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Steel Tones
release date: 14.01.2016

Steel Tones

4.7 of 5
€ 49,-
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£ 43.62
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ca. 1.37 GB
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Multi-sampled metallic tuned Percussion Instrument

Steel Tones captures the essence of a Hapi Drum, built by Hapi Tones, the Hapi Drum is a hollow steel-chambered acoustic instrument measuring 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep (30cm x 20cm). Its in the family of steel tongue drums, also known as tank drums or hank drums. The concept was originally pioneered by Dennis Havlena in 2007 and has evolved into various forms by numerous instrument makers.

This particular model has 8 tongues tuned to a D-major pentatonic scale. Each note has a strong fundamental tone wrapped in a haze of complex overtones and harmonics and a long, very mellow sustain. Soundiron recorded it with a close stereo pair of Neumann studio mics for a dry and very present sound, as well as a second stereo pair captured in a hall at 15 feet for an open, spacious sound. They sampled it deeply with 7 round robins and up to 9 velocity layers per note, using soft rubber mallets and hard metal mallets.

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You can chromatically solo, combine or layer the different articulations, tongues and mic positions to create your own unique sonic blends. You can control each layers volume with the swell control, adjust attack, sample start offset, release, semi-tone pitch-stepping and define playable midi key range. These easy-to-use main parameter controls give you truly endless creative possibilities. Soundiron also included dozens of expertly sound-designed ambiences, textures, soundscapes, organic synth pads and custom presets, drawn from the acoustic source to provide excellent accompaniment and underscoring tools.

The robust ARP system provides dynamic arpeggiation and step-sequencing options. The FX Rack page provides chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, several distortion types, amp and speaker simulation, EQ, resonant filter, delay and convolution reverb. The reverb includes dozens of our custom cathedrals, churches, halls, bunkers, garages, tunnels, chambers, rooms and plenty of special FX impulses to explore.


  • A fully multi-sampled 8-tongue Hapi Drum (D-major pentatonic) steel "tank" tuned percussion instrument.
  • Soft Rubbber Mallets
  • Hard Metal Mallets
  • Close Dry microphone position, using a stereo pair of large diaphragm Neumann studio mics.
  • Far Wet microphone position, using a wide stereo pair of large diaphragm Neumann studio mics.
  • Dual sound layers with fully independent controls that let you mix and match articulations and mic positions to create your own custom blends
  • 50 Sound-designed ambiences, pads, atmospheres and synth soundscapes hand-crafted from the raw acoustic source.
  • Waveform pad utility with vibrato control and several common wave shapes for layering, custom instrument creation and accompaniment.
  • 14 NKI instrument presets and 6 NMK multi-instrument banks.
  • Beautifully-rendered user interface.
  • Custom sound-designed FX and ambient presets in a variety of categories and styles.
  • Multi-mode Arpeggiation with step-sequencer.
  • Convolution Reverb with 70 different cathedrals, churches, chambers, rooms, halls and special effect impulses.
  • A full multi-effects rack, with EQ, filter, phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp & speaker simulation and more.

This 2.9 GB library includes 1161 samples and a beautifully designed user interface for the full version of Kontakt 5.5 and later.


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The following reviews have been placed by customers who also bought this product from us. All reviews are provided through eKomi, Europes largest independent customer review company.

Sprache: deutsch
5.0 of 5

ABER HALLO! Supertolles virtuelles Instrument! Vielseitig einsetzbar, die Sounds lassen sich ordentlich weiterverarbeiten, super Basics für Athmos, oder auch für das kleine individuelle Detail in so ziemlich jeder Stilrichtung geeignet. Get it and love it!!!

Sprache: deutsch
4.0 of 5

Die Sounds klingen alle sehr gut und lassen sich einfach abrufen. Eine Unterstützung über das Komplete Kontrol von NI wäre schön.

Sprache: deutsch
5.0 of 5

Ich verwende das Produkt als Plug-In in meiner DAW. Das Produkt ist für jeden empfehlenswert, der seinen Plug-In-Pool um ein fantastisches und gut klingendes virtuelles Instrument vervollständigen will.

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 AchtungThis Product does not include or require a "Kontakt Player" license/serial number!

A full version of Native Instruments "Kontakt" is required for unlimited functionality!

Please notice: With the free Kontakt Player you can play this library for 15 minutes only in demo/test mode !


The minimum Kontakt version required to use this library is specified in the product description.

Windows 7, 8 or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 4 GB RAM (6GB recommended)

Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10 or 10.11, Intel Core Duo, 4 GB RAM (6 GB recommended)

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  • 1GB free disc space for application
  • additional hard disc space according to the library size
  • internet connection for product activation required (on any computer)


  • Stand-Alone
  • VST
  • Audio Units
  • ASIO
  • CoreAudio
  • AAX Native (Pro Tools 10 or later)

OS compatibility of previous Kontakt versions - please check compatibility with your libraries!

Kontakt 5 5.3.1 Win (WIN 7 or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.3.1 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)

Kontakt 5 5.1.0 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.1.0 Mac (OS X 10.7 or higher)

Kontakt 5 5.0.3 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 5 5.0.3 Mac (OS X 10.6)

Kontakt 4 4.2.2 Win (WIN XP or higher)
Kontakt 4 4.2.2 Mac  (OS X 10.5 / 10.6)

System FAQs
System FAQs - Steel Tones

Q: Can I use the FREE Kontakt Player for playing libraries in "Kontakt format"?
A: No! All "open Kontakt format" libraries require a full version of "Kontakt" sampler. The FREE Player can play the sounds in demo/test mode only. All libraries on our web site including a Kontakt Player licence mention this in the "system requirements"!

Q: When trying to "Add Library" my Kontakt shows a message "No Library found"
A: Then this is not a encrypted Kontakt library, but an open Kontakt format. You can find additional hints for Kontakt Libraries in that Sounds & Gear Video

DWM ProtectionFor your own protection this library is provided as individual personalized files including a
Digital Water Mark - DWM!





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