The traditional family of Middle Eastern (Arabic) hand percussion instruments is generally defined as an open shell frame drum with large cymbals or jingles – aka Riq Drums. It is similar in appearance and origin to a tambourine, but this broad family of specialized drums is treated as a very serious and deeply nuanced instrument class in both traditional and modern Middle Eastern, Central Asian and Eastern European music. Rather than simply being an accompaniment or backing instrument, the Rik family of drums can often take a lead or solo role. The jingles, rattles or rings are often played as a discreet component of the drum, along with a broad range of unique head and rim finger and hand articulations.
For our Riq Drum multi-sample library, we captured a pair of full-sized drums, one larger 15-inch “daf” drum from Greece with metal rings and bearings (actually called a daf) and one smaller 13” riq drum from Egypt with wide tin “cymbals”. We also captured a toy frame drum that we’ve modified into a miniature riq, by adding a series of rattles. We’ve also included a very large collection of ambient droning and “synth” percussion instruments, created entirely through heavily manipulating the source recordings for this library.
Rather than simply being an accompaniment or backing instrument, the Rik family of drums can often take a lead or solo role. The jingles, rattles or rings are often played as a discreet component of the drum, along with a broad range of unique head and rim finger and hand articulations.
The riq has a goat-skinn head, with large 3” tin rattles set in a thick wooden frame. It has a tight, pronounced tom-like sound, with a very metallic clatter and clack. The daf has a sheep’s gut skin, instead of rawhide. Rather than large finger cymbal-like jingles like the smaller riq, our daf uses metal rings and balls to create a thinner, smoother buzzing rattle. The baby riq is a little 4” plastic framedrum instrument that we’ve modified with small
NKI Program Presets
This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 3.5 or later (Kontakt 4 is also supported). We’ve included 36 Kontakt 3.5/4-compatible nki programs, featuring custom front panel controls and effects.
•2,310 Samples (standard pcm wav)
•36 .nki files (unlocked format)
•1.38 GB installed (806 MB Download)
•24 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
•Format(s): Kontakt 3.5 .nki and pcm .wav
•Includes a free bonus collection of custom sound-designed ambiences.
Note: This library was originally published as “Riq Drum” in 2009 by Tonehammer.