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  • The iconic sound of cinema

    From the wistful main theme of Braveheart to the thunderous horn section used in The Batman original theme, as well as countless other themes spanning the entire history of cinema, the horn has proven itself to be the irreplaceable heart of orchestral scoring. Horns play myriad roles, from chorale accompaniment to strings, through to punchy main themes that transcend anything the rest of the orchestra has to offer.

    The first of our Film Scoring Selections to feature two legatos, this library provides an agile section of eight horns, capable of going from speedy playing with fast run articulations across dynamics to slower, stately and more lyrical performances all with the sound of cinema - Abbey Road Studio One and London’s A-list players - right out of the box.

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    Our dedicated plugin

    Compatible with NKS

    10 mic signals

    8 articulations

    Dedicated plugin

    Listen to Abbey Road One: Thematic Horns

    The treasure of orchestral scoring

    Thematic Horns captures the most essential ingredient to successful orchestral scoring; that vivid and intense sound of an 8-piece horn section. With two distinctly different legatos - ‘performance’ and ‘lyrical’ - this cinematic treasure trove adds even more flavour to the Film Scoring Selections range.

    Designed to be the more acrobatic and instantly playable legato, the performance legato patch is performed with accented attacks at the front of sustains. Allowing for fast runs across every dynamic, this is very much the 'plug in and play’ of the two legatos. The lyrical legato patch offers a more measured and deliberate alternative, with a softer entry, perfect for slower lyrical lines. The difference between how the two patches feel is significant, as is the way they each uniquely influence a composition’s melodic character.

    Performed in the unmistakable acoustics of Abbey Road’s Studio One, Thematic Horns further enriches the available offerings in the Abbey Road One orchestral range by commanding the forefront of instantly playable, instant cinema - from the moment you open the first patch.

    Abbey Road One Thematic Horns
    Abbey Road One Thematic Horns

    The iconic sound of cinema

    Enter the room most composers can only dream of—Abbey Road’s Studio One. Considered one of the finest acoustical spaces in the world, Studio One’s history has an indelible connection with the scores recorded there, providing emotion, mood, and magic for many of the most renowned and successful films ever made. Such classics as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Avengers: Endgame, all were recorded in Studio One. With its rich tonality and famed reverb, Studio One’s sound is widescreen and epic.

    Thematic Horns, and indeed all of the Abbey Road One Selections, puts the same first-call musicians that play on globally successful movies at your fingertips, all recorded by multi GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Simon Rhodes (Avatar, Hugo, Harry Potter) and featuring the legendary Abbey Road microphones and outboard gear.

    The horn section is an absolute backbone of film scoring; an exceptional 8 player section alongside the hallowed acoustic of Abbey Road studio 1 — what a combination!

    Paul Thomson

    Composer & Co-Founder of Spitfire Audio

    Abbey Road One Thematic Horns

    Building on Orchestral Foundations

    Expanding on Abbey Road One: Orchestral Foundations, a 90-piece symphonic orchestra that was our first partnership with Abbey Road Studios, Thematic Horns is a fully-fledged, stand-alone library. Recorded the same way your favourite composer would: the unmistakable acoustics of Abbey Road Studio One, exceptional players, award-winning sound engineers and priceless microphones, all allowing you to quickly and easily create film scores. Elevate your existing symphonic orchestra toolkit or pair with Orchestral Foundations to create soaring, heroic themes. With a beautiful, modern design, Thematic Horns and all of the Abbey Road One Selections are housed in our award-winning plug-in, which loads directly into all major DAWs (VST2, VST3, AU, AAX & NKS-compatible) without the need for any additional software. Easy to use, intuitive and inspiring, our plug-in has been designed by composers, for composers.

    With a beautiful, modern design, Thematic Horns and all of the Abbey Road One Selections are housed in our award-winning plug-in, which loads directly into all major DAWs (VST2, VST3, AU & AAX) without the need for any additional software. Easy to use, intuitive and inspiring, our plug-in has been designed by composers, for composers.


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    The Collection brings together Orchestral Foundations and all available Selections. Everything you need to create cinematic scores, inspired by your favourite blockbuster movies.

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    What's included

    Articulations


    8-piece horn section

    • Performance Legato
    • Lyrical Legato
    • Long
    • Long Sforzando
    • Staccatissimo
    • Staccato
    • Tenuto
    • Marcato

    Mixes

    • Mix 1
    • Mix 2

    Mics

    • Vintage 1
    • Vintage 2
    • Pop Close
    • Pop Room
    • Close
    • Tree 1
    • Tree 2
    • Ambient
    • Outriggers
    • Spill


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    FAQs

    Do I need to own Abbey Road One: Orchestral Foundations to buy this library?

    No, this library will act as a stand alone library, opening up inside the Abbey Road One plug-in. But if you were to own Abbey Road One Orchestral Foundations, it will work seamlessly together.


    How does your dedicated plug-in work?

    Our dedicated plug-in libraries work as standalone instruments in your DAW, meaning that no serial number is provided and the authorisation process happens during your download. We provide an AU, VST2, VST3 and an AAX, so as long as your chosen DAW supports one of those plug-in formats, you’re good to go.


    I own Orchestral Foundations, how do I install a Selection?

    From our Spitfire Audio App, you install the selections into your pre existing Spitfire Audio - Abbey Road ONE folder. For those that do not own orchestral foundations, a selection is installed to your samples drive like any other product. Should you then install Orchestral Foundations or another selection later, these get installed to your now pre existing Spitfire Audio - Abbey Road ONE folder. 

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    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS X 10.13 to OS X 11 

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM. 

    Recommended: 2.8GHz i7 (six-core), 16GB RAM. 

    Intel and M1 Apple computers, 64 bit DAW required (32 bit DAWs not supported). 

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install

    PC system requirements

    Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit) Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5. 

    Recommended: Intel 2.8 GHz i7 (six-core) or AMD R7 2700. 

    Machine must be connected to the internet during install.

    File size

    11.00 GB uncompressed .WAV

    12.00 GB disk space required during install

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