Donnie and I have finished most of the work on our upcoming vibes/marimba library. Each instrument will include a choice of 4 mallets. We sampled 4 velocities on the marimba and 3 on the vibes. We found these numbers to faithfully reproduce the tonal range of the instrument but not be overkill, resulting in enormous file sizes. The marimba sampled was Donnie\'s personal 5 octave Marimba One. What a great instrument! Full decay strokes and dead strokes (muted) were were sampled. Rolls will also be included. And, (for you creative folks out there) we are including lots of traditional and not so traditional special f/x.
The vibes are a set of gold Musser Pro Vibes. Again, the best. Donnie has programmed in some great vibrato features allowing the user to adjust the vibrato speed with the mod wheel. And of course we have included pedal up and down samples. Yes, and lots of f/x here to.
Absolutely! We have included bowing along with lots of f/x stuff like glissandos up/down/random with lots of different mallets, resonator scrapes, random smears...and similar f/x on the marimba. Also, I failed to mention that we recorded rattan handles on the bars of the marimba, a neat effect (well not so much an effect as another mallet choice) that we have run across in solo marimba literature.
Here are a few more links demonstrating some of the variety of mallets featured in the library. For each instrument there is a series of links to the same piece performed with progressively softer mallets.