Spitfire Audio HZ03 Hans Zimmer Percussion London Solos review

The fine brush to Spitfire's cinematic percussion series

  • £199
TODO alt text

Our Verdict

Offering a 'fine brush stroke' approach to what was already a versatile, high quality percussion library.


  • Huge range of articulations and microphone options. Offers more intimate solo versions of the larger Ensembles from HZ01.


  • Really for those looking for more articulation, not a stripped-down/cheaper version of the HZ libraries.

Spitfire Audio's first collaboration with Hans Zimmer produced the HZ01 London collection: a broad selection of cinematic percussion instruments designed to provide a bombastic sonic palette for composers and producers alike.

"If you want to bring a smaller-sounding, more intimate version of an instrument to the fore this library is for you"

HZ03 London Solos is the third title in Spitfire Audio's collaboration with Hans Zimmer and provides a pared down approach to the bombastic sound of the HZ01 library, with solo performances of many of the same drums featured in that first library.

Once again the collection has been produced by Zimmer-collaborator Frank Ricotti at London's Air Studios using a set of "rareified mics" and Neve preamps. As with all Spitfire's libraries, these samples have been captured using multiple microphone configurations too, between which you can balance using the dedicated level sliders towards the top of the GUI.

If you want to bring a smaller-sounding, more intimate version of an instrument to the fore, before perhaps bringing in a fuller Ensemble sound behind it, this library is for you.

To make such sonic partnerships straightforward, HZ03 offers the same microphone positions as those found in HZ01 but there are more performance articulations for some instruments, mining the subtleties of instruments which are diluted when performed in larger Ensembles.

Indeed, this detail is explored further with the inclusion of Additional Mics patches, which offer Bottle, Mid-stage, Gallery, Overhead, Stereo Pair and Contact microphone perspectives too, significantly increasing the sonic potential for each instrument.

All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.
Get the latest issue now!

Tech Specs

DescriptionPart 3 of Spitfire's epic percussion collaboration with Hans Zimmer
Additional RequirementsRequires Kontakt 5 or free Kontakt Player
Country of OriginUK