Soundiron Introducing Hapi Drums

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Wednesday, 9 December 2020
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Hapi Drums is an inspiring collection of four steel tongue drums crafted by legendary instrument makers Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly.

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Hapi Drums is a set of four steel tongue drums crafted by legendary instrument makers Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly at their workshop in the Sierra Mountain foothills of Oakhurst, CA. Steel tongue instruments are known for a smooth fundamental tone wrapped in a haze of complex harmonics and a long, mellow sustain. Hapi Drum is one of the oldest and highest quality steel tongue drum makers in the world, with unique body designs and tuning options and clear, rich notes that cut cleanly through clusters of carefully-balanced lush, swirling overtones.

Hapi Drums UI
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Hapi Drums is one of the oldest and highest quality steel tongue drum makers in the world, with unique body designs, tuning options, and clear, rich notes that cut cleanly through clusters of carefully-balanced lush and swirling overtones. Soundiron recorded these instruments with a wide stereo pair of Neumann microphones and a binaural microphone, giving you plenty of sonic possibilities.

Including a wide selection of hand-crafted textural soundscapes, atmospheric pads, and ethereal drones. This library also contains 20 custom sound-designed fx presets designed to inspire and get you composing your next track. It’s built for the free Kontakt 6 Player and is compatible with all NKS standard hardware.

Founded in 2008, HAPI Steel Tongue Drum has gained a reputation for outstanding service and commitment to customer satisfaction.

Hapi Drums Installer
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About HAPI Drum

Who are we? HAPI Drum is owned and operated by partners Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly. Grahm & Tricia also own and operate The Didgeridoo Store since 1997, with over 19 years of combined experience in the musical instrument marketplace. They are a member and participant of NAMM (National Association of Music Makers). Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly’s mission is to enhance peoples’ lives through music and culture.

Tricia Kelly
Tricia Kelly

How was the HAPI Drum created? HAPI Drum‘s passion for steel instruments began with the purchase of their first Hang. The beautiful sound of steel captivated and inspired HAPI Drum. With HAPI Drum previous experience of creating musical instruments (didgeridoos), they began experimenting with steel. HAPI Drum discovered Dennis Havlena and his research on using steel tongues to create a similar kind of sound. Inspired by his proof of concept we set out on a prototyping journey. Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly began to experiment with tongue shapes, drum body sizes, sound ports, dampening materials, and different steel types. After months of work, Grahm & Tricia had their first design, the HAPI Origin. Grahm & Tricia began offering these for sale in 2008 and shortly after Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly were awarded their first U.S. design patent and a trademark for HAPI Drum. Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly are always excited to improve and evolve our product line!

HAPI Drum product line now includes the HAPI Tini, Mini, Aura, Slim, Bell, UFO, Omni Drum models. Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly also have added accessories such as custom-crafted mallets, durable padded travel bags, a studio-quality microphone, and adjustable tuning. And Grahm is now making beautiful handpans in their studio too.

Grahm Doe
Grahm Doe


Pricing and Availability

Hapi Drums is available now.

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