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Djembe drumkit wanted

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hr
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Hello,

I am looking for a Djembe drumkit.

Perhaps Djembe is part of a drumkit which is not named
"Djembe.h2drumkit", so I have not found one.

Does anybody know one?

(btw: I want to make some practice-tracks for our percussion beginners course. I already use standard durmkits for that, works ok for me, maybe a bit demanding for the weaker ones.)

mudfly
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Hey Hr,

I have no idea if a Djembe kit exists for Hydrogen.

A funny thing is that I have been playing a real Djembe with my baby girl for a few weeks and she absolutely loves it (We own two, a large one and a smaller one). This got me thinking about creating a Djembe kit for Hydrogen. I am by no means a Djembe drummer (and might need suggestions on samples), however I do have some recording skill, and some decent microphones. I have never created a kit, though I have played with Hydrogen off and on for a few years and would be open to working on building a kit. Of course a team effort with more Hydrogen kit skills then I might be something that would interest me, as I don't have much free time at the moment.

So having said that, if there appears to be some interest, and if I can get some help with building the kit, I am happy to record some samples for this.

Christian

gx
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Hi Hr

I have made a djembe drumkit by using some wav files I found on the web,
I have attached the wavs I used as I can not find the drumkit just now,

hope this helps

GX

mauser
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Hi everyone!

@gx: I think you have to zip them to upload the files here. Do you know the license of those files? If someone wants an "official" hydrogen drumkit which can be hosted on sourceforge, we need to make sure that all files have the correct licenses..

@mudfly: Sure, i can help you if you can record the djembe. All we need are good recorded soundfiles!

XSR
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There is already a hydrogen west african drumkit, with djembe, dunun, and associated bells. It's called circafrique v4. Modified copy-pasta of instructions to use this kit: "Go to Instruments > Import Library.  Hit Update list', select the library you want to install [circafrique v4] and click the Download and install' button"

gx
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Hi all

Im sorry I though the upload worked :S just saw now it didnt, The wavs are legitimate as they are licensed under creative commons

I attached again, in case it dosent work below is a part of the txt file with url to the original hosted wavs :D

GX

=================== FREESOUND ATTRIBUTION FORM =======================

This form below lists all the samples in this pack with their descriptions and tags.
You can use this form to attribute samples to users when you use them.

=========================== CUT HERE =================================

File:
Name: "DJEMBE_DOBLE.wav"
Url: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=54013
Date of upload: 2008-05-21 11:29:11

Designer / Creator / Uploader:
Name: "domingus"
Url: http://www.freesound.org/usersViewSingle.php?id=512432

Description:
By "domingus" : The djembe played by a really good musician: these are the little jewels of our studio! Hear them in action: http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=H8RPSpAfgcE (1\'10)
(44.1kHz/24bits; Mono; Rode NT2 and Digi003 on to Nuendo.)

Tags:
djembe magoproduction mono sample
======================================================================

gx
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Joined: 04/17/2010

trying attachment again :S this forum seems incompatible with my browser or something...

GX

mauser
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Hi!

Those samples are licensed under the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/ license which is not totally "free". It says "You may not use this work to advertise for or promote anything but the work you create from it." The license may be fine for the most people, but we can't use it for "official" hydrogen drumkits (especially it is not allowed to host these files on sourceforge, since the license is not gpl-compliant). Of course you are free to build your own kit under that license and share it!

gx
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Hi mauser

Than you for clearing that up

I do have a djembe but unfortunately dont have a professional mic or know of someone with a studio else I would try record my own and those I would give to you to use.

The pain is that every djembe has a unique sound and striking it in different ways produce different sounds so one can produce about 5 different tone alone apart from rim shots slaps closed/muffled tones, so producing a nice kit can be somewhat tedious.

The other option is to try record the sounds from my roland handsonic 10, however once again the licening issues are not clear, as it is an instrument the sound I produce from it is not licensed otherwise how could I use it for music production? But those voices are not so good in my opinion, actually it is very difficult yo find a nice djembe (digital) sound.

GX

hr
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Thank You gx

I've registered at freesound.ord and downloadet the samples.
I will try to create a drumkit.

mudfly
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Ok I am still interested in this and am happy to contribute under GPL or a compatible CC license.

About a year ago, I said I wanted to contribute to hydrogen but lack the development skills. So I am quite interested to jump in here, even though I don't require this drum kit at this point.

My wife has actually taken djembe lessons a few years back, and the djembe is hers. I know all djembe sound different as they are mostly all hand carved and the tightness of the head can vary. This djembe sounds good to my ears, but I don't have a "good sounding" djembe to compare it to. The head is about 12" and it is about 2' 6" tall all carved from a single piece of (unknown) wood. Our other drum is a smaller size, more for kids, but it also sounds fine, and has a smaller and tighter head.

I have just talked to her, and she sounds interested in this too. One morning this weekend I will wake up and get my mics setup, and we will record several minutes of her playing each drum. I will contribute the full take under the suggested license and let mauser or anyone else who is willing, to slice up the samples to their satisfaction.

mauser
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Wow! Mudfly, that would be great! I'm looking forward to integrate your samples into a nice drumkit. Maybe you can record different "velocities" (hitting soft/hard) ? That would enable us to build a multi-layered drumkit!
Thanks a lot!
Sebastian

mudfly
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I am currently juggling work, my baby, and working on my new home. I hoped to have this done by now, but it is not recorded yet. I have my DAW ready to go, dusted off my microphones, and have been beating on my Djembe the last few days to get some practice in. This is still coming on my part, just taking longer then I expected.

mudfly
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Ok I have finished recording the samples.

I can send the full unedited take which includes nasty background noise, talking, and a baby in need of attention. Or I can spend some time cutting out the fat, mixing the levels, some light EQ and Compression if needed, and sending a mixed down version for cropping.

I recorded using an SM57 and an Oktiva SM012 with a cardioid capsule on the head, and an SM57 at the hole for bass.

The unmixed unedited wav's are about 80 meg each. I can convert to flac to save bandwidth as needed.

Instruments Recorded,

Large Djembe,
Small Djembe,
Toy Shaker,
Crystal Singing Bowl

I did one playback and I feel like there is plenty of usable samples, but I am happy to record any missing samples to make a complete kit.

I also have various other percussion instruments that I can record and send if you would like to add them to this kit, or spin off another percussion kit. They include another shaker, a tambourine, a prayer bell, a cow bell (not a drummer cow bell), a trashy China, and some low quality baby toy instruments that might make a fun kit. Let me know.