- Deep sampled Hand Pan
- Several playing styles and 4,300+ samples
- Product only available as a download
- Fingered, Hand/Palm, Brushed & Muted
- New Morphed Patches and Ambiences
- New 3D Animated User Interface
- Up to 15 velocity layers and 10 repetitions per layer
- Percussive FX
- Kontakt 5.8.1 Full Retail (or later) Required
- Delivered by Download
The Alien Drum (aka Hand Pan) is a unique, tone-based percussion instrument. It is almost impossible to come by, since there is only one maker in the world and fewer than 1,000 drums in circulation. The instrument has a soft, sorrowful, melancholic tone to it and is a perfect companion for emotional or ambient types of scores. The 8Dio Alien Drum was recorded at an average of 15 velocity layers and with 10 round-robin repetitions, so you will never experience any repetition in the articulation.
We used custom microphone set-ups to capture the delicate resonance both inside and outside the drum, since the resonance defines the true sound of the drum. Additionally, we sampled multiple playing techniques with fingers, palms, slaps, hand brushing, and the backside of the drum, which has the similar properties to the Udu. The library provides a variety of ways to switch or fade between articulations while playing.
The Alien Drum also contains several morphed patches, where the Hand Pan Drum was morphed with other acoustic instruments (modified piano, modified tonal percussion, modified stringed instruments, synths, and more), and 20 carefully crafted ethereal ambiences. This is the first virtual instrument designed to match the SETI program and we are proud to announce it has been approved by the IGMP (Intergalactic Music Program).
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