I had this bombo made for me by Gustavo Gómez a colombian luthier and I thought it would be nice to use it to try and make my first instrument in Decent Samples format. Though I’m sure things can be improved, I hope it might be useful for anyone.
There are 2 basic sounds: “aro” (the wooden ring hit with a stick) and “parche” (the membrane hit with a stick”. Each sound has 4 samples and 3 velocities.
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Good but simple drum
Not a lot to this, but works in a variety of of situations due to its simplicity. It's well recorded and very playable, however, so it will doubtless find a home in many people's productions.
Lovely percussion instrument
Sounds and velocity layers are nicely playable in many styles, especially ethnic. However the note assignment makes this less comfortable to use. As a previous reviewer stated, I would also prefer the skin sound to be left to the rim sound. Also, it would be convenient to duplicate the sounds in each octave, or even have first half of the octave assigned to the skin, and next half to the rim. That said, I do very much appreciate your upload, thank you
Simple & Beautiful
I love it when things are simple. It's got 2 beautiful sounds. And hence I love it. I don't need to worry too much about so many options & which sounds to pick. It's like I can just get down to playing and improvising. The 2 sounds are beautiful. One low & one high. One tiny complaint I could have though I'm nitpicking here is that the mapping could have been slighly better. I would have prefered the low sound to be on C & high one on D, but here it is the opposite. Also would have been greater if it was mapped C1 & D1. That way I would have been able to use the pads on my Midi Keyboard Novation Launchkey Mini without going into the custom mode. It is possible to change the notes on my pads by going into Novation software, but I rather just play them on the keys, than going into those pesky settings.. All in all this is perfect and I love it.. More folk instruments please..
Mil gracias por este intrumento!!! llevo mucho tiempo con ganas de samplear instrumentos nacionales como e tiple o la marimba de chonta y esto es un gran referente. Un abrazo.
I'll preface this review by saying that I am merely a hobbyist and complete begginer in sampling. This is such a simple instrument that is so well done. The different dynamic layers and samples make this such a subtle and lifelike instrument. As soon as I played just a few notes I was instantly mesmerized by the sparce simplicity that is so perfectly evocative, just like the real instrument. It's incredible how playable can a simple instrument be. I am very pleasantly surprised by the sound quality and feel of this instrument. It is a job well done.
Wow, after downloading this it immediately became a staple of my percussion section: there is so much expressiveness in the ways you can play this little drum and if you process it further the options become endless. The sound is good, although I have not used it without additional processing in my projects. I look forward to your future drum samples!