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    Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    The Tonehammer Epic Dhol is the obvious follow-up to our Epic Toms Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

    We bought three high-end Punjab Dhol drums and recorded them in the same orchestral hall as our Epic Toms. The Punjab Dhol is a double-sided barrel drum large and bulky to produce the preferred loud bass. The drum consists of a wooden barrel with animal hide or synthetic skin stretched over its open ends, covering them completely. These skins can be stretched or loosened with a tightening mechanism made up of either interwoven ropes, or nuts and bolts. Tightening or loosening the skins subtly alters the pitch of the drum sound. The stretched skin on one of the ends is thicker and produces a deep, low frequency (higher bass) sound and the other thinner one produces a higher frequency sound. In contemporary Punjabi music, dhols with synthetic, or plastic, treble skins are very common.

    The Tonehammer Epic Dhol drums follows our over general direction in terms of recording all articulations at 10 velocity layers and 10 round robin pr. velocity layers. The Epic Dhol drums contains a great variety of articulations, since each side of drum produces very different sounds. Essentially its divided into a bass section and a snare section. We played the bass section with the traditional big wooden Dhol stick, mallet, hands and fingers to ensure we covered the entire range. The sound is remarkably close to Taiko drums, but with a little more tone to it. The snare side was recorded with the traditional thin bamboo Dhol stick, however we also recorded this side with mallets, brushes and fingers. In addition we recorded different rimshot positions on the drum, so the users can create a variety of different soundings rhythmic textures on the drum.

    Th library also contains a substantial amount (+300) of BPM based loop banks for instant user gratification. We recorded the dhols and other smaller complimentary percussion instruments together. The loops work perfect with the multisampled sets, but also work perfectly as stand-alone instant-gratification type of music loops.

    * Release date: Monday 20th of April 2009
    * $89 (introduction offer / price goes $99 on 22nd of April 2009)
    * Core Dhol Drum Articulations, includes:
    * Dhol Bass Drum w/ traditional Dhol stick (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Bass Drum w/ mallet (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Bass Drum w/ hands (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Bass Drum w/ fingers (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Body Rim Shot 1 (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Body Rim Shot 2 (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Snare Drum w/ traditional Dhol bamboo stick (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Snare Drum w/ mallet (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol Snare Drum w/ brushes (10 velocity layers - 10 round robin)
    * Dhol BPM Loops (+300) w/ assorted percussion
    * 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 BPM
    * Sample resolution: 44.1Khz/16Bit .wav format (optional 48Khz/24bit .wav format included)
    * Format(s): Kontakt 2 and .wav
    * Note: Native Instruments Kontakt 2.2.4 / 3 full stand-alone retail versions required

    Demo 1 (T.B. Folmann)

    http://www.tonehammer.com/demos/tone..._1_dressed.mp3

    Features: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble. Tonehammer Anti-Drum 2, Epic Toms, Francesca. Custom Orchestra/Choir and Live Guitar.

    Demo 1 / Naked (T.B. Folmann)

    http://www.tonehammer.com/demos/tone...mo_1_naked.mp3

    Features: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble.

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    Demo 2 (T.B. Folmann)

    http://www.tonehammer.com/demos/tone..._2_dressed.mp3

    Features: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble. Tonehammer Anti-Drum 2, Epic Toms, Francesca. Custom Orchestra/Choir and Live Guitar.

    Demo 2 / Naked (T.B. Folmann)

    http://www.tonehammer.com/demos/tone...mo_2_naked.mp3

    Features: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble.

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    Go here for on-going updates / demos:

    http://www.tonehammer.com/?p=1820

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Sounds absolutely awesome...

    You guys are releasing some great stuff...I'll be whipping out that mastercard very soon!!!

    Best,

    Joe
    Joris de Man - Composer | Sound Designer - www.jorisdeman.com | Killzone 2 soundtrack now available on iTunes link

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Yeah - this sounds like it would really add some definition to a Taiko track - I can feel my wallet getting ready!
    David

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    I didn't know 'NYPD Blue' was back on the air.

    Great stuff. But... as always... I have a question about the environment. Could they not have been recorded a bit more dry? Or is there a separate dry version?

    Also... any loyalty discounts for people who've purchased, oh, I dunno... at least FOUR previous libs?

    Cheers!

    ---JC

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Thanks for the kind words. We are really happy with this release, since it goes hand in hand with our Epic Toms and really completes the circle for us in terms of having super powerful ensemble percussion.

    We have added "room control" to the Epic Dhol, so people can control the size of the room on the modwheel. In addition we will be recording the Dhols (both ensemble and solo) in a studio environment - and Epic Dhol users will be get a unique upgrade option, since we will be adding it to the core library.

    However it is going to take some weeks to complete this and we have had several requests on releasing the hall version now, since it is perfect out-of-the-box sound for epic compositions.

  6. #6

    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    A quick new 5 minute demo added...

    http://www.tonehammer.com/demos/tone...mo_3_naked.mp3

  7. #7

    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Heard the demos, you've used the dhol in very untraditional way but it sounds very interesting.

    Is it possible to use these samples for bhangra music or are there any traditional bhangra loops available in the sample set.

    Thanks.

  8. #8

    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Hi Robin,

    The reason it sounds this way is because its Dhol Ensemble recorded in an orchestral hall and not dry Solo Dhol. The solo Dhol has more of the traditional "ringy" sound - where as ensemble has a more powerful, less ringy, more taiko type of sound to it. We will be releasing solo and ensemble dhol recorded in dry studio, so you get more of the "traditional" Dhol sound. The library includes over 400+ loops (and rising) - some inspired by traditional Dhol playing, but most mainly made for more traditional soundtrack scoring purposes.

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    A little update... We just wrapped up all bonus content for the library, which consists of a humble amount of 874 loops...

    New demos- and specs here:

    http://www.tonehammer.com/?p=1820

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    Re: Tonehammer Epic Dhol Ensemble Teaser

    Was the stated release date also a "teaser"? :>)

    D

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