BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Announced by Spitfire Audio

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Monday, 23 September 2019
  • Time to read: 3 min.


Spitfire Audio announced the upcoming availability of BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The British television production and distribution company that is the commercial arm of the oldest entertainment organization in the world, and in collaboration with the world-renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra.

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is a universal starting point for orchestral sample libraries, letting everyone talk the same language. It is so much more than a product release; rather it is the start of a movement. After all, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is a worldwide, trusted institution of huge cultural significance, and, much like Spitfire Audio, its core values are rooted in both accessible learning and innovation.

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Indeed, as a world-class, cohesive concert orchestra known for its standard in playing and commitment to innovative education work, the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical culture since its creation, coming up to its 90th year. Yet the BBC has happily put its name — and its principal broadcast orchestra — behind BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Is it little wonder, then, that this represents Spitfire Audio’s most expansive and ambitious project to date? Duly it is worthy of being launched with such collective company pride during a captivating keynote at London’s legendary Barbican Centre, a world-class arts and learning facility famed for pushing the boundaries of all major art forms, including dance, film, music, theatre, and visual arts — This is London calling… indeed!

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Innovatively recorded to trusted superlative standards by Spitfire Audio at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios. A complex of seven BBC Sound studios sited in one of the BBC’s earliest premises, pre-dating Broadcasting House, and the center of the BBC News operation during World War II. Before being used to record thousands of classical music, popular music, and drama sessions for BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 6 Music from 1946 to the present. Performed by an orchestra renowned for its remarkably homogenous performances, honed from playing some of the best and most challenging works together for years and selling out concert halls the world over. The comparatively youthful sound-specializing British music technology company has pulled out all the stops with BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, creating a future-proof classic comprising the finest strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA was made up of 99 players, 55 different instruments, 418 techniques (180 String, 110 Woodwind, 84 Brass, 44 Percussion), 33 legatos, and a staggering 20 signals. The library includes two mixes, five spill signals, 11 mic positions, and two atmos (front/rear).

It is the classical symphony orchestra made accessible, providing a solid foundation for any composer’s toolkit and workflow within a single sample library. As a collaborative platform that is perfectly positioned to take orchestral music into the future.

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Pricing and Availability

BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA can currently be preordered as an AAX-, AU-, and VST compatible plug-in that loads directly into a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) for a time-limited introductory promo price of £679.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$749.00 USD/€749.00 EUR (inc. VAT) until November 14, 2019 — rising thereafter to an RRP of £899.00 GBP (inc. VAT)/$899.00 USD/€899.00 EUR (inc. VAT). BBC Symphony Orchestra will be available on October 24th, 2019. The introductory price for this library will be available until November 7th at 23:59 GMT.

If you wonder about the upcoming Black Friday and Christmas sales. Spitfire has said BBC Symphony Orchestra will not be included in those two sales.


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