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Abbey Road Two – Review of Spitfire Audio & Abbey Road Studios Iconic Strings

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The next version of Iconic Strings is finally here. Abbey Road Two has been released to the public, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! The sound of five of London’s best string players is captured on Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings (V1, V2, Va, Cello, Bass).

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Abbey Road Two – Review of Spitfire Audio & Abbey Road Studios Iconic Strings

The two producers Spitfire Audio & Abbey Road Studios of this virtual instrument have taken great care in making sure that this second installment is even better than the first. With a full orchestra at their disposal, they were able to produce an amazing sound that would make any composer proud.

Do you want to add a unique string sound to your compositions?

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Iconic Strings is the first sample library ever created that captures the sound of Abbey Road’s Studio Two. This historic recording room has been used by some of the most famous musicians in history, including The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Now you can use this same iconic string sound in your own music!

Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings is a unique and innovative string library that has been developed from the heart of music. The sound design will add life to your projects with its rich, emotional quality – it’s waiting for you in there!

Abbey Road’s Studio Two

The string section of Abbey Road was a landmark in music history. The iconic recording studio, located on London’s west side and built back in 1931 has been home to many legendary performances over time including “New York – Live” by Beatle John Lennon way back when he released his first album with Imagine Peace Collective at just 20 years old!

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Studio Two is a one-of-a-kind recording studio. The sonic fingerprint that it creates simply cannot be replicated elsewhere. It’s an amazing place to record strings, and that is why Spitfire Audio & Abbey Road Studios have teamed up to create this unique library.

The producers of Iconic Strings took their time in making sure that the sounds were perfect. They traveled all over the world, recording different string sections in order to get the best sound possible.

Vintage Signal Path Blended with Modern Professional Studio Gear

Get ready for a new sound experience with this compilation of some iconic strings. Through the use of modern and rare vintage microphones, mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Sam Okell you’ll be able to hear what it’s like on an international scale!

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The Vintage mixes are a perfect representation of what many people think about when they hear Studio Two – an analog paradise with the sound coming from centuries-old equipment.

This is your chance to create a piece that’s as iconic and historic as it gets! Compose with the renowned Abbey Road signal path, which has featured in countless recordings by artists like The Beatles.

For those looking for a more flexible approach to their signal chains, the Professional edition of Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings offers 12 signals including 2 modern mixes and 8 microphone positions (modern and vintage microphones).

Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings Professional Mic and Mixes 

Professional users can dive into the Abbey Road mic cupboard, covering all essential positions and more with rare vintage mics. These include some of Neumann’s most famous items–647s, KM54s, and M50s used on those iconic sessions from the ’60s.

The Professional Users section is designed for those who are serious about their audio output: it offers customization options that go well beyond what’s available elsewhere in your DAW —from adjusting your microphone type to honing a sound uniquely tailored just for you!

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The sound of creativity is just a click away

The option to have more than one mic at once for variety provides many sonic options that can be used in your final mix and create an idea that may not even exist without this product. (Pro only)

The Vintage Mix is a throwback to the days when music was more than just noise. It’s been said that this recording captures everything from drums and guitar riffs, piano tunes with soulful vocals – it has something for everyone!

Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings Core Vs Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings Professional

Abbey Road Two comes in two different sizes, with the smaller option being Core at 46GB. However, if you want all of its iconic strings then go for Pro which weighs 292 gigs!

The Core editions have a total of 107 articulations (80 individual + 12 Ensemble). The pro version comes with 112 different Articulations, (85 Individual + 12 Ensemble).

The core offers no portamento in the legato articulations, while the pro offers portamento in legato articulations.

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I did see a funny comment in a forum, to give it a spin: Mics Matter is a non-profit organization that encourages people to get involved in making music, by teaching them how with free venues across the globe. Non-profit organizations are important because they help those who don’t have any resources or knowledge on what it takes for success as an artist.

Still, for me, a variety of mix positions and mixes make a huge difference and increase the flexibility of a library.

Modern and Vintage Microphones

Included microphone positions and mixes do matter when you need a different tone and vibe for your track or background music.

The biggest difference is in the available microphone signals two with core and 12 with the pro version. The pro version also includes advanced and simple mix views and 5 microphone groups (pro only).

Besides the portamento in the legato articulations, the main difference for me and a reason to select the pro version is that the pro version includes more mic and additional mixes.

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How to make an epic album and score?

With the help of Abbey Road Two – Iconic Strings you’ll be able to make your own epic soundtrack. The players are very skilled with their instruments, and they have been recorded in a way that only an iconic recording studio would know-how!

You can easily find all sorts of great projects for this composition-ready pack, including albums like “Spectre” by Sam Smith or even movies such as “Jurassic World” where this library was used extensively throughout the score.

Thanks to Spitfire Audio’s extensive knowledge about virtual string libraries, there is no better place than here when it comes time to bring out those high-quality orchestral elements into your compositions. You will not regret making changes on that next album or film score!

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Abbey Road Two – Review of Spitfire Audio & Abbey Road Studios Iconic Strings

Unique Sonic Character & Performance

Iconic Strings will give you the sound quality, performance, and unique sonic character of a professional orchestra – all for an affordable price. And with its large range of articulations & techniques included in one package, there is no need to look any further than this library when you’re ready to create something epic!

The library offers music makers the choice between highly detailed composition and new easy-to-use technology that assists in creating their own sound.

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Abbey Road Studios Iconic Strings Conclusion

When it comes to strings, there is an iconic most famous string sound that can’t be beaten. This rich and special tone has been waiting for years just as you’ve written your next score, trailer, ad, or game score.

Imagine the sound of London’s top-string players, captured down to their finest details. This is what you get with Abbey Road Two: Iconic Strings!

Rating: Five out of Five Stars

The music of the famous studio Abbey Road is steeped in rich history and just waiting to become a part of your composition.

The Professional edition offers the most control and customization, featuring 12 signals including 2 modern mixes, 2 vintage mixes as well 8 microphone positions. With this amount of freedom in crafting your performance, it’s easy to find just what you need for any occasion!

The library offers music makers the choice between highly detailed composition and new easy-to-use technology that assists in creating their own sound. With the help of Abbey Road Two – Iconic Strings you’ll be able to make your own epic soundtrack.

The recorded players are very skilled with their instruments, and they have been recorded in a way that only an iconic studio would know-how! You can easily find all sorts of great projects for this composition-ready pack.

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