Hapi Drums for Kontakt features steel tongue drums, known for their strong fundamental tone with complex overtones, harmonics and a long mellow sustain.
With our intuitive GUI, enjoy complete freedom to mix, layer, retune and customize each sound to your heart’s content.
Please note: FULL retail version of Kontakt 6.1.1 or later is required. NOT for Kontakt Player.
Hapi Drums is a set of four steel tongue drums crafted by legendary instrument makers Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly at their workshop in the Sierra Mountain foothills of Oakhurst, CA.
Steel tongue instruments are known for a smooth fundamental tone wrapped in a haze of complex harmonics and a long, mellow sustain.
Hapi Drum is one of the oldest and highest quality steel tongue drum makers in the world, with unique body designs and tuning options and clear, rich notes that cut cleanly through clusters of carefully-balanced lush, swirling overtones.
We recorded four instruments, capturing each of them with a wide stereo pair of large-diaphragm Neumann TLM 103s and a binaural Rode NT-SF1, to provide you with two distinct tonal options.
Instruments included the low “Origin” D minor model (D3 – A4), a pair of “Slim Tunable” mid models (A3 – E5) and the small, treble Tini (A4 to A5).
Each model can be loaded separately – including individual tongue soloing – or you can play all of them together as a combined chromatic scale.
We played each one with soft rubber mallets, hard metal picks, and nylon jazz brushes. With our intuitive multi-layered modular UI, you’ll enjoy complete freedom to mix, layer, retune and customize each sound to your heart’s content.
The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility.
You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more. We’ve also included 20 unique sound-designed custom FX presets to give you lots of creative options.
This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time.
You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control.
Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.
The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 18 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 10 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more.
The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility.
We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!