If think of Toontrack Orchestral Percussion SDX and of drums. The product names Superior Drummer, EZ Drummer, and before that, Drum kit From Hell and its devilish offspring DFH Superior. Since releasing Superior Drummer 2.0 in 2008, Toontrack have issued a steady stream of superior drummer sdx and EZX expansion libraries for their Superior and EZ players and all of those reviewed on these pages received a warm reception from SOS’s keen-eared writers, who know a good sampled drum kit when they hear one.
Although orchestral percussion sdx torrent cover all aspects of the drum kit and Latin percussion, orchestral percussion has yet to be explored. The Toontrack sound-design team returned to Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, where the Superior Drummer 3 core sound library was recorded, with enthusiasm, to discover yet another large range of items that can be hit with a stick (and incidentally, the studio used for the spiffing Galaxy Steinway 5.1 grand piano).
The company enlisted the assistance of producer Patrick Lemmens, a classically trained musician with a background in orchestral drums engineering and mixing, for this project. Members of the Ouderits family played the instruments: father Leo and sons Tim and Tom, both classically trained percussionists. This musical posse was unified in declaring the snare drum as their favorite instrument, which may have endeared them to Toontrack even more.
Timpani & Tubular Bells
It’s time to listen to the key orchestral percussion instruments list featured in OP SDX Volume 1, beginning with the fantastic timpani. Using hard, gentle, and medium beaters, five Yamaha timps were sampled chromatically over an Eb1-Bb2 range. In Galaxy Studios’ hall acoustic, dynamics range from a slow, foreboding boom to a thunderous fortissimo that sounds majestic (on which note, the default mix of close, mains and outrigger mics is ideal). The timp articulations are restricted to open and muted hits; if you need more choices, check out the programmed roll performances in the MIDI grooves folder with sdx editor.
Within the orchestral percussion instruments all-in-one midi percussion mapping, the five timpani are displayed at fixed pitches, but dedicated presets in the stereo and surround preset directories map them chromatically over their entire range. Toontrack crammed the entire C4F5 chromatic spectrum of the tubular bells into the default mapping, making timpani the only instrument in OP SDX with a dedicated patch. These chimes sound fantastic, and thanks to the hall’s acoustic isolation (more on that below), they ring for an incredibly long time with no distracting noise.