One holiday weekend, my band director brother and I brought some microphones, an interface, and a bunch of guitar pedals to his school. Over the next 12-14 hours we played octave clusters on a marimba, vibraphone, and piano. The microphones went through Meris 440 preamps, which allowed us to patch in various stereo guitar effects and capture wonderful textures. After lots of additional processing in the box with various delay & reverb plugins, we ended up with lots of wonderful granular pads. Marimba Clusters are all the processed marimba pads, with additional controls for Attack, Release, Low Pass Filter, High Pass Filter and additional processing through tape saturation/delay, Analog Delay, Hall Reverb, and Diffusion Delay. Select the various original processed samples from the dropdown or select random to have Kontakt cycle each sample randomly with each keystroke. Have fun!
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Love how much variation you can get out of this one. Instantly usable. Great for ambience and texture. Well done!
Marimba for grown ups. 5 stars.
I swear someone it just going to use this throughout an entire TV drama. Not much to add to what everyone else has said. It's clever, well programmed, love the dropdown box rather than having to double click different presets, the GUI FX are great, especially the tape. My favourites are "reverse slices" and "dirty filter". Get in quick before someone else rinses it..
An incredible ambience tool
I caught myself having way too much fun with this one. It's about heavily processed marimba samples, split in 7 different versions, plus a bonus randomized one, which I am personally in love with. Every different version is unique, and they all share the same settings and effects. Everything sounds very good, it's responsive, and has lots and lots of character that will definitely inspire you in many ways, and to top it all, it also looks amazing as well. That's an easy recommendation!
A marimba that stands out
If you have any DAW, you have marimba sounds. Maybe you even bought an orchestral library or five that included marimba. If you're really nuts, maybe you even bought a mallet library or even a dedicated marimba library. The problem is that after a while, you reach the point where you have enough marimba sounds. The only way you're going to get something better is to actually buy a marimba. It is because of all of this that it has become really really tough to release a sample library with marimba sounds that have something to offer that most of us don't already have. Enter Marimba Clusters. What you won't find here is any plain old marimba sounds. No striking, no rolls, no tapping, no bowing. Just marimba sounds that have been effected to the point where you might not guess that a marimba was actually the source material for this library. There are seven sounds, plus a bonus random one that randomly picks from amongst the first seven. Is it fun? Yes. Is it inspiring? Absolutely. Does it actually offer something new and different in the world of marimba sample libraries? Resounding YES.
Super amazing in many ways
I was pretty blown away by this. I usually tend to think of marimbas as somewhat limiting. Very cool but usually only useful in "fun" and upbeat contexts. This is more of a marimba based ambience sound with no real way to just play it like a dry marimba as far as i can tell. Its kind of like spitfire audio percussion swarm. I think we all love the effect of swarming textural clouds of percussion and this definitely delivers on that. Theres also something just unique and amazing about metallic sounds used in this "thrumming" type of way. The GUI is amazing and i absolutely love how presets are included in a drop down in the actual GUI instead of you having to load in separate nki's. This is one thing i miss from soft synths being more into sample libraries now and i hope more sample library makers will incorporate this. The only thing is that the presets dont set parameters like attack and release back to default so you'll have to reload the nki to set it back to default. Overall im so impressed by this and i think its really useful.