Gear Of The Year: Best virtual instrument of 2021

Virtual instruments come in all shapes and forms to serve different purposes, and this one served its purpose ten-fold.

Spitfire Audio Abbey Road One: Sparkling Woodwinds & Legendary Low Strings

WINNER: Spitfire Audio Abbey Road One: Sparkling Woodwinds & Legendary Low Strings

Spitfire’s partnership with Abbey Road studios helped to put beautifully captured orchestral instruments into the digital toolkits of composers, and with these two latest libraries, it proved just how potent the iconic acoustics of iconic Studio One could be.

Sparkling Woodwinds and Legendary Low Strings don’t offer as much versatility as 2020’s Orchestral Foundations mega library, but they don’t need to. Instead, they attend to scoring techniques that evoke specific moods and textures.

With quality samples and little to fuss over, composers could make fast, broad strokes to get fast results that work – and sometimes, that’s really all you need to make a scene come to life.

Read our full review here.

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