It is with great exuberance that we present Hybrid Afro-Indian Percussion. As the title implies, this is no ordinary collection of ethnic percussion, but rather a cohesive set of percussion parts specifically arranged for use in Contemporary, Ambient, Electronica and Cinematic styles of music.
All of the percussion parts were played by the legendary KV Balakrishnan (AKA KV Balu) to a variety of backing beats at 140bpm and assembled into no fewer than 32 kits (392 loops) featuring instruments such as Djembe, Udu, Kanjira, Tabla, Darbuka, Doumbek, Dholak, Cabasa and Salangai. In addition to the kits there is also Cajon, Udukkai and Tabla (80 loops) on offer. Balu’s mastery at creating rhythmic layers not to mention drum tone modulation is second to none and is just one of many outstanding features of this collection.
As an added bonus we have provided no fewer than 119 bonus backing loops as featured in the demos and can be found in kits 1 to 11 and 13,23 and 28. Most of these are bespoke to the kits however 20 loops were sourced from our “Cinematic Trap and Ambient Electronica” and 12 loops from our “Contemporary Electronica” products produced by Adam Shaw. All the sounds featured in the demo are included in the pack.
Special mention needs to made of the recording technique used in the creation of the kits. Various parts were captured by recording an instrument in Mono over two takes and then assembling the takes as L-R to form a stereo version. This is a technique used for creating a wide cinematic soundstage and is very effective in certain applications. For traditional spatial arranging using panning all of the percussion parts other than the Ensembles are of course also presented as mono.
Last but not least we have included 286 MIDI Groove Templates derived from selected loops featured in the product. These faithfully capture the timing and groove of the live percussion performances and can be used either as groove templates or for re-assigning notes to trigger a variety of sources from synths to samplers and are in our opinion the cherry on top of this incredibly versatile collection.
Formats include WAV, REX2 and MIDI for your convenience and maximum flexibility. All loops are 100% royalty free. Please download the Hybrid Afro-Indian Percussion free-taster to experience the quality for yourself.