A few weeks ago I posted a review of BBC orchestra by Spitfire. My conclusion was sort of “meh.” I certainly thought it was a worthy library alongside other top symphonic libraries such as CineSamples, EastWest Hollywood, Berlin, Vienna, etc. but it was “just another library” and not equal to Spitfire’s overheated hype.
That’s probably still true. It’s not overall better than other libraries. It’s not some kind of step forward. It’s well recorded of course and has all the normal articulations. It’s a good library, but that’s all it is.
However, I want to update a little. I have come to see BBC strings as my main go-to strings. I was a big believer in EastWest Hollywood (who have a new orchestra coming in the fall that I’m excited for), but BBC has supplanted EastWest as my anchor string library, based on the simple fact that I think they sound a little sweeter in a mix.
I’m currently doing elaborate mockups of a big project discussed elsewhere on these boards, and I have used both BBC and EW in this project, but at this point the verdict is in. They really sound terrific.
Now, they don’t do everything well. I recently had to replace BBC on a flowing viola ostinato because I just couldn’t get them to phrase right. CSS came in for a heroic rescue there. And I still use Eastwest for really high parts because Spitfire tends to maddeningly give you a needlessly limited range for many instruments, including violins.
But these strings overall are the best sounding strings I own. So I’m very glad I have BBC ‘s orchestra.
I also prefer its celeste to any other I have.
So it has worked its way into being an important part of my toolkit.
See you all later!