Tangent Drum

Tangent Drum is the one and only Tongue Drum you will ever need – and we say that with confidence! Recorded with several microphone positions, some of them traditional some others daring and original, we pulled as many colours as possible from this beautiful instrument.

But that’s not all – we also deconstructed every single sample in three layers: The tonal, the percussive and the instrument root so as to be able to build advanced and spotless patches that will help you create music with crystal-clear quality!

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‘Tangent Drum’ is the one and only Tongue Drum you will ever need – and we say that with confidence!

Recorded with several microphone positions, some of them traditional some others daring and original, we pulled as many colours as possible from this beautiful instrument.

But that’s not all – we also deconstructed every single sample in three layers: The tonal, the percussive and the instrument root so as to be able to build advanced and spotless patches that will help you create music with crystal-clear quality!

Thanks to our deconstruction technique, we assembled multiple Tongue Drums with resonances in different keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) as well as an extensive 6-octave range free of any of those pitch-stretch artefacts once uses to get on the transients.

The results are extremely high quality sound as well as crazy clean playability!

What about the Articulations? Well… are you ready? Not only did we play the drum with our fingers (in different ways) as well as with mallets, but we also created a prepared patch played with a crazy amount of different objects! We even managed to bow the tongues! Finally, we ALSO designed more than ten unique Sound Design articulations in native Ambisonics, for full immersion!

You have more questions? Continue reading below for a detailed concept!

The Recording Phase

First, our starting point was to do what others had done in the past: we used an overhead pair of microphones to capture the sound of the drum… However, we also added an overhead Ambisonics microphone, meaning that we gathered the sound emitted from every possible angle to capture perfect realism, even if you are working in Stereo mixes.

From there, we decided to raise the bar, and worked in a new concept called macro sampling, in which we used extremely sensitive microphones as close as the source of the sound as possible, we’re talking about 1-2 milimetres close, and we adjusted the microphone for every tongue we played. Finally, we mixed our macro samples in a three-dimensional environment in which you can feel the tongue drum all around you.

Finally, we went overboard with experimentation by placing another Ambisonics microphone inside the drum, this gives an amazing feeling of being completely surrounded by the sound emitted by this capturing instrument – it’s a unique feeling as no matter how you rotate the source of the sound, you always feel embraced by it.

We created a Mix using all the microphone positions so that you can quickly approach the instrument in case you don’t want to spend time mixing – it’s a ready-to-go solution!

All of the above was made not only in native Ambisonics, so that you can create music in ANY speaker array you want (Stereo, Surround, Spatial Audio, etc), but also in Stereo in case you want to focus on this format for your music.

The Icing on the Cake

Aside from the extensive dedication in our recording technique, we also went overboard in playing techniques (articulations) as well as post processing of the Samples, and we are extremely happy to share this with you.

Not only did we play the Drum with our fingers and traditional mallets, but we created prepared articulations so pull as many sonic colours as possible! Hot Rods, Brushes, Wrenches, Bowed, Pens, Drum Sticks, Finger Nails, Sticky Fingers, and even Bowed Tongue are some of the organic articulations we prepared – everything in multiple Round Robins and Velocities… Additionally, we created a set of Sound Design articulations for even more insanity…

Almost 30 unique Articulations compose this instrument (5 Core, 13 Prepared, 10 Sound Design).

The Cherry On Top

We spent a great deal of time researching and analysing the source instrument’s resonance and the samples so as to deconstruct each of the samples into three core layers: The tonal part (what gives the note), the atonal part (the transients and the atonal resonance) and the tonal resonance of the instrument itself. The Sound Design samples where also deconstructed into tonal and atonal layers.

As the instrument comes in a Key, it resonates differently with notes that are consonants to the key, thanks to us extracting that information as well as the Tonal and Atonal part of each note, we managed to create tongue drums that will resonate in multiple keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). Additionally, we built the patches to give you 6 octaves of spotless sound, without any pitch artefacts on the transients, often caused by extreme pitching.

