Sam’s Drawers

A massive collection of small percussion instruments....

The story

It’s hard to remember now, but I think it started with a pair of plastic egg shakers I bought from the fishbowl they were in at the front counter of a local music store. I started developing a great love for tiny percussion instruments, musical toys, and fun noise makers which would allow me to “move some air” and get away from using samples. It is therefore rather ironic that I sampled almost every instrument in the top five drawers of the Ikea MALM dresser which houses my collection.

Over the years, the collection has grown to include cowbells, shakers, rattles, whistles, blown instruments, a few ethnic percussion items, a couple of toy xylophones, toy noisemakers, desk bells, and even a plastic bottle. I didn’t sample every last thing in the drawers. However, this collection contains samples of 87 instruments. Creating it was a fairly massive undertaking. Which allows me to say what I’ve been dying to say for a few weeks now… you want to see what’s in my drawers, don’t you?

Christian Henson’s Reviews of this library may be viewed here:

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  • Not sure If I'm allowed to review my own library, but

    I can't seem to add a link to the video with time stamps of the two times Christian reviewed the library, but here they are:

    Just wanted to chime in and say thanks to everyone for the kind words. I created this library primarily for the reason some guessed: it was originally for the composers who work with me so that I wouldn't have to set up a mic and track stuff every time I wanted them to replace a commercially available cheesy shaker sample on their tracks. This way, they could use my non-commercially available cheesy samples instead! It worked, however, and when Piano Book was born, I decided to sample everything that I hadn't already sampled to complete the collection. Hope you all find it useful!

    Sam Ecoff18 November 2021
  • Very creative library!

    I was amazed with the amount of files that you can choose from!! Bells, blocks, many interesting sound to explore. It has many choices that you can play for a long time.

    Asuka Amane25 October 2021
  • A quaint collection...

    It reminds me of several NI libraries featuring toys and other small percussion instruments, but I personally like this one better. All of the instruments have something interesting to add and are well-sampled. Really gets the creative juices flowing. Fabulous work!

    Christopher26 October 2021
  • Playful and professional

    Firstly there is a tonne of content here. Lots of quirky percussion and some well known percussion instruments and also some nice wind and whistle instruments that play really well. Nice work!

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Sams Toolkit

    While this is a little overwhelming its cool because it feels like a composer toolkit in a sense. Not meaning that these instruments define sam as a composer but its just like a little curated collection he put together that has his character inside it which i think is cool. Theres a bunch of really cool novelty instruments and percussion in here. None of it is too deeply sampled but theres really so many different combinations you can make out of the sounds available here and so many different directions you could take them in

    septemberwalk12 November 2021
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