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.


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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