Tapping Marimba

Organic, woody, percussive sound of a marimba tapped by hand...

The story

While experimenting with different techniques to record a marimba at my university, I found myself attempting to play it like a piano (as my main instrument is the piano). No surprise the keys were a little big for my hand, but I loved the organic, woody, percussive sound that came from tapping the bars. So, I decided to sample it so that I could play it on a keyboard!

I used a stereo pair of AKG C414s and added a hall reverb to the kontakt instrument that can be controlled with the mod wheel. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Reviews for Tapping Marimba

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  • Awesome and inspiring!

    I love this sample pack. I've already used it in a couple of productions. After working with it for a while, I felt the need to tighten up the samples on many of the notes. The start times were just too loose for my taste, and things just weren't playing in time regardless of quantization. After tightening it up, it's really an inspiring and useful sample pack for me.

    Sam Ecoff19 October 2021
  • Reallly Unique--playful

    This is a marimba sound like no other. Very close, in fact with headphones it feels like your ears are being tapped directly--kinda lose that with compression, try not to do that!! So great though, really can't find a marimba sound like this that is so intimate and kinda playful really.

    ryan weeks14 October 2021
  • Pretty organic and nice

    This is a pretty nice marimba instrument with character. The sound is very plucky and organic. I do wish there were more round robins because with melodic percussion instruments like this the more the better. i don't think this sound is extremely interesting but again it sounds really nice and i think its going to be useful for people. i can't see myself using it often but I'm still going to keep it around just incase

    septemberwalk30 October 2021
  • Playful character

    This little marimba is definitely playful, smooth and also dynamic at the same time, but I think it would really shine with some extra tweaks. The important part is that the samples are very noisy, and most of the noise is hidden in the right channel, resulting in a very uncanny balance, where the actual instrument is correctly panned but the noise building up only in the right side, and I bet this will be very hard to deal with in the context of a mix.

    Alex Raptakis31 October 2021