Hapi Drums
Hapi Drums
Hapi Drums

Hapi Drums

Open Format
$ 59


Hapi Drums features steel tongue drums, known for their strong fundamental tone with complex overtones, harmonics and a long mellow sustain. With our intuitive GUI, enjoy complete freedom to mix, layer, retune and customize each sound to your heart's content.

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Hapi Drums is a set of four steel tongue drums crafted by legendary instrument makers Grahm Doe & Tricia Kelly at their workshop in the Sierra Mountain foothills of Oakhurst, CA. Steel tongue instruments are known for a smooth fundamental tone wrapped in a haze of complex harmonics and a long, mellow sustain. Hapi Drum is one of the