Synchron Percussion I

Synchron Percussion I

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

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 Synchron Player included
Synchron Timpani
01 Timpani Adams Adams 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 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.) 
1-4 upbeats
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
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 Tambourines Tambourines 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 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
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

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Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 8.1 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core i5 or AMD Athlon Pro
  • macOS 10.13 (latest update), Intel Core i5
  • SSD (M2, SATA 6 or USB3/3.1, UASP Support - HFS+, APFS or NTFS formatted) for the sample content
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • iLok Account and iLok License Manager software for activation in the cloud or on a physical iLok 2/iLok 3 key


  • Windows 10/11 (latest updates, 64-bit), Intel Core i5/i7/i9/Xeon
  • macOS 11 (or higher), Intel Core i5/i7/i9/Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM
  • SSD (M2, SATA 6 or USB3/3.1, UASP Support - HFS+, APFS or NTFS formatted) for the sample content
  • AU/VST/VST3/AAX Native compatible host
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • Standard Library: 169 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)
  • Full Library: 406 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)