Dan Bau Pad

Dan Bau Pad


I have lived in Vietnam on an off since 2013, and have always had a deep fascination with traditional Vietnamese instruments. I have an ever growing collection of Vietnamese instruments, and the Dan Bau is my favourite of them all. It’s a monochord, and is traditionally played by plucking the string with a long bamboo pick, while stopping it at a natural harmonic with the palm of your hand. It’s very difficult to play it “properly” since only the notes of the harmonic series are available, and all other notes are produced by changing the tension in the string with a flexible bamboo handle. This handle is all used for vibrato and intricate ornaments. Being a string player, and the founder of Bunker Samples, my natural instinct was to bow the string rather than pluck it, and thus began a long exploration of what is now slowly becoming a commercial sample library to be released soon. Along the way I experimented with using and eBow, which uses electro magnetism to vibrate the string. That experiment turned into this simple pad, which is a single sample processed with delays and reverbs. It has a beautiful, slow natural attack, but I have included the option of cutting into the sample and setting your own attack time. It’s a simple, but beautiful pad and I hope it will be useful to the Pianobook community.

There is a walkthrough video available here:




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5.0 rating
October 16, 2020

Lots of possibilities here. I love the sample start function which changes the feel from angellic string to angelic organ (ish)

Tim Harrison


5.0 rating
June 8, 2020

Simply a really nice pad that’s not trying to do too much! I am all ready imagining many scenarios this one will be perfect 🙂 Thank you so much!

Martin Gravdal


A wonderful pad created using an eBow on a Vietnamese Dan Bau.

5.0 rating
5 out of 5 stars (based on 2 reviews)
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