Abbey Road Orchestra: 1st Violins Professional
Advanced legatos for ultimate expression
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.
16 1st Violins
196’000 raw samples
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"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!"
Where performance meets precision
Advanced legatos. Ultimate expression.
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.
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.
A hugely detailed and highly playable legato patch which reacts in realtime to playing speed.
A relaxed legato patch for slower moving melody lines.
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)
A legato-style patch in which all the connecting notes have broad but separated bow strokes, ideal for strong and impactful statements
A legato patch in which all the intervals are performed in a 'portamento' style with an intentional slide between notes
A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a 'moderate tempo' feel for sweeping melody lines
A legato patch with slurred intervals performed with a sprightly 'uptempo' feel, ideal for quicker or arpeggiated ostinato material
A polyphonic sustained longs patch - this extended Pro version features additional soft and marcato styles for note entries triggered by key velocity
A polyphonic sustained longs patch for pads and chordal writing.
A sustained note performed with a fast bow speed playing close to the fingerboard (sul tasto) creating a delicate and airy flute-like sound
A technique performed with rapid continuous bowing, creating delicate flurrying textures at lower dynamics with increasing intensity at louder volumes
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.
An extremely short note length performed by quickly bouncing the bow on the string - an agile technique for very fast, articulate material
A very short and crisp note length performed by bouncing the bow on the string creating a sprightly 'all-purpose' short articulation
A short note length performed with the bow starting on the string, sounding clearly detached with a slight accent
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
A short note produced by plucking the strings with the fingers. ‘Bartok pizzicato is recorded at the very highest dynamic.
A technique performed by tapping the string with the back of the bow or a pencil, producing a light and woody sound
A full-sounding room mix by Simon Rhodes, formed from Tree 1, Overheads, Outriggers 1, and a curated blend of spots.
A tighter mix by Simon Rhodes, formed from Tree 2, Mids and Outriggers 2 with a curated blend of spots.
Small diaphragm condenser mics placed on each desk and summed capturing a detailed and articulate close image.
A combination of ribbon mics placed on each desk capturing a warm and rounded close image.
A cardioid stereo valve mic placed above the section and panned centrally for a flexible image not restricted to the orchestral layout.
Omnidirectional condenser mics placed either side of the section to add additional roominess and space to the Pop Main signal.
A decca tree formed of Abbey Road’s finest trio of classic valve omnidirectional microphones creating a lush and full sound.
A tighter, closer decca tree formed from mics with a more directional pattern, suited to faster, more detailed material.
Used in conjunction with either tree to obtain a wider image. This pair utilises omnidirectional mics to reproduce the full width of Studio One.
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.
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.
A pristine pair of small diaphragm omnidirectional microphones to the rear of the room for a natural ambience.
A pair of original 1940s RM1B ribbon microphones placed in front of the conductor to create a vintage scoring stage sound
A pair of classic 44BX ribbon microphones placed by the conductor for an alternative vintage scoring stage sound
A single microphone placed on the section leader, used to add additional focus above the full section if required.
A summation of spot mics placed around the other sections. These capture the natural 'spill' from the source across the orchestra for added realism.
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
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.Read more FAQs for this product
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.
V1.1.0 (December 2023)
- This update brings significant improvements to the "timing" of short and legato techniques.
Changes and Fixes:
- 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.