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In Session Audio Taiko Creator

Sample Library
By Nick Magnus

The Global page, with the default Pagoda Sunrise snapshot preset loaded. As shown by the colour-coded keyboard mapping, each of the nine 'drum head' Groups is assigned to a pair of neighbouring white keys. The six 'rim/stick' percussion Groups occupy adjacent pairs of black keys immediately above or below these. The upper key range (C4-F5) plays Auxiliary sounds (gongs, cymbals, etc) divided into two Groups of nine.The Global page, with the default Pagoda Sunrise snapshot preset loaded. As shown by the colour-coded keyboard mapping, each of the nine 'drum head' Groups is assigned to a pair of neighbouring white keys. The six 'rim/stick' percussion Groups occupy adjacent pairs of black keys immediately above or below these. The upper key range (C4-F5) plays Auxiliary sounds (gongs, cymbals, etc) divided into two Groups of nine.

If your thunderous cinematic percussion is getting out of control, you need Taiko Creator.

Following in the footsteps of their ingenious and eminently useful Shimmer Shake Strike (reviewed SOS December 2018 issue), In Session Audio have hit the nail on the head again with Taiko Creator. Thunderous percussion ensembles are the staple of (but of course not restricted to) any action-packed movie or game score. No surprise, then, that Japanese taiko drums are synonymous with this approach to heavy percussion. They range from intimidatingly huge (the world's largest in Akita, Japan, is 4.52m long, has a diameter of 3.8m and weighs 3.5 tons) to small hand-held jobs less than 12 inches in diameter.

Twenty‑four drums, ranging from very large to small, plus additional percussion, were sampled for Taiko Creator (henceforth TC). The key factor that sets TC apart is that, unlike many similar libraries where the constituents of the ensemble are 'baked in', TC allows you to choose exactly how many drums make up your ensemble, and also which ones they are. The depth and detail of customisation is nothing if not comprehensive, so hang on to your hats...

The Out Of The Box Experience

For instant gratification, the obvious starting point is to explore the snapshot presets. On loading TC, it defaults to the Global page and the Pagoda Sunrise preset. Each snapshot has its own sumptuous graphic background — indeed, the whole visual impact is impressive, with large, friendly controls and reassuringly big fonts. Music software is not just the preserve of eagle-eyed 12-year olds — plenty of old farts like me use it too, so it's a pleasure not to have to reach for the reading glasses. Each snapshot contains a different combination of instruments, always maintaining the same keyboard layout: nine groups of 'head hit' percussion on adjacent pairs of white keys; six groups of 'sticks, rims, wood and metal' percussion on...

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Published May 2019