Impact Soundworks Releases Kageyama Taikos Sample Library

FULTON, MD — Impact Soundworks has released Kageyama Taikos, a sample library devoted exclusively to traditional Japanese drums, featuring eight distinct instruments performed by master percussionist and two-time national Odaiko champion Isaku Kageyama.

Unlike other sample libraries that present taikos in an ensemble or large concert hall setting, Kageyama Taikos features these traditional Japanese drums as solo instruments, recorded up-close in an intimate studio space. The resulting sound is expressive, versatile and usable in a wide range of musical styles. Every instrument has been recorded in great depth, spanning many articulations, dynamics, and variations.

“The natural sound of the Japanese taiko is powerful and emotional, and I’m really glad to give it the spotlight it deserves,” said library producer Andrew Aversa. “By working with a true master like Isaku, we can present the true, authentic sound of these beautiful instruments as no one has before.”

Instruments included:

  • Chudaiko: 18-inch mid-sized drum; crisp edge, rich resonant center
  • Odaiko: 32-inch large drum; deep, booming sound with a dry edge, rich central wash
  • Shime-Daiko: “Tightened” drum, higher register to soar over other percussion; 
  • Okedo (1.5 and 1.4): “Barrel” drum; heavy attack and clear definition
  • Atarigane (Lo and Hi): Played with a mallet; clear, metallic sound
  • Hyoshigi: Wood blocks; full, resonant sound

The library is presented with a beautiful interface, three distinct mic positions and Impact Soundworks’ signature Console mixer and effects rack, allowing composers to sculpt the taiko sound from subtle, to bombastic, to heavily modulated.

Kageyama Taikos is now available for Kontakt at MSRP $99 at the Impact Soundworks store.

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About Impact Soundworks
IMPACT SOUNDWORKS is a leading developer of virtual instruments, sample libraries, and music software tools for composers. Since 2008, their instruments have been used by over 100,000 musicians around the world on Billboard charting albums to major Hollywood blockbusters and AAA video games. Popular instruments include the SHREDDAGE series of virtual guitars, SUPER AUDIO CART retro chiptune sounds, VENTUS and PLECTRA SERIES world instruments, and dozens more.

About Isaku Kageyama
Award-winning performer, instructor, and recording artist Isaku Kageyama has had a storied career. He’s been heard in concert halls like Carnegie Hall, on video game soundtracks like Ghost of Tsushima, and on TV shows, music tours, and artist residencies.

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