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Spitfire Audio Abbey Road One: Mysterious Reeds Is Out



Two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons in octaves, one sample library

Spitfire’s latest in their Abbey Road One scoring series is intended to provide a “dark, more mysterious sound” and “inspire intricate voicings to augment arrangements with enduring, enigmatic emotion.”


As hinted by the name, the library was recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio One. Not hinted by the name: the mics they used. Spitfire Audio co-founder Paul Thomson is very enthusiastic:

“We have the vintage signal [Vint. 1], which has that beautifully rounded off top end; we’ve got the pop close mix [Pop Clo], where it just feels like they’re literally sitting right in front of you — fabulously useful, that one; and then we have our usual Close, trees [Tree 1 and Tree 2], outriggers [Out], and ambient [Amb] mics, with the Spill as well. You can just set up your own kind of blend here. This is really useful, because it’s not just about matching the sound to the orchestral mix, or the blend that you are working with, but actually the balance of the different microphones has a very significant effect on the kind of emotional result that you feel when you hear the sound. So the use of microphones, in this case, can really help you to either dial into a kind of claustrophobic sound or it can give you that kind of distance that gives you the dark forests, almost regal kind of sound. It’s very flexible — just by changing the different mics that you’re using.”

Price: £49.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/ $49.00 USD/€49.00 EUR (inc. VAT)

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