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Dhol Drum - Percussion - virtual instrument library by Soundiron
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum - Percussion - virtual instrument library by Soundiron
Dhol Drum
Dhol Drum - Percussion - virtual instrument library by Soundiron
Dhol Drum - Percussion - virtual instrument library by Soundiron

Dhol Drum


The traditional Indian dhol is a closed shell barrel-shaped drum with a curvature to the body. It is classically played as an accompanying instrument in traditional Punjabi Bhangra, and the religious music of Sufism. For our solo dhol Indian percussion library, we captured a pair of full-sized drums, one larger and one smaller. Our Dhol Drum library contains 5,147 samples and more than 110 distinct articulations, played with sticks, mallets, brushes, hands, fingers, palms and more. Each was recorded in extraordinary detail up close in our studio. We deep sampled two professional Punjabi Dhol Drums for this library, each with distinct characteristics and tuning. These drums have goat skin bass heads and synthetic maylar treble heads. The bass head is tuned with a single heavy nylon rope, wound around the drum through steel rings. The treble head is tuned with a series of steel lugs and rods, typical of most modern percussion.

While the dhol is most often performed with an intensely frenetic style at louder dynamics, we wanted to explore every nuance of these fine instruments. We recorded an extremely wide dynamic range with two different sizes of dhol, from the softest finger articulations to the most brutal stick shattering booms. We beat the hell out of our drums to push these instruments as far as they could go, with up to 14 velocity layers and 10 round robin per note.

The treble head can produce sounds ranging from small timables to aggressive snare-like sounds, depending on the drum size, turning, mallet type, strike position and playing style. The bass head produces sounds ranging from super deep bass booms to supple bayan-like bending water drop effects with profoundly rich low-end. We also recorded wooden clacks over different areas of the drum bodies, resulting in a very well-rounded and playable all-purpose acoustic hand percussion collection.

Note: This library was originally released by Tonehammer in 2009 as the “Solo Dhol Drums”. For the completely redesigned version 2.0, we’ve added a brand new graphical interface, new control systems, smart arpeggiation and multi-FX and added new atmospheric instruments.


  • Bass Bends
  • Bass Dagga Rod
  • Bass Fingers & Hands
  • Bass Felt Mallets
  • Bass Hard Mallets
  • Treble Thilli Stick
  • Treble Fingers & Hands
  • Treble Felt Mallets
  • Treble Hard Mallets
  • Megamixer kit building interface, with customizable modules
  • Dual layer tuned percussion building interface to create uniquely playable multi-layered melodic and effect instruments.
  • Standard Ensemble presets that put the whole library at your findertips
  • Uberpeggiator meta-arpeggiation and roll generator system
  • Rack DSP Effects, including a huge range of custom room and environmental reverb impulses.
  • 22 Sustaining ambient textures, organic synth tones and atmospheres created by manipulating the original Dhol recordings.


This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 5.1 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument / software sampler platform. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here

Check out screenshots of our custom graphical user interface for Kontakt in the image gallery above. They provide a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode.

This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library. However, the sample directories are fully accessible to allow user customization, import and mapping into other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats.

The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab, or import this library into the Kontakt database and Quickload tools for easy navigation, loading and organization.


Product Specs

  • 2.07 GB installed (1.3 GB Download)
  • 5,147 Samples (standard pcm wav)
  • 10 .nki files (unlocked format)
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz stereo PCM wav format
  • Format(s): Kontakt 5.1 .nki and pcm .wav

Includes a free bonus collection of custom convolution reverb impulses.


System Requirements

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 5.1 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows XP or higher. Mac OSX 10.6 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 3 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.

Note: This digital product is delivered as a download via the Amazon S3 cloud network. A broadband internet connection is required. Please see our Help Page for licensing information, download and installation instructions, tutorials and to read our End User Licensing Agreement before ordering. All sales are final.