Upright Bass Drum

A Tom Waits inspired percussion instrument created from a double bass.

The story

I was given an old Upright Bass from the 50’s, that was in rough shape. I thought I might have it worked on to get playable but the endeavor proved not to be worth it. I decided to sample it in a different way. I used it as a drum set . I put snares on it, used a bass drum pedal, mallets, hit the strings, made fret noises , etc. I think the result was pretty earthy with some pretty indistinguishable sounds (my favorite!) I was going for the “What would Tom Waits like” kind of direction on this, assuming he actually used Kontakt instruments 🙂

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  • This is Pianobook all over!

    This is Pianobook all over! The idea of taking something simple but exploring it in a new or different way. The percussion sounds here are top notch and very easily playable. It's also very easy to implement into most styles of 'filmic' music. Bravo Joshua!

    R.Treves20 October 2021
  • Wonderfully original

    What an imaginative, creative library this is! Very expressive, very different. This is top-notch.

    JTW_Music12 October 2021
  • Meltzer did it again

    Not surprised to see that this is a Meltzer creation. This is one of my favorite libraries on the site and probably my favorite percussion library. Theres a-lot of sounds to choose from and they're all so cool and organic sounding. They're very different too, not sounding the same as any other percussion library. I love the scrapes and also the low hits that can be used as kick drums. I named this Helios Drum Kit in my folder because it reminds me of his sometimes weird organic foley drum sampling. If you don't know his music check it out, you'll be glad you did. His newer stuff doesn't have much drums but go a few years back in his catalog. This instrument is so fun and i can't wait to use it in a project

    septemberwalk27 October 2021
  • Double the fun.

    Just oozes so much character. Pretty much every hit - and there are a lot - makes you go "ooh" or "hmmm" or "nice" or "oo oo oo". This was such a great idea. Joshua is a bit like that really annoying "clever person" that can do all the ridiculously difficult cryptic crossword clues - it's seems obvious once he's done it. And there in lies the secret I guess. Something for everyone here.

    Mark Lord06 December 2021
  • Percussive Bass adventure, Tom Waits for everyone

    This is a really useful tool for creating rhythm freshness with unconventional tones and strikes. Once you have your rhythm track established, load this up and surprise yourself and your listeners. This is special, really very special.

    Consterdine12 October 2021
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