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Synchron Percussion I

By Vienna Symphonic Library

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Every Vienna Instruments collection comes with both the Vienna Instruments player and Vienna Ensemble. Get Vienna Instruments Pro and Vienna Ensemble Pro to add another layer of expression to Vienna Instruments and improve your workflow.

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.

Includes the following collections:

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.

16 Instruments

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.

Included Instruments

  • 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"-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.)
  • Giant Taiko – Introductory Bonus

12 Microphones

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 Instruments and Vienna Instrument Pro players, or using the mixing hosts Vienna Ensemble and Vienna Ensemble Pro. 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 Position Standard Library Full Library
Close Mic
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 (“Stereo Library Download”) - includes the complete set of articulations, recorded from 4 individual microphone positions that can be used for stereo mixing:

  • Close Mic - Mono
  • Mid Layer Mic - Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic  - Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic  - Decca Tree Mono (Center)

Full Library (“Stereo and Multi Library Download”) - includes 3 additional microphone positions that can be used for stereo, 5.1 surround and Auro 3D 9.1 mixing (7 mic positions in total):

  • 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)

Please note that the main surround microphone settings may also be used instead of the main stereo room mics in order to achieve a wider, more ambient mix.

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 the Vienna team 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 Vienna’s 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

Special FX sounds were recorded for almost all of the instruments that lend themselves well to creating all-new, organic soundscapes. For example, a rubber “superball” was stroked against the head of the bass drum, and the rims of the concert toms were treated 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 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.

Feature Summary

  • 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)
  • Over 420 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)
  • 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 Instruments player included (fully compatible with Vienna Ensemble Pro and Vienna Instruments Pro)
  • Includes presets of well-balanced microphone setups for the players Vienna Instruments and Vienna Instruments Pro, and for the mixing hosts Vienna Ensemble and Vienna Ensemble Pro.
Synchron Timpani
01 Timpani AdamsAdams Timpani, 20", 23", 26", 29", 32", and merged
Single strokes open, secco, coperto
Rolls normal, straight and with velocity crossfade
Rolls light dynamics, 1/2/4/6 sec.
Rolls strong dynamics, 2/4/6/8 sec.
Merged only: Glissando performance rolls, 1/2/4 sec. Glissandos fast and slow, minor 2nd to major 6th
Synchron Drums
01 Snare DrumsKolberg Rosewood snare drum
Sticks, rods, and brushes with snare on and off; mallets
Single strokes normal, center, side, rim, and shell
Press rolls, rimshots, X-stick, stick on stick
Rolls normal, dynamics light (1/2/4/6 sec.) and strong (2/4/6/8 sec.)
1-4 upbeats
Brushes: swishes 02./0.4/0.8/1.2 sec., circles
Mallets: single strokes normal and rim
02 Bass DrumsKolberg 36 bass drum
Soft, medium, hard beaters - open, coperto, and low; soft and hard brushes; effects
Single strokes normal, muted (stick on stick), side, and rim
1-4 upbeats
Rolls normal, dynamics light (1/2/4/6 sec.) and strong (2/4/6/8 sec.)
Brushes: single strokes normal and muted Swishes 0.5/1//2/8 sec., and tremolo; hard brushes: rim and hardware strokes
Effects: sizzles normal and rolls, sticks on shell and hardware; rim strokes normal and 1-4 upbeats; superball, var. 1-4
03 TambourinesTambourines Lefima 2091-A and Kolberg 2030 DW
Single strokes center and rim
1-4 upbeats
Tremolos thumb and shaken, normal
Tremolo dynamics thumb (1/2/4 sec.) and shaken (2/3 sec.)
04 Concert Toms Concert toms, Yamaha 9000 series, 6"-16"
Sticks, rods, brushes, mallets, and effects
Single strokes normal, rim, shell, side, muted, coperto
Stick on stick, rimshots
Effects: superball var. 1-4, rasping stick fast and slow, var 1/2
Synchron Cymbals & Gongs
01 PiattiPiatti Zildjian Concert 20" and Meinl Symphonic Extra Heavy 22"
Single strokes normal, muted, sizzle
Drags with long and short release
02 CymbalsSuspended cymbals Zildjian K16" and K18"
Sticks, hard and soft mallets, rods, brushes, bowed
Single strokes top, edge (sticks, rods, brushes), bell
Rolls normal, top and edge (sticks only)
Rolls dynamics light (1/2/4/6 sec.) and strong (2/4/6/8 sec.)
Bowed: p, mp, f, var. 1-5 (K16), 1-4 (K18)
03 Tam-tam Kolberg 100 and 120 cm
Soft and hard beaters, effects
Single strokes normal and muted
Rolls normal with long and short release
Rolls dynamics light (2/4/8 sec.) and strong (4/8/12 sec.)
Effects: brush strokes middle and rim, swishes fast and slow, circles; metal strokes and scratches middle and rim; stick scratches; bowed; superball
Synchron Mallets
01 Celesta Celesta Kolberg
Single notes, full and "light" version
Glissandos fast and slow on black and white keys, up and down; full range, 3rd to 4th and 6th to 7th octave
02 Glockenspiel Glockenspiel Yamaha 250
Metal and plastic beaters
Single notes open and secco
Rolls normal and dynamics (0.5/1/3 sec.)
Glissandos open and secco, fast and slow, up and down; full, low, mid, and high range
Bowed single notes
03 Xylophone Adams Adams Artist Alpha
Wood and leather beaters
Single notes, open
Rolls normal and dynamics (05./1/3 sec.)
Glissandos fast and slow, up and down; full range and octave 4/5/6/7
Bowed single notes
Synchron Bells
01 Tubular Bells - Bergerault Bergerault C25
Medium and hard hammers, triangle beaters, rods, brushes, sticks
Hammers: single notes open and muted
Triangle beater: single notes
All: glissandos fast and slow, up and down; full, low, mid, and high range
Synchron Orchestral Percussion
01 Triangles Kolberg Steel 14, 21, 30; Bronze 30; Bronze Baroque 17, 21; Steel serrated 21
Single strokes open and closed
1-4 upbeats
Rolls normal with long and short release
Rolls dynamics, 1/2/4/6 sec.
Serrated: fast scrapes, open, with long and short release; fast scrapes, closed
02 Shakers Kolberg medium tube and egg-shaped shakers
Single shakes
Upbeat shakes slow and fast
Repetition patterns: 4/4 normal and with accents, quarter=60/100; 3/8 and 6/8, dotted quarter=80/104
03 Woodblocks Set of 5 Kolberg woodblocks
Yarn (soft) and plastic (hard) mallets, rasping stick
Single strokes center and rim
1-4 upbeats
Rolls normal, dynamics 1/2/4 sec.
Rasping stick: fast var. 1-4, slow var. 1/2
04 Castanets 2 pairs of Kolberg castanets
Single strokes l/r
Rolls normal, dynamics 1/2/4 sec.
1-4 upbeats

