Spitfire Audio has collaborated with Hans Zimmer to create the percussion line that bears his name. Zimmer is one of Hollywood’s best-known composers, both for his compositions and for his sound.
Hans Zimmer Percussion is a complete library of drum samples for cinematic percussion. Basically consists of mixtures produced by Hans Zimmer, called HZ01 and HZ03.
On the other hand, Hans Zimmer Percussion Professional uses the same content as HZ01 and HZ03, but in a separate way. That means, the Professional version adds the possibility of switching between 10 additional microphone positions and contains more mixes made by artists such as Junkie XL, Alan Meyerson, Steve Lipson and Geoff Foster.
Another difference is the amount of samples that each library covers. Hans Zimmer Percussion includes more than 12,000 samples (45.8 Gbs of uncompressed samples), while Hans Zimmer Percussion Professional includes more than 92000 samples (351.6 Gbs of uncompressed samples)
Both libraries present a new intuitive GUI, along with a complete instruction manual and a great video tutorial content.
Zimmer Percussion Professional consists of three volumes: HZ01 (Ensembles of London), HZ02 (Los Angeles) and HZ03 (London Soloists).
HZ01 and HZ03, have been carried out with the same procedures: the same instruments, in the same room (AIR Lyndhurst), recorded through the same equipment, with the same engineers. HZ02, on the other hand, adds Hans Zimmer’s modular synthetic percussions.
Noteworthy are several collaborations such as percussionist Jason Bonham, who records his drums in three different locations in Los Angeles: 20th Century Fox Stage, Sony Scoring Stage and a location called The Cathedral. The kit sounds very different in each of the three locations, which provides more flexibility, The Cathedral has a strong sound.
The Bonus Instruments section contains a patch for Bass Drum, Surdos and Toms (each of which has Close, Tree, Outrigger, and St and Sr microphones).
Basically, HZ01 and HZ03 work differently compared to HZ02. The All In One Patches option allows you to change the volume between all the different instruments. On the contrary, HZ02 is a rock drum kit in large locations with many mixing options and a modular synthesizer.
HZ01 uses several patches that allow you to switch between multiple sounds using the GUI; All in One, Bucket Hits, Exotic Hits, Low Hits, Metal Hits, Taiko Hits and Timpani Hits. All these options are at the root of any mix folder or microphone that has been chosen. In contrast, HZ03 has the most direct patching organization: Buckets, Crusher Solo, Darbucket, Darbuka, Dohl, Paper Djun, Snare Solo, Surdo Solo and Tombek. These patches provide a more detailed individual take of some instruments covered together in HZ01. The library is divided into several folders: additional microphones, artist elements, Mix and Stereo Mixes by Steve Lipson. These folders provide a variety of sound colors. There is the possibility of obtaining four different stereo mixes from four artists for each of the patches of the percussion set; There are mixtures of Hans Zimmer, Alan Meyerson, Geoff Foster and Steve Lipsom.
The Elements Artist folder is grouped into subfolders by artists: Alan Meryson, Geoff Foster, Hans Zimmer and JXL (Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL).
The available microphones vary according to the artist. For Alan Meyerson and Hans Zimmer we find Close, Room and Surround. For Geoff Foster; Close, Tree, Surround and Outrigger. For JXL; JXL Close, JXL Room, JXL Full and JXL Air. On the contrary, the Mics folder uses a set of patches, all with the same microphones: Bottle Mic, Mid Field, Gallery, Overheads, Pair and Piezo Tree.
Spitfire Audio Hans Zimmer Percussion is compatible with Apple OS X 10.10 (or higher) and Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10 operating systems (available in 32 and 64 bits). Requires Kontakt or Kontakt Player, version 5.6.8 or higher.