“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!


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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
  • Lovely playful take on a steel drum sound

    An already dynamic sound given extra treatments to create a playful palette for something different. No GUI but Reverse and Ambient options are enough.

    Boag112 October 2021