VSL Synchron Cymbals & Gongs I
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Orchestral Cymbal Virtual Instrument

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Synchron Cymbals & Gongs I includes a selection from our Synchron Percussion I Collection, featuring two suspended cymbals (Zildjian, 16" & 18"), two piatti (pairs) of cymbals (Zildjian 20" Constantinople Orchestra Medium Light and Meinl 22" Symphonic Extra Heavy), as well as two Wuhan tam-tams (100cm and 120cm).

The suspended cymbals are available in two sizes, 16" and 18". We’ve recorded single strokes with various mallets, brushes, and a double bass bow. The piatti, or pairs of cymbals ("cymbals a-due"), come in two different sizes (20" and 22"). Apart from various single hits we’ve captured various drags, scratches, and sizzles.

The tamtams have a diameter of 100cm and 120cm (39" and 47"). We recorded single strokes in various dynamic levels with soft and hard mallets, as well as tremolos, rolls, fast and slow swishes, various scratches, and bowings. These detailed tamtam recordings are ideal for film and video game scoring, as well as for sound design.


3 Instruments - 12 Microphones

Every instrument was recorded using 12 microphones. You may select from four microphone positions (Standard Library) or seven different microphone positions (Full Library) and mix them to your liking, directly in the Vienna Synchron Player. Use the included and perfectly fine-tuned presets as a starting point for your own sonic creations. The performances in Stage A were captured in stereo using a Decca tree, and additional microphone arrays were utilized for 5.1 surround and Auro 3D 9.1.


Microphone Positions

Standard Library

  • Close Mic – Mono
  • Mid Layer Mic – Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)

Full Library

  • Close Mic – Mono
  • Mid Layer Mic – Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
  • Main/Room Mic – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
  • Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
  • High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
  • High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)

Outstanding Acoustics

The instruments were recorded at Stage A of our Synchron Stage Vienna. This 540 m2 (5,813 sq.ft.) hall has proven to be a remarkable space, not only for film music recordings but also for sampling sessions. It is characterized by a lush and warm sound and a perfect localization of the instruments, with a reverb time of 1.6 to 1.8 seconds, and with no masking effect in the low frequencies, as often happens with large halls. The colossal room-in-room construction, built upon a massive concrete foundation, combined with sound insulation and a specially designed air conditioning system, results in a ridiculously low noise floor of 16 dBA, even with the air conditioner running!


Perfect Climatic Conditions

Synchron Stage Vienna is equipped with a sophisticated system for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) that provides absolutely consistent air quality (humidity and temperature) between the large Stage A and the percussion storage room. So every instrument is in pristine condition for performance, day and night, session after session.


3D Sound

Auro 3D is an immersive audio technology that allows for three-dimensional sound perception. The Belgian company Auro Technologies developed this technology based on a special speaker configuration, adding four additional speakers to a 5.1 surround configuration. These speakers (so-called "Heights") are situated above the front and surround speakers and generate acoustic reflections that are perceived naturally due to the fact that sounds originate from around as well as from above the listener. Thanks to the comprehensive selection of discrete audio channels of Synchron Cymbals & Gongs I (Full Library) you may mix your instruments in Auro 3D as well as in Dolby Atmos.


Flexible Timbral Control

The natural volume envelopes and the sonic character of the instruments remained untouched during recording and editing. You may shape your individual sound and ambience within the Vienna Synchron Player. The included presets provide perfectly fine-tuned source material.


Standard Library

  • Sample Amount: 16,752
  • Download File Size: 12.1 GB
  • Installed File Size: 25.9 GB

Full Library

  • Sample Amount: 29,316
  • Download File Size: 25.2 GB
  • Installed File Size: 51.8 GB

System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.10.5 Yosemite and above
  • Windows 8.1 or 10 (64-bit only)
  • 16GB RAM or more (32GB or more recommended)
  • 20.6GB free storage space for Standard Library
  • 49.4GB free storage space for Full Library
  • SSD for sample content
  • Vienna Key or other USB eLicenser (Soft-eLicensers and iLoks are NOT supported)