MODWHEEL has announced the release of Timphonia for Kontakt with a special introductory price of US$49 (usually $79) for the next 2 weeks.
Timphonia was made using MODWHEEL'S pedal and fixed skin Timpani. The two fixed Skin Timpani were retuned to allow recording of as many pitches as possible.
"We felt that a lot of other percussion libraries that feature Timpani have been recorded in large concert halls or auditoriums that for us make the instrument less flexible for using outside an orchestral setting," says Steve Roche, "so Timphonia was recorded in a neutral studio space with close and room microphone placements which means we're better able to place the instrument easily within mixes of different genres and styles. It can be a more intimate instrument or huge and roomy depending on what is appropriate."
Hits, flams, ruffs and rolls with mallet and sticks. Brushes, bowed cymbals with Timpani pedal bends, shell and body hits, Phrases (free time and BPM'd) loops, programmed patterns, ball bounces, coin and cymbal spins... pretty much any sounds that can be made using a Timpani (plus some that can't) are somewhere amongst Timphonia.
The Timphonia recordings were performed by New Zealand drum and Timpani maestro Riki Gooch. Timphonia also owes a big debt of gratitude to Australian musician and tech whizz Kirke Godfrey who designed a number of the Timphonia patches and beta tested it.
Timphonia requires Kontakt 5.5 and is part of the MODWHEEL Creative Differences drum and percussion series.