We’ve got yet another VST from our friends at Samsara Cycle Audio features today – Kettle Drum VST. It’s a virtual instrument made to emulate a Kettle Drum, also known as a Timpani. The Timpani you may recognize from orchestral music, it is often featured to give an “epic” sound in orchestral music. Played slow and methodical, it can impart a sense of urgency or dread, as if the entire earth may collapse.
If you couldn’t tell, I am a fan of Timpanis. So any VST that reproduces them even somewhat accurately, I am a fan of. You can get some nice, and if you prefer some pretty wild sounds out of this one. It features a banded equalizer, as well as the essential pitch, shape, volume and velocity controls necessary for any sort of real sounding emulation of such a drum.
Timpanis can make a cool splash drum hit for a breakdown or transition. Say for example, at the end of every 4 bars you have a small transition-centered sub dividing of the beat. The Kettle Drum can fill the breakdown space quite nicely. They have a lot of low frequency content, producing what seems like a “drop” in the beat line, which create a nice transition in to the next section of your piece. Even if the section is simply a repetition, the face that there is a beat drop in between (strategically placed to dilineate the parts), makes the track seem more in motion and interesting. Try this trick, let me know what you think in the comments section below 🙂