Gentle Vibes

A marching vibraphone played with soft, medium and hard mallets...

The story

For years I’ve had this marching vibraphone on permanent loan from an old roommate. Not sure exactly where it came from but it’s probably best not to ask. I performed the vibes as quietly as possible with 3 different mallets (soft, medium and hard) and included multiple round robins.

The Soft sounds have a noticeable thump and flutter, perfect for percussive arpeggiation. The Medium sounds offer a nice blend of attack and sustain. The Hard samples are more focused and aggressive. When used sparingly they provide definition and clarity, helping the vibes cut through the mix.

My U47 clone was placed inches from the vibes for an up close, immediate sound. I blended in a small amount of my x/y configured KM84’s for depth and stereo imaging.

Reviews

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  • What a vibe!

    Whilst the playability of this library suffers slightly from an inability to cut off the notes the sound quality is fantastic and is beautifully warm and characterful. So for longer note hits, chords and glissandos this works really well.

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Beautiful vibes

    Beautifully recorded vibes with a nice option to have three different mallets, which is wonderful! As a vibraphonist, I was left wishing for a way to stop the notes from ringing out to the end. It's kind of like playing a piano whose damper pedal is stuck down. I wonder if the envelope could be adjusted to accommodate that? Even so, I'm sure many will find this instrument very useful and inspiring.

    Sam Ecoff18 October 2021
  • Warm and Bright

    Its a beautiful sound as you'd expect from Jon with a lot of variables. My only criticism is some notes are unexpectedly quiet when circling through the round robins so I bounce the track down to avoid any unexpected dropouts.

    Jim Sanger16 October 2021
  • Soft, mellow pad - user friendly

    Nicely organic sound. Very warm and comfortable. I think I will use this one for my healing music composition. You can also adjust the dynamics soft/med/hard so very customizable as well!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Really nice take on vibraphone

    I don't have a whole lot to say about this library but I really quite like it! Nice vibes that don't sound like others that I have and easy to use

    Conner13 October 2021
  • What more could you expect?

    Love the ability to freely mix the amount of soft, medium and hard samples. Try Soft at 25%, Medium at 75% and Hard at 50% as a starting point. Then use the Release to determine the length, turn it down for more percussive use scenarios or up if you want to use the Vibes as a pad kind of sound, The quality of this sample set is superb, really well recorded.

    Synthiemental13 October 2021
  • Melodic articulation

    …is what impressed. Individual tones were OK. Logophones with metallic edge are valuable. Vibes need to pass a ‘Gary Burton test’ IMHO. I think he could use this pack.

    Daev Keli13 October 2021