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BBC Symphony Orchestra

A UNIVERSAL STARTING POINT

In partnership with BBC Studios and the world-famous BBC Symphony Orchestra, Spitfire Audio has finally been able to capture what no other sample library has before: a family of astoundingly accomplished players that has shared the stage for thousands of hours, whose musical telepathy and 90-year heritage of performances and recordings is a national and international treasure. BBC Symphony Orchestra has been expertly recorded by the Spitfire team at London’s famous Maida Vale Studios — home of the BBCSO, and host to The Beatles, Hendrix and Bowie. Our most expansive and ambitious project to date, this landmark library is the stuff of composing dreams: strings, brass, woodwind and percussion, all housed inside our award-winning standalone plugin.

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Admiral Benbow — Andy Blaney (0:00 / 4:01)

A New Chapter — Christian Henson (0:00 / 1:45)

Your Majesty — Oliver Patrice Weder (0:00 / 3:07)

Sadie's Waltz — Homay Schmitz (0:00 / 2:42)

Man's Best Friend — Luke Olney (0:00 / 2:14)

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Product Info

  • ~1005296 Samples
  • 566.0 GB download size Made up of 4 separate downloads - strings, brass, woodwinds & percussion.
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  • 568.0 GB disk space required during install
  • Mac system requirements Mac OS X 10.10 or later Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. Machine must be connected to the internet during install
  • PC system requirements Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit) Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5. Recommended: Intel 2.8 GHz i7 (six-core) or AMD R7 2700. Machine must be connected to the internet during install
  • Dedicated Plugin
  • User manual
  • Apply for educational discount



A TRULY COHESIVE SOUND


For the first time, we have captured a full orchestra: players who have developed a precise musical affinity, rehearsing and performing some of the most challenging orchestral works together, week in, week out, to create a truly cohesive sound.


The BBC Symphony Orchestra is the musical beating heart of the BBC itself – the oldest entertainment organisation in the world, trusted and respected globally. With a performance heritage nearly a century old, it boasts Sir Adrian Boult, Arturo Toscanini and Sir Colin Davis among its historical conductors, championing new classical music and composers at the BBC Proms and beyond, selling out concert halls the world over.


Maida Vale Studios has a rich musical history. Built in 1909, it was one of the BBC's earliest premises — the centre of the BBC News operation during World War II, and the home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 1934.




A NEW STANDARD IN ORCHESTRAL SAMPLING


Orchestral samples have become an essential component of modern scoring, and the range of libraries available is vast. But what if a single product could become the universal starting point for a generation of composers?


We’ve taken over a decade of sampling experience to give you this comprehensive orchestral library of epic proportions — comprising over 200 hours of recordings, to give you a staggering 1,000,000+ samples at your fingertips, sounding exactly as they would if you had the orchestra in the room. We have recorded 55 different instruments on world-class Millennia preamps, including groups and soloists, 418 techniques including 33 legatos, for each melodic instrument.


With a beautiful, modern design by ustwo (Monument Valley, DICE), BBC Symphony Orchestra is housed in our award-winning standalone plugin (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX & NKS ready) developed primarily for composers, by composers — easy to use, intuitive and inspiring.





AN INNOVATION IN SIGNALS


BBC Symphony Orchestra includes a staggering 20 signals, giving you the opportunity to tailor each sound to exactly what you need for your production, for a new level of realism, and ultimate control. The eleven microphone positions give you much more than the standard Close, Tree, Ambient and Outriggers — add Mono Close mics, used by the BBC since 1930s, for a vintage sound; Leader mics, placed above the leader in each section for a more intimate sound; Stereo Coles 1438s for a vibrant, punchy sound highlighting a particular section, Close Wides, to feature a section while occupying the whole width of the stereo field; Balcony mics for even more distance; Sides for our widest sound, and Atmos, designed for use in Dolby Atmos mixing.


The game changer on top of these is five spill signals — microphones left open from other sections which you can add in for depth, fullness and a truly three dimensional sound. We also give you two out of the box stereo mixes by Jake Jackson — one 'real', the other more 'hyped'. All the options you need, from the very driest, tightest, most upfront sound, all the way to huge, expansive ambient sounds. This is your definitive orchestra, made accessible through cutting edge technology, all in one package.





LEARN, SHARE & COLLABORATE


Up until now, it’s been difficult in the film composer world to share and collaborate — but that, with this universal starting point, changes now. This library allows you to mock up your scores quickly and with ease, so you can share your work with your fellow composers, collaborators and directors. With this philosophy in mind, The Page is a brand new concept centered on building a singular knowledge resource for our community which we will update consistently with exciting new BBC Symphony Orchestra material:




“To have all I need at my fingertips in one single plugin is a game changer.”

— Christian Henson, Spitfire Audio Founder



PLUG IN AND PLAY ON SSD


The best way to use this library is to buy it with our external SSD — a sleek 1TB Samsung 860 EVO drive housed in our bespoke Spitfire Audio hard case, giving you instant playability. This external SSD allows you to instantly use the library without having to download — just as fast and reliable, while saving you a huge amount of internal hard drive space. The library is also available to buy on our standard hard drive — you can add this to your cart at checkout.





THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING


The founding values of the BBC – to inform, educate and entertain – could not resonate more richly with Spitfire, making this partnership a truly exciting and defining moment. Beyond a new standard for orchestral sample libraries lies a blueprint for an ongoing collaboration with the BBC that will provide resources – online and live – for a community of musicians ready to produce the orchestral music and blockbuster scores of the future. BBC Symphony Orchestra is just the beginning...





TESTIMONIALS


“Insanely great – legatos that really sing, even in the quiet ranges, and that unmistakable sound of a world class orchestra. Bravo!"

