In 2019 I was working with Stephen Barton on a nature series called Mysterious Planet for Discovery Channel. I was after some more colourful percussion sounds for a couple of cues so I decided to pick up this instrument that had been gathering dust in the corner of my studio for years and sample it. I believe it’s an African Xylophone of some sort so I’ve named it Mini African Xylophone, or MAX as an acronym.
I picked it up from a gift shop in Norfolk years ago whilst holidaying down there and I’d always thought it had a pleasantly playful tone so I ended up using it a few times across several episodes.
The normal beater hits range from C3-C5 and then there’s a handful of performed phrases from C1-G1
Hope it can be of some use to you too!
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Fun, Ethnic-sounding Xylo!
This xylophone is mellow sounding, useful, and highly playable. Its pleasant tone makes it work in a wide variety of situations.
Simple but great sounding.
This instrument is very simply programmed, but brilliantly recorded nonetheless. Whilst I'm not a fan of the additional glissandos programmed to the low keys, the main Xylophone itself has a lovely round sound that isn't harsh like some libraries can be. This gives it a very Mark Mothersbaugh sort of flavour. Send this library through some FX and it sounds even better! Nice one Max!
Clean recording but could do with more features
This is very cleanly recorded and has a great tone, much different to the western xylophone. To improve, I would see if you can loop the FX you have included, increase the range of the instrument by stretching samples, and add some UI elements e.g. a delay would be really nice!