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When Abbey Highway One: Orchestral Foundations introduced the long-lasting, cinematic sound of London’s most well-known orchestral recording room below the Spitfire Audio pattern library umbrella, we have been advised that this was simply the beginning.
Spitfire promised a modular strategy with new, targeted libraries to assist the broad brushstrokes of the Foundations library, and Spitfire Audio hasn’t disillusioned with Sparkling Woodwinds and Legendary Low Strings added since that first launch. Wondrous Flutes is the British pattern maker’s fourth library within the sequence.
This gives some of the sonically satisfying and frequently-used woodwind pairings favoured by movie rating composers – a pair of flutes and a piccolo enjoying an octave greater.
There isn’t any scarcity of examples of this to be discovered within the pantheon of Hollywood soundtracks and, as Paul Thomson of Spitfire Audio demonstrates in his excellent walkthrough tutorial.
Nonetheless, in all probability essentially the most well-known instance is John Williams’ magical rating for E.T. John Powell additionally options this orchestration pairing via all three of his How To Practice Your Dragon scores.
The obtain dimension of the library is somewhat below 7GB. Whilst you can set up it on the arduous drive of your selection, should you personal the core Abbey Highway One: Orchestral Foundations library, Wondrous Flutes might be accessed by way of the Picks tab inside this library, permitting you to readily pair it with the remainder of the Abbey Highway Orchestra.
The primary articulation is a shocking Legato patch which exhibits the woodwind mixture in all of its glory. It responds nicely to speedy notice flurries and longer, extra melodic phrases alike, with the Modulation wheel accessing the dynamic pattern layers and Expression providing quantity over MIDI, as per the Spitfire Audio commonplace.
For chordal, sustained performances, the Lengthy patch comes subsequent. There are two flavours of shorter notes, with a punchy Staccato patch and an extended, rounder Marcato different for while you want barely bolder reinforcement. However the patches most paying homage to Williams’ E.T. rating come within the type of mordents, of which there are 4 discrete selections.
A mordent is a efficiency method the place a participant performs one notice, quickly steps as much as one other (often a semitone or tone greater), then steps again all the way down to the unique pitch. Consider it as an abridged trill. Wondrous Flutes gives semitone, entire tone, minor third and main third variations of this system. You’ll discover them immediately acquainted, providing a wide-eyed, fantastical sound that works nicely each when enjoying single notes and even higher when enjoying chords of two or three notes.
The one disadvantage of Wondrous Flutes is the mounted relationship between the Flutes and Piccolo; they’ve been recorded collectively, so there’s no option to separate them to make use of one or different instrument. However the Abbey Highway One collections have made this their mission assertion from the start; here’s a choice of scoring instruments designed to get you to a terrific sound with minimal fuss. To that manifesto, Wondrous Flutes is a wonderful addition and, should you’re drawn to this orchestral pairing, it’s a steal at £49.
- Mac: OS X 10.10 to OS X 10.11 / Home windows 7, Home windows 8, or Home windows 10 (64-bit)
- 2.8GHz i5 quad-core or or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM
- 6.25GB free disk house
- Piccolo and two flutes recorded in octave unison
- Six microphone/combine choices
- Articulations for Legato, Lengthy, Staccato, Marcato and Mordent
- Mordent options Min 2nd, Maj 2nd, Min third, Maj third
- Devoted plug-in
- Accessible in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX codecs