— Benjamin Wallfisch (Bladerunner 2049, It)



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“Exquisite stuff. I've dreamt about being able to use technology like this."

— Greg Wells, composer and producer (The Greatest Showman, Adele)



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“Incredible and revolutionary — this is an epiphany for every composer with access to a computer. The stuff of childhood dreams for musicians."

— Nitin Sawhney, artist and composer (Mowgli)



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“Composers will relish its great sound, excellent performances and large, consistent articulations menu"

— SOUND ON SOUND READ THE REVIEW




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Presets / Techniques / Articulations / Mics / Mixes

INSTRUMENTS:


STRINGS

Violin 1 Leader
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcato

Violins 1 (16)
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Long Marcato Attack
  • Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Tremolo CS
  • Long Sul Pont
  • Spiccato CS

Violin 2 Leader
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcato

Violins 2 (14)
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Long Marcato Attack
  • Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Tremolo CS
  • Long Sul Pont
  • Spiccato CS

Viola Leader
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcato

Violas (12)
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Long Marcato Attack
  • Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Tremolo CS
  • Long Sul Pont
  • Spiccato CS

Cello Leader
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcato

Celli (10)
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Long Marcato Attack
  • Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Tremolo CS
  • Long Sul Pont
  • Spiccato CS

Bass Leader
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Marcato

Basses (8)
  • Legato (Portamento & Slurred)
  • Long
  • Long CS
  • Long Flautando
  • Spiccato
  • Staccato
  • Pizzicato
  • Col Legno
  • Tremolo
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Long Sul Tasto
  • Long Harmonics
  • Short Harmonics
  • Bartok Pizzicato
  • Long Marcato Attack
  • Tremolo Sul Pont
  • Tremolo CS
  • Long Sul Pont
  • Spiccato CS


WOODWINDS

Flute
  • Legato (Extended — Slurred & Fast Runs)
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Flutes a3 (3)
  • Legato (Extended — Slurred & Fast Runs)
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Piccolo
  • Legato (Extended — Slurred & Fast Runs)
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Rips
  • Falls

Oboe
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Multitongue

Oboes a3 (3)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Multitongue

Clarinet
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Clarinets a3 (3)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Bass Clarinet
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter

Contrabass Clarinet
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter

Bassoon
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter

Bassoons a3 (3)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter

Contrabassoon
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Flutter

Cor Anglais
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd
  • Staccatissimo
  • Tenuto
  • Marcato


BRASS

Horn
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd

Horns a4 (4)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd

Trumpet
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd

Trumpets a3 (3)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue
  • Trill Major 2nd
  • Trill Minor 2nd

Tenor Trombone
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Tenor Trombones a3 (3)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Bass Trombones a2 (2)
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Contrabass Trombone
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz

Tuba
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz
  • Long Flutter
  • Multitongue

Contrabass Tuba
  • Legato
  • Long
  • Staccatissimo
  • Marcato
  • Long Cuivre
  • Long Sfz


PERCUSSION


TUNED

Celeste
  • Sustained
  • Damped
  • Damped Medium

Harp
  • Sustained
  • Damped
  • Damped Medium
  • Bisbigliando Trem
  • Gliss FX

Marimba
  • Hits
  • Rolls

Crotales
  • Hits
  • Hits Bowed

Glockenspiel
  • Hits
  • Rolls

Timpani
  • Hits
  • Rolls
  • Hits Soft
  • Rolls Soft
  • Hits Hotrods
  • Long Rolls Hotrods
  • Hits Damped
  • Hits Super Damped
  • Hotrods Hits Damped
  • Hits Damped Soft

Tubular bells
  • Hits
  • Rolls
  • Hits Damped

Vibraphone
  • Hits

Xylophone
  • Hits
  • Rolls


UNTUNED

Anvil
  • Hit
  • Hit Choked

Bass Drum 1
  • Hit
  • Hard Sticks
  • Hit Damped
  • Hand Muted Hit
  • Roll Hard
  • Roll Soft

Bass Drum 2
  • Hit
  • Hit Damped
  • Roll
  • Super Ball

Cymbal
  • Crash
  • Crash Muted
  • Crash Hard Stick
  • Crash Hard Stick Muted
  • Roll
  • Bowed
  • Crescendo

Military Drum
  • Hit
  • Rimshot
  • Short Ruff
  • Side Stick Hit
  • Roll

Piatti
  • Choked Hit
  • Clash Hit
  • Short Roll

Snare 1
  • Hit
  • Rimshot
  • Short Ruff
  • Side Stick Hit
  • Roll

Snare 2
  • Hit
  • Rimshot
  • Short Ruff
  • Side Stick Hit
  • Roll

Tam Tam
  • Hit Damped
  • Hit
  • Roll
  • Bowed
  • Crescendo

Tambourine
  • Hit
  • Shake
  • Roll

Tenor Drum
  • Hit
  • Rimshot
  • Short Ruff
  • Side Stick Hit
  • Roll

Toys
  • Castanets
  • Woodblock
  • Vibraslap
  • Cowbell
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Short Guiro
  • Long Guiro

Triangle
  • Open Hit
  • Hit Muted
  • Roll

Mics & Mixes

SIGNALS
  • Mono
  • Close
  • Tree
  • Out
  • Ambient
  • Balcony
  • Leader
  • Stereo
  • Mids
  • Sides
  • Close Wide Pan

SPILL MICS
  • Spill (Strings)
  • Spill (Woodwinds)
  • Spill (Brass)
  • Spill (Percussion)
  • Spill (Full)

MIXES
  • Mix 1 (Full)
  • Mix 2 (Jake Jackson)
  • Atmos (2 — front & rear)

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