Marimba Ripples

A 4.6 octave rosewood marimba performs medium-hard mallets...

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- Demo” and can be heard on the Cymbal Atmos instrument page.


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • 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
  • Authentic Marimba with extra ripples under the sleeve

    This review refers to the DS version of Marimba Ripples I wouldn't know how to practically make good use of the fast and slow "ripples" or rolls, but the single hits articulations sounds and work great for me. I guess the rolls could work in some scenarios, especially in an arpeggiator sort of scenario, but it's hreally ighly dependent on the BPM of the musical piece, since they cannot be tempo synched. Interesting, don't know whether it's intended: some octaves are tilted in pan towards the left, while other note ranges are tilted to the right. It adds to the stereo / roomy feel of the instrument, but might cause issues during mixing when trying to place the sound to either one of the sides. The built in reverb has a pleasant medium room sound.

    Synthiemental20 October 2021
  • 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
  • Cool Marimba

    Sometimes you need a good marimba in your toolbox. This is as good as any. I can see myself using this when the time comes. It does everything that I would need it to do.

    Ray19 October 2021
  • Marimba AND Ripples!

    This is both a normal marimba with the EXTRA options of turning it into a small swarm. The sampling is done nicely, although you might feel the low-end kindof boosted. The noise is not that bad, as you will only be able to hear it if you mash a bunch of notes together with the sustain pedal. It's not that dynamic but it gets the job done. The GUI in my opinion needs some work. The wallpaper is a terrble choice because the black gaps of the instrument mess with the contrast of the actual interfece, which is the important part. Also, when it comes to puting text notes and labels, try not to cramp them together. The Low Cut button is right next to the Volume CC label as if the button affects both...

    Alex Raptakis19 October 2021
  • The different roll speeds are awesome

    Samples are a bit too bass heavy to my liking. Great tool to add a percussive element to my pads and drones though, very useful.

    electri-fire18 October 2021
  • Are You Looking For Marimba Textures?

    This pack is great for those Marimba textures you may be missing! The ability to mix between 'Slow', 'Fast' and 'Single' hit mode is a solid inclusion. When performing in single hit mode, you do sometimes get muddy buildup in the low end when using chords - The higher registers sound a lot cleaner. Keep it up Sage.

    Jake18 October 2021
  • Fun to play

    The ripples are fun to experiment with. I intend to use them as a base for more textural work and running it though heavy delay or reverb. The samples don't start when you hit the key, there's a slight delay, so I had to go in and manually adjust the start time on each of the ripple samples.

    ChesterGwazda15 October 2021
  • Nice percussive instrument to have

    I really like the ripples and I think they can be really useful in some usecases. I think also the single notes are playable although one can hear where other samples are used C2, D#3 and so on. So nice little sample pack to play with:

    Philemon Reinhardt14 October 2021
  • I-magine!

    The Kagemusha's modulating left hand decoys the single tones into paradiddles of hooves on soft earth. Approaching armies of broken 16ths or 32nds dance in formations that mesmerise the ear. As furinkazan wave and bamboo dynamics shout or murmur, you reach for uchigatana or mallet.

    Nostalgiasmith14 October 2021
  • Great for Texture

    Nice rhythms to complement a composition. I'll definitly try this in my future compoistions.

    Stephan Scholz14 October 2021
  • Normal and not...

    It works great as both a normal marimba with single strokes and as a one-of-a-kind texture with the multi stroke. Personally, I find the slower strokes setting to be slightly too slow causing some weird rhythms in the pieces, but the faster setting worked nicely. The low end notes were beautifully captured and did justice to the instrument where many libraries fall short. Great job!

    christopher13 October 2021
  • A decent Marimba with extras

    The single-hit setting is great and just allows you to use the instrument as a marimba. However, where the library shines is with its 'ripple' feature. The slow setting could definitely come in handy for a background vibey ambience while the fast mode I think is the most versatile, able to act as a drone or even melodically with a tremolo sort of feel. The lowest octave of the instrument has a different timbre with a strong 'perfect 5th' sound useful for harmonic foundation. I did hear a little bit of low hiss buildup and some of the samples have diffent amounts of space at the beginning which affects playability but great effort!

    Kalaish Stanley13 October 2021
  • Creative, while also being a great marimba

    Not super balanced tonally and dynamically across the whole range, but I would imagine thats characteristic of a marimba. I like the creativeness of the ripples, but I really like it as a great classic marimba. Thanks so much!

    Nathaniel13 October 2021