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Samples, Kontakt
Soundiron TBILAT DRUM KONTAKT WAV screenshot
The Tbilat is a traditional Moroccan hand percussion instrument comprised of a pair of large and small clay pot drums bound together, with goat skin drum heads and sinew wrappings. It’s also often referred to as a “Tamtam” or simply “clay pot drums”. Tbilats generally have a tight, crisp sound similar to bongos, but with a raspier, rounder and deeper tonality.

The Kingdom of Morocco is located in Northern Africa, just across the strait of Gibraltar from Spain. Known for its coastlines, mountain and vast deserts, it's been continuously inhabited for well over 100,000 years, with deep cultural, artistic and musical roots that span the entirety of known human history. The intricate designs of the pots and wrappings and tonal versatility of these instruments are an excellent example of this long and rich creative heritage.


We recorded our large tbilat pair in a dry studio environment with bare hands and fingers. We recorded each articulation with an average of 6 or more dynamic velocity layers and 10 round-robin variations per note. We then recorded a second session with the instrument in a large reverberant tile and stone hall from close and far distances. The close position retains strong presence, but offers an open and live atmosphere, while the far position provides a feeling of lush, cavernous space and distance. Both of these “wet” hall options are ideal for orchestral arrangements and more atmospheric songwriting.

In addition, we also manipulated our tbilat source recordings into 12 unique sound banks, each with velocity layering and plenty of robin variations per note. These stylized impacts, stingers, boomers and atmospheric hits are excellent for cinematic scoring, video game and multimedia sound design, EDM music and hybrid compositions. All of these articulations and sound sets are available within the master preset, with independent articulation layering, blending and switching right at your fingertips.

Multisampled articulations:

Low Drum Fingers: Center, Edge, Rim, Poke, Poke Mute
Low Drum Slaps: Center, Center Mute, Edge, Edge Mute
High Drum Fingers: Fingertap, Poke, Tap Rim, Poke Mute
High Drum Slaps: Center, Edge, Palm
Ceramic Side Slaps: High & Low
Special Effects: Pull-Off, Sweep, Swipe, Rub, Scratch, Drag and Dig

Powerful GUI Features:

12 sound-designed impact and cinematic strike categories, with round robin and velocity layering.
LFO system with selectable shape, target, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in controls.
12 filter types assignable to velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and sequencer.
Advanced arpeggiator system.
Play-assist features with key and scale locking.
Modular FX rack window, with 18 DSP effect modules to choose from, including 99 custom environmental and FX reverb presets.

Product Specs:

1 master NKI instrument banks in open Kontakt format
20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
Multi-sampled acoustic articulations and designed atmospheric impacts
3481 stereo samples
2 GB Installed
24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo PCM Wav Format
Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator.
Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments.

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  Resident 20.02.2011 988
Not an objective comment I know, but I´ve bought this library a few days ago and I can highly recomment it.
I still think Soundiron should spend more time develop the arpeggio side of a library like this - It´s not optimally made.
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  Member 26.05.2012 12 1102
Good news and thanks!

Not sure if you were referencing the actual arpeggiator but Soundiron has ALWAYS had the worst arpeggiator... although it seems to work nicely in this library (based on the above video).
  Resident 20.02.2011 988
Good news and thanks!

You´re welcome LuckySevens!

Yes, in this case the arpeggiator actually makes some sense, but Im not really sure if its because of the nature of this instrument or they actually improved anything?

Soundiron has ALWAYS had the worst arpeggiator

I totally agree.

Take it down and test for yourself mate
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