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Spitfire Audio releases ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: HIGH PERCUSSION Professional Sample Library
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Spitfire Audio releases ABBEY ROAD ORCHESTRA: HIGH PERCUSSION Professional Sample LibraryA meticulously curated selection of 62 percussive instruments performed by internationally renowned percussionist Joby Burgess and expertly captured in the legendary acoustic space that is Abbey Road Studio One. Focus on bringing life to your compositions with tailored features— such as soft takeover, voice choking and right/left hand mapping. Add a layer of unparalleled realism with a variety of beaters and playing styles.

The second installment of Abbey Road Orchestra, the most detailed range of sample libraries we have ever created, High Percussion will be instantly familiar to Low Percussion users. Housed in the same Abbey Road Orchestra plugin and drawing on the same innovative features, intuitive mapping allows for easy layering and go-between to amplify the authenticity of your composition.


This new untuned percussion library will expand your percussive palette, with a range of highly detailed and tactile instruments, while also providing an immediate natural feel that sounds authentic and cinematic.

High Percussion re-emphasises the nuanced features of Low Percussion, demonstrating their dynamic responsiveness. Soft Takeover, voice choking and two handed mapping all allow for an instinctive and gratifying performance. Expertly captured by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Simon Rhodes (Skyfall, Avatar), and performed by internationally-renowned percussionist Joby Burgess (Black Panther, Mission: Impossible), High Percussion offers an agile, responsive and intuitive experience.


Detailed Realism
- Dynamic Precision – Audible nuance:
-- With up to 11 dynamic layers
-- Up to 16 round robins
-- 391 articulations, including discrete right and left hand performances

Ultimate Playability
- Natural Playability – Key features to ease playability:
-- Soft Takeover
-- Two-handed layout
-- Right/Left mapping
-- Voice Choking
-- Easy to layer with ARO: Low Percussion

Extensive Instrumentation
- Clarity and Quality – Revitalise your rhythm section:
-- 62 percussive instruments, ranging from traditional orchestral staples to modern hybrid scoring essentials
-- Toy box section includes a selection of Claves x 6, Castanets (machine and handle), Ratchet, Vibraslap, Whips x 2, Plastic Pipe, Guiro, Shaker Pairs, Caxixi (Basket Shakers) Maracas (pair)
-- A difference in materials, recorded with multiple brush and beater options


A host to celebrated classical recordings from Elgar and Prokofiev, as well as iconic film scores from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and the more recent releases of Avengers: Endgame and Black Panther, Studio One needs no introduction.

Home to one of the greatest in-house collections of vintage and modern microphones and a control room fitted with a 72-channel Neve 88 RS console with a unique and comprehensive surround monitor section, Studio One is the perfect setting for our meticulously planned recording sessions. Our aim is to work with the best, to deliver you the world’s most detailed sampling orchestra and Abbey Road – one of the most in-demand recording studios in the film scoring landscape – was the perfect space to make this happen.

“Spitfire Audio are undoubtedly the best team in the world to deliver something truly groundbreaking. The bar has been raised exceedingly high and this is only the beginning for the Abbey Road Orchestra series. It feels like we are all in for a remarkable journey.”

— Mirek Stiles Head of Audio Products, Abbey Road Studios


This library has been formed by some of the world’s best producers in music recording, created for professional composers of film, television, game and performance.

Joby Burgess – Joby’s playing can be heard on major film and TV scores, notably leading the percussion sections on Black Panther, Rocketman, Ad Astra, Mission: Impossible, The Darkest Hour, Dr Who and The Green Planet.

Simon Rhodes – Simon joined the EMI Abbey Road Studios in 1987. He is now Senior Engineer and has a long standing association with various composers including the late James Horner with whom he worked for 18 years on over 40 projects including Avatar, one of the highest grossing films of all time.

For more information, visit: SpitfireAudio.com

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