Haha, more torture for the wallet.
Would love to see your walkthrough of this.I was one of the demo composers on this library. I wanted to share a few opinions I have of it.
The timpani is awesome. They recorded two different Timpani for this library. Timpani 1 has a nice clear and punchy sound while Timpani 2 has an extremely well rounded body with a kick ass low end. Most percussion libraries don't record Timpani in this way so having the two different types really makes a difference and was a stand out about this library for me. I layered both of them together in my demo as to get the best of both worlds.
The mallets instruments sound great. I didn't write a lot of super fast passages in my demo but when I was testing the library out, I ran it through its paces. It definitely functions a lot better than some of the other flagship percussion libraries out there. The microphone options also give great control over a super close "studio" sound as well as a wide/far cinematic one. I wish they had a few different mallet options for all of the melodic instruments but that would be putting this into a new price point compared to the competition.
Cross-fading Rolls. Personally, I feel like this library has done the best at giving us good sounding rolls that you can cross-fade with and they were consistent across the different instrument types. They also included different lengths of rolls for the cymbals which is always wonderful and each cymbal is vastly different sounding which makes it a great tool for finding the right swell for the piece. I used all of the different cymbal swell types in my demo for reference.
This library is certainly missing some quintessential instruments such as Concert Toms, Celeste, as well as many playing techniques but it makes up for that with the quality of the samples, how it functions, and simplicity. I really enjoyed the challenge of writing a piece only using this library and despite it's limitations, I was able to explore a lot of ground musically.
I'm not planning on doing a walk through. As far as "best timpani ever." Not quite. It doesn't haven't all the bells and whistles I'd like in a timpani library but it is pretty great sounding for what it is. It can cover the majority of orchestral Timpani writing but if you want to write Timpani solos or advanced Timpani rep, there are others I would use.Would love to see your walkthrough of this.
Also, best Timpani ever?