Cosmic Hand Pans is your complete steel handpan virtual instrument collection. We've partnered with instrument-maker Grahm Doe of Hapi Drum to capture a classic D minor handpan in exquisite detail, as well as a pair of unusual hybrids that each have an utterly unique sonic flavor you won’t hear anywhere else. The traditional handpan has a distinctively dark, warm, mellow tone, with a ghostly and ethereal resonance rich with harmonic overtones. We recorded it with fingerpads and fingertips, as well as small soft rubber mallets and jazz brushes to give you plenty of sonic options.
Next we sampled two unique specimens resulting from Grahm's quest to meld steel hand pans and tongue drums into a unified instrument. The first mutation is a Prototype fusion of a standard tongue drum and a handpan resonator face that was the first step on his blow-torch and pneumatic-hammer driven journey. It has a brash, plucky steel drum quality with intense and chaotic overtones. The durable steel tongues allow for much more aggressive articulations, including soft and hard rubber mallets and metal rods.
The second oddity is his signature Hybrid Handpan, a well-balanced and precisely-engineered instrument with standard handpan finger dimples on its face, tuned to match playable tongue drum tines on its belly. Each side has a distinct character that compliments the other. We recorded soft rubber finger mallets and sustaining finger rolls on the handpan face, as well as superball and giant rubber mallets on the tongues. With our intuitive multi-layered modular UI, you'll enjoy complete freedom to mix, layer, retune and customize each sound to your heart's content.
Hapi Drums [website]
Hapi Drum is owned and operated by partners Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly. They also own and operate The Didgeridoo Store since 1997, with over 19 years of combined experience in the musical instrument marketplace. Their mission is to enhance peoples' lives through music and culture. The passion for steel instruments began with the purchase of their first Hang. The beautiful sound of steel was captivating. With their previous experience of creating musical instruments (didgeridoos), they began experimenting with steel. They discovered Dennis Havlena and his research on using steel tongues to create a similar kind of sound. Inspired by his proof of concept they set out on a prototyping journey. They began to experiment with tongue shapes, drum body sizes, sound ports, dampening materials, and different steel types. After months of work they had their first design, the HAPI Origin. They are always excited to improve and evolve our product line!
Grahm and Tricia both love nature and going for hikes in and around Yosemite National Park. They are deeply attracted to instruments that can be enjoyed in the outdoors and around a campfire with family and friends. In their spare time, Grahm is an avid rock climber and Trish plays with glass (stained, fused, torch). Both these creative outlets have taught them a great attention to detail, which they use daily in running their business.
The Kontakt interface includes a suite of automation-ready sound-shaping controls to give you total creative flexibility. You have control over swell, attack, release, offset, vibrato, filter, pitch (coarse & fine), articulation switching, cross-fading and layering, and so much more.
This library comes with an adaptable LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 12 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, modwheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator offers a velocity table and control over arp direction, timing, swing, randomization and duration. We’ve included a key and scale lock system to constrain your notes to common scales and keys for easy melodic composition and live performance.
The interface is rounded-out by our modular FX rack panel, with 27 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 8 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phaser, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes our favorite convolution reverb impulse responses, including 99 different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, plus another 40 custom FX impulses to radically transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility. We’ve added a great bank of FX rack chain factory presets to get you started!
This library has been licensed for use in the free Kontakt Player virtual instrument engine. It can be used in Kontakt Player or the full retail version of Kontakt (version 6.2.2 or later) for VST, AU or AAX instrument plugin formats. You can add this product to the Kontakt “Libraries” browser. It requires online serial number registration through the Native Instruments Service Center app. This library is also fully compatible with Komplete Kontrol and all S-Series Keyboard Controllers by Native Instruments. Purchasing this library qualifies you for a great cross-grade discount toward the full unlocked version of Kontakt through Native Instruments!
- 3 Unique, deeply sampled Hand Pans with up to four microphone positions
- 1 Master and 20 Custom FX Kontakt Player .nki instrument presets
- 20 Custom sound-designed ambiences created from the Hand Pan source
- 24-bit, 48 kHz Stereo Lossless NCW Format.
- 24,327 stereo samples in locked .ncw format
- 12.7 GB Installed (24 GB Uncompressed)
- Made for the free Kontakt Player (version 6.2.2+), Komplete Kontrol, all S-Series Keyboards and NKS software and hardware by Native Instruments
- Works with the Kontakt "Libraries" browser and Native Access.
This Powered-By-Kontakt Player Edition is supported by version 6.2.2 or later of the free Kontakt Player (VST, AU, AAX) and the special “Libraries” rack. Windows 7 or higher required for PC. OSX 10.12 or higher required for Mac. Dual Core CPU, 3+ GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library. This software is delivered as a digital download, so a broadband connection is required. All sales are final. Please see our Help Page for download and installation instructions, tutorials and the End User Licensing Agreement before ordering.
Walkthrough: Cosmic Hand Pans
Composing With Cosmic Hand Pans