Welcome to our Bamblong (tuned bamboo log drum). The Bamblong is a small tuned percussion instrument, similar in principle to a marimba. It has 4 bamboo resonance chambers, roughly ranging between 1½ – 2¼ inches wide and 8 – 14 inches long, with sound holes in the top of each. The playing surfaces are thin bamboo planks, suspended on pegs over each bamboo log. It came with a set of mallets with flat, round heads that appear to be carved out of bicycle tire. It has a very crisp yet mellow, raspy note with a short sustain.
We captured it both wet and dry, using our old favorite hall and our large recording booth. We used close micing techniques in both to get a responsive, warm, present and intimate sound. We sampled the instrument exhaustively, with an average of 20 velocity layers per note and a standard 10 round-robin variations per layer. We also recorded strikes and rolls using nylon jazz brushes in the dry set. As a bonus, we’ve included a selection of dynamic ambient patches, using only the Bamblong as our source material. It’s natural sonic properties carry over clearly into these soundscapes, providing ready-made textural accompaniment.
As an added bonus, we’ve included a large set of convolution reverb impulses, carefully recorded in the same hall as our epic instruments, as well as as the wet version of the Bamblong. We did our best to capture the breath and clarity of the room, to allow you to bring any instrument you like into that same acoustical space. They are encoded in standard wave format, so any major convolution reverb plugin should be able to open them, including the built-in convolution effect in Kontakt.