SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

Sonokinetic Steelpan is our take on the Steel Drum or Steelpan popularized by the people of Trinidad and Tobago. A tropical joy emanates from every touch of this beautiful instrument. Steelpans are handcrafted from the wealth of oil barrels that proliferate the Island State. They are a low-tech by-product of big industry and a testament to the creativity of whoever it first was that heard the music in these barrels and started to tune and cultivate them into the musical instrument of today.

The unique sound that is produced by striking the tuned parts of the instrument is very rich in overtones, especially on louder hits, where the whole instrument oscillates and resonates with the actual tine hit.

We decided to capture that sound using our proven methods, with two different types of sticks and additionally with our fingers. The finger-tapped sound not normally common to Steeldrum playing but we really loved the timbre when we experimented with the instrument and felt we needed to share it with you for inspiration outside of the usual use of the instrument.

Steelpan is captured using five microphones, a stereo set up on the balcony, another stereo set at about a meter and a half distance slanted above the instrument, and a close mic below the instrument, giving you ample opportunity to mix the sound to your liking.

To easily accommodate the distinctive playing method of this instrument we also included an automatic tremolo setting that will alternate between two notes when two or more notes are held together. Rapid tremolos are made easy for those of you with less nimble fingers.

With a beautifully crafted themed user interface designed by Ryo Ishido, we are very proud and pleased to present to you the next step in our traditional music cultural heritage, “Steelpan”

Sonokinetic ‘sticks’ with its unbeatable pricing module and high quality sampling, we are really happy with how Steelpan turned out and we hope you will share in our enthusiasm for this instrument and it brings you a broad smile every time you play it.

SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

Gary Trotman Steelasophical review

Traditional is the operative description. The sampled steeldrum is representative of Steelpans made pre-1970 and has very little resemblance to the modern or latter day steelpan instrument. Curious to know who did the research and advised them on this final sound library… could have been and could still be so much more!!

We at Steelasophical are very used to midi programming with Steeldrums as back in the late 1990 we produced the Midi Steelpan concept albums PanBrassOrama. We used at the time a Yamaha sound card and CakeWalkPro (version 6)

Its a shame more up to date steelpan samples were not used, as I believe this would be an amazing production tool. Also, to have sampled multiple instruments with varied harmonics would have helped add an air of authenticity and uniqueness.

SonoKinetic Steelpan is our take on the Steel Drum or Steelpan popularised by the people of Trinidad and Tobago. A tropical joy emanates from every touch of this beautiful instrument. Steelpans are handcrafted from the wealth of oil barrels that proliferate the Island State. They are a low-tech by-product of big industry and a testament to the creativity of whoever it first was that heard the music in these barrels and started to tune and cultivate them into the musical instrument of today.

The unique sound that is produced by striking the tuned parts of the instrument is very rich in overtones, especially on louder hits, where the whole instrument oscillates and resonates with the actual tine hit.

Steelpan is captured using five microphones, a stereo set up on the balcony, another stereo set at about a meter and a half distance slanted above the instrument, and a close mic below the instrument, giving you ample opportunity to mix the sound to your liking.

With a beautifully crafted themed user interface designed by Ryo Ishido, we are very proud and pleased to present to you the next step in our traditional music cultural heritage, “Steelpan”

Sonokinetic ‘sticks’ with its unbeatable pricing module and high quality sampling, we are really happy with how Steelpan turned out and we hope you will share in our enthusiasm for this instrument and it brings you a broad smile every time you play it.

SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

SonoKinetic Steelpan Buy Online

All of the controls for Steelpan

are featured on the main Kontakt UI. These include: hand / wool / rubber mallet selection, EQ controls, microphone mixing, RR selection and tuning, convolution reverb and tremolo.

Mallet Selection

Click on the graphic of either hand, wool or rubber mallet to choose the method that the steelpan is struck. Hand playing has the softest timbre, wool is a medium strike and rubber produces the hardest and most defined tone.

3 Band Equalizer Controls

The EQ section, shown here, allows you to quickly and simply tweak the levels of the low, mid and high frequencies. Simply click and drag. Cmd / ctrl click to reset. The EQ settings apply simultaneously to each of 3 different mallet selections.

Tremolo

A common technique when performing live on a steelpan is to create a fast tremolo between two different notes. This can easily be emulated with Sonokinetic Steelpan.

Hold one note in the playable range and then press another. A tremolo crescendo will be played until you release the notes.

Turn the tremolo function on / off by clicking the button shown here. You can also activate tremolo with your MIDI sustain pedal (CC #64)

Microphone Positions

The Steelpan instrument was sampled with 3 different microphone positions: Close, Overhead (OH) and Far. This section of the interface gives you control over the mixing of these positions.

Simply click and drag to adjust the levels of the 3 dials.

Cmd / ctrl click to reset.

Impulse Response

Steelpan comes preloaded with a convolution reverb sampled from an actual space to simulate a realistic environment. This control makes it easy to quickly dial in some realistic reverb without too much fuss. Adjust the wetness and size of the reverb by click-dragging on the dials shown here.

Ctrl / cmd click to reset the levels to default.

From the Kontakt configuration window (shown below) you can adjust many other aspects of the reverb including wet/dry levels, pre-delay, dampening and width. You can also swap out the preloaded impulse response for one of your own.

Mallet Selection

Click on the graphic of either hand, wool or rubber mallet to choose the method that the steelpan is struck.

Hand playing has the softest timbre, wool is a medium strike and rubber produces the hardest and most defined tone.

Steelpan Tutorial

Yamaha SW60XG

Yamaha SW60GX Sound Card used for PanBrassOrama

Yamaha SW60XG

Back in the day.. Our Steelpan concept album PanBrassOrama was produced using the following on a windows PC

Yamaha SW60XG sound board card

Cakewalk pro Version 6