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Spitfire Audio release Tape Percussion sample library

Sample pack including jazz kits, traditional African percussion and more

Spitfire Audio Tape Percussion

Recorded to tape at the legendary Ariwa Studios, Tape Percussion focuses on Afro-diasporic percussive traditions performed by the London-based Nok Cultural Ensemble. Presented in the award-winning Spitfire Audio plug-in with a range of built-in effects, percussion sounds and textures, this sample pack (approximately 2.7 GB) offers new possibilities for modern tracks and contemporary media scores.

Spitfire Audio Tape Percussion Drum KitTape Percussion includes five one-shot jazz kits and six one-shot African percussion presets mapped across the keyboard. Then there are Caribbean rhythms and dub-inspired warps from eight drum loops and 69 atmospheric scenes. Additionally, Nok Cultural Ensemble serve up 13 tonal warped presets, offering their vision for a melodic, rhythmic sound of the future.

This collaboration between Spitfire Audio and NCE is centred around the five one-shot drum kits pulled from the heart of London’s multi-faceted jazz scene. Including high-tuned, low-tuned, open-tone, electronic, and extended-hit kits, these are deeply sampled with three dynamic layers and three round robins each. The eclectic mix continues with the six one-shot percussion patches recorded some 7,000km away, comprising rarely sampled African percussion, shakers and bells, such as the Kpanlogo, Ravann, Shekere and Agogo.

Fusing contemporary jazz with African percussion, Caribbean rhythms and dub-inspired warps, Tape Percussion also includes eight tempo-synced drum loops. Each loop stems out on the keyboard, so you can play the full loop on a single key or deconstruct it across several keys. Furthermore, the library contains 69 atmospheric scenes. These are cinematic loops that go beyond rhythm, capturing the essential characteristics of each instrument’s sound. Finally, there are 13 tonal warps which have transformed percussive hits into tuned synths and pads, ranging from bright, dark, chaotic and everything in between. Behind all these sounds sits a range of premium effects and a bespoke warp signal processed live at Ariwa Studios by dub titans Mad Professor and Joe Ariwa.

The library is housed in Spitfire’s own plug-in, and is available in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX formats. NKS compatibility is also provided, allowing advanced integration with Native Instruments’ series of controllers.

Tape Percussion from Spitfire Audio is available now at £29$29.

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