Abbey Road Orchestra: Low Percussion

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    Introducing the most detailed sample library we have ever created, and the first in a new flagship series. Crafted for professional composers, producers and sound designers, Abbey Road Orchestra will bring you every section of the orchestra in breathtaking detail.

    Low Percussion offers you a whole new level of expression, thanks to over 20 years of sampling experience and innovation. Performed by internationally-renowned percussionist Joby Burgess (Black Panther, Mission: Impossible), and engineered by Grammy-winning engineer Simon Rhodes (Skyfall, Avatar), it’s like having your very own world-class percussionist.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    20 drums

    61 techniques

    16 signals

    New two-handed mapping

    Listen to Abbey Road Orchestra: Low Percussion

    There is a delicious naturalness to these sounds. They are beautifully open, three dimensional, and truly cavernous, without leaning into artificial processing. Perfect for when one really wants to sink into the abyss.

    Sebastian Gainsborough

    Composer, The Northman

    Abbey Road floor

    The lowest drums, the highest quality


    Lay the groundwork for your compositions with unrivalled realism with this collection of truly thunderous orchestral and indigenous drums that are beautifully captured in the legendary acoustic of Abbey Road Studio One. Distinguished by its extremely responsive and highly tactile nature, Low Percussion explores the timbral and textural range of 20 drums from across the orchestral repertoire and further, with up to seven beater options per drum, performing hits, rolls, swirls and sweeps sampled in incredible detail. All performed by virtuoso percussionist Joby Burgess.

    Large drum

    Neve desk

    The ultimate in expression and feel

    Low Percussion Collage

    Priceless instruments

    Diverse drums spanning a huge tonal palette

    • 20 Drums, from orchestral staples to traditional folk instruments (including a 60” Giant Taiko)
    • Up to 7 beaters per drum
    • Multiple techniques and striking positions per drum

    Next-level control

    Shape percussion for your composition

    • 16 signal options
    • Up to 12 round robins
    • New Discrete Right/Left hand mapping feature
    • New 'Soft Takeover' option for dynamics
    • Ultra expressive feel
    Low Percussion GUI

    Abbey Road microphones

    Ultimate precision

    Broadcast-ready quality, out the box

    • Over 1800 hours recording and editing time
    • Over 166,500 samples
    • Captured with over 25 mics per drum
    • Up to 10 dynamic layers

    Abbey Road Studios

    Thor Love And Thunder
    Rings of Power
    Disney's Polar Bear
    The Secrets of Dumbledore

    The opportunity to perfect every strike and roll in the glorious acoustic of Studio One was not missed and we took time to make the best microphone choices and hone their positions.

    Simon Rhodes

    Senior Engineer, Abbey Road Studios

    Abbey Road mix desk

    Joby Burgess

    Joby’s playing can be heard on major film and TV scores, notably leading the percussion sections on Black Panther, Rocketman, Ad Astra, Mission: Impossible, The Darkest Hour, Dr Who and The Green Planet.

    Simon Rhodes

    Simon joined the EMI Abbey Road Studios in 1987. He is now Senior Engineer and has a long standing association with various composers including the late James Horner with whom he worked for 18 years on over 40 projects including Avatar, one of the highest grossing films of all time.

    Abbey Road x Spitfire Audio

    What's included

    Bass Drum (Gran Cassa)

    An orchestral staple, this 36” gran cassa is a two-headed concert bass drum with a deep, resonant sustain and huge dynamic range.


    Sticks

    Performed with wooden drum sticks producing a hard and immediate attack with a powerful tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a defined attack and a balanced tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Medium Felt

    Performed with a medium felt mallet with a less immediate attack revealing clear undertones

    Hits
    Rolls


    Poly Beater

    Performed with a plastic/poly beater to create a narrower sound with less low frequency information

    Hits
    Rolls


    Super Soft

    Performed with a super soft beater creating an extremely mellow attack and a boomy resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    Brushes

    Performed with fine metal brushes for a more delicate timbre

    Hits
    Sweeps
    Swirls


    Rute on Rim

    Performed on the rim of the drum with wooden rute, creating an intricate and earthy high pitched 'tap'

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the gran cassa presented across the keyboard


    Bass Drum

    A vintage bass drum with a 32” head on a shallow open shell. This drum combines a defined attack, woody overtones and balanced resonance.  


    Sticks

    Performed with wooden drum sticks producing a hard and immediate attack with a powerful tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a strong attack and a balanced tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt Damped

    Performed with a hard felt mallet and a cloth placed over the drum head producing a muted sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Medium Felt

    Performed with a medium felt mallet with a less immediate attack revealing clear undertones

    Hits
    Rolls


    Brushes

    Performed with fine metal brushes for a more delicate timbre

    Hits
    Rolls
    Sweeps
    Swirls


    Rods

    Performed with wooden rods producing an articulate sound with reduced resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the Bass Drum presented across the keyboard


    Gong Bass Drum

    This gong drum is constructed with a single oversized head, producing a very fat and 'modern' sound with a fast attack and punchy low end.


