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Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Timpani I Standard Library

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Standard Library (“Stereo Library Download”) – includes the complete set of articulations, recorded from 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 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, and more ambient mix.


Synchron Timpani I features the five Adams Artist Alpha timpani (20", 23", 26", 29", and 32") of the Synchron Percussion I Collection.

The sound of these top quality instruments blends perfectly with other orchestral instrument groups. Consider the long history of timpani employed in support of majestic brass fanfares, or the combination of tremolo strings over a foundation of timpani rolls that creates a powerful dramatic tension.


5 Instruments – 12 Microphones

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 our 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 Positions of the Full Library:

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)

Standard Library includes positions 1-4.


Microphone and instrument setup (click for larger image)


100 Hours of Sample Recordings

Our team worked meticulously during more than thirty three-hour recording sessions in order to capture the five timpani in every subtle detail. This was only made possible by our owning, storing and recording these instruments at our own scoring stage – Synchron Stage Vienna. The natural volume envelopes and the sonic character of the instruments remained untouched during recording and editing. Using Vienna Instruments or the Vienna Instruments Pro player, as well as the mixing hosts Vienna Ensemble or Vienna Ensemble Pro, you may shape your individual sound and select your ideal ambience from various microphone positions.


Outstanding Acoustics

The instruments were recorded at Stage A of our 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!


Unprecedented Variety of Timbres and Articulations

We’ve recorded five different sizes of timpani (20", 23", 26", 29", and 32"), over the maximum playable range (all together approximately two octaves) – which means that you may choose from up to three different timpani to achieve any given pitch. Sixteen velocity levels were captured in four “open” variants, with additional “secco” (stopped release of a hit) and “coperto” (damped membrane) articulations adding up to a staggering 128 different single hits per pitch and per timpani.

Rolls: We’ve captured rolls in 16 velocities as well as various dynamics, such as crescendos and diminuendos, in four different lengths. Thanks to our new release sample technology, even crescendo and diminuendo rolls may be stopped at any time, with the perfectly matching release sample being triggered.

Glissandos: Single-stroke glissandos were recorded up to a major sixth interval, at three different speeds.

Glissando Rolls: The single-stroke glissandos are topped by so-called Performance Interval Rolls that enable true legato playing up to a fifth, over the complete range of each timpani. Of course these rolls are based on our new release sample technology, so you can play them for any length of time.


3D Sound

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 Timpani I (Full Library) you may mix your instruments in Auro 3D as well as in Dolby Atmos.


Feature Summary

Five Adams timpani from the Synchron Percussion I collection (20", 23", 26", 29", 32")
Recorded at the 540 m2 (5,813 sq.ft.) Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna
More than 80,800 Samples (Full Library)
80 GB of installed sample data
100 hours recording time
Phenomenal sound with 1.6 to 1.8 seconds of natural reverb time
All instruments captured with 12 microphones (Full Library)
3D Sound (Full Library) – mix in stereo, 5.1 surround, Auro 3D or Dolby Atmos
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 
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.


 Standard LibraryFull Library
Sample Amount46,20480,857
Download File Size19.1 GB40.0 GB
Installed File Size40.1 GB79.9 GB


System Requirements

PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Mac OS X 10.8 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
VIENNA KEY (Vienna Symphonic Library USB protection device) or other USB eLicenser (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia)
40.1 GB free hard drive space for the Standard Library, 79.9 GB for the Full Library

Other configurations may work but are not actively supported.


Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
Mac OS X 10.9 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
SSD or 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
AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher
88 key master keyboard