VSL Synchron Percussion III

Percussion Virtual Instruments

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Synchron Percussion III is the third and last installment in a series of exquisite instruments, recorded in an extraordinary environment where classic acoustics, groundbreaking technology, and professional experience create the perfect formula for excellence. All instruments of this collection were recorded with a multi-microphone setup in Stage A of Synchron Stage Vienna, giving you all the sonic flexibility you can imagine in a percussion library, from pure and pristine touches to heavily processed outbursts.

The ensemble performances of Synchron Percussion III are also included in the Big Bang Orchestra Packs Dorado (Percussion Ensembles), Eridanus (Percussion Ensemble Riffs), and Fornax (Pitched Percussion Ensembles).

Included Instruments

  • 5 Timpani (Adams, C2–C4, hit with a hard beater)
  • "Big Timpani" Ensemble
  • Field Drum (Aural)
  • Marching Snare (Yamaha)
  • Piccolo Snare (Kolberg)
  • Snare Drum (Aural Nut)
  • Boobams
  • Monster Drums Ensemble
  • Bass Drums Ensemble
  • Thunder Toms Ensemble
  • Special Drums Ensemble
  • Snare Ensemble
  • Drum Ensemble Riffs
  • Drums & Pianos Ensemble
  • Low Bells & Pianos Ensemble
  • High Bells Ensemble
  • Piatti (Sabian 20")
  • Sizzle Cymbal (Zildjian 18")
  • Splash Cymbals (Zildjian 8", 12")
  • Suspended Cymbals (Zildjian K 18", 12", 8")
  • Ancient Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal Ensemble
  • Super Crashes Ensemble
  • Big Metal Ensemble
  • Small Metal Ensemble
  • High Gongs Ensemble
  • Marimba
  • Temple Blocks
  • Cencerros
  • Hand Bells
  • Rin Bells
  • Jingle Bells
  • Flexatones
  • Car Horns
  • Warning and siren horns
  • Whistles
  • Bird calls
  • Slide Flutes
  • Jingle Ring
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Timbales
  • Cow bells
  • Agogo bells
  • Guiros
  • Sandpaper blocks
  • Claves
  • Cabasas
  • Wind chimes

For detailed information on each instrument please refer to the descriptions of the separately available instrument groups.


All instruments include single strokes in many velocity layers and several round robins, rolls, and effect articulations. For many instruments, rolls are available in two variants: "Static" rolls are recorded without changing dynamics and allow you to transition smoothly through velocity layers from pianissimo to fortissimo. "Dynamic" rolls were recorded with their dynamic changes (crescendos and diminuendos) performed over various lengths. You may release the key at any time - the individually matching release samples will be triggered automatically.

The included MIDI loops for Latin percussion instruments make it easy to create rhythms. Just pre-listen to them in the Synchron Player and drag them into your DAW.


Every instrument was recorded using 12 microphones. You may select from four microphone positions of the Standard Library (close, mid, Decca tree center, and stereo) and seven positions that the Full Library offers (adding main surround, high stereo, high surround) and mix them to your liking, using the full-fledged mixer of the Vienna Synchron Player.

Mixer Presets

Each instrument comes with a variety of mixer presets that include traditional Decca Tree configurations with variations such as Close, Classical, Wide, Distant, and Ambient, but also processed signals with algorithmic reverb, compression, delays, and effects with presets such as "Low Boom", "Power Timps", "Far Away Echoes", and many more. "Surround to Stereo" feeds the surround and high surround mics to the stereo signal for a richer and wider sound. Also included are "Surround" presets for 5.1 applications and 3D audio setups such as Auro 3D and Dolby Atmos.

A special feature of the Synchron Player lets you place each single drum (where available, such as timpani, Monster Drums Ensemble, etc.) in the stereo panorama. Instead of automatically placing the entire setup, e.g., the five timpani, on its spot on stage, you can use the "Output Config" feature to route each close-miked drum to its own channel.

    System Requirements

    • MacOS 10.14 Mojave and above
    • Windows 10 and above (64-bit only)
    • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
    • 16GB RAM or more (32GB or more recommended)
    • 126GB free storage space for Standard Library
    • 229GB free storage space for Full Library
    • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
    • iLok Cloud and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

    Plugin Formats

    AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3, and Standalone

    Crossgrade Proof

    This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

    Types of proof

    A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

    A screenshot of your product registration

    A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.