SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE

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SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE

SONICCOUTURE

PAN DRUM
CONTENTS :
INSTALLATION
INTRODUCTION
INSTRUMENTS
SUPPORT
E.U.L.A

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B.soniccouture. so that the Kontakt instruments can find their samples. Keep a copy of the included “Samples” folder somewhere on your hard drive. N. it will remember and load much more quickly. After that. so keep it somewhere safe. your Mac may take a moment to find the waveforms it needs. www. Make sure you keep that folder structure as it is.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE INSTALLATION NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KONTAKT Keep the entire “Pan Drum Kontakt EXS” folder anywhere you like on your hard drive. which is located here: user/Library/Application Support/Logic/Sampler Instruments The first time you load either an EXS Instrument. LOGIC EXS24 Move the included EXS24/Pan Drum Sampler Instruments Pan 1 and Pan 2 folders to your real Sampler Instruments folder.com .com email :customerservices@soniccouture. This folder has all the sample data that the EXS24 instruments need.

Soniccouture Pan Drum features samples from the first 2 models of Hang which we will refer to as the Mk 1 and Mk 2.soniccouture. as well as it’s ancestral steel pan. sometimes resembling a gong or vibraphone. At the end of 2005 PANArt ceased production of these instruments and began developing the Hang Mk 2. which are joined together giving it a flying saucer shape. Each Hang Drum is built by hand and is unique. and the Hang is usually played with the hands. These were available in 45 different tunings. The Ding side has seven or eight ‘dimples’ or ‘tone fields’ that are struck to provide the different notes of the instrument. by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of the PANArt company. and was the result of many years of research into the Caribbean steel pan and other resonating percussion instruments.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE INTRODUCTION The Pan or Hang Drum is a relatively new musical instrument. These are arranged around a central boss (also called the Ding) which provides the basic root note of the instrument. and PANArt produced nearly 4000 of them. The word “Hang” is from the Bern language and means “hand”. It has a very wide dynamic range and can produce a variety of sounds. The Gu side has a large hole. Switzerland. Ding Side Gu Side A Hang consists of two hemispheres of hardened steel. The Mk 1 had 8 “tone fields” around the Ding. and can also be played as a drum. It was designed in Bern. the first one being built in 2000. The top side is known as the Ding and the bottom known as the Gu.com .com email :customerservices@soniccouture. The www. although it has only one pitch.

where the Hang is struck results in a different type of sound quality. Also. The Mk 2 comes in only five different tunings and has only seven “tone fields” around the Ding. the palm of the hand..com email :customerservices@soniccouture. with the fingertips. www.com . and in-between.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE Mk 2 remained basically the same shape but now had a brass coating on the top hemisphere as well as around the rim..soniccouture. the centre. and has a slightly longer and purer sonic ring. It is a more sturdy design.. stays in tune better over time. or with your knuckles.. the edge. Hang Mk1 Hang Mk2 There are many ways to hit the Hang to achieve different sounds. We have sampled our Hang Drums at three different zones around each “tone field”.

and the notes are laid out so that a scale alternates left and right hands. www.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE Generally. The middle Ding note is basically the “key” of the Hang.com . as in this diagram of a Mk 1 Hang: Including the Ding note in the middle. and is the lowest note of the set.soniccouture.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. the Hang is rested on the player’s lap with the lowest “tone field” towards him. and a Mk 2 has eight possible notes. a Mk 1 Hang has nine possible notes.

it’s expressiveness comes from it’s dynamics and variation in tone quality. we arrived at a few different types of mapping. KEY-MAPPINGS One initial problem was how to map this data onto the keyboard.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE INSTRUMENTS SAMPLING THE HANG - ARTICULATIONS. and with the knuckle. as they all contain exactly the same sample data.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. The drums are originally tuned as follows: Hang mk1 Hang mk2 www. You need to find which one works best for you. To address this. but we feel this provides a wealth of possibilities and a natural sounding instrument. and in-between at up to 21 velocity levels. the palm (a “slap”). Although the Hang only produces a few notes. which is a single pitch and sounds similar to an Udu drum. We also are aware that some people would like to play the Hang as realistically as possible while others would like to play it chromatically and manipulate it as they would any other set of samples. This resulted in rather a lot of data. Don’t worry if you prefer to use just one of them. and a keyboard is not.soniccouture. which present the same data but arranged differently on the keyboard. and with up to three versions of each hit in a round-robin rotation. VELOCITY & ROUND-ROBIN Each Hang “tone field” was sampled at the centre.com . the edge. The Hang Drum is round. We also sampled some hits on the Gu side. We have also sampled each “tone field” with the fingers (normal playing).

