Pan Drums, or 'hand pans' are a very recent musical invention.
Developed in the year 2000 by Swiss company PANart (the Hang or Hang Drum), their
melancholic sound bewitches everyone that hears it.
But, because a pan drum must be hand built by skilled artisans if it is to sound good,
supply is short and they have remained relatively rare and extremely sought after by musicians -
"Where can i buy a Hang drum?" is a common lament on internet forums.
The Hang, or Hang Drum is the original and best known handpan.
The Mk 1 had 8 “tonefields” around the Ding (central note) and was available in 45 different tunings.
The Hang Mk1 we sampled is in the key of F, but can also be played chromatically in the Pan Drums software.
At the end of 2005 PANArt ceased production of the Mk.1 and began developing the Hang Mk 2.
The Mk 2 remained basically the same shape but now had a brass coating on the top hemisphere as well as around the rim.
The Mk 2 comes in only five different tunings and has only seven notes” around the Ding. It is said to be a more sturdy design,
stays in tune better over time, and has a slightly longer and purer sonic ring.
US based steel drum makers Pantheon Steel began developing Halo handpans in 2007. We contacted Kyle and Jim regarding obtaining a Halo drum for recording. They felt very strongly that if their drums were to be sampled, then they wanted to be there to play them for us - and provide us with the the very best Halos they had available. The Halo, now called the Halo Genesis, is larger and heavier than the Hang, giving it a lower voice, a baritone to the original's tenors and altos. We sampled two models, one tuned to C (with 8 notes) and one in B (9 notes).
This Halo is tuned to the key of C, and has 8 notes as opposed to 9.
The Pan Drums software allows any drum to be played in any key for maximum flexibility.
Rockcreek Steel Drums is one of the largest manufacturers of steel drum musical instruments in the United States. Arguably also inspired by the Hang, their steel tongue drum is a newly developed instrument that is a cross between a traditional Caribbean steel drum, a wooden tongue drum and a Kalimba.
Soniccouture Pan Drums features a pair of tongue drums tuned chromatically, played with mallets. The sound is much brighter and more delicate than the Hang or Halo, and complements those instruments very nicely.
Switchable articulation display - use MIDI or key switches | Filter section - cutoff, resonance, HPF, EG modulation, tracking, velocity modulation
Amp / Filter modulation envelope section | Stereo width control
Hand noise control module - set chance and level of playing noise |
Jammer - generative arpeggiator. Jam within any key
Mapping control - pick between 5 different key-mapping styles | Transpose instrument key
Tape module - compression, saturation, EQ and limiter |
Phaser module - speed, depth, phase and feedback
Delay module - sync on/off, feedback, pan, damp, time | Reverb Module - extensive collection of custom convolution impulse responses. Choose between realistic spaces or special FX
24 bit stereo sampling
5 different pan drum sample sets : Hang Mk1, Mk2, Halo in B, Halo in C, tuned Rock Creek pair
Articulations: fingertips, thumbs, slap, mallets, edge, corner, knuckles
10 velocity layers with 5 round robin alternate samples per note
7.5GB core library (3.5 GB download)
KSP Jammer: custom generative arpeggiator
Hand noise generator for extra realsim
Mapping modes: chromatic, percision, two hands, wide zones, octaves
Trasnpose drums to any key
This is a Kontakt Player instrument. This means that you do not need to own the full version of NI Kontakt to use it. It will run as a plug-in instrument in any VST/AU/RTAS compatible host program or DAW. No extra purchase is necessary. Requires Kontakt 4.2.4 or higher
The system requirements to run the instrument are :
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)