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Spitfire Audio launch Abbey Road Orchestra High Percussion

Next instalment in flagship series arrives

Spitfire Audio Abbey Road High Percussion orchestral sample library

Spitfire Audio have today announced the release of Abbey Road Orchestra High Percussion. The launch marks the second release in the new series, which the company say is the most detailed range of sample libraries they have ever created. Up to 11 dynamic layers and 16 round robins are present, and a total of 391 articulations are on offer, which include discreet left and right hand performances.

Expanding on the selection of instruments provided in Abbey Road Orchestra Low Percussion,  this latest offering contains 62 instruments that range from traditional orchestral staples to modern hybrid scoring essentials. To find out more about the debut instalment in the series, take a look at our in-depth review from the January 2023 issue of SOS (print / web / app / replica / PDF editions).

Aiming for ultmate playability, the company have included a number of performance-focused features to assist users in creating realistic parts, with each patch providing a two-handed keyboard layout with independent mapping of right and left hand hits, along with a Voice Choking feature which helps to ring roll articulations to a natural-sounding end. Plenty of playing variation is on offer thanks to a range of different stick and beater choices, and this versatility also extends to the mix stage, with the library boasting a total of 16 microphone signals.

Included Instruments

Spitfire Audio Abbey Road High Percussion GUIThe library is provided within Spitfire Audio's own plug-in, with two-handed mapping for each instrument helping users to program realistic performances.Spitfire Audio Abbey Road High Percussion orchestral drums recording sessionAll of the instruments have been captured with a wide range of microphone positions in Abbey Road Studios' legendary Studio One .Main

  • Bongos
  • Congas (x3)
  • Darbuka
  • Djembe
  • Log Drums (x6)
  • Mini Bongos
  • Octobans (x4)
  • Plastics (x3)
  • Roto Toms (x5)
  • Shime Daiko
  • Field Drum
  • Snare
  • Piccolo Snare A
  • Piccolo Snare B
  • Temple Blocks (x4)
  • Timbales
  • Wood Blocks (x4)


  • Claves (x6)
  • Castanets
  • Ratchet
  • Vibraslap
  • Whip (x2)
  • Guiros (x2)
  • Shakers (two pairs)
  • Caxixi (x2)
  • Maracas (x2)


Abbey Road Orchestra High Percussion uses the company’s own plug-in, which is supported on PCs running Windows 7 and above, and Macs running macOS version 10.13 to 12. It is available in AU, VST2, VST3 and AAX formats. The download size for the library is 98.05GB.

Pricing & Availability

Abbey Road Orchestra High Percussion is available now, and is being offered for a promotional price of $349£299 including VAT / €349 until 27 March 2023, reduced from its usual price of $449£399 including VAT / €449. During this promotional period, owners of Abbey Road Orchestra Low Percussion are also eligible for a crossgrade price of $309£274 including VAT / €309.

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