Spitfire Audio has announce availability of Hans Zimmer Percussion: London Solos — the third virtual instrument installment of Hans Zimmer’s cinematic percussion production for Native Instruments’ Kontakt Player.
According to Spitfire, London Solos is an authentic recreation of the percussion techniques Zimmer has used on his soundtracks Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Inception, and The Dark Knight.
The library features percussionist Frank Ricotti playing a wide variety of instruments — including bucket, snare, crusher, paper djun, tombek, dohl, darbuca, surdu, and darbucket.
Here’s a video intro:
The library was captured using a collection of 96 rare mics, via Neve ‘AIR Montserrat’ preamps through the world’s largest Neve 88R console and into HDX and Prism AD convertors, to emerge as 32-bit floating point/192kHz files (subsequently SRC’d to 24-bit/48kHz). The end result is a virtual instrument designed to provide inspiration, using no less than 13GB of compressed data and 17,151 samples. It includes all articulations and drums recorded with up to nine ’round robins’ and six dynamic layers per hit, for authenticity.
Co-creator Paul Thomson say “We’re having a load of fun with this here, and hope that you find it an incredibly useful and valuable addition to your HZ01 libraries — even as a standalone library, or even to cut into rock tracks and stuff with HZ02, since it works very well with that, too.”
Hans Zimmer Percussion: London Solos can be purchased directly from Spitfire Audio for an introductory price of £149.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) — rising to £199.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) on November 14, 2014. See the Spitfire site for audio demos.