Synchron Cymbals & Gongs I includes a selection from Vienna’s Synchron Percussion I collection, featuring two suspended cymbals (Zildjian, 16" & 18"), two piatti (pairs)of cymbals (Zildjian 20" Constantinople Orchestra Medium Light and Meinl 22" Symphonic Extra Heavy), as well as two Wuhan tam-tams (100cm and 120cm).
The suspended cymbals are available in two sizes, 16" and 18". The Vienna team recorded single strokes with various mallets, brushes and a double bass bow. The piatti, or pairs of cymbals (“cymbals a-due”), come in two different sizes (20" and 22"). Apart from various single hits various drags, scratches and sizzles were recorded.
The tamtams have a diameter of 100cm and 120cm (39" and 47"). The Vienna team recorded single strokes in various dynamic levels with soft and hard mallets, as well as tremolos, rolls, fast and slow swishes, various scratches and bowings. These detailed tamtam recordings are ideal for film and video game scoring, as well as for sound design.
All instruments were 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 Instruments 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 sonic creations. 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|
|Mid Layer Mic
Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
Decca Tree Mono (Center)
|High Stereo (3D)
|High Surround (3D)
Standard Library (“Stereo Library Download”) – includes the complete set of articulations, recorded from 4 individual microphone positions that can be used for stereo mixing:
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):
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.
The instruments were recorded at Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna. This 540 m2 (5,813 sq.ft.) hall has proven to be a remarkable space, not only for film music recordings, but also for sampling sessions. It is characterized by a lush and warm sound and a perfect localization of the instruments, with a reverb time of 1.6 to 1.8 seconds, and with no masking effect in the low frequencies, as often happens with large halls. 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!
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.
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.
The natural volume envelopes and the sonic character of the instruments remained untouched during recording and editing. You may shape your individual sound and ambience within the Vienna Instruments or Vienna Instruments Pro players and the mixing hosts Vienna Ensemble or Vienna Ensemble Pro. The included presets provide perfectly fine-tuned source material.
|Synchron Cymbals & Gongs|
|01 Piatti||Piatti Zildjian Concert 20" and Meinl Symphonic Extra Heavy 22"
Single strokes normal, muted, sizzle
Drags with long and short release
|02 Cymbals||Suspended 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