A descendant of the African balafon, the modern marimba originated in Mexico, and is typified by wooden bars mounted above metal resonator tubes, which can be tuned using stops.
This Soniccouture instrument features the 5-octave Yamaha 6100, designed with marimba legend Keiko Abe.
The 6100 is state of the art, with exclusive precision tuning, Honduran Rosewood bars and welded resonators for rattle-free playing.
Tremolo is such an expressive marimba technique that we’ve designed an original Kontakt module to emulate this with unparalleled accuracy. It comfortably handles 1 to 4 voices of harmony (since marimba players rarely use more than 4 mallets), and will intelligently remap the tremolo in real time based on the incoming MIDI or your playing.
The speed and velocity of the Tremolo can be modulated in real time using a MIDI controller.
The Humanise controls offer even more natural expression - vary the timing and velocity of a sequence by subtle, random amounts - allowing your composition to breathe and flow.
The main Instrument panel contains ADSR controls, a filter section with envelope modulation, and stereo width with Flip. The articulation switches can be seen in the lower half of the panel.
The performance page hosts the KSP tremolo control, Humanise controls, and contains options for memory management, keyswitches and other preferences.
The comprehensive effects section features kontakt's G-Series EQ, delay and custom convolution reverb processors.
The marimba is massive, almost 3 meters across, which makes recording it a challenge;
it isn't possible to get too close to an instrument that large and maintain any sort of sensible stereo image.
And since we were aiming for an intimate, non-ambient, recording, we needed a very large but relatively dry studio to work in.
3 Mic pairs were used : AKG414s (with CK12 capsules), Shoeps cardioids, and AEA ribbons further back in the room.
These mics were mixed down to a stereo signal in post production.
This picture shows the mic positions required to capture the full spread of the marimba.
An overhead shot gives some idea of the scale of a 5 octave concert marimba.
Honduran Rosewood bars
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/AAX/WASAPI,compatible host program or DAW eg: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, DP, Reaper, Pro-Tools. No extra purchase necessary.
Windows 7 or higher (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD AthlonTM 64 X2, 4 GB RAM (6 GB RAM recommended)
Mac: OS X 10.9 or higher, Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM
Requires KONTAKT 5 or KONTAKT 5 PLAYER version 5.5 or later