Pots & Pads

A percussive collection of kitchenware recorded with a combination of Shure SM57, AKG C451B and stereo pair of AKG C214 microphones.

The story

Welcome to Pots & Pads, a kitchenware sample library dedicated to my claim that you don’t need to be a musician or have expensive instruments in order to create your own sounds.

Available in this library are a range of hits and pads produced from the following kitchen ‘instruments’:
Bowed Pan (kindly donated by Marco Ianello)
Ceramic Pan Lid
China Bowl
Glass Teapot
Potato Masher

Each sound was recorded with a combination of Shure SM57, AKG C451B and stereo pair of AKG C214 microphones. The sounds were then processed with compression and EQ followed by a creative dousing in tape saturation and occasionally some delay. These instruments are available to download as Kontakt and EXS24 samplers and will be sure to add a rhythmic warmth to your tracks.

I hope you find this library to be useful!

Reviews for Pots & Pads

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  • Kitchen percussion

    Thee's a wide variety of kitchen percussion included here. Standouts for me included the China Bowl Pulsing Pad --be sure you turn up the mod wheel--, and Glass Teapot Infinite Delay --again, the mod wheel. The most fun of all, though, is "Glass teapot panned tremolo hits". Every other note pans hard right or hard left. Very fun indeed! This is a great collection of kitchen percussion sounds, and you're bound to find many things you love in this collection. I know I certainly did.

    Sam Ecoff04 November 2021
  • Wasn't familiar with this one

    Im a huge fan of Dans work and thought i was up to date on all his instruments. Maybe i wasn't part of pianobook yet when this was released and i missed it. While its not the most interesting or my favorite instrument of dans its still great. Ive always loved pads made from glass and ceramic bowls and things like that. Thet provide this beautifully shimmery high end along with the more tonal part of the sound. The tonal bowl hits here are also really mellow and beautiful while still being resonant. This is a useful library and another great one from Dan

    septemberwalk13 November 2021
  • Delightful samples

    Having used items from my kitchen, or my mum's in Rome, Italy, to create a few sample libraries, I totally loved this, and the meticulous recording and production processes Dan always employs really puts this collection of sounds at the top

    Marco Iannello13 October 2021
  • You might find some good sounds here!

    There are so many sounds to choose from this package. The single-hit patches have a great character, but unfortunately they are little noisy, some more than the other. The Glass Teapot bonus patches are amazing to my ears, even though you might find the release a little too sudden.

    Note though that if you don't initially get any sound off of those, you will need to move your modwheel, because they automatically start at 0 volume even if your modwheel is not there.

    Unfortunately the lack of GUI won't give you the chance to play around the sounds. I didn't manage to make the two Bowed Pan patches to work, as I got errors for missing files.

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Nice Warm Sound

    Pots & Pads has a nice warm sound to it right out the gate. Great for underscoring a dramatic moment. Layer with strings or add FX for more depth. Enjoy!

    dafingaz13 October 2021
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