The story

I sampled this marimba last year at my school and am pleased to have finally had the time to finish it, in the end I have sampled every note with 3 dynamic layers p, mf and f. This was done both as hits as well as rolls. My approach to the rolls is quite simplified, I did looping for all of the notes but the release triggers are more clunky as they literally activate as you lift the note. For future projects I could make this much cleaner but it involves marking the start point of every hit of every roll for every dynamic layer! Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to a great room so there are a few things rattling on some notes (this was reduced significantly by throwing drum sticks at lights!) but overall I am pleased with the outcome!

Note: The HITS and ROLLS are using key switches which appear blue on the kontakt keyboard!

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  • Rolls are awesome.

    This marimba is sampled and recorded pretty well. Its a very dynamic instrument but i wish there was at least one round robin here. The sound itself isn't very bright but warm and tonal which is really nice. This is a quality marimba sound but the thing that really makes this great for me is the rolls. Its always great when we get playable phrases in a library that were acctually performed by the sample maker instead of programmed with midi. Theres so many cool options for these rolls including using them just as they are stacking them, putting delay, reversing them etc. ALot of fun to have with this one

    septemberwalk10 November 2021
  • Specific vibe

    I like it. Very good sound for specific pieces where you need a less bright marimba with its specific rhythm

    jurbanek23 February 2022
  • Excellently Playable Marimba!

    Great marimba sounds here. The simple GUI is great, and sounds are well recorded and instantly playable. The instrument has excellent tonal balance, and the samples are generally very balanced across the range. There were a couple of dead keys on this instrument F#4 and A4. It might have been better to stretch the notes above them down a half step to cover those notes, but it's a pretty minor detail that probably wouldn't have been noticed by anyone but another marimbist. Love the inclusion of rolls!

    Sam EcoffSamplist 19 October 2021
  • Just what I want

    A good simple Marimba sound , kinda tropical tho , pretty good and almost perfectly recorded : the only really "downside" it's the gui of the instrument because it's too much simple for me , I would love some adsr control maybe

    ARKAN11 November 2021
  • All Too Familiar Sound From University

    As a former percussionist turned producer/composer I'm always so nostalgic for Marimba as a sound/texture. As a snob and matter of personal taste, I find the yarn mallet selection a little harder than I prefer, but in some cases, thats exactly whats needed, when most mallet libraries ignore the choice all together and opt for the over-puffy, or rubber insulated sound. There doesn't at least at present seem to be a library that serves the extreme diversity of the instrument, Spitfire no surprise seems closest and for that reason, I'm so grateful to have this very useful sample set ready to go! Sounds great and makes me miss those late night practice room sessions trying to memorize whatever Keiko Abe chart I was probably procrastinating.

    ac.bair51022 October 2021
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