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Riq DrumbySoundiron
 Riq Drum by Soundiron is Soundware (e.g. samples or presets that load into other products).
Product Riq Drum
Developer Soundiron
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Type / Tags PercussionAmbiencesArabic and Middle Eastern PercussionDafDryEthnicFrame DrumGoat SkinHand DrumJangleJingleKontakt InstrumentMetallicRattleShakeSoloSynthTambourineTuned
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
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System Requirements
Windows XP / Vista / 7. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.
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System Requirements
Intel-Mac and Mac OS 10.5 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System RAM, 7200 RPM 8MB Buffer SATA II hard drive recommended.
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The traditional family of Middle Eastern (Arabic) hand percussion instruments is generally defined as an open shell frame drum with large cymbals or jingles – aka Riq Drums. It is similar in appearance and origin to a tambourine, but this broad family of specialized drums is treated as a very serious and deeply nuanced instrument class in both traditional and modern Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Eastern European music.

For our Riq Drum multi-sample library, we captured a pair of full-sized drums, one larger 15-inch "daf" drum from Greece with metal rings and bearings (actually called a daf) and one smaller 13" riq drum from Egypt with wide tin "cymbals". We also captured a toy frame drum that we've modified into a miniature riq, by adding a series of rattles. We've also included a very large collection of ambient droning and "synth" percussion instruments, created entirely through heavily manipulating the source recordings for this library.

The riq has a goat-skin head, with large 3" tin rattles set in a thick wooden frame. It has a tight, pronounced tom-like sound, with a very metallic clatter and clack. The daf has a sheep's gut skin, instead of rawhide. Rather than large finger cymbal-like jingles like the smaller riq, our daf uses metal rings and balls to create a thinner, smoother buzzing rattle. The baby riq is a little 4" plastic framedrum instrument that we've modified with small rattles.

  • Available by Direct Download or DVD.
  • 2,310 Samples (standard PCM wav).
  • 36 .nki files (unlocked format).
  • 1.38 GB installed (806 MB Download).

Native Instruments Kontakt version 3.5 or 4 full retail version of Kontakt required to use all .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" does not support this library.

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