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Timpani library?

Meetyhtan

Noise Maker
Title says it. Which Timpani library do you like? :)
I'm still using the one that comes with the Kontakt Factory Library, apparently there is no second option in Komplete Ultimate 11 or elsewhere in my collection.
An upgrade would be nice.
 
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dariusofwest

Active Member
I'm using OrchestralTools Timpani currently, and sometimes Hollywood Orchestral Percussion's timpani as well. Both have a great sound and have ncie playability.
 

The Darris

Senior Member
Honestly, each big orchestral percussion library have really good Timpani samples but for different reasons.

Berlin Percussion's Timpani has a wonderful collection of Hits, controllable rolls, tempo sync'd crescendos, etc but it does lack in overall body to the sound. It can be a bit thin and lack luster in the low end.

CinePerc is the opposite of Berlin. It has a full bodied sound with a beefy low end but lacks articulations.

Strezov Sampling's Orch Perc library has an awesome sounding timpani, similar to CinePerc, but with less of the epic Sony stage sound. You can get really close with it as well as very roomy.

Spitfire Percussion's timpani is similar to CinePerc's but with a much more ambient, big sound. The close mics can get a more articulate sound but at the cost of sounding rather dated. It has some extra articulations which could be similar to Berlin Percussion's timp.

Timphobia by Modwheel is the best library for that extra secret timpani sauce. It not only has the basic articulations for writing timpani parts but they went the extra mile to incorporate the more eccentric extended techniques concerning what the timpani is capable of doing. I don't necessarily like it for purely orchestral music but it is certainly the best Timpani library when you want to get weird with the instrument.
 

ManicMiner

in the Skylab landing bay
I have NI Symphonic series Percussion. Timpani is great, and deeply sampled, rolls on mod wheel etc. Tuned percussion is not so great, but Timpani is worth the money. Rolls sound good any easy to do, four mic positions.
 
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Meetyhtan

Meetyhtan

Noise Maker
I have NI Symphonic series Percussion. Timpani is great, and deeply sampled, rolls on mod wheel etc. Tuned percussion is not so great, but Timpani is worth the money. Rolls sound good any easy to do, four mic positions.
Thanks! The NI-Upgrade sale is ongoing as we speak, so this could be another reason for me to go for it.
 

JohnG

Senior Member
There are a lot of good ones now. Really I think even the old EWQLSO timpani sound great, if you get the version with multiple mic positions. True Strike -- old too but still sounds not bad at all.

Diminishing returns.
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
Favorites
1. Cineperc
2. True Strike
3. Ark 3

Everything else i've played sounds like crap to me. Sorry, but i'm picky when it comes to timpanis. :grin:
 

Lee Blaske

Senior Member
OrchestralTools is my go-to, and I own a lot of time libraries. Fantastic sound, and it really sits well in a mix. Very consistent from highest to lowest range, no weird resonances that suggest a different pitch. It has plenty of dynamic levels, articulations, and mallet types. Sits really well in a mix. Does what you want a timpani to do, whether you want something extremely soft, or hugely powerful.
 

ScoreFace

Active Member
NI Percussion has a wonderful Timpani, in my opinion the most playable one, very realistic.

Project Sam has a very good Timpani as well, but a bit dated.
 
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