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Steel Tones is a multi-sampled metallic tuned percussion instrument library for Kontakt. Built by Hapi Tones, the Hapi Drum is a hollow steel-chambered acoustic tongue drum instrument measuring 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep (30cm x 20cm).
Steel Tones captures an 8-tongue D-major pentatonic model. Each note has a strong fundamental tone with complex overtones and harmonics and a long, mellow sustain. It was recorded with a close stereo pair of Neumann studio mics for a dry and present sound, as well as a second stereo pair in a hall at 15 feet for a more spacious sound. Each note has 7 round robins in up to 9 velocity layers per note, using soft rubber mallets and hard metal mallets.
The dual-layer interface allows the user to chromatically solo, combine or layer different articulations, specific tongues and mic positions to create custom tonal blends. Each layer includes a range of adjustable parameters. There are also sound-designed ambiences, textures, soundscapes, organic synth pads and custom presets to provide for accompaniment and underscoring.
The ARP system provides arpeggiation and step-sequencing options. The FX Rack page provides chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, several distortion types, amp and speaker simulation, EQ, resonant filter, delay and convolution reverb. The reverb has 70 spaces to choose from, including: cathedrals, churches, halls, bunkers, garages, tunnels, chambers, rooms and special SFX impulses.
This 2.9 GB library includes 1161 samples in standard 24/48 stereo wav format and a user interface for the full retail version of Kontakt 5.5 and later (OS X 10.8 or later / Windows 7 or later required):