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 Darbuka by Wizoo is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Product Darbuka
Developer Wizoo
Price (MSRP)
No Longer Available
Type / Tags Arabic and Middle Eastern PercussionPercussion
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
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Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Darbuka features 2GB of performances by world-renowned percussionists Suat Borazan and Mohamed Zaki playing authentic instruments such as darbuka, douhola, bendir, riqq, sagat, tura, bongos and shaker. These original multitrack groove performances are derived from the cultures of Algeria, Arabian Gulf, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nubia, Sudan, Tunisia and Turkey. Styles include Ayoub/Zar, Baio, Chiftetelli, Churchuna, Dabkkah, Darig, Daza, Dishka, Fallahi, Fazani, Karachi, Jirk, Laz Havasi, Libi, Maghrebi, Maksum, Malfuf, Mambo Sudani, Masmoudy Kebir, Nubian Reggae, Nubian Samba, Rai, Roman Havasi, Rumba Khaligi, Rumba Masri, Saidi, Samai Thakil, Sufi, Sudasi, Tom Tom, Wahda, Wahrani, Wals, Zafa and Zorofat.

Both Darbuka and Latigo share the same virtual instrument technology that allows users to customize the performances. Real-time performance controls include :

  • Tempo.
  • Tempo scale.
  • Variance.
  • Timing effects (tight/loose, quantize, swing).
  • Instrument groups.
  • Pattern complexity.
  • Mute/solo.
  • Level.
  • Positioning.
  • And more...

The integrated mixer includes independent EQ, punch, and ambience adjustment for each instrument. Users can place instruments freely in one of 15 different surround stages, as well as play patterns, fills, solos, variations and mutes via MIDI keys. Instrument combinations can be stored in 61 scene memories. Outputs are provided main stereo/surround plus 14 individual instruments.

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Discussion: Active
19 November 2014 at 5:10am

Hey everyone. I'm getting desperate to get one of my all time favorite VSTs working again. Unfortunately, after Rossetta was abandoned after 10.7 was released for OS X. Since Wizoo was bought out by digidesign, support for the Wizoo instruments ended. Therefore Darbuka and Latigo would never be able to work on a newer system.

Does anyone have any advice installing Darbuka on an older Mac? I downgraded a MacBook (not sure at the moment but probably a Macbook 1,1 2,1, or 3,1) to Snow Leopard because it's the last version of the OS with supports Rossetta. I still could not get Darbuka to load into Ableton Live 9 Lite and one other free DAW I tried. Even if I can get the VST to work one day, how will I authenticate my license now that the Wizoo company is nonexistent? They probably shutdown the license server by now. Any help would be awesome.

26 July 2015 at 12:13am

i love that instroments.


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