So... who's got the best timpani?

Discussion in 'SAMPLE Talk' started by NoamL, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Mike Fox

    Mike Fox Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2016
    I'm on it like Bluebonnet.
  2. dzilizzi

    dzilizzi I know nothing

    Feb 27, 2017
    Somewhere near Los Angeles
    I'm working on something now and ended up using the timpani from 8Dio's Majestica. Great rolls, crescendos and hit options. But they don't have an Epic Timpani yet and you probably don't want to buy Majestica just for the timpani.

    I'm trying to find a good one, but I'm traveling and my laptop is missing a lot of my libraries. And they probably aren't as good as HZP.
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  3. Brian Nowak

    Brian Nowak Active Member

    Jan 9, 2018
  4. dexterjettser

    dexterjettser Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    HZ timpani have so much character, but if I didn’t have them I’d probably go with anything by Orchestral Tools
  5. Mike Fox

    Mike Fox Senior Member

    Jul 8, 2016
    Alright, so 4 (technically 3) timpanis for comparison sake: Cineperc, Ark 3, and HZ01 (bot Zimmer's and Junkie's).

    I no longer have TS1, so I can't compare it to the others, sorry! But I personally feel that Cineperc has the best timpani out of the ones in this video. It just has a certain responsiveness, closeness and "oomph", whereas HZ's timpani sounds big because of the amount of reverb in the room, but it can sound washy and distant (you really have to be careful with how you use the mics). Listen how by just using the close mic, it begins to sound kinda small, and just meh? This timpani relies heavily on the room it's in for a great sound. Junkie's mix just sounds plain weird in the higher registry, but great in the lower pitches. I will say that HZ01 is an all around BRILLIANT layering library, but I could never recommend it as a go-to.

    The timpani in Ark 3 is just a straight up awesome, but also suffers a bit from having too much reverb, imho. Aside from that, it's damn near perfect.

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  6. marclawsonmusic

    marclawsonmusic Senior Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    Hi Noam, check out LADD if you don't have it... but also give a thought to Evolution Series World Percussion - Europe. Some great sounding timps in there.

    EDIT: Nevermind, saw someone already linked that earlier - didn't read the whole thread. GLHF
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  7. Land of Missing Parts

    Land of Missing Parts No Time for Honky-Tonk

    Jan 27, 2013
    You rock Mike! Maybe I'll check out Ark 3 timpani when OT starts doing a la carte sales.
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  8. storyteller

    storyteller Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2015
    HZP Timpani and Evolution Series World Percussion Timpani are a great duo to have to choose from depending on what the song calls for. Very different, but both sit so well in the mix. I find Evolution Series Timpani is more versatile and I tend to use it more often. I own like four or five others, but those are my main two. Joey Burgess Spitfire Percussion works well too, but is more limited.
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  9. David Donaldson

    David Donaldson Active Member

    Dec 10, 2014
  10. dogdad

    dogdad Member

    Jul 13, 2016
    I also recommend Ni’s Symphony Series And Evolution Series Timpani. Both are great but I really like the flexibility of the Symphony Series Timpani.

    I also really need to get Timphonia!
  11. Lilainjil

    Lilainjil New Member

    Nov 25, 2009
    Timphonia from Modwheel and the remarkable Timpani on Fire from ftsamples
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  12. Casiquire

    Casiquire Senior Member

    May 7, 2013
    I don't see any love for VSL here, and they tend to be some of my favorite libraries. I don't have much experience with their timps, what do others think?
  13. Joe Totino

    Joe Totino New Member

    Nov 28, 2018
    I find the Cineperc Timp to be stellar! It's got a ton of dynamic control, and has this awesome slappy growl at the top end of the dynamic range. Rolls are also very fun to play, and I find it layers really well with others, such as NI.
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  14. constaneum

    constaneum Senior Member

    What about True Strike's Timpani and Spitifre Percussion's Timpani ?

    Orchestral Tool's Timpani sounds great
  15. hawpri

    hawpri Active Member

    I'm still using True Strike 1 timpani. It's eq'd half to death and features some extra RR (neighbor borrowing) since it only has 2X RR, but it has held up well enough over the years. If I wanted another/new timpani, the first options that come to mind are Ftsamples, Modwheel, Orchestral Tools, and maybe Spitfire. Lots of options these days.
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  16. constaneum

    constaneum Senior Member

    Yes. True Strike still holds up pretty well. There are certain sounds which i prefer True Strike than Spitfire Percussion, like the Glock as well as Tubular Bells. Spitfire Percussion's Timpani not too bad but there's pros and cons. But i think orchestra tool's timpani sounds awesome but at such price, no way man.
  17. Jimmy Hellfire

    Jimmy Hellfire Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2015
    I have the Synchron Timpani. They sound very clean. Lots of smack, but less splash, if that makes sense. It's a firm, focused, pristine sound with clear tonality that will never muddy the mix, which is great. Quite versatile too.
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  18. nas

    nas Active Member

    Dec 28, 2015
    Jordan / Toronto
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  19. Casiquire

    Casiquire Senior Member

    May 7, 2013
    I had a feeling the Synchron ones would sound fantastic. I love the sound of the hall.

    Great thread, I think percussion gets left out sometimes (I'm guilty of it myself) so this is useful!
  20. SoNowWhat?

    SoNowWhat? realised I can type here

    Jul 26, 2016
    Was going to suggest Berlin. Unfortunately, I don't have it to tell you any more. @The Darris says good things about it (the whole perc set actually).
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