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • ViennaKey (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
  • eLicenser Control Center software (get the latest version from www.eLicenser.net)
  • 427 GB available hard drive space for Full, 215 GB for Standard

Other configurations might work but are not actively supported.


  • PC Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (latest update), i5/i7/Xeon
  • Fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX Native/RTAS compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • RTAS version requires Pro Tools 7.3 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Vienna has received dozens of awards and critical acclaim for its complete line of products.


mipa Award 2010
At the 11th mipa ceremony at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2010 the Vienna Symphonic Library picked up its 6th mipa trophy. 117 magazines from all over the world voted for the best products of 2009/2010 in more than 40 categories, among them the Vienna Symphonic Library in the category of Sound Libraries.




Future Music Platinum Award for Vienna Imperial
In the January 2010 issue of Future Music Magazine, Editor Jono Buchanan states: “(…) Vienna Imperial is the best-sounding sampled piano I've ever played and heard”, rewarding it with a Future Music Platinum Award. In the past, Vienna Symphonic Library's products have been awarded twice by the British Magazine.



mipa Award 2009
At the 10th mipa ceremony at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 the Vienna Symphonic Library picked up its 5th mipa trophy. 112 magazines from all over the world voted for the best products of 2008/2009 in about 40 categories, among them the Vienna Special Edition in the category of Sound Libraries.




Electronic Musician's 2008 Editors’ Choice Award for the Vienna Special Edition
We’re especially honored having received the 3rd Editors’ Choice Award from the editors of Electronic Musician magazine. Our all-in-one orchestral Vienna Instruments Collection won this prestigious award in the category of Best Virtual Orchestra.



Remix Technology Award 2008 for Appassionata Strings
The Remix Technology Awards (RTA) honor the top professional audio and DJ products of the year. Award winners are selected by writers and editors of Remix and Electronic Musician magazines. The Vienna Instruments Collection Appassionata Strings has been voted for as the winner 2008 in the Sample Playback Instrument category.


Keyboard Key Buy Award for Vienna Special Edition
In the August 07 issue of Keyboard Magazine, Editor at Large John Krogh concludes, “Detailed, up-front sound. Wide range of dynamics and articulations. Clever, musically intuitive software interface. World-class orchestral samples at an affordable price.”


