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The definitive collection of Hybrid Cinematic Widescreen percussion ensembles, produced by the man who created the idiom. Recorded by Geoff Foster at Air Studios and mixed by 4 Grammy winning composer/ producers.
Four percussion legends and long term collaborators with Hans play the definitive anthology of percussion instruments and styles developed over ten years of blockbuster score making. Volume 1 includes this selection of drum ensembles and key solo instruments:
Low Booms, Low Boom Gallery, Taiko Ensemble, Tamtam Ensemble, Boobams Ensemble, Hi Taiko Solo, Low Taiko Solo, Large Taiko Solo, Bass Drum Gallery Solo, Gong Drum Gallery Solo, Surdu Ensemble, Dohl Ensemble, Tombek Ensemble, Bombo Ensemble, Buckets & Snares Ensemble, Buckets & Crushers Ensemble, Bucket Top & Darbuka, Paper Djun, Piatti, Anvils, Timpani Ensemble.
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• A LEGEND PRODUCES A LEGENDARY SOUND SET
• EXCRUCIATING ATTENTION TO DETAIL
• NUMEROUS ESOTERIC DRUMS
• NUMEROUS ROUND ROBINS AND DYNAMIC LAYERS
• A SELECTION OF BEATERS AND TECHNIQUES
• RECORDED IN AIR STUDIOS, LONDON
• VIA THE FINEST LARGEST SET OF RAREFIED MICS
• VIA BESPOKE NEVE MONTSERRAT PRE-AMPS
• INTO THE WORLD’S LARGEST NEVE 88R DESK
• 192K 24BIT DIGITAL PRISM A/D.
• 200GB+ OF DATA FROM 10k+ OF SAMPLES
• ARTICULATIONS CURATED BY HZ HIMSLEF
• NUMEROUS MIXABLE MIC PERSPECTIVES
• MIXES BY GRAMMY WINNING ARTISTS
• INTUITIVE FRONT END GUI
• PLAYS RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX
• SONICALLY FITS WITH OTHER SPITFIRE PRODUCTS
• INSTANT INSPIRATION
Available to download only from this site. This is a Kontakt player library.

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BACKGROUND

A true trailblazer produces the ultimate cinematic hybrid percussion library.
SPITFIRE PROUDLY PRESENTS THE HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION LIBRARY
HANS ZIMMER is one of the most successful, influential and prolific film composers of his generation. Having won countless awards (including an Oscar accompanied by an embarrassment of academy nominations). HZ's scores have underscored a generation of hugely successful films, that have turned over billions of dollars, countless awards and critical acclaim. Hans has defined not only a compositional style, but also production approach and sonic innovation that has influenced a generation of composers.
Spitfire Audio are delighted and honoured to present a series of products produced by Hans Zimmer and his diamond class team of grammy winning engineers, musicians and technicians. Where Hans Zimmer's style approach to sonic creation is often copied or emulated we're proud to present to the world at large HZ's definitive take on his trailblazing approach to cinematic percussion production. Herein lies not an emulation or synthesis of his approach, but a recreation. The same studio, musicians, instruments, signal chain and talented engineers, sitting alongside a decade of experience, innovation and refinement overseen in every detail by Hans himself. The same excrutiating attention to detail, perfection but most importantly the endless choice for tweakability and customisation you'd expect of the greatest of sound-smiths.

FEATURES

HZ01 LONDON ENSEMBLES
Recorded at Air Studios via an unsurpassable signal chain. 96 rarefied microphones, into Neve Montserrat pre-amps, the world's biggest Neve 88R desk (which was exhaustively re-gained at every dynamic layer for optimum signal quality), via a dual chain to HDX and Prism converters running at 192k. Well over 30 TB of raw material from these sessions alone.
The London Ensembles sessions feature the cream of Hans Zimmer's hand picked percussion corps playing a distillation of a decade's worth of musical experimentation and innovation. This is not an imitation of techniques explored in films including Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight and Inception. It is a truthful recreation.
The library consists of microphone positions (as detailed below) mixed in stereo and 5.1 by Grammy and Oscar winning engineers: Alan Meyerson, Steve Lipsom, Junkie XL, Geoff Foster and Hans Zimmer himself.
When you plug in and play this material you will experience a feeling not dissimilar to strapping into a freshly delivered Aston Martin albeit with a choice of livery and paint work that you can repeatedly interchange and customise to your heart’s content.
We have recorded the following drums and articulations each with up to 9 round robins and 6 dynamic layers per hit, at Air Studios through the finest microphones, the finest Neve pre-amps into the Neve 88R desk via prism AD converters at 196k 32 bit floating point (which we have SRC’d to 24bit 48k).

GUI

We like instruments that just open and play. So we have worked for many years to create a simple to use and uniform GUI so you learn one, you learn them all. With improvements being made constantly we frequently update the whole range to maintain uniformity in our interfaces across our entire range.

General Controls GUI Image
GENERAL CONTROLS PANEL
A deeper but still simple UI panel that allows you to tweak the general settings. How many round robins you would like and how you would like them to behave. How would you like memory to be organised alongside pitch options and how velocity works.

