HAPI Drum - Kontakt Library, Free Download!
I found this little beautiful instrument while shopping for a harmonium in Rishikesh, India. It tuned alright with a very interesting harmonic character. I really liked how it sounds and I thought it was a good buy.
I always wanted to explore creating musical tools and a Kontakt library is one of this low hanging fruits. I decided to sample this instrument and to try it out. This is my first Kontakt Library ever and it was such a blast to be working on it.
I can think of 100 cool features this library may have, but I can not justify it without some popular demand. So, lets call this an alpha release, while I listen to your feedback. If there will be any interest in this library, I promise to find some time to work on this.
I recorded it with a close mic'ed AKG 404 and cheap MXL as a overhead. I really liked how those two very different mics were complimenting each other - the 404 is pretty dark by nature and the MXL is very bright and sounds great on very soft sounds like the HAPI drum.
I used a Dual Valve TL Audio Preamp and directly to my 12 years old Fireface 400. For the non-open layers, I muted the tongues using tape. I invested an hour recording and 2 days editing this instrument. The original has 8 notes, I hand picked 4 recordings for each note (round-robin) and the 3 velocity layers are:
- Accent: Strong stroke with half of the drum muted and half resonating with the note
- Muted: All tongues muted, but the one that is being hit
- Open: The notes as they are, without taping
The original drum notes are: F2, G2, G#2, C3, D3, F3, G3, G#3 which makes it a F… dorian? I pitched it to chromatic which sounds good for the most part.
Future Features (Maybe?)
- Velocity control for every layer
- Routing balance knob for the two mic sources
- Additional sounds with every hit (such as the drum frame and mallet sounds)
- Nice UI and buttons
- Sequencer or an advanced rhythm Arpeggiator
- Nice builtin effects and controls
Please write to me, even if it's just a simple “thank you!". Would love to hear your feedback in a comment or my anonymous contact form.
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