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Synchron Thundersheets, Wind Machines, Rainmaker, and more
Synchron Orchestral Percussion II is a subset of the Synchron Percussion II Collection and contains the following instruments:
Thundersheets were developed out of the necessity to produce the sounds of thunder in the theater. Two thundersheets of different sizes were recorded with the following articulations: beaten with sticks, brushes, hands, rubber mallets, gong mallets, an iron chain, shaken, bowed, and rubbed with a super ball.
Wind machines were developed in the 19th century for the theater, opera and concerts to simulate the sounds of wind and storm. Most wind machines have a crank handle which is turned to pull a belt over a wooden cylinder. The faster one cranks, the stronger the wind sound. The Vienna team captured steady sounds, crescendos and decrescendos, as well as free performances. The wind machine that was sampled for this Collection also has an additional “rumble lever” that adds more noise to the sound. All samples were recorded with and without rumble.
The Rainmaker is a tube-shaped rattle that can emulate the sound of rain. Originally from northern Chile, it was used by indigenous peoples for rain ceremonies. The articulations were recorded in three speeds with four variants each.
Since the late Middle Ages, Ratchets have been used in many central European regions between Holy Thursday and Easter eve to observe the death of Christ with lots of noise. Three ratchets of different sizes were recorded in two speeds.
The quijada, predecessor of the modern Vibraslap, was made out of the lower jawbone of a donkey in which the loose teeth rattled, which is why the vibraslap is also called “Donkey Rattle” or “Donkey Call”. The Vienna team sampled the rattling sound of two Vibraslaps of different sizes.
The sound of whips has been employed in classical music since the 19th century. So as not to endanger other musicians, two wooden boards called Slapsticks are used in the orchestra. Slapping them against each other creates a whip-like sound. Three slapsticks of different sizes each were recorded with five dynamic layers and four round robins.
The Lion’s Roar belongs to the class of friction drums. Originally from Africa, it has been used in the orchestra for effect percussion since the beginning of the 20th century. The drum is not sounded by hitting it, but by rubbing a string attached to the skin, resulting in growling sounds.
The Waldteufel is a smaller version of the lion’s roar with a higher pitch. Two Waldteufels of different sizes with numerous effects were captured, among them glissandos and entire performances.
Log Drums, also called slit drums, were used as a ritual instrument by many peoples in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Oceania as a ritual instrument. The instruments were shaped out of hollowed-out tree trunks and had one or more slits as sound openings. The log drums used for these recordings were sampled with up to six dynamic layers and played with hard and soft mallets.
Anvils have been in existence for over 200,000 years. As a musical instrument they were first employed in the 19th century by Verdi and Wagner, among others. The instruments used in the orchestra may be real anvils, steel plates, or steel parts in the shape of rails. The anvils sampled for Synchron Percussion II are rectangular steel pipes with a definite pitch, which together comprise a tonal range of almost two octaves. They were recorded with up to six dynamic layers and eight round robins with open and muted sounds and rolls.
Standard Library: Samples 7.264 | Download Files Size 2,3 GB | Installed File Size 5,6 GB
Full Library: Samples 12.712 | Download Files Size 4,8 GB | Installed File Size 11,3 GB
- PC Windows 7/8/10 (latest update, 64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
- macOS 10.10 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo
- SSD (M2, Sata 6 or USB3/3.1 UASP Support) for sample content
- 8 GB RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
- AU/VST/AAX Native compatible host (AAX version requires Pro Tools 10.3.5 or higher)
- 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
- macOS 10.12 (or higher), Intel i5/i7/Xeon
- 16 GB RAM or more, depending on your registered products
- 88 key master keyboard
Vienna Instruments require the ViennaKey!
This USB protection device by eLicenser (by Steinberg, formerly Syncrosoft) is not included in any collection, it is a separate item you have to get additionally. So you’ll have to order at least one ViennaKey with your first purchase. It will be put inside the shopping basket automatically but can be deleted if not required. Customers who order the complete SYMPHONIC CUBE will get one ViennaKey for free (not shown in the basket). If you already own another eLicenser USB protection device (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia), you can use it for the VIENNA INSTRUMENTS, too. Each dongle can store up to 100 product licenses.
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