Back in February (2020) I went back to my old college in my hometown to speak to the students about some of the work I have done since leaving college and university. While I was there, I sampled the marimba they have.
Unfortunately I forgot to snap a picture of the marimba, very unlike me. So I instead I’ve decided to use a picture of Loch Linnhe, which I conveniently remembered to capture, as it’s right beside the college.
Reviews for Marimba
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This is a really great marimba. There are five velocity layers, which really helps to being the sounds to life. I found myself wishing for some round robins, especially with the Red Beater sound, because it quickly became apparent that it was a sample. The White Beater sound was really great, although it does have reverb in the samples which can't be removed, which makes it a little less useful. Even so, this is a great, playable, and useful sample pack!
It's really a nice marimba instrument, for free! It has no GUI at all, but honestly it doesn't need it. You just load it and, here it is, a marimba at your fingertips. There are two instruments actually, the Red Beater, which is a dry one, and the White Beater, which is a wet one. Try it!
Wish there were round robins
The sound of this instrument is really tonal and mellow which i like. The instrument is also really dynamic with five dynamic layers which is great for these kinds of instruments. Round robins are definitely needed on instruments like this though because they produce a really different sound depending on how they are hit and this would really add alot to the realism of this instrument. I think 3 dynamic layers and three round robins would be a nice trade off instead of 5 dynamic layers and no round robins. This is still a really useful and well recorded marimba but if you ever felt like updating this i think that round robins would add so much to this instrument.