This all-new Collection of orchestral percussion instruments ushers in a new era for Vienna Symphonic Library. Synchron Percussion I was recorded at Stage A, the main hall, of Vienna’s newly revitalized Synchron Stage Vienna.
Captured in every nuanced detail with an expansive, phase-controlled multi-microphone set-up, it delivers to your studio all the character and vibe of the world’s finest percussion instruments, masterfully played in one of the best-sounding scoring stages in the world.
Synchron Percussion I includes 16 essential orchestral percussion instruments that are owned by Synchron Stage Vienna and permanently housed in climate-controlled rooms in the building’s basement. All of the leading prestigious manufacturers are represented in this premium selection of instruments, including Adams, Bergerault, Kolberg, Lefima, Meinl, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
5 Timpani (Adams; C2–C#4)
Bass Drum (Kolberg “Dicke Bertha” 36"x28")
Snare Drum (Kolberg “Piano-Forte” Rosewood 14"x 6,5")
8 Concert Toms (Yamaha CT-9000 series; 6"/8"/10"/12"–16")
Xylophone (Adams Artist Alpha; C4–C8)
Glockenspiel (Yamaha 2500; C5–E8)
Celesta (Kolberg; C3–F8)
Suspended Cymbals (Zildjian, 16" & 18")
Piatti (Zildjian 20" Constantinople Orchestra Medium Light; Meinl 22" Symphonic Extra Heavy)
2 Tam-Tams (Wuhan; 100cm and 120cm)
Tubular Bells (Bergerault Symphonic; F3–F5)
Tambourines (2 pc.: Lefima 2091-A, Kolberg 2030 DW)
Triangles (7 sizes)
Woodblocks (5 pc.)
Castanets (2 pairs)
Shakers (2 pc.)
Vienna Synchron Player
Synchron Percussion I works with our Vienna Synchron Player, a dedicated sample player with a brand new engine built from the ground up. The powerful player delivers unprecedented streaming performance, with hundreds of voices streaming simultaneously – an important feature for handling Synchron Percussion’s many microphone positions. The integrated mixer comes with an extensive effects rack and provides a host of presets, covering the entire range from natural uncompressed recordings to powerful strokes and epic impacts!
Every instrument was recorded using 12 microphones. You may select from four microphone positions (Standard Library) or seven different microphone positions (Full Library) and mix them to your liking, directly in the Vienna Synchron Player. Use the included and perfectly fine-tuned presets as a starting point for your own mixes. The natural volume envelopes and the sonic character of the instruments remained untouched during recording and editing. The performances in Stage A were captured in stereo using a Decca tree, and additional microphone arrays were utilized for 5.1 surround and Auro 3D 9.1.
Microphone Positions of the Full Library:
Close Mic – Mono
Mid Layer Mic – Stereo (L/R)
Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
Standard Library includes positions 1-4.
Immersive Sound and Auro 3D
Auro 3D is an immersive audio technology that allows for three-dimensional sound perception. The Belgian company Auro Technologies developed this technology based on a special speaker configuration, adding four additional speakers to a 5.1 surround configuration. These speakers (so-called “Heights”) are situated above the front and surround speakers and generate acoustic reflections that are perceived naturally due to the fact that sounds originate from around as well as from above the listener. Thanks to the comprehensive selection of discrete audio channels of Synchron Percussion I (Full Library) you may mix your instruments in Auro 3D as well as in Dolby Atmos.
128 Variations per Hit
A tremendous amount of time and effort was spent in order to record all 16 percussion instruments. This tour de force was only possible because all of the instruments, as well as the Synchron Stage Vienna itself, were owned by the Vienna Symphonic Library company. The results are truly impressive. Synchron Percussion I over-delivers with its huge dynamic range and liveliness. With up to 16 velocities and up to 8 variations of each hit, and open, secco (stopped release) and coperto (damped) articulations, there are a staggering 128 variations of each single hit! Additionally we’ve utilized several types of mallets, sticks, rods, brushes, hammers, and more to achieve a comprehensive library of transients and timbres.
100 hours alone was spent on capturing all the subtle nuances of the five timpani. Since each timpani drum was sampled over its complete playing range, any given pitch may now be reproduced by up to three different instruments. As a result of our exclusive, brand-new release sample technology, crescendo and diminuendo rolls that are available in various lengths and intensities can be stopped at any time with the matching release sample being triggered. Glissandos are provided up to a major sixth in three speeds, and the innovative “Performance Interval Rolls” enable unlimited legato playing of up to a fifth interval.
The celesta was played using a sampling robot, which captured the subtlety of this beautiful instrument with 36 meticulously sampled velocity layers.
Extensive Resources for Sound Design
For almost all of the instruments, we recorded special FX sounds that lend themselves well to creating all-new, organic soundscapes. For example, we stroked a rubber “superball” against the head of the bass drum, and treated the rims of the concert toms with rasping sticks. The glockenspiel, xylophone and the tamtams were played with a double bass bow, as another of many examples. The results are unique sounds that will entice you to experiment and will serve as a source of inspiration for your compositions.
The Recording Stage as an Instrument
Synchron Stage Vienna, located on the “Wiener Rosenhügel”, is large enough to accommodate a 130 piece orchestra and has proven to be a remarkable space, not only for film music recordings, but also for sampling sessions. During the 1960s, eminent classical artists such as Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin, Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich loved to use the outstanding acoustics of this former “Synchronhalle” for their now-legendary recordings.
The colossal room-in-room construction, built upon a massive concrete foundation, combined with sound insulation and a specially designed air conditioning system, results in a ridiculously low noise-floor of 16 dBA, even with the air conditioner running!
The main Stage A features a reverb time of 1.6 to 1.8 seconds, and in contrast to other scoring stages, there is no masking effect on the low frequencies. All instruments sound punchy and warm, while at the same time providing excellent localization, both in depth and in the stereo panorama. Especially at low and medium levels, the room itself becomes a marvelous instrument. Its high energy level on the very low frequencies was harnessed beautifully for the bass drum, which was recorded at its normal tuning, then loosened to capture thunderous lows that reverberated though the hall. But be mindful of the volume – these ultra low frequencies may damage your speakers if the volume is set too high!
Perfect Climatic Conditions
Synchron Stage Vienna is equipped with a sophisticated system for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) that provides absolutely consistent air quality (humidity and temperature) between the large Stage A and the percussion storage room. So every instrument is in pristine condition for performance, day and night, session after session.
16 Essential orchestral percussion instruments from the Synchron Stage Vienna collection
Recorded at the 540 m2 (5,813 sq.ft.) Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna
More than 475,000 Samples (Full Library)
427 GB of installed sample data
Extensive recording time – up to 100 hours per instrument group
Pristine sound with 1.6 through 1.8 sec. natural reverb time
All instruments captured with 12 microphones (Full Library) or 6 microphones (Standard Library)
3D Sound (Full Library) – mix in stereo, 5.1 surround, Auro 3D or Dolby Atmos
Up to 128 samples per pitch and per hit
Unique release sample technology for crescendo and diminuendo rolls
New: Performance Interval Rolls – play true legato (roll) lines up to a fifth interval on the timpani
Extra low tunings on the bass drum – for highly energetic low frequency recordings
Many FX articulations – a source of inspiration for all-new sound combinations
Free Vienna Ensemble mixing host and Vienna Synchron Player included
Includes presets of well-balanced microphone setups for Vienna Synchron Player
Windows 8.1/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i5 or AMDAthlon Pro
OSX 10.10.5, Intel Core i5
SSD (M2, SATA 6 or USB3/3.1, UASP Support - HFS+, APFS orNTFS formatted) for the sample content
16 GB RAM
VIENNA KEY or other USB-eLicenser (e.g. a Cubase- orNuendo-Key Soft-eLicensers and iLoks are NOT supported)
Free storage space for the Standard Library: 169.3 GB
Free storage space for the Full Library: 406.2 GB
Windows 10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i7/i9/Xeon
macOS 10.12.6 (or higher), Intel Core i7/i9/Xeon
32 GB RAM
AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host
88 key master keyboard