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Topic: Renaissance drums - where to look?

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    Renaissance drums - where to look?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahdVFcLE7PM I am searching for a drum that sounds like the one used here. I can't find it in neither the GPO or Garritan World. Can you help me?

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    Re: Renaissance drums - where to look?

    While not exactly what you may be looking (listening?) for...the bodhrán in World may be of use.
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    Re: Renaissance drums - where to look?

    No, it was not the bodhran I was searching. It doesn't have the "touch" as the typical renaissance drums.

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    Re: Renaissance drums - where to look?

    G’day philosopher,

    Try toms or kick drums / bass drums in JABB and perhaps COMB if you have those libraries.

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    Re: Renaissance drums - where to look?

    Essentially, a tenor drum played with snare sticks, though it's old school, rope-tensioned, and fitted with natural heads, most likely calf.

    Modern tenor drums have plastic heads, metal rods as tensioners, and are played with "tenor mallets" similar to medium or hard felt timpani mallets, though a hard felt mallet on a plastic head is (very tenuously) analogous in sound to a wood stick on a calf head.

    I believe, technically, the drum from this period would be the tabor, which is similar to what is being used in this video, rope tensioned and having skin heads, but typically somewhat smaller in size though they could be as large. However, the tabor was usually strapped to the body horizontally and played with a single wooden stick, so size would be a consideration. I suppose smaller tabors were for walking around whereas the larger ones were most likely set on the lap and played sitting.

    A very similar instrument, the tambora, having skin heads, strapped horizontally, and played with a single wooden stick on one head and bare-handed on the other, is still in use today in afro-cuban genres, specifically the merengue of the Dominican Republic. I would look for that in any world instrument collection, as that may be the closest "Renaissance drum sound" available among the various commercial samples.


    An old school tambora very similar in construction to the drum in the video.

    Hope this helps.

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