Sonic Network is shipping a new West African drum library,“Atsiã: West African Dancing Drums,” which features alarge selection of African percussion instruments traditional to theEwe Tribe of Ghana. It was recorded at Blue Jay Studios and features48kHz stereo samples, natural ambience, multiple articulations perinstrument and up to four velocity samples for each different type ofhit. It also includes a selection of looped grooves of individualinstruments, in both 4/4 and 6/8 time.
“This is a sample library unlike any other,” explainedJason Jordan, sound designer at Sonic Implants. “The Ewe tribe islocated in the Southeastern section of Ghana in the Volta region.Originally, the songs and dances of the tribe were performed beforewar, but in modern times mostly for rituals and dance.‘Atsiã,’ meaning style or to display, is a socialdance considered by most to be one of the oldest styles of dance andmusic in West Africa. It is a collection of songs and dances created bythe Ewes, used in rituals and recreation for hundreds ofyears.”
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 formatsand is priced at $229.95.
MP3 demos and more information are available at the Sonic ImplantsWebsite at www.sonicimplants.com.