Synchron Drums I offers a selection from Vienna’s Synchron Percussion I collection, including snare drum, bass drum, eight concert toms, and two tambourines.
The snare drum (Kolberg “Piano-Forte”) covers the treble register within the orchestral percussion section. The typical sound comes from its batter (top) head combined with the resonance head at the bottom and the attached metal wires, called “snares”. The snare drum was recorded with and without the snares engaged. The Vienna team captured the instrument in utmost detail; single strokes in five positions on the drum, in up to 16 dynamic layers and eight variants, rolls in various dynamics and lengths, flams and variations with brushes, rods and mallets. Thanks to Vienna’s new release sample technology, even 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. They’ve also captured hits played on the shell as well as “stick on stick” variations.
The bass drum (Kolberg “Dicke Bertha”) covers the lowest range in the orchestral percussion section and plays an essential role in almost all western musical styles. The Vienna team captured a wide variety of articulations, such as single strokes in 16 dynamic layers, various rolls as well as effects with three different mallets. What’s more, they’ve also recorded some extra low tunings that you can literally feel with your whole body. To round out the collection they’ve added FX sounds that can be a source of inspiration and are best suited for creating all-new soundscapes, e.g., by striking an elastic rubber ball (“superball”) over the head of the drum. It is incredible how dynamic and highly energetic Stage A of the Synchron Stage Vienna is in the low and sub-bass frequencies. Just be careful with the volume knob when you check out the low velocities on your speakers. Those sub frequencies could lead to serious damage when played back too loudly!
The concert toms (Yamaha CT-9000 series) include eight suspended tom-toms with top and bottom heads, set up as a battery. Single strokes were recorded with four different beaters (sticks, rods, brushes and mallets) in various positions on the heads with up to 16 dynamic layers. The instruments were also treated with rasping sticks on their rims, resulting in all-new sounds.
The tambourine is a type of frame drum with pairs of small metal disks in slots around the frame. It is mainly played with the fingers, the palm, or the fist. The Vienna team recorded two different instruments (Lefima 2091-A and Kolberg 2030 DW) and captured single strokes, flams, tremolos (“shakes”) and thumb rolls in various velocities and lengths.
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.
|01 Snare Drums||Kolberg 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.)
Brushes: swishes 02./0.4/0.8/1.2 sec., circles
Mallets: single strokes normal and rim
|02 Bass Drums||Kolberg 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
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 Tambourines||Tambourines Lefima 2091-A and Kolberg 2030 DW
Single strokes center and rim
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