Spitfire Audio has just announced a new entry in the Hans Zimmer group of libraries, which have the official blessing of the prolific Hollywood film composer. Running within Native Instruments Kontakt, Hans Zimmer Percussion covers a globe-spanning palette of drums and percussion categories, including Taiko, Bombo, Surdo, Gong Drums, Dhol, Tombek, Boobam, Bass Drums, Tamtam, "Metal" (comprising Plattis, Anvils, and Crushers), Timpani, and more.
Recorded at London's AIR studios, the library employed some of Zimmer's go-to players for his film scores: Paul Clarvis, Stephen Henderson, Gary Kettel, and Frank Ricotti, performing on all the real instruments. Ninety-six different rare mics were used to capture the virtual mic positions available (close, room, surround, and mix), into Neve preamps and a Neve 88R console.
Zimmer's scores are known in part for thunderous hits and layered "action drums," but HZP provides for a great deal of subtlety for soft passages as well. Nine round-robins (triggering different samples to avoid the dreaded "machine gun" effect) and six dynamic layers offer an unprecedented level of "humanistic" programming. Spitfire's Paul Thompson shows us a walkthrough video here:
This is a high-end library with a high-end price, but there is an introductory break: US $299, Euro 299, and GBP 259, rising thereafter to US $399, Euro 399, and GBP 349. Euro and British prices include VAT. It is available now.