London, UK (October 9, 2017)—Spitfire Audio has unveiled its Hans Zimmer Percussion drum sample library, a cinematic percussion package. Zimmer reportedly oversaw “every detail of its recreation, using the same studio, musicians, instruments, signal chain, engineers,” according to the company, as Zimmer’s own productions, all resulting in each sample-based virtual instrument’s C (close), R (room), and S (surround) HZ MIX perspectives.
The package features four of Hans Zimmer’s go-to percussionists—Paul Clarvis, Stephen Henderson, Gary Kettel, and Frank Ricotti—performing on a variety of instruments and in many styles, including the following drum ensembles and solo instruments: TAIKO ENSEMBLE, BOMBO ENSEMBLE, SURDO ENSEMBLE, LOW BOOM, LOW BOOM GALLERY, BASS DRUM GALLERY, GONG DRUM, DHOL ENSEMBLE, TOMBEK ENSEMBLE, BOOBAM, TAMTAM, METAL (Piattis, Anvils, Crusher), and TIMPANI. The remainder of the collection makes much use of Clarvis (Spectre, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Star Wars) playing instruments including PAPER DJUN, DARBUKA, SNARE, and BUCKETS.
Hans Zimmer Percussion was recorded at London’s AIR Studios via 96 microphones into the Neve Montserrat preamps of the world’s largest Neve 88R large-format console, then to Pro Tools | HDX and Prism converters running at 192 kHz. Spitfire Audio reportedly recorded the drums with up to nine round robin sessions and six dynamic layers per hit with well over 30 TB of raw material.
The package can be purchased and digitally downloaded as 48.5 GB of uncompressed .WAV files, featuring 12,225 samples for $299.00, a time-limited introductory promo price (until October 26, 2017). It will then sell for $399.00.