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NoamL

Winter <3
Hey all,

I'm assisting a composer who uses HZ01 Timpani as their go-to. We both love the sound of this timpani especially with the soft (felt?) mallets:


I've been trying to keep up with the timpani from Hollywood Orchestral Percussion, which I've got through ComposerCloud. It just doesn't sound as cinematic and dramatic:


Not just because of the room, but also the performance (it's lacking in lower dynamics).

I don't really want to buy HZ01 however (I'm all set for epic perc with lots of other libraries).

I've been thinking of making the QLSO Timpani my main timpani just because it has those nice lower dynamics:


But surely there is some standalone library out there that has a nice, cinematic, dramatic timpani with wide dynamic range, good "roaring" rolls, and suspenseful felt-mallet hits. Right?

So what are you all using these days? :)
 

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So what are you all using these days?
Here's a sample of the NI Symphony Series Percussion timpani.
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/ni-symphony-series-timp-mp3.18790/][/AUDIOPLUS]

As well as ISW Rhapsody (which I picked up a few days ago on flash sale).
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/isw-rhapsody-timp-mp3.18791/][/AUDIOPLUS]

But surely there is some standalone library out there that has a nice, cinematic, dramatic timpani with wide dynamic range, good "roaring" rolls, and suspenseful felt-mallet hits. Right?
The standalones that come to mind are Orchestral Tools timpani and VSL. Personally, I've been trying to decide if I should go for HZ Perc, in part for the timpani, or maybe Orchestral Tool's timpani.
 

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Mason

Active Member
If I don't use HZ Timp I use Evolutionseries' Europe. It has mallets and sticks and 4 mic positions (close, overhead, room, far) and here are a few of them:

Mallets: Mixed mics
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/timp-test-evolutionseries-mallets-mixed-mics-mp3.18792/][/AUDIOPLUS]

Sticks: Mixed mics
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/timp-test-evolutionseries-sticks-mixed-mics-mp3.18793/][/AUDIOPLUS]

Mallets: Room mic
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/timp-test-evolutionseries-mallets-room-mic-mp3.18794/][/AUDIOPLUS]

Mallets: Close mic
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/timp-test-evolutionseries-mallets-close-mic-mp3.18795/][/AUDIOPLUS]

Mallets & sticks: Mixed mics
[AUDIOPLUS=https://vi-control.net/community/attachments/timp-test-evolutionseries-mallets-stick-mixed-mics-mp3.18796/][/AUDIOPLUS]
 

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OleJoergensen

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For a long time I used Hollywood timpany. I recently bought OT Timpany and it sounds great and more realistic I think. I have not yet tested it with the very loud dynamic thou. Maybe its a bit like Berlin brass, it does not play really loud.
 
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NoamL

NoamL

Winter <3
No offense to the other developers but these comparisons are really driving home how high-quality the timp is in HZ01.

Out of all the options mentioned so far, I think I like the Berlin Series Timp (aka "Expansion A") the best. I still have a 50 EUR voucher from BOI1 so it would be just 75 EUR.
 
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