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a strong attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Soft Felt

    Performed with a soft felt mallet producing a rounded attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Puili

    Performed with bamboo puili sticks creating a detailed, high pitched attack with a tight resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the Gong Bass Drum presented across the keyboard


    Taikos

    A pair of Japanese solid Siam Oak taiko drums producing a very focussed sound with which to create impactful, driving rhythms.


    Taiko Sticks

    Performed with wooden taiko sticks to produce the traditional taiko sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt

    Performed with hard felt mallets for a variation on the classic taiko sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Medium Felt

    Performed with medium felt mallets producing a mellower attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Brushes

    Performed with brushes for a more delicate timbre

    Hits
    Rolls
    Sweeps
    Swirls


    Hands

    Performed with the hands on the head of the drum

    Hits
    Rolls


    Low All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the low taiko drum presented across the keyboard


    High All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the high taiko drum presented across the keyboard


    Giant Taiko

    With its 60” diameter shell this giant taiko (or O-Daiko) produces thunderous lows and complex sustain whilst remaining surprisingly agile.


    Taiko Sticks

    Performed with taiko sticks producing a hard attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Taiko Sticks (Damped)

    Performed with taiko sticks and a blanket covering the rear head of the drum to reduce resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    Medium Felt

    Performed with felt mallets for a variation on the classic taiko sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Medium Felt (Damped)

    Performed with felt mallets and a blanket covering the rear head of the drum to reduce resonance

    Hits
    Rolls



    Hands

    Single strikes performed with fists on the head of the drum producing a softer attack with a darker tone


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the giant taiko presented across the keyboard


    Toms

    A spread set of vintage silver single headed toms, adept at both slow and rapid accented passages owing to their clear and resonant tone.


    Sticks

    Performed with wooden drum sticks producing a hard and immediate attack with a powerful tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Sticks on Rim

    Performed with wooden drum sticks on the rim of the drum to produce a 'tapping' sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Sticks (Damped)

    Performed with wooden drum sticks and a tea towel placed over the head of the drum for a muted sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a strong attack with a balanced tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Rods

    Performed with wooden rods producing an articulate sound with reduced resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    Brushes

    Performed with dense nylon brushes producing a softer attack but with plenty of body

    Hits
    Rolls


    Low All in One

    All available beaters and techniques for the lower pitched toms presented across the keyboard


    High All in One

    All available beaters and techniques for the higher pitched toms presented across the keyboard


    Epic Toms

    A pair of floor toms positioned on opposing sides. These drums provide a tight, powerful attack and an explosive, hard-hitting tone.


    Taiko Sticks

    Performed with taiko sticks producing a hard attack and accentuated top end

    Hits
    Rolls


    Taiko Sticks (Damped)

    Performed with taiko sticks and a hide skin placed over the head of the drum for a muted sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Rods

    Performed with wooden rods producing an articulate sound with reduced resonance

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the epic toms presented across the keyboard


    Bombo

    An Argentinian bass drum with a 20" hide head tuned with rope. It produces a low, organic sound with a very short sustain.


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a defined attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt (Damped)

    Performed with a hard felt mallet and a cloth placed over the drum head to produce a muted sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Soft Mallet

    Performed with a soft felt mallet producing a rounded attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Soft Mallet (Damped)

    Hits and rolls performed with a soft felt mallet and a cloth placed over the drum head to produce a muted sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Sticks (Sides)

    Performed with wooden sticks on the sides of the drum

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the bombo presented across the keyboard


    Dragon Drums (Dagus)

    Originating from China, thIs large pair of dagu drums (or ‘Dragon Drums’) produce strong and characterful tones with lengthy sustain.


    Sticks

    Performed with wooden sticks to produce the traditional dagu sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet for a less pronounced attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the dagu drums presented across the keyboard


    Dhol

    A two-headed drum from the Indian subcontinent. Each head is struck with a different beater to produce the dhol's signature tones.


    Dhol Sticks

    Single hits performed with traditional wooden dagga and tihli sticks


    Djuns 

    A pair of djuns (or dundun) hailing from West Africa, these instruments are adept at carrying strong rhythms with a balanced, 'forward' tone. 


    Hard Felt

    Performed with a hard felt mallet producing a defined attack with a balanced tone

    Hits
    Rolls


    Buffalo Drum (N. American Frame Drum)

    Constructed from a shallow wooden frame clad with a 22” buffalo skin head, this drum produces strong overtones with a rich, blooming sustain.


