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BBC Symphony Orchestra Piano Core

A broadcast-ready concert grand

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  • A broadcast-ready concert grand

    In partnership with BBC Studios and the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBCSO Piano faithfully captures the live concert sound of a pristine Steinway Model D grand, recorded at the iconic home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maida Vale Studios — also host to The Beatles, Hendrix, Bowie, and countless film scores.

    Recorded in concerto position in Studio One, this piano has been captured with the same expertly curated microphone positions, designed to blend seamlessly with the orchestra. Whether paired with the BBC Symphony Orchestra or played as a standalone instrument, BBCSO Piano promises to provide a rich, authentic piano sound suited to any genre.

    Core has been curated to offer a streamlined piano package, featuring one bespoke mix signal and full controls — fully interchangeable with our Discover and Professional editions.


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    Our dedicated plugin

    Compatible with NKS

    Pedal & hammer control

    1 mix

    Dedicated plugin

    The piano keys

    The BBCSO plugin

    The library opens in the existing BBCSO plugin, allowing for seamless integration with the rest of the BBCSO line and proving incredibly useful when writing for the piano and orchestra together. In the Core edition, we have selected an essential range of mic signals, recorded in the same configuration as the original BBCSO Core library — with additional close mics get you straight to the heart of the instrument. The piano has been expertly played by BBCSO concert pianist Elizabeth Burley — an exceptional player with a consistent touch.

    BBCSO Piano Core plugin interface

    Old condenser microphone
    Hammers inside the piano

    Well, I think I’ve found my new go-to piano! It's gorgeous, warm, and cinematic right from the start, with a fantastic dynamic range and plenty of tweakable features that I’ve come to expect from Spitfire.

    Matt Novack

    Miracle Workers, Murderville

    Microphones over the piano
    Mode Switching

    Mode Switching

    It’s now easier than ever to share and collaborate with fellow composers, collaborators and directors — whatever edition of BBCSO Piano you own. Our groundbreaking mode switching technology makes each edition of BBCSO Piano and BBC Symphony Orchestra interchangeable, so you can mock up your scores quickly and with ease.

    For composers on the go or with a limited technical setup, start writing a piece of music using Discover, and finish it in the Core or Professional edition, with a fuller range of signals, controls and versatility. It also works the other way around: write a piece in the Professional edition and a collaborator can open it in Discover, play what you’ve written (with the sounds intelligently substituted), and add to it. When you reopen their edited version, you will hear their additions alongside your original composition – with your full selection of signals.

    Modeswitching graphic, moving seamlessly between a desktop computer to a less powerful laptop.

    Maida Vale Studios
    Maida Vale Studios sign: "The British Broadcasting Corporation"


    What's included

    Piano

    A pristine Steinway Model D grand, recorded at the iconic home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Maida Vale Studios by BBCSO concert pianist Elizabeth Burley.

    Mixes

    Mix 1 - An all-purpose standard orchestral classical mix

    Features

    Reverb, tightness, hammers & pedal volume control

    Velocity Curves - Use a range of controls to fine tune the dynamic response of the Piano. Setting the Dynamics to Compress Velocity High/Low enables the Mod Wheel to alter the sensitivity, while several velocity curve shapes are available


    Testimonials

    Like all my favourite Spitfire products, it just sounds so good from the first note you play! I always like to personalise the sounds I use so the extra control and mic positions in BBC Symphony Orchestra Piano Professional go a long way to making this possible.

    Segun Akinola Doctor Who, 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, Stephen

    A perfect piano for its lush sparkle and excellent dynamic response. The simple and intuitive design allows us to start composing right out of the gate. Whether part of an ensemble or a solo this piano hits all the right notes. The reverb is crystal clear and inspiring, allowing the performance to shine and breathe life into any piece we compose.

    JP and Kat Rende Emmy-winning composers for Sesame Street

    This captures the essence of a real piano with stunning accuracy, delivering impressive dynamics that immersed me and truly made me feel as if it were a real Steinway under my fingertips.

    Denise Santos Primates, Apollo: The Forgotten Films

    The piano is really stunning right on touch. It is an effortless instrument that immediately is familiar—it feels and sounds like you’re in a beautiful studio on a top class Steinway Model D. I love the natural sound, and I love how intimate you can make it feel with the mic controls and effects.

    Nathan Matthew David Joy Ride, Chang Can Dunk

    FAQs

    Are BBCSO and BBCSO Piano two different products? 

    Yes, these are two different products. They are purchased separately and installed separately. However they do use the same plugin file in your digital audio workstation. The plugin file is the main BBC Symphony Orchestra Plugin. 

     

    What is the difference between BBCSO Piano Core and Pro? 

    The only difference between BBC SO Piano Core and Professional is the number of microphone signals. 

    BBC Core only has the main MIX 1 signal available. 

     

    Why is there not a BBC Piano Discover library?

    BBC Discover is an all in one library that contains a smaller version of every instrument that can be used inside the BBC Symphony Orchestra Plugin. 

    This means when you install "BBC SO Discover" from inside the Spitfire Audio App, the piano version of Discover is also installed directly into this, it is not a stand alone product. 

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.15 to OS 13

    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

    ~2.8 GB disk space required during install

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