Tongue Drum

Metal tongue drum......

The story

I was given this tongue drum as a Christmas present from my Mum about three years ago. It was actually one of the first instruments I tried to sample, a muted version that didn’t go as well as I would have liked. I may revisit the muted one in the future. While studying for my Masters in Sound for the Moving Image in early 2021, I was looking for sounds to create a TV theme and decided to rerecord the samples for this. There are 2 round robins and 3 velocity layers.

Attack – great for creating a nice glassy effect.

Release – give a little more control over the long sustain of the instrument.

Reverb – The samples are dry with an optional reverb knob. However, the instrument sustains well so some may not feel reverb is necessary, I typically add some though.

High pass – The lower range is a little boomy with this instrument, this can help to give a little control over this, I would personally use a separate EQ, however.

Low pass – Ideal with creating a mellower sound.


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  • Tongue Drum - Simply

    This is a simple patch that gives a percussive sound with a small reverberant tail. This sounds well on its own but because of its higher register, it can allow for unconventional uses such as percussive hits and pads. The sound quality is good and while there doesn't seem to be room sound removal this isn't an issue. It's very plug-and-play with 5 knobs on the GUI and an expansive key range. I'll be playing with this patch more in the future, great work!

    Harriet Ford Music12 January 2022
  • A mellow tongue drum

    This is a very mellow tongue drum instrument that gets the job done. It has a big playable range, and it's very dynamic too. I personally love how it sounds with the included Reverb!

    I found that there is some slight intonation issues as you go lower on the register due to the nature of the instrument, but that's not a problem. There is also some noise in the samples so it would greatly benefit from some noise reduction. I found that if you mess a little bit with the LowPass filter knob, you might be able to get rid of the sharper noise very easily.

    Alex Raptakis24 January 2022
  • A really nice sound

    This sounds so amazing and relaxing. Its simple, does the trick and has many uses. The ui is fairly simple and maybe more advanced and interesting sounds could be added.

    Heikki Ketola24 May 2022