Review: Shou Drum by Impact Soundworks

by

With Shou Drum, Impact Soundworks deliver a deep yet intuitive tonal metal instrument that excels at arpeggiated patterns and hypnotic ostinatos making it a great tool for ambient tracks or creating unique textures.

Jump to the Demos of Shou Drum

Jump to the Videos of Shou Drum

 
 



 
 

Review: Shou Drum by Impact Soundworks

Shou Drum (pronounced “show”) is a tuned metal percussion instrument produced by Impact Soundworks. Impact Soundworks is known for deep yet intuitive instruments and with Shou Drum they definitely deliver. Made from tempered steel hit with a variety of mallets, brushes and finger strikes, this versatile instrument is perhaps best described as a music box from outer space. Its wide range and exceptional variety of colors make it perfect for creating interesting ambient tracks, or adding unique textures to film and game scores.

Shou Drum sells for $49 from Impact Soundworks 

 

Thoughts

Shou Drum is a versatile and easy to play tuned metal drum with a pure, resonant sound. It has a range of five octaves and eight different articulations, including multiple types of mallets, brushes and finger strikes, which are included in a drop down menu as well as keyswitches. It features two mic positions, which highlight different colors of the instrument.

Its ringing, pure tone quality excels at arpeggiated patterns

Its ringing, pure tone quality excels at arpeggiated patterns, making it great for a hypnotic ostinato. The built-in polyphonic arpeggiator allows you to design textures of various lengths and control velocity and microtuning of notes inside the pattern.

Playing it chromatically results in the ringing overtones to clash and produce the shimmery sound similar to a Polynesian Gamelan. With such a big range, it is tempting to treat it as a keyboard instrument, which is most successful in its upper register with rubber mallets producing a sound I would describe as a haunted Celesta.

The instrument comes with ten designed textures, one of the more interesting ones is designed to sound like a Rhodes piano.

The instrument comes with ten designed textures, which offer a variety of interesting sounds to experiment within your compositions. One of the more interesting ones is a texture specifically designed to sound like a Rhodes piano, called “Rhodesia,” which offers three octaves of usable piano-like sounds and two octaves of muted thuds that produce pitches as a reverb. I personally find the most useful are the “Brainwaves” and “Reversed Illusion” settings.

All the .wav files in the Shou Drum are unlocked, which allows you to further design the sounds to suit your needs.

The biggest drawback to this instrument is that it is generally not very loud, and has to be brought up in order to be featured in the mix if it is layered with any sustained sounds. This is especially true with the designed textures.

 

 

Facts

The library downloads at 920 MB and requires the FULL VERSION of Kontakt (5.1+).

Shou Drum sells for $49 from Impact Soundworks 

Demos of Shou Drum

Videos of Shou Drum

DEATAILS with counter