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SYNCHRON MALLETS III

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Synchron Mallets III

Synchron Mallets III is a subset of the Synchron Percussion III Collection and includes a marimba and temple blocks.

The Marimba originally is an African instrument consisting of a succession of differently sounding wooden bars. It was brought to Mexico as early as the 16th century, where it was developed further. Chromatic instruments as they are used in the modern orchestra were introduced at the end of the 19th century.

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The low register of the marimba has a warm, wooden timbre, while the sound of the higher register is sharper and shorter, similar to the xylophone. They are suited for accompaniment as well as for soloistic purposes.

The Adams Alpha MAHA50 with a range of five octaves recorded for this Collection was played with hard and soft mallets, with up to 8 dynamic layers and up to 9 round robins for single strokes. Additionally, the following effect articulations were recorded: harmonics (playing at the suspension point and depressing the bar in the middle); glissandos; played with the mallet handle; played and rubbed with a superball, bowed regular and creating harmonics, and rubbed with a rasping stick.

Temple Blocks are wooden slit drums originally coming from East Asia and used for Buddhist rituals. Tuned chromatic sets were first used in the late 20th century, when they also began to be used sometimes in jazz and western orchestral music. Temple blocks have a short, snappy sound and are well suited for quick, rhythmically succinct phrases. The Kolberg Temple Blocks used here were played with hard and soft mallets with up to 6 dynamic layers and up to 8 round robins for single strokes.


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 of the Full Library:

  1. Close Mic – Mono
  2. Mid Layer Mic – Stereo (L/R)
  3. Main/Room Mic  – Decca Tree Stereo (L/R)
  4. Main/Room Mic  – Decca Tree Mono (Center)
  5. Main Surround – Stereo (L/R)
  6. High Stereo (3D) – Stereo (L/R)
  7. High Surround (3D) – Stereo (L/R)

Standard Library includes positions 1-4.

Synchron Percussion III - Recording Setup

Microphone and instrument setup (click for larger image)


Standard Library Full Library
Sample Amount 60,392 105,686
Download File Size 10.0 GB 19.9 GB
Installed File Size 30.3 GB 56.9 GB