Tangent Drum – Ambisonic Steel Tongue Drum

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Friday, 2 July 2021
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Tangent Drum by Audio Brewers

The boutique sample company Audio Brewers released Tangent Drum. Tangent Drum features a Steel Tongue Drum sampled in so numerous innovative ways and techniques, Audio Brewers went overboard to offer you infinite ways of playing and experimenting.

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From typical finger tipping and mallets, all the way to play it with brushes, a wrench, and even bowed, Audio Brewers produced a massive set of articulations comprised of 5 Core, 13 Prepared, and 10 Sound Design – 28 Articulations in total.

Mics and Mixes

Tangent Drum was sampled with tradition in mind – but this time in immersive Ambisonics: An overhead Ambisonics microphone mixed with an Overhead Pair of mics create a three-dimensional spatial field that will blend with your music perfectly.

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Tangent Drum Sample Detail

Audio Brewers placed an Ambisonics microphone inside the resonance box of the instrument to capture the unique resonances that happen all around the instrument itself, to help you hear as if you were trapped inside the Steel Drum. A unique perspective! Audio Brewers also tried something new without Macro perspective, where Audio Brewers placed an extremely sensitive microphone as close as possible from each tongue so as to capture the sound as soon as it emanates from the steel tongue, Audio Brewers later mixed this in Ambisonics so you can feel all the tongues surrounding you at perfect intimacy.

Sample Deconstruction
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These helped us create an instrument with 6 octaves of full life with no pitch artifacts on the transients, you can now go crazy on that keyboard and have a 6-octave Steel Tongue Drum at your disposal.

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Additionally, Audio Brewers created patches in multiple keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) so no matter the Key your song is in, Tangent Drum will resonate consonantly with it. And remember, without pitch artifacts, not even in the resonance.

And just to let you know: you can even manipulate all these layers independently with our versatile engine, so you have a sound design beast at the tip of your fingers!

Tangent drum comes both in Stereo and Ambisonics, so no matter if you compose for Stereo, Immersive, Spatial Audio, Surround, Atmos and even custom speaker-arrays, Tangent Drum is natively compatible!

Stereo and Ambisonics Versions

Tangent Drum is compatible with any speaker array configuration, including:

  • Stereo
  • Binaural
  • 5.1, 6.1, 7.1
  • Spatial Audio
  • Atmos
  • Custom Speaker Arrays.

Ambisonics Format is natively compatible with any speaker array configuration as long as a third-party decoder can support it. ‘Ambisonics Version’ is delivered both in Stereo (2-channel samples) and RAW Ambix Ambisonics (4-channel samples). As Kontakt doesn’t natively support Ambisonics decoding, a third-party plug-in might be needed if your DAW cannot decode natively. Fortunately there are several ways to achieve this. Please go to this Support section and learn how you can decode Ambisonics in your DAW

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Tangent Drum requires full version of Kontakt 6.2.1 or above.

Pricing and Availability

Tangent Drum is available now – Intro Price: 39,00 Euro (ends August 1st, 2021) The regular price is 69,00 Euro.

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