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SPITFIRE AUDIO HZ2 Los Angeles HZ3 London Soloists

In conjunction with Spitfire Audio, Hans Zimmer and his engineering team have produced two more cinematic percussion libraries to complete the HZ trilogy. Keith Gemmell gets under their skin…

A while back we reviewed HZ1, a truly epic percussion library collaboration from Hans Zimmer and Spitfire Audio.

It featured four percussionists and was recorded at London’s AIR Studios. We now have two follow-up libraries – HZ2 and HZ3 – produced by Hans himself and the same team of engineers that worked on the original.

HZ2 features Jason Bonham, recorded at three different Los Angeles locations – 20th Century’s Newman Stage, the Sony Stage and The Cathedral, a large concrete space on Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control Productions lot. Hans has also contributed extra material himself, in the form of some modular-synth drum programming.

HZ3 is an expansion of the first library; a collection of Hybrid Cinematic Widescreen percussion recorded, like the first library, in London’s AIR Studios, and performed by renowned percussionist Frank Ricotti.

Battery power

Looking at HZ2 first, at the top tier we have two main folders, a Stereo Mix and an Artist Elements section, each containing three folders for each engineer’s specific take on Jason’s unique Vistalite kit. The engineers are Alan Meyerson, Geoff Foster and Steve Lipson. Inside those, there are three more folders for each of the locations previously mentioned. And within each of those is a full performance kit with basic GM mapping and four folders containing patches for cymbals, kicks, snares and toms – quite an arsenal.

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