Tutorial: Generating Cinematic Drum Sequences w/ Hans Zimmer Percussion

Tutorial: Generating Cinematic Drum Sequences w/ Hans Zimmer Percussion

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This video doubles as both a tutorial & review. While showcasing this amazing cinematic drum library I show you how to use MIDI effects to quickly generate incredible ideas for your projects!

Hans Zimmer is a living legend when it comes to film scoring. And, that’s not hyperbole. His credits are as mind blowing as his music. Spitfire Audio knows that too and decided to have him personally records, mix and master an epic cinematic drum library!! These drums are so flippin’ pristine, thick, and punchy just try and not get exciting while listening to them!!

The video showcases most of the drums. 

However, the focus if more on how to generate ideas quickly and easily in Ableton Live using MIDI effects and the Zimmer library. Trust me, you’ll love these techniques once you know about them!

We will use the Scale MIDI effect, the Velocity MIDI effect, and some grooves to make these ideas sound life-life and epic!

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Spitfire Audio joins forces with the biggest name in film scoring to produce the ultimate drum sample library for cinematic percussion. Featuring the ensembles and solo instruments used by Hans Zimmer in his blockbuster scores, we’ve drawn upon his years of creativity and studio experimentation to compile all you’ll need to get started in epic drum composition. From tombeks to taikos, playing from whisper quiet to thunderously loud, we’ve worked alongside his GRAMMY Award-winning team (including engineer Geoff Foster) to capture the highest quality recordings in the same studio with the same players, all mixed and produced by the man himself.


Hans Zimmer is one of the most successful, influential and prolific film composers of his generation. He’s won countless awards (including an Oscar) and his scores for films like Gladiator, Inception, Interstellar, The Dark Knight and Dunkirk mark him out as one of the greatest living film composers. Hans has defined not only a compositional style, but also a production approach and sonic innovation that has influenced a generation of composers.

Spitfire Audio are delighted and honored to present this library in conjunction with him and his team of GRAMMY-winning engineers, musicians and technicians. Where Hans Zimmer’s style and approach to sonic creation is often copied or emulated, we’re proud to be the ones to release the authorized take on his trailblazing approach to cinematic percussion production. Herein lies not an emulation or synthesis of his approach, but a recreation; the same studio, musicians, instruments, signal chain and talented engineers, sitting alongside a decade of experience, innovation and refinement, overseen in every detail by Hans himself; the same excruciating attention to detail and perfection but, most importantly, the endless choice for tweakability and customisation you’d expect of the greatest of sound-smiths.

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