PATCHES

ESSENTIAL ARTICULATIONS
01 – Low Booms
- Hard Beater Hits
- Hard Beater Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Puilli Rolls
- Rim Stick Hits
- Rim Stick Rolls
- Soft Beater Hits
- Soft Beater Rolls
02 – Low Boom Gallery
- Hard Beater Hits
- Hard Beater Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Stick Hits
- Soft Beater Hits
- Soft Beater Rolls
03 – Taiko Ensemble
- Hits
- Rolls
04 – Tamtam Ensemble
- Hits
- Rolls
- Scrapes
- Spatial Rolls
05 – Boobams Ensemble
- Beater “Cluster” Hits
- Hand Hits
- Hotrods Hits
06 – Hi Taiko Solo
- Hits
- Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Stick Hits
07 – Low Taiko Solo
- Hits
- Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Stick Hits
08 – Large Taiko Solo
- Hits
- Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Stick Hits
09 – Bass Drum Gallery Solo
- Hard Beater Hits
- Hard Beater Rolls
- Rim Puilli Hits
- Rim Stick Hits
- Soft Beater Hits
- Soft Beater Rolls
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10 – Gong Drum Gallery Solo

- Hard Beater Hits

- Hard Beater Rolls

- Rim Puilli Hits

- Rim Stick Hits

- Soft Beater Hits

- Soft Beater Rolls
11 – Surdu Ensemble

- Hits

- Rolls
12 – Dohl Ensemble

- Sticks Hits

- Hand Hits
13 – Tombek Ensemble

- Hand Hits

- Hand Taps

- Hand Slaps
14 – Bombo Ensemble

- Hard Beater Hits

- Hard Beater Rolls

- Soft Beater Hits

- Soft Beater Rolls

- Hand Hits

- Hand Rolls

- Finger Rolls

- Flam Hits
15 – Buckets & Snares Ensemble

- Hits

- Flams

- Rolls
16 – Buckets & Crushers Ensemble

- Hits
- Rolls
17 – Bucket Top & Darbuka

- Hits
18 – Paper Djun

- Hits

- Rolls
19 – Piatti

- Hits

- Choked Hits
20 – Anvils

- Hits
21 – Timpani Ensemble

- Hard Beater Hits

- Hard Beater Rolls

- Soft Beater Hits

- Soft Beater Rolls

- Hotrods Hits

- Hotrods Rolls

- Finger Rolls
MICROPHONES
Artist Elements
- HZ Close Mono Perspective
- HZ Close Stereo Perspective
- HZ Room Perspective
- HZ Surround (Far) Perspective
- AM Close Stereo Perspective
- AM Room Perspective
- AM Surround (Far) Perspective
- GF Close Stereo Mics
- GF Tree Mics
- GF Outrigger (Wide) Mics
- GF Surround (Far) Mics
Stereo Mixes
- HZ Stereo Mix
- AM Stereo Mix
- GF Stereo Mix
Additional Mics 1
- Bottle Mics Stereo
- Mid Mics
- Gallery Mics
Additional Mics 2
- Overheads Cardioid
- Mid PZM
- Ambient Pair
MIC/MIX OPTIONS – SURROUND
Surround Mixes
- HZ Surround 5.1 Mix
- AM Surround 5.1 Mix
- GF Surround 5.1 Mix
- AM Surround 5.1 Mix 1
- AM Surround 5.0 Mix 2
- AM Surround 5.0 Mix 3

Specifications

Available to download only from this site. This is a Kontakt player library.
MAC:
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
PC:
Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
FOOTPRINT:
200.0 GB in download product from 400.0 GB of WAV data from TBC samples.

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Review Quotes

"Employing the very best players and recording engineers available (including himself), Hans Zimmer has created the first instalment of what looks destined to become the ultimate connoisseur's percussion library"
Music Tech
Hans Zimmer Percussion may turn out to be their greatest mission yet. If nothing else, it's good to know that we live in an era where a Spitfire and a German can be in the same vicinity without shots being exchanged.
Sound On Sound Magazine
There’s so much flexibility that HZ01 is ready to be, percussively, whatever you want it to be
Future Music
I’d say if your making music for TV, Games or Film this is a great weapon to have in your arsenal and will stand up against any other pro library in the genre.
Ask Audio
One of the easiest libraries to navigate and integrate into a project that I’ve come across.
Future Music

Links to reviews

Customer feedback

Oh dark mother, I once again suckle at your deeply sampled, percussive teat..
Hmmm, I'm really disappointed. I thought it wouldn't sound as good as this!!!!!
I'm shaking.. Is that natural?
This thing is amazing guys!! This was made by a musician for a musician. The flexibility is large.....come on in boys the water is fine!!!! Thank you HZ + SF!!!
Played it for an hour this morning. Fantastic work and joy to work with. Big thank you to all involved.
Just wanted to show my pronounced appreciation for this library - It is a monumental achievement! As advertised, the mic position shine an entirely new light on the whole concept from what I've seen since playing through it yesterday. The artist elements are brilliantly realized and I can't believe how much content is still yet to come! For everything(and everyone) that has gone into this library plus the seemingly endless array of content and options I can honestly say this is one of the best values on the market IMO.
My thanks to Hans, Spitfire and your illustrious teams for allowing us to share in these sounds that have been a part of many of our lives in tandem with the silver screen for years and years.
The sense of space is unbelievable. I haven't heard anything like this in a percussion library, until now.
I truly believe that this library can do both epic, and intimate. The close and overhead mice are so sweet sounding.
Ive bought a lot of libraries this year, this is the only one that has truly shocked me.
I think it doesnt just take percussion sampling to the next generation, but also in terms of sample libraries in general with all the mic options and engineers.

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