Marimba Ripples

Loose rolls performed on a rosewood marimba.........

The story

In April (2021) I was lucky enough to have a 4.6 octave rosewood marimba in my home studio for two weeks. It was rented as part of a songwriting/composition grant project (thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts) and it got much use while in my space, including being sampled in detail as part of a future VI project.

After I had recorded more traditional samples of the marimba with two large diaphragm condenser microphones, up close, and a matched pair of stereo room mics (also condenser), I proceeded to strike each bar with my medium-hard mallets to find those that resonated the most. Once found, I sampled strikes of these bars performed in loose rolls, recording the Slow and Fast versions that you find here. These samples are particular and not tempo synched, so it may take some experimenting in order to fit them into your compositions.

During processing, some samples were pitch shifted, including some low fifths that are marked as B0 to B1 (and orange) on the keyboard, but sound an octave higher (B1/F#2 to B2/F#3). The Single Strikes articulation is intended as a sketching instrument and was created by editing single notes out of the existing samples.

I hope that this instrument will be inspiring.

Features (Kontakt):

– Three button-selectable articulations (Slow, Fast, Single Strikes). These can also be selected with the following red key switches: C0- Slow, D0- Fast, E0- Single Strikes.
– Low Cut EQ with on/off button.
– Volume mapped to CC11.
– Plate Reverb and Room Reverb controls (there is a single Reverb control in the DS version).

Note for the Kontakt version: The mapped midi CC assignment can be removed, if needed. The CC11 modulator can be removed by pressing on the wrench icon (to go under the hood), going to the “Mod” tab, selecting the modulator that reads “midi CC, 11”, then right clicking on the selected modulator to open the “Delete” dialogue box, before clicking “Delete”.

This is the first instrument that I scripted-in articulation selection using buttons (and key switches). It may not be as elegant as a function-based script, but it does the job! Please feel free to check out the KSP script (Main) for inspiration.

Note for the Decent Sampler (DS) version: The Slow, Fast, and Single Strikes signals can be blended and muted using the corresponding volume knobs, which can also be midi-mapped.

The first demo of mine that features this instrument (and four others that I have created) is called “Wood, Metal, and Mane” and can be heard on the Cymbal Atmos instrument page.


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  • One of the best!

    This marimba has got to be one of the best and most inspiring instruments on PB. Not only is is well recorded and offers basic marimba sounds, it's also got swarms, which take the instrument to a whole new level. I liked the thoughtful inclusion of the Low Cut button. While it's great to have the full spectrum, the first thing that struck me after playing for a few minutes was that it would need to be high passed to sit nicely in a mix. I really can't think of anything that would make this instrument better. It's well recorded, perfectly played, highly inspiring, and super useful. Bravo!

    Sam Ecoff19 October 2021
  • Overall good Marimba sound

    It's tough to find a good Marimba sample pack, but this one exceeded my expectations! Sounds great just for single strokes as well as ripple rolls. Warm and full sound overall.

    BrokenAboutMachines20 February 2022
  • Maribatastic

    If you need a Marimba look no further, the key switched articulations cover slow, fast and single hits. Superbly done, Bravo.

    lfo2vco15 December 2021
  • Beautifully captured marimba!

    What a beautiful textured library. Repeating sound of marimba is giving a dreamy texture to the music. Nicely captured and created library!

    Asuka Amane20 October 2021
  • Sooooooo fun

    I love this library, I ticks nearly every box of what I like in malleted sampler instruments. It's unique and incredibly usable, it's versatile with the different speeds or choice of single strikes, and some tasteful reverb on tap. The lower keys are really cool sounding, and the timbre is so gentle. The interface isn't confusing at all, albeit a little difficult to read for me at first, everything is labelled well and placed coherently. The biggest thing I wish from a library like this as a sort of "next step" would be dynamics / some velocity layers. The performed volume of the instrument was a very good choice, but I would love to have a little extra bite or a little softer touch while I sketch out ideas with this on my keyboard. Regardless, this is an amazing tool and I'm very grateful to you sharing it with us. Thank you Sage.

    Conner04 November 2021
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