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Abbey Road Orchestra: Cellos Core

Advanced legatos for ultimate expression

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  • Advanced legatos for ultimate expression

    The stunning sound of a Cello section captured at Abbey Road Studios. This VST, offers an extensive range of articulations and playing styles — lyrical and performance legatos, a wide selection of longs and shorts, and control over a variety of articulations to allow you to create both intimate and epic soundscapes.

    Recorded in the timeless acoustics of Abbey Road Studio One, this library also includes a hand-crafted mix signal by GRAMMY® award winner Simon Rhodes.

    Expressive to the highest degree.

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    Also available in Professional.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    10 Cellos / 18 articulations

    1 curated mix

    Dedicated plugin

    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

    Spitfire Audio Co-Founder

    Smc0594 Ui


    Expressive to the highest degree.

    8 legato articulations — including extended patches — 196,000 samples, alternative attacks and 16 signal options for the ultimate nuanced expression.

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    What's included

    Legato Techniques

    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.

    Long Techniques


    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.

    Short Techniques


    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.

    Col Legno

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


    Mix 1

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


    The best sounding strings I’ve ever heard.

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

    I am blow away! Such a beautiful instrument. The most musical and playable Cello I have ever owned, the sound is so rich and lush the higher octaves bring a new magic to what I thought was possible from a sampled Cello. Epic!

    Andy Gray Composer


    What is the difference between Cellos 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.

    If I purchase Cellos Professional, do I also get Core? 

     Yes! If you buy the Cellos Professional library, you also get Core as an install option.  

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS 10.15 - OS 14

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

    Recommended: 2.6GHz i7 (six-core, 2019), 16GB RAM, Apple Silicon

    SSD drive for install advised!

    (32 bit DAWs not supported)

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 and Windows 11 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

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

    Recommended: Intel 2.6 GHz i7 (six-core, 2019) or AMD R7 2700. 16GB RAM

    SSD drive for install advised! 

    (32 bit DAWs not supported)

    File size

    4 GB download size


    V1.1.1 (November 2023)

    Update Summary:


    This update brings significant improvements to the short techniques, as well as addressing some "dead-zone" velocity issues. See below for more detail.

    Changes and Fixes:


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

    - Addressed some bow "clicks" in certain Trill samples.

    - Other general sample content improvements.

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