    Hard Beater

    Performed with a hard beater producing an articulate attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    Soft Beater

    Performed with a soft beater producing a rounded attack

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the frame drum presented across the keyboard


    Surdo

    A Brazilian instrument which traditionally provides the lower rhythms in samba music. This 22" aluminium shell variant produces a dense sound with a distinctive attack.


    Medium Felt

    Performed with a felt beater to produce the signature surdo sound

    Hits
    Rolls


    Hands

    Performed with the hands on the head of the drum

    Hits
    Rolls


    All In One

    All available beaters and techniques for the surdo presented across the keyboard



    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.

    Section Overhead

    A set of large diaphragm condenser microphones above the orchestral section capturing a clear representation of the instruments in the space.

    Close 1

    A blend of spot mics close to the source. Used in conjunction with the other close mics and section overhead to achieve the desired close sound.

    Close 2

    An alternative blend of spot mics which add body to the source. 

    Close Ribbons

    A pair of close ribbon mics capturing a rounded and detailed image. 

    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 RM1B microphones placed in front of the conductor, combined with some classic ribbons to form a vintage scoring stage sound.

    Vintage 2

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

    Pop Close

    A mix of close mics panned centrally to give a flexible image not restricted to the orchestral layout.

    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

    A Studio One Percussion library has been on my mind for quite some time. I heard an early first build of this instrument over the speakers in Studio One control room and it really sounded, and felt like, Joby was out in the room playing, it was quite disorientating and rather extraordinary. Spitfire Audio are undoubtedly the best team in the world to deliver something truly groundbreaking. The bar has been raised exceedingly high and this is only the beginning for the Abbey Road Orchestra series. It feels like we are all in for a remarkable journey.

    Mirek Stiles — Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios

    I can easily see myself going to this as a main percussion library - Playability is excellent, mic selection and control is fantastic... What really jumps out at me is you can get a focused sound while still getting a really great sense of the room - and what an incredible room!

    Jeff Grace — Composer, Sweet Tooth, Netflix

    Huge yet capable of delicacy, natural and lively, and with the legendary sound of Abbey Road Studio One, this percussion collection is a fantastic foundation for any score. It coexists nicely in my template with the more aggressive and processed sound of Hammers, and is an exciting first chapter in Spitfire’s latest Abbey Road Orchestra series!

    Charlie Clouser — Composer, SAW

    I love this library. I’m so impressed with what you all have created with this. This library means a lot to me because I can’t always find the right textures and timbres for low percussion instruments. I’ve been geeking out the past few days while feeling around. Still going digging, but I love it. And the brushes?!?!? Thank you for incorporating brushes. It’s sooooo hard to find sample libraries that include brushes and even hot rods. I’m so impressed. And it all feels authentic.

    EmmoLei Sankofa — Composer and Producer

    There is a delicious naturalness to these sounds. They are beautifully open, 3 dimensional, and truly cavernous, without leaning into artificial processing. Perfect for when one really wants to sink into the abyss. What I like about these sounds is that, although they beg to be used at full-pelt and full-blast, the space they imply they make me want to hide them just out of earshot. This is a hard trick to pull-off, and that it does with such class is a testament to the quality of these sounds

    Sebastian Gainsborough — Composer, The Northman

    FAQs

    What is the difference between Abbey Road Orchestra and Abbey Road One?

    Abbey Road Orchestra - Low Percussion is the first instalment in the new Abbey Road Orchestra product line. Crafted for professional composers, producers, sound designers and music editors, Abbey Road Orchestra brings you every section of the orchestra in breath taking detail. It’s the culmination of over 20 years of sampling experience and innovation.

    Abbey Road One is a range of ensemble libraries captured in Studio One at Abbey Road, created by Spitfire Audio in partnership with Abbey Road Studios. This is made up of a core library called Abbey Road One: Orchestral Foundations, and then smaller libraries called Abbey Road One: Film Scoring Selections series.

    The Selections are smaller and more focused libraries inspired by classic films, offering pre-orchestrated instrument pairings and themes. Featuring pre-arranged ensembles of classic orchestral pairings, each Selection is designed to help you accomplish a simple task phenomenally well.


    Is there a cross grade for this library?

    Yes, owners of Orchestral foundations during the promotional period will save an additional 11% off the introductory pricing. This will be a full 31% off the RRP.

    Not only does this apply to Orchestral Foundations, but this also applied to any owner of one SSO product (Core or Pro) and also owners of Spitfire Percussion.

    Read more FAQs for this product

    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.13 to OS X 12

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

    Recommended: 2.8GHz i7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    Intel and M1 Macs supported

    64-bit DAW Required (32 bit DAWs not supported)


    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 11 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

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

    Recommended: Intel 2.8GHzi7 (six-core) or AMD R7 2700, 16GB RAM

    64-bit DAW required (32-bit DAWs not supported)


    File size

    ~166528 samples

    95.3 GB download size

    100 GB disk space required during install

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