With all of the above, ‘Tangent Drum’ is a ‘complete-package’ instrument – giving you the opportunity to play through a massive range on your MIDI keyboard, helping you create unique sounds through blending, combining and playing with each of the samples layers (they are completely controllable and customisable) and providing an over-the-top crystal clear sound quality for any of your mixes. Be it in Stereo, Surround, for Spatial Audio or even for custom speak arrays, you are completely covered!


Articulation List

Core || Deconstructed Core*

  • Fingers
  • Finger Tips
  • Fingers Muted
  • Mallets
  • Mallets Muted

Prepared || Deconstructed Prepared*

  • Fingers Sticky
  • Nail Plucked
  • Mallet Rear
  • Drum Stick
  • Drum Stick Muted
  • Drum Hot Rods
  • Drum Brushes
  • Drum Brushes Pulled
  • Pen Hit
  • Wrench Hit
  • Wrench Muted
  • Wrench Dragged
  • Bowed

 

Sound Design**

  • Fingers (from Core)
  • Finger Tips (from Core)
  • Mallets (from Core)
  • Mallets Muted (from Core)
  • Chambers (loop)
  • Hot Rods (loop)
  • Build Up (loop)
  • LFE (loop)
  • Thin Scratch (loop)
  • Breaking Glass (loop)
  • Hissing
  • Creepy Oscillators
  • Sunflowers
  • Horror Tunes

* Samples in the Deconstructed patches contain three layers: (1) Tonal, (2) Atonal, (3) Resonance
** Samples in the Sound Design patch contain four layers: (1 and 2) Tonal, (3 and 4) Atonal

Microphone Positions

  • Macro (An extra-sensitive microphone places 1-2mm from the source of the sound)
  • Inside (An Ambisonics microphone inside the instrument)
  • Overhead (A mix from an Ambisonics Overhead + a Stereo Pair Overhead)
    Mix
 

* Ambisonics Format is natively compatible with any speaker array configuration as long as a third-party decoder can support it.

‘Ambisonics Version’ is delivered both in Stereo (2-channel samples) and RAW Ambix Ambisonics (4-channel samples). As Kontakt doesn’t natively support Ambisonics decoding, a third-party plug-in might be needed if your DAW cannot decode natively. Fortunately there are several ways to achieve this. Please go to our Support section and learn how you can decode Ambisonics in your DAW

Please make sure your DAW supports multichannel tracks, as for Ambisonics to work, a 4-channel (or more) track is needed. Please find out about DAW compatibility in our Support section.

A full version of Kontakt is needed to load this library. It will NOT work with Kontakt player. Please make sure you own the latest version of Kontakt before purchasing.


Specifications

  • Ambisonics + Stereo Version
    • Over 68.900 Samples
    • 117GB Compressed to 37GB
  • Stereo Version
    • Over 34.400 Samples
    • 30GB Compressed to 12GB
  • 5 Core Articulations (Fingers, Fingertips, Mallets, etc)
  • 13 Prepared Articulations (Drum Sticks, Wrench Hits, Bowed, Hot Rods, and many more)
  • 10 Sound Design Articulations
  • 25 Tailored Presets
  • Multiple Round Robins and Velocities
  • Deconstructed Samples for Detailed Control and No Pitch Artefacts
  • 6 Octaves of Spotless Playing
  • Comes in Multiple Keys for Consonant Resonance (C, D, E, F, G, A, B)
  • Multiple Microphone Positions (Inside, Overhead, Macro, Mix)
  • Mixed and delivered in Ambisonics and Stereo.
  • Pristine 24bit / 48kHz resolution.
  • Natively compatible with Stereo, Spatial Audio, Surround, Binaural, VR and any speaker array configuration.*

Requirements

Requires full version of Kontakt, v6.2.1 or above.

CPU: i5+

Operating System: N/A

RAM: 4GB+



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