Big, fat percussion sounds are an essential part of a large sounding orchestra, lending epic size, power and drive to any track. As with the previous tutti recordings of the Big Bang Orchestra series, the Vienna team sampled up to six percussionists playing together in the large hall of Synchron Stage Vienna, capturing the human liveliness and musicality that's one of the cornerstones of the entire series. The instruments were selected from Synchron Stage Vienna's own climate-controlled drum and percussion vault that matches the atmospheric conditions of the recording stages, and where they are meticulously maintained to be ready for film music sessions at all times.
By combining and balancing the frequency spectrums of various instruments and placing them in the room, the team achieved powerful and fresh sounds — not only when striking in fortissimo, but also at softer, more subtle volumes. What's more, Vienna's engineers isolated each instrument during the recording sessions with close microphones while playing together in the ensemble, so you have more control and creative options using the Synchron Player's internal mixer.
BBO: Dorado plays extremely well with the previous installments of the series, energizing your Big Bang Orchestra with punchy strikes, metal hits and cymbal crashes.
The second drums and percussion installment of the Big Bang Orchestra adds powerful, driving rhythmic patterns to Vienna's series of tutti recordings. Johannes Vogel, composer and principal conductor at Synchron Stage Vienna, who is also an accomplished percussionist in his own right, orchestrated a variety of patterns that not only complement the symphonic riffs included in BBO: Capricorn, but lend energy and drive to any track.
All patterns are categorized by frequency ranges in Main Riffs, Low Riffs, and High Riffs. The Main and Low Riffs are played using the Taiko drums, bass drum and concert toms, while the High Riffs are created using small concert tom, snare drum, stacked cymbals, conga and bongos. All patterns can be mixed, matched and stacked across the board, letting you create gigantic percussion ensembles if you wish. Every pattern includes a single stroke that you can use to end a phrase any time during its 4-bar run. What's more, the Synchron Player's new time-stretch feature lets you automatically sync the patterns to your host tempo, or manually in real-time to any other tempo of your choice.
Naturally, BBO: Eridanus matches perfectly with the percussion ensembles of BBO: Dorado, which were recorded at the same positions on stage and whose single strokes or upbeats you can add for accents or rhythmic variations. Using the included mixer presets, all Percussion Riffs of BBO: Eridanus perfectly match the epic sound of all the other Synchron Stage recordings of the Big Bang Orchestra series.
For the pitched percussion library of BBO: Fornax, they captured exceptional combinations of instruments to create organic, rich and pioneering sounds. Since pianos, with their percussive mechanics, can be counted among percussion instruments, all three large concert grands housed at Synchron Stage Vienna were used in the sampling sessions. Vienna's engineers recorded a Steinway D-274, a Bösendorfer Imperial, and a Yamaha CFX in combination with plate bells, tubular bells, gongs, pitched and unpitched drums and more to create epic sounds, from mysterious touches to bombastic eruptions.
BBO: Fornax includes several set-ups, categorized into Low Range and High Range instruments. Low Range instrument set-ups offer combinations of three pianos, plate bells, tubular bells, pitched gongs, taikos, timpani, and bass drum. For the "Big Timpani" set, for instance, a colossal sound was achieved by combining two timpani tuned in octaves with the odaiko (largest taiko) and the bass drum. High Range instruments include plate bells, tubular bells, vibraphone, suspended cymbals, gongs, and triangle. By combining instruments from both groups you'll cover the entire frequency spectrum.