Sonic Implants Releases West African Drum Library

Dec 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Sonic Network is shipping a new West African drum library, “Atsiã: West African Dancing Drums,” which features a large selection of African percussion instruments traditional to the Ewe Tribe of Ghana. It was recorded at Blue Jay Studios and features 48kHz stereo samples, natural ambience, multiple articulations per instrument and up to four velocity samples for each different type of hit. It also includes a selection of looped grooves of individual instruments, in both 4/4 and 6/8 time.

“This is a sample library unlike any other,” explained Jason Jordan, sound designer at Sonic Implants. “The Ewe tribe is located in the Southeastern section of Ghana in the Volta region. Originally, the songs and dances of the tribe were performed before war, but in modern times mostly for rituals and dance. ‘Atsiã,’ meaning style or to display, is a social dance considered by most to be one of the oldest styles of dance and music in West Africa. It is a collection of songs and dances created by the Ewes, used in rituals and recreation for hundreds of years.”

The CD is more than 400 Megs. Instruments include floor drums (Apentema, Atsimevu, Boba, Djembe, Dunumba, Gome, Kaganu, Kenkeni, Kpegisu, Kidi, Kloboto, Kpanlogo, Nigerian Log Drum, Sangban, Sogo, Totodzi); frame drums (Gungon, Macana Surdu, Piccolo Snare, Tamelen); talking drums (Dundun, Lunga, Tama); and bells, shakers and snaps. Atsiã is available in Gigasampler, Kontakt and Soundfont formats and is priced at $229.95.

MP3 demos and more information are available at the Sonic Implants Website at

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