Logic template for Abbey Road One

edited May 2021 in Abbey Road Series

I created a Logic template for Abbey Road One. It is similar to the Logic templates that Spitfire has provided for the BBCSO libraries:

The template was created with v1.0.2 of the library. Due to some minor changes with v1.0.7 of the library (mainly in the percussion), it is not yet 100% compatible with that version.

IMPORTANT: All of the instances of the AR1 plugin in this template are loading a user preset which only includes the specific articulations which are used in each track. These presets are included with the template. You just need to copy the 'user' folder into the 'Templates' folder of your copy of AR1. If you have created some of your own presets before, then the 'Templates/user' folder already exists in your copy of AR1, so just copy the contents of the 'user' folder into your 'Templates/user' folder.

Each category of instruments (Full orchestra, Strings, Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion) has its own track stack, with three busses for different types of articulation:

Full orchestra: Longs, shorts, swells

Strings: Longs, shorts, pizzicato + tremolo

Brass: Longs, shorts, swells

Woods: Longs, shorts, swells

Percussion: Drums, metals, tuned

Each section available in the library (high strings, horns, low woods, etc.) has three tracks, corresponding to each of those busses. Percussion has individual tracks for each instrument (bass drum, suspended cymbals, glockenspiel, etc.).

Only the default Mix 1 mic is used for all instrument tracks.

There is also a reverb send for each track stack. I use R4 for reverb, but changed this to the Chroma reverb included with Logic for compatibility. All of the reverb sends are turned on, with just a touch of reverb added. Long articulations have the highest amount of reverb, followed by swells, with short articulations having the least reverb. Adjust this to taste.

Each track also has a Gain plugin added for balancing. I only did a very quick and rough balancing, to the neighborhood of -12 dB (and peaking up to around -6 dB depending on the instrument) for three or four simultaneous notes played at maximum dynamics / velocity. This will need adjustment to your own preferences, but should give a decent starting point.


Section articulation type(s) ==> Full section articulation type(s) ==> Full section ==> Full mix

So, for the low string longs, it is Low strings longs ==> Strings longs ==> Strings ==> Full mix.


Instrument Stacks

Bus 10: Full orchestra

Bus 20: Strings

Bus 30: Brass

Bus 40: Woodwinds

Bus 50: Percussion

Bus 250: Full Mix


Busses X1-X4: Articulation type(s).

Bus X1: Longs (for Percussion: Drums)

Bus X2: Shorts (for Percussion: Metals)

Bus X3: Swells (for Strings: Pizzicato & Tremolo, and for Percussion: Tuned)

Bus X4: unused

(Bus 11 for Full Orchestra Longs, Bus 42 for Woods Shorts, Bus 53 for Tuned Percussion, etc.)

Submixes and Effects

Busses X5-X9: Effects sends

Bus X5: Reverb

Busses X6-X9: unused

(Bus 25 for Strings Reverb, Bus 35 for Brass Reverb, and so forth. You can use the X6-X9 busses for any additional effects sends for each track stack.)