BBC SO: is it portable?

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Welcome to the first chapter of a new series. With every new chapter we will put a piece of hardware/software under the lens to find out wether or not it is ideal for the mobile composer out there. We beleive portability is not solely a physical matter. We’ll check how well it performs on mobile setups and how fit it is for traveling in any condition. Our only aim being giving you true, actionable insight!

So let’s talk about one of the hottest products of 2019: BBC Symphony Orchestra by Spitfire Audio. Please check the video below for a full portability review and find a few extended resources further down. Enjoy!

The full music demo

The demo was recorded using exclusively samples from BBC SO in real time on the mobile setup described in the video above and without any noticeable audio drop.

The Digital Performer template

Click here to download a BBC SO template for Digital Performer (10 or later).

This is a soft template, you will be able to bounce separate instruments but all articulations and microphones will be printed in the instrument bounce.

The template makes use of Program Changes rather than the built-in Key Switches.

In order to unlock bonus functionalities (more in a future article) the template copies some CC data and pastes it in different CCs (3, 9, 25, 26, 27, 30, 88, 89, 115 and 117). In order to avoid confusion a view filter is set to hide the pasted CCs from edit views. You can however disable the view filter as you would normally.

Performance stats

We’ll update this section with new performance stats should they change with future updates of the library.

We tested the library on a 15″ MacBook Pro, Intel Core i9, 2.9 GHz with 32 GB of memory.

The full template loading time is: 13 minutes

Once the template is loaded BBC SO claims 10.1 GB of memory

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Giovanni Rotondo

Giovanni Rotondo

Editor in Chief of Film Scoring Tips. Giovanni Rotondo is an experienced film and television composer based in London. He has scored many award winning feature films (Elijah and the Rock Creature, Orphans & Kingdoms), TV movies (Il Giudice Meschino, Il Confine), documentaries (Ilaria Alpi - L'Ultimo Viaggio) and video games (Thunderbird: The Legend Begins). More info here:

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