Future Music Platinum Awards for Vienna Special Edition and Elements
In the August 07 issue of Future Music Magazine, Jono Buchanan “can’t find enough superlatives to describe the Special Edition”. Already in the May 07 issue, Jono was equally excited about the Vienna Instruments Collection Elements: “The boffins at VSL have really let their hair down with a percussion library to die for!”


4th m.i.p.a. Award for Vienna Symphonic Library
For the fourth time, the Vienna Symphonic Library has been presented with the prestigious “m.i.p.a. Award” (Musikmesse International Press Award). This year the m.i.p.a. community included more than 100 magazines whose editors voted for the Symphonic Cube in the category of “Sound Libraries”.


Electronic Musician's 2007 Editor's Choice Award for the Symphonic Cube
The Symphonic Cube has won a 2007 Electronic Musician Editors' Choice Award for Best Virtual Orchestra. This prestigious award will be formally announced in the January 2007 issue of Electronic Musician magazine.



Future Music Platinum Award
British Future Music magazine compared several virtual string instruments in their September 2006 issue. The test concluded with a Platinum Award for the winner: Vienna Instruments!




Symphonic Cube wins TEC Award 2006!
One of the 2006 Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards for Outstanding Technical Achievement has been bestowed upon the Vienna Symphonic Library. The readers of Mix Magazine chose the Symphonic Cube as the leading product in the broad category of Musical Instruments Technology.

The ceremony was held on October 7 at the San Francisco Hilton, on the second night of the 2006 AES Convention.

“We are extremely honored, proud, and happy having received the most prestigious award of the industry,” says Herb Tucmandl, creator and founder of the Vienna Symphonic Library. “I want to thank the whole team for their continuing efforts to create revolutionary products. Heartfelt thanks go to Christian Teuscher, the mastermind and software guru behind Vienna Instruments’ advanced technology. He managed to tame our unimaginable number of samples by creating these easy-to-use software instruments that are really fun to play.


MIX Certified Hit
Vienna Instruments were listed as among the Top-10 technology hits of the Winter NAMM Show reported in Mix Magazine, March 2006 issue, by the editors of the magazine.



m.i.p.a. Award 2006
Vienna Symphonic Library received the prestiguous “m.i.p.a. 2006“ (Musikmesse International Press Award). The mipa-community encompasses about 80 music magazines from all over the world to vote for the best products in more than 40 categories. This is already the third “m.i.p.a. award“ for the Vienna Symphonic Library.


m.i.p.a. Award 2004
At the Musikmesse 2004 in Frankfurt the Vienna Symphonic Library was announced as the winner of the mipa Award 2004 in the category of “Sound Library”. We are pleased to be chosen by 56 International Music Magazines for the 2nd year in a row. More than 300 international representatives of manufacturers and distributors have joined the 5th mipa Awards Show.


EQ Magazine's Exceptional Quality Award
The Vienna Symphonic Library Team expresses its thanks to EQ Magazine for being among the first-time-ever winners of EQ´s "Exceptional Quality Award". After receiving our very first award, EQ´s Blue Ribbon Award in January 2003, we are very honored and proud to be the winner of the second accolade from this renowned trade magazine.


Electronic Musician's Editor's Choice Award
The Vienna Symphonic Library received the Editor´s Choice Award 2004 of Electronic Musician in the category of Sample Libraries for "having generated the most enthusiasm for its attention to detail and its ambitious scope […] Several of the editors were especially pleased by this library's sound quality, and everyone agreed that it was an impressive undertaking. [...] Vienna Symphonic Library's sheer size, great sound quality, thoughtful organization, future expandability, and high-end features make it a sample collection that's hard to beat.


m.i.p.a. Award 2003
In 2003 the Vienna Symphonic Library was announced for the first time as the winner of the mipa Award in the category of “Sound Library”.


EQ Blue Ribbon Winner
In 2003 the Vienna Symphonic Library won the EQ Blue Ribbon Award, the predecessor of the Exceptional Quality Award.



Game Audio Network Award
The First Edition of the Vienna Symphonic Library won the award for Best Sound Library of the Game Audio Network Guild, a non-profit organization established to promote excellence in interactive music and sound.




TEC Award 2003 Nominee
In May 2003 the renowned American trade magazine “Mix Magazine” nominated the Vienna Symphonic Library for the “TEC Award 2003” in the category of “Outstanding Technical Achievement.



Creative Industries
The Vienna Business Agency (WWFF – Wiener Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds) awarded first place to the company Vienna Symphonic Library in its Call “Creative Industries”. This award was bestowed upon the Vienna Symphonic Library for the research project of a spatial audio mixing-engine for virtual symphonic orchestration based on the concept of multi-impulse convolution (MIR).


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