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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.
The Yamaha 6100 is the state of the art, with exclusive precision tuning, Honduran Rosewood bars and welded resonators for rattle-free playing.
Soniccouture Grand Marimba features an incredible 70 velocity layers for a truly connected playing experience.
The main control panel.
Grand Marimba can be taken further than a conventional sound if you desire. Use envelopes, and filters, allowing you to create varying sound textures and shapes.
Fine tune the response and performance of Grand Marimba.
Create unique rhythmic patterns for each note you play. A bit like a delay effect but evolves differently according to what you play - strands of sound weave in and out of each other.
Grand Marimba features a comprehensive effects page, with a configurable insert chain featuring Replika, Phasis and other cutting-edge NI effects. The Space Reverb module features Soniccouture's custom impulse library built up over many years and recording sessions.
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.
Requires KONTAKT 6 or KONTAKT 6 PLAYER version 6.2 or later