAMMY® -Award-winner Simon Rhodes.

    The best sounding strings I’ve ever heard.

    Simon Franglen

    Composer (Avatar: The Way Of Water, The Magnificent Seven, Titanic)

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    What's included

    Legato Techniques

    Performance Legato (Extended)

    A hugely detailed and highly playable legato patch which reacts in realtime to playing speed. This extended Pro version includes additional legato styles (portamento and detaché) plus marcato and soft entries for single notes - our most advanced legato ever.

    Lyrical Legato (Extended)

    A relaxed legato patch for slower moving melody lines. This extended Pro version includes additional legato styles (portamento and detaché) plus marcato and soft entries for single notes.

    Performance Legato

    A hugely detailed and highly playable legato patch which reacts in realtime to playing speed.

    Lyrical Legato

    A relaxed legato patch for slower moving melody lines.

    Legato Runs

    A very agile legato patch specifically for very fast passages and flourishes up to a minor 3rd (Legato intervals greater than a minor 3rd will not sound)

    Legato Detache

    A legato-style patch in which all the connecting notes have broad but separated bow strokes, ideal for strong and impactful statements

    Legato Portamento

    A legato patch in which all the intervals are performed in a 'portamento' style with an intentional slide between notes

    Legato Slurred

    A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a 'moderate tempo' feel for sweeping melody lines

    Legato Allegro

    A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a sprightly 'uptempo' feel, ideal for quicker or arpeggiated ostinato material


    Long Techniques

    Long (Extended)

    A polyphonic sustained longs patch - this extended Pro version features additional soft and marcato styles for note entries triggered by key velocity

    Long

    A polyphonic sustained longs patch for pads and chordal writing.

    Flautando

    A sustained note performed with a fast bow speed playing close to the fingerboard (sul tasto) creating a delicate and airy flute-like sound

    Tremolo

    A technique performed with rapid continuous bowing, creating delicate flurrying textures at lower dynamics with increasing intensity at louder volumes

    Harmonics

    Sustained notes produced from the overtones of the string (artificial harmonics) sounding higher than the fundamental to create glassy, suspenseful textures

    Trills (Major & Minor 2nds & 3rds)

    Rapid alternating between two notes.

    Tremolo (Measured - 150 & 180 BPM)

    Tremolo performed with a specified number of repeated notes which may be sync’d to the host DAW's tempo.


    Short Techniques

    Spiccatissimo

    An extremely short note length performed by quickly bouncing the bow on the string - an agile technique for very fast, articulate material

    Spiccato

    A very short and crisp note length performed by bouncing the bow on the string creating a sprightly 'all-purpose' short articulation

    Staccato

    A short note length performed with the bow starting on the string, sounding clearly detached with a slight accent

    Marcato

    A technique performed with a strong accented front to the note - presented as a longer note length than 'staccato' with the option of Timed Release triggers

    Pizzicato

    A short note produced by plucking the strings with the fingers. ‘Bartok pizzicato is recorded at the very highest dynamic.

    Col Legno

    A technique performed by tapping the string with the back of the bow or a pencil, producing a light and woody sound


    Signals

    Mix 1

    A full-sounding room mix by Simon Rhodes, formed from Tree 1, Overheads, Outriggers 1, and a curated blend of spots.

    Mix 2

    A tighter mix by Simon Rhodes, formed from Tree 2, Mids and Outriggers 2 with a curated blend of spots.

    Close

    Small diaphragm condenser mics placed on each desk and summed capturing a detailed and articulate close image.

    Close Ribbons

    A combination of ribbon mics placed on each desk capturing a warm and rounded close image.

    Pop Main

    A cardioid stereo valve mic placed above the section and panned centrally for a flexible image not restricted to the orchestral layout.

    Pop Room

    Omnidirectional condenser mics placed either side of the section to add additional roominess and space to the Pop Main signal.

    Tree 1

    A decca tree formed of Abbey Road’s finest trio of classic valve omnidirectional microphones creating a lush and full sound.

    Tree 2

    A tighter, closer decca tree formed from mics with a more directional pattern, suited to faster, more detailed material.

    Outriggers 1

    Used in conjunction with either tree to obtain a wider image. This pair utilises omnidirectional mics to reproduce the full width of Studio One.

    Outriggers 2

    Used together with either tree to obtain a wider image. This pair uses mics with a more directional pattern, pulling the edges of the room inwards.

    Mids

    A pair of valve REDD mics placed between the conductor and the source which adds extra focus to the sound when combined with the Tree and Outriggers.

    Ambients

    A pristine pair of small diaphragm omnidirectional microphones to the rear of the room for a natural ambience.

    Vintage 1

    A pair of original 1940s RM1B ribbon microphones placed in front of the conductor to create a vintage scoring stage sound

    Vintage 2

    A pair of classic 44BX ribbon microphones placed by the conductor for an alternative vintage scoring stage sound

    Leader

    A single microphone placed on the section leader, used to add additional focus above the full section if required.

    Spill

    A summation of spot mics placed around the other sections. These capture the natural 'spill' from the source across the orchestra for added realism.

    Testimonials

    Blown away doesn't even begin to cover it. I hope you realise just how special these violins are. These are EXACTLY what I dreamed you guys would do when I played with the Percussion libraries. The depth of sampling is extraordinary, but I can imagine that trying to get people to realise that they need yet ANOTHER Violin library is not the easiest. But they DO! It's the fluidity of dynamic crossfading, then the fluidity of vibrato implementation, and the playability of the legatos. There are plenty of libraries that can do ONE of these things well but there's nothing out there that can all three.

    Ty Unwin Composer (Awake, Pastewka, On My Way)

    The ARO 1st Violins have become my main violins. They are so playable it's insane. To me more needs to be said for just how easy they are to program.

    Andy Gray Composer

    FAQs

    What is the difference between 1st Violins Core and Professional?

    Core and Pro share many of the same techniques and the sampling depth across many of the common techniques is the same.

    Core has a single signal option (Simon Rhodes’ ‘Mix 1) whereas Pro includes additional signal options (16 in total),

    Professional also contains ‘Extended’ techniques and additional legato content.

    The 'Extended' techniques in the Pro version are the most advanced string patches we have ever created. With additional portamento and Detaché legato styles plus accented Marcato and 'soft swell' attacks for single long notes.


    Are there further discounts and cross grades?

    Owners of Abbey Road Orchestra will receive a 10% cross-grade saving on Abbey Road 1st Violins outside of any sales or promotions.

    The owners of 1st Violin Core will be able to upgrade to 1st Violins Professional at any time, only ever paying the difference between the two products at time of purchase.

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.15 to OS 14

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    85.5 GB

    Changelogs

    V1.1.0 (December 2023)

    Update Summary:

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    - This update brings significant improvements to the "timing" of short and legato techniques.


    Changes and Fixes:

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    - Complete overhaul of timing on Spiccato, Spiccatissimo, Marcato, Staccato, Col Legno & Pizzicato techniques.

    - All legato techniques have been completely re-timed, resulting in more consistent playability.

    - The release slider now also affects the length of the shorts on Performance Legato patches.

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