Available for download, the Hans Zimmer Percussion London Solos HZ3 from Spitfire Audio is a performance-oriented virtual musical instrument based on samples of percussionist Frank Ricotti playing a variety of drums. The virtual instrument draws on a library of 10,720 samples as you play on your keyboard, recreating your playing in the sound of the drum of your choice. This third installment of composer-producer Hans Zimmer's percussion library portrays the instruments in great detail and with special attention to their quieter, more delicate layers. The sampled sounds, played with diverse beater types and techniques, include hits, flams, rolls, open taps, slaps, stick hits, fisted hits, and more. Recorded via 96 individual microphones at Air Studios in London, the HZ3 offers various close, front, and surround mixes, each carrying the sonic signature of the sound engineer who crafted it. The microphone signals can be easily combined and blended for effectful shifts in focus and depth.
Boom-, crack-, response-, and pitch-control dials allow for further sound customization. The boom and crack dials enable you to filter out high- and low-end frequencies, respectively. The pitch dial fine-tunes the patches and the response dial enables you to make the virtual instrument more or less dynamically responsive to the velocity of your keystroke. Recorded with up to six dynamic layers per hit, the samples ensure true-to-life renditions of the instruments' sound ranges. Moreover, the library is sampled with up to nine slightly varying versions of each sound, known as round robins. Each time you hit a certain key a random round robin plays back, giving your virtual performance a lifelike feel. Hans Zimmer Percussion London Solos runs on the Kontakt 5 player, which is included with the library.