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 Marimka by NUSofting is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product Marimka
Developer NUSofting
Price (MSRP)
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Type / Tags Percussion
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Marimka is a virtual instrument that is targeted towards ethnic folk sounds, in this case marimba and balafon, tuned percussion. Marimka is also capable of other percussive sounds like frame drums. It is not just an acoustic emulation, at extreme settings it reveals a strong synthetic timbre, so it is also useful for hybrid textures. Despite the few controls you see on the GUI the range of different percussive sounds is huge.

Marimka's Controls:

  • EG attack: from hard to soft mallet.
  • EG decay: note duration.
  • EG tune: pitch sweep.
  • FM tone: to add harmonics.
  • Pitch Fine: fine tuning.
  • Pitch Octave: octave transpose.
  • Volume: output level.
  • Bypass Limiter: to turn on..off the internal limiter.
  • Resonators Plate amount: to adjust resonance decay.
  • Resonators Gain: the audio level of the Resonators.
  • Resonators Width: the pitch of the Resonators.
  • Ping-Pong Delay: stereo delay effect synced to VST host BPM.
Made with SynthMaker
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By liars&ashes
December 31, 2006

User Interface - It looks like a wooden xylophone ha-ha, it's a bit quirky looking I guess, but it's layed out well, and the colors aren't bad really, just a hair unusual.

Sound - It sounds pretty organic/ethnic, as advertised. To be fair, it's a bit limited in range, you've basically got from hand drum-ish sounding hits, (as well as some kind of ringing triangle/bongo combo sounds), to plucked type sounds, but, you can get quite a bit of mileage out of them with the included effects and modulations etc. Overall, it sounds good for what it does.

Features - V1.2 has added some 5th Modulators, to get some extra harmonic/overtone sounds. It has a built in (ping pong) delay (with an actual *on/off* switch), and the resonators can almost act as reverb, to help give it more *space* in the mix. Other than that, there are 4 main controls, and the octave setting, to sculpt your sound with.

Documentation - It has a .pdf that explains the controls, but doesn't go into much detail. If it were any more complex (the synth that is) I'd complain, but since it's pretty straight forward, I suppose this manual is acceptable.

Presets - This is a bit of a weak spot, only 38 included, but again, since this synth really specializes in 2 main kinds of sounds, how many do ya need to get going eh.

Customer Support - Liqih has a forum here, and seems to be an active K-v-R member, so while I haven't used the support, I'm pretty confident it's there.

Value For Money - Well, considering it's only $19, how can you go wrong if you want hand drums, and ethnic plucks eh.

Stability - I haven't had any problems with it. The cpu usage is low to medium, but that (medium) might be because it's made with Synthmaker.

Final Notes - As I mentioned (directly above), this is a Synthmaker creation, so if your computer has problems running those, this might not be any dfferent. I found this synth to be both user friendly and useful. If you are looking to add some ethnic-ish drum sounds, and some various plucked sounds to your tracks, for $19 this is certainly one of the cheapest ways to go, and it sounds good to boot.Read more


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Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

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