Rogers timpani drums are a very good set of timpani’s. Most people over look the option of having real live timpani’s around for your recordings but these will change your view of this subject. Timpani’s aren’t an instrument that is used in a lot of songs, but when you find a good part or a song that has timpani’s in it the song can be extremely powerful with a timpani line in it.
The sound of these timpani’s are perfect, exactly what you want out of timpani’s. They have a full rich sound of orchestra type timpani’s but can be used in any style of music ranging from pop to hip hop. These timpani’s are priced pretty high, as most well rounded real timpani’s are. The price of Rogers Timpani’s is probably why most people shy away from them and just use some sampled timpani’s that they have in the computer, but I can say nothing will compare to having this in your studio. It will need to be real studio not a home studio. Not many people have room just to have these sitting in their home studio when they only get used every so often.
Overall I am extremely happy to say that I finally made my purchase of Rogers timpani’s. They make a huge difference in your overall sound when your using them as opposed to just using some audio sample of a timpani you have in a vst. Rogers Timpani’s not only have a great sound but they have a great look and they are built to last. So they will last a long time, but investing in them might not be worth it if a lot of your songs done have timpani parts in them. So I don’t recommend getting them unless you plan on having timpani in a few songs. I recommend these timpanies over any other brand.
Rogers' Timpani drums are a set of large kettle drums that I've used in a recording studio setting. The studio that I'm currently working at has a set of two of these timpanis, and although they don't get used very often, recently they got whipped out for a session. They weren't being used in a classical setting as would be the norm with timpani drums, rather it was on a rock/pop session where they just wanted to beef up a section with some timpani drums. Let me say that these things sound awesome! They have an extremely full sound that can easily fill up a room when struck loud. You change the pitch with the pedal, as is the case with all timpani drums I believe. We had them tuned to fifths from each other, but I guess normally you would have four of them tuned to each other rather than the two that we have. I'm somewhat surpirsed that this was the first use of these drums that I've seen in the studio, as you'd think people would want to take advantage of these being that not too many studios will have timpani drums! However, I guess this is a pretty specific sound not heard too often in pop music today. From what I've been told they are actually pretty rare drums and are worth a good amount of money if you can get your hands on them. I haven't used too many other timpani drums for recording sessions in my day, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare these to. However, you know that when everyone on a session gets excited, you've probably got some pretty great sounding drums! I can't say I'd recommend going out to search for these as you'd have to be pretty lucky to find them...