Coco Pops

A coconut xylophone with extended range and extras

The story

This coconut xylophone was another holiday souvenir, I believe bought by my aunt from a market in Queensland, which I sampled by striking with a bamboo toothbrush. I had the idea to sample the individual notes from each coconut, then extend the range beyond whatever they gave, but unfortunately there was only 1 tone variance between the 3 nuts. So I decided it was a better use of the instrument and samples to instead combine the sounds of each nut across the full instrument range as far as it could be extended without sounding awful. I then decided it could be nice to allow the user to individually adjust the levels of each nut to alter the tone quality. Nut 1 and 3 have a fairly strong fundamental tone, while Nut 2 is more percussive. There is also a slight stereo effect based on the position of the individual nuts relative to mic. Lowpass filters and Attack knobs have also been provided to allow for some further customisation of the tone.
The result was a surprisingly in-tune toy coconut xylophone sound, but wanting this library to be more than just a gimmick, I added some delay functionality as well as the Kontakt Factory arpeggiator (accessible via tab). This gives the library some extra functionality as a rhythm (or polyrhythm) generator, and I think it can work quite nicely in a ‘tuned percussion’ type role.

Coconut Xylophone Demo

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  • A very dynamic and percussive mallet

    This is a very simple but great mallet instrument by Eamon. In the incredibly small size of 3MB, it was sudden to realise that, not only it has 3 different Nuts to blend, but there are different dynamics bound to velocity too! The sound coming off of the nuts is similar to a pitched woodblock, or if a cowbell could be wooden. Eamon has done a great job optimizing this instrument, while also maintaining quality and responsiveness to a very high level.

    On top of all the goodness, you will find a great arpeggiator that works perfectly well, with all the tools and settings needed in order to create your own sequence. Personally I find a good arpeggiator very inspiring to play around, so it's always awesome to have it. Awesome!

    Alex Raptakis21 May 2022
  • See a true instruments build with coconuts!!

    Les Luthiers is a humorous Argentine musical group that also builds its own instruments. Here is a real marimba made with coconuts!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KU4Ku2AwN8M

    dpisera02 June 2022