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Synchron Percussion II

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Synchron Percussion I
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Synchron Percussion II - Striking Revelations

This second installment of the extremely detailed percussion sample recordings at Synchron Stage Vienna adds a new arsenal of fine instruments to the Synchron Series. As with the first collection, the instruments were captured at the large “Stage A” of Vienna Symphonic Library’s own scoring stage with the same multi-microphone setup that makes their pristine sound extremely flexible.

Included instruments:

  • 5 Timpani (Adams, C2–C#4, hit with a soft beater)
  • 10 Taikos (Kolberg, 8" to 53")
  • 6 Roto-toms (Kolberg, 6" to 16")
  • Bass drum 2 (Lefima 28")
  • Tam-tam 3 (Wuhan, 70 cm)
  • Burma gongs (Kolberg, C2 – C6)
  • 5 China gongs (Kolberg Peking Opera Gongs)
  • Vibraphone (Musser M55)
  • Crotales (Bergerault, C6 – C8)
  • Plate bells (Kolberg, C2 – C7)
  • 3 Temple bells
  • 2 Thundersheets
  • Wind machine
  • Rainmaker
  • 3 Ratchets
  • 2 Vibraslaps
  • 3 Slapsticks
  • Lion’s roar
  • Waldteufel
  • Log drums
  • 4 Anvils

All subsets below are included in Synchron Percussion II. For detailed information on each instrument group, please refer to their individual descriptions:


All instruments include single strokes in many velocity layers and several round robins, rolls and effect articulations. For some instruments, rolls are available in two variants: “Static” rolls are recorded without changing dynamics and allow you to transition smoothly through velocity layers from pianissimo to fortissimo. “Dynamic” rolls were recorded with their dynamic changes (crescendos and diminuendos) performed over various lengths. You may release the keyat any time – the individually adapted release samples will be triggered automatically.

Included MIDI loops for taikos and timpani make it easy to create driving rhythms. Just pre-listen in the Synchron Player and drag them into your DAW.


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, using the full-fledged mixer of the Vienna Synchron Player.

Microphone Positions of the Full Library:

  1. Close Mic – Mono
  2. Mid Layer Mic – Stereo (L/R)
  3. Main/Room Mic  – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
  4. Main/Room Mic  – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
  5. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
  6. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
  7. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)

Standard Library includes positions 1-4.

Mixer Presets

Each instrument comes with a variety of mixer presets that include traditional Decca Tree configurations with variations such as Close, Classical, Wide, Distant and Ambient, but also processed signals with algorithmic reverb, compression, delays and effects for “Low Boom”, “Power Timps”, “Far Away Echoes” and many more. “Surround to Stereo” feeds the surround and high surround mics to the stereo signal for a richer and wider sound. Also included are “Surround” presets for 5.1 applications and 3D audio setups such as Auro 3D and Dolby Atmos.
A new feature of the Synchron Player lets you place each single drum (where available, such as timpani, taiko drums, roto toms) in the stereo panorama. Instead of automatically placing the entire setup, e.g., the five timpani, on its spot on stage, you can use the new “Output Config” feature to route each close-miked drum to its own channel.

Minimum System Requirements

  • PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
  • Mac OS X 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 8 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
  • VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.


  • Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • Mac OS X 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
  • 16 GB RAM
  • SSD or fast separate hard drive (7200 rpm or faster)
  • AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (also works stand-alone)
  • AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
  • 88 key master keyboard

Hard Drive Space Requirements

  • Standard Library: 170.9 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)
  • Full Library: 341.6 GB (individual microphone data can be removed)
Synchron Timpani II
02 Timpani Adams
  • Adams Timpani, 20", 23", 26", 29", 32", soft mallets
  • Single strokes ringing and muted
  • Rolls static, straight and with velocity crossfade
  • Rolls dynamics, 2/4/6/8 sec.
  • Octaves
Synchron Drums II
02 Bass Drum - Lefima 28
  • Soft, medium, hard beaters – open and coperto; 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
04 Roto Toms
  • Roto Toms 6", 8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
  • Sticks, rods, and mallets
  • Sticks: single hits normal and rim, rolls, rimshots, glissando up and down
  • Rods: single hits normal and rim
  • Mallets: single hits normal and rim, rolls
05 Taikos
  • Taikos 8", 12", 13", 15", 16", 18", 20", 26", 36", 53"
  • Cudgel, tam beater, effects
  • Cudgel: single strokes normal, side, rim; 1-4 upbeats; rolls normal, light and strong dynamics
  • Tam beater: single strokes normal and side; 1-4 upbeats; rolls normal, light and strong dynamics
  • Effects: brushes normal, rim, muted; superball var. 1–4
Synchron Cymbals & Gongs II
03 Tam-tam flat - 70cm
  • 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
04 Burma Gongs
  • Regular, leather and metal beaters, effects
  • Regular: single strokes ringing, sizzle, muted; static rolls long and short; dynamic rolls light (1/2/4 sec.) and strong (2/4/6 sec.)
  • Leather: single strokes
  • Metal: strokes and scratches
  • Effects: rod, brush, rasping stick, bow, and superball
04 China Gongs
  • Single strokes open and muted
  • Static rolls long and short
  • Dynamic rolls 2/4/6 sec.
  • All articulations regular and upward glissando
Synchron Mallets II
04 Vibraphone - Musser
  • Hard and soft mallets, bow, superball
  • Single notes, open (motor off and on) and secco
  • Harmonics
  • Rolls normal and dynamics (1/3 sec.)
  • Glissandos fast and slow, up and down; full range and octave 4/5/6/7
  • Handle, motor off and on
  • Pitch bend
  • Bow: single notes, regular and pitch bend
  • Superball: regular, motor off and on
05 Crotales - Bergerault
  • Metal and plastic beaters, bow
  • Single strokes open and muted
  • Rolls normal open and muted
  • Dynamic rolls 0.5/1/3 sec.
  • Glissandos
  • Bow: regular
Synchron Bells II
02 Plate bells
  • Hammer, metal beater, bow
  • Hammer: single notes ringing and stopped; rolls
  • Metal beater: single notes ringing and stopped
  • Bow: regular
03 Temple bells
  • Soft, hard, and triangle beater, bow
  • Single notes open and secco
  • Soft beaters: motion
  • Bow: regular
Synchron Orchestral Percussion II
05 Thundersheets
  • Medium and large thundersheet
  • Single hits, various beaters
  • Shakes, bowed, superball
  • Tremolo brush and gong
  • Free performances
06 Windmachine
  • Clean and rumble
  • Steady loops, quick mute and slow ending
  • Rumble dynamics light and strong
  • Free performances
07 Rainmaker
  • Very slow
  • Slow, regular and looped (with stopped RS)
  • Fast
08 Ratchets
  • Large, medium, small ratchet
  • Single sounds
  • Upbeat
  • Slow and fast, long and short
09 Vibraslaps
  • Large and small vibraslap
  • Stopped and open tones
10 Slapsticks
  • Large, medium, small slapstick
  • Variants 1–4
11 Lion's Roar
  • Short, medium, long sounds
  • Stuttering
  • Squeaky stuttering
12 Waldteufel
  • Large and small waldteufel
  • Short, medium, long
  • Swirls
  • Glissandos up and down, medium and long
  • Performances
13 Log drum
  • Soft and hard mallets
  • Single strokes left and right hand
  • Rolls
14 Anvils
  • Unpitched single strokes open and muted, low, medium, high, very high
  • Unpitched rolls open and muted, low, medium, high, very high
  • Single strokes chromatic
  • Rolls chromatic
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