“Space Island” Toy Steel Drum

A Solaris-esque stereo steel drum recorded with a 414.

The story

I recorded a few notes from an old toy steel drum I had lying around. I used my trusty 414 to record it. I loaded to instances of the instrument, then reversed on and slightly panned them. (Pun regretfully intended 🙂

It is a super simple instrument and took about a half hour to make, but I am surprisingly finding it inspiring. P.S. Don’t tell Cliff Martinez. Ha!

Reviews for “Space Island” Toy Steel Drum

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  • Really nice, go well with many libraries

    I love this steel drum! Another pad like sound. It has a nice delay and gives an interesting effect.

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021
  • Definitely not a toy anymore!

    This is a wonderful idea, executed very well. I simply love the sound of it and it makes me have good thoughts, which is something important to me. Anyway, you will only find a multi-patch that contains two instruments that can't be control and have no GUI at all. The reverse idea is magnificent but sadly you can't control the speed of it. Once you press a key, at some point it gets back to you. Weirdly enough, the samples are put at -4 semitones in order to match the correct pitch, so keep that in mind!

    Alex Raptakis14 October 2021
  • Unique but Nuanced sound

    This is a cool sounding instrument and a unique one. I can't see myself using this very often but if i ever wanted a steel drum sound it sound work well. The reverses are especially cool. I would maybe get rid of the transient and just let those reverses fade in. It would also be nice to have some control over the reverb if you wanted a drier sound

    septemberwalk25 October 2021
  • Great pan sounds

    inspired and musical, these samples have lovely character, yet are nondescript enough to fit into many different style of music. The ambient sound is truly lovely, while the reverse brings in a less muted version of the sound, followed by a reversed reverb IR. I would find the sound more useable without the reverse as I prefer to use Space Designer and then reverse the IR and set the reverb time so that the reverse lines up to the beats. However, i'm sure many people will find it inspiring. Regardless, it's another great sample pack!

    Sam Ecoff19 October 2021
  • Simple

    Pros: nice sound for only one sample
    Cons: just one sample with a filter and some reverb, so quiet I had to turn the volume to 100% and then add a Gainer effect and crank that up too so I could hear it.

    Moss09 January 2022
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