com . In both drums. This note is the key of the instrument at it’s original pitch.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE CHROMATIC MAP This type of mapping is most like a normal keyboard patch. E1) are provided in separate Instruments. the “Fingers” bank (C1. The Chromatic Maps use Keyswitching to switch between the different articulations. ie.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. Note: In EXS24. D#1.soniccouture. F for Hang Mk 1 and D for Hang Mk 2. the keyswitches are as follows: C1 = Fingers Centre (Instrument Default) C#1 = Fingers Edge D1 = Slap D#1 = Fingers In Between E1 = Knuckles The Gu note (reverse side of the Hang) is offered on it’s own key below the main set of samples. It means that some of the samples are being transposed to fill in the gaps between the original notes. as each note will play the correct pitch for the note that triggered it. www. C#1) and the “Extras” bank (D1.

F for Hang Mk 1 and D for Hang Mk 2.soniccouture.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE PRECISION MAP This type of mapping offers just the original notes for each Hang. www. ie. The Precision Maps again use Keyswitching to switch between the different articulations. In both drums. This note is the key of the instrument at it’s original pitch. the “Fingers” bank (C1. Note: In EXS24.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. at the correct note for it’s pitch. C#1) and the “Extras” bank (D1.com . E1) are provided in separate Instruments. the keyswitches are as follows: C1 = Fingers Centre (Instrument Default) C#1 = Fingers Edge D1 = Slap D#1 = Fingers In Between E1 = Knuckles The Gu note (reverse side of the Hang) is offered on it’s own key below the main set of samples. D#1.

each set of original sounds are placed sequentially starting at C. As with the chromatic map.soniccouture. NB. but in a different octave.com email :customerservices@soniccouture.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE OCTAVE MAP Some people hate keyswitches.com . www. there is no “knuckle Gu”) This facilitates sequencing. some of the Gu and Ding notes are copied unaffected to each octave (ie. no matter which octave you transpose to. In the Octave Maps. so this is a mapping with no switching at all. so that there is something for these keys.

with the Ding note in the centre (C3). D#1. (In real life. the left and right side of the Hang drum are separated on the keyboard. www. the keyswitches are as follows: C1 = Fingers Centre (Instrument Default) C#1 = Fingers Edge D1 = Slap D#1 = Fingers In Between E1 = Knuckles Note: In EXS24.) The Two Hand Maps use Keyswitching to switch between the different articulations. In both drums.com email :customerservices@soniccouture.soniccouture. and the right hand on the right side of the keyboard (from C4).com . the left hand notes of the drum are laid out on the left side of the keyboard (from C2). C#1) and the “Extras” bank (D1. since you need to turn the drum over. The Gu note is placed out of the way on G1. a player cannot play the Gu at the same time as the rest of the notes. Hang players naturally play certain notes with their left hand and others with their right. E1) are provided in separate Instruments. the “Fingers” bank (C1.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE TWO HAND MAP In the Two Hand Maps. To mimic this alternate hands technique.

F#. etc across the keyboard. As you move either side of the centre points. and then finally the “in-between” samples” are between each “tone-field”.soniccouture.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. so that they become C. It attempts to “zone” the keyboard so that each “tone field” has an edge. as if we unwrapped the Hang Drum and stretched it out into a straight line..com .. The “centre” points of each “tone field” are separated by 6 semitones. www. F#. and an in-between place on the keyboard. Keyswitches are used for the Slap (D1) and for the Knuckle (D#1). C. coming up). you reach the “edge” samples. a centre. C1 returns you to the normal layout.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE WIDE ZONE MAP This is a complex map which lends itself to live jamming and random sequencing (see the Jammer.

This will always sync to the tempo of Kontakt or your host sequencer.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE KONTAKT INSTRUMENTS The Pan Front Panel contains three pages. which will shift the pitch of the entire drum to another key. If you save any alterations to the Hang Instruments provided all the settings of this panel will also be stored. www.soniccouture. There is a Transpose menu here. Of course. you only hear the output of the Jammer.com .JAMMER PAGE The first page of the front panel is the KSP Jammer. which is a performance tool for exploring the Hang in real time.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. FRONT PANEL . Time is a drop down menu that allows you to choose the repeat speed. so use this at your own discretion. The controls of the Jammer are as follows: Jam ON enables or disables the Jammer effect. Pan 1 is basically rooted in F. samples don’t sound as natural when they are shifted some distance from their original pitch. but which note will be triggered is randomly selected from those you hold down. as if you are playing with both hands simultaneously. and Pan 2 is basically rooted in D. which are selected with a drop down menu to the upper left. all throughput of MIDI is disabled. Double Hits will trigger two notes on each repetition. It’s similar to an arpeggiator in that notes you hold down will be played automatically. When the Jammer is ON. but by transposing you can make it easier to fit the natural tuning of the Hang into an existing piece of music. thus giving you a quick way to make more presets of your own.

Randomize Octave will randomly add an octave or more (maximum 3) to the generated notes.com . At higher settings it’s a bit avant-garde. you can turn on “script generated notes”. Randomize Timing is best used very subtly if you want to introduce a bit of “human error” into the timing. If you want to record the output of the Jammer into a MIDI track. Note that Octave only introduces added octaves. The Randomize section allows you to introduce randomicity to the notes as they are being generated. In the “choose options” drop down. which can be useful especially using the zoned Instruments. You then need to assign a MIDI track to record these notes as you play the Jammer. and Kontakt will then send Jammer’s notes out.soniccouture. not subtractions. you need to turn on “Send MIDI to outside world” in Kontakt’s Options page. www. Randomize Note will add or subtract a random value for the MIDI note. under the Audio Engine tab.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE MW Vel is a depth setting that allows you to add or subtract velocity using the Modulation Wheel. or you’ll get complete confusion and the universe might turn inside out. Randomize Velocity will add or subtract a random amount of velocity for each note.com email :customerservices@soniccouture. up to a maximum that you set. Be careful you don’t route the generated MIDI thru your sequencer back into Kontakt again. This will affect notes already held down so you can make swells or fades while the Jammer is already rolling. This is always in relation to the last played velocity you triggered with your keyboard or sequencer.

which is generally the place for the most natural sound. it will jump back to our “default” position. If you Command-click (Ctrl-click in Windows) any knob.soniccouture.TWEAK PAGE The Tweak Page gives you quick access to a variety of Kontakt’s internal sound shaping tools. you can of course quickly make something less natural using the filters and envelopes. The control knobs provided are: • Low Pass Filter Cutoff • Resonance • Filter EG Amount • Filter EG Attack • Filter EG Decay • Amp EG Attack • Amp EG Release • High Pass Filter (static) • Delay Send • Reverb Send www.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE KONTAKT FRONT PANEL .com email :customerservices@soniccouture.com . Although we have provided very straight and clean Instruments.

soniccouture. www.com email :customerservices@soniccouture.JAMMER & TWEAK CONTROL Jammer & Tweak MIDI control panels The two MIDI Control pages allow you to assign MIDI controllers to the knobs of the Jammer and the Tweak Page. This is useful if you have a hardware controller.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE KONTAKT FRONT PANEL .com . or want to sequence changes to those parameters.

com email :customerservices@soniccouture. The keyswitching in both instrument types remains the same as explained in the mapping section (pp 8 – 13). and the Xtras instrument contains the Slaps.com . Octaves. (This is due to the limit on the number of samples that can be included in a single EXS24 instrument.) Remember that the maps are just different arrangements of the same sample data on the keyboard. www. Each map contains the same sounds.soniccouture. EXS24 will display these in the pop up menu. For each of the instrument maps (Chromatic. Knuckle. etc. If you want to access all the samples at once in a song. and In Between articulations.SONICCOUTURE PAN DRUM USER GUIDE THE EXS24 INSTRUMENTS After you copy the Pan 1 and Pan 2 folders to your Sampler Instruments directory. The Fingers version contains the articulations played with the Fingers (Fingers Centre and Fingers Edge). one for Fingers and one for the Extras. see pp 8 – 13) there are two instruments included. Fingers and Xtras. you will need two instances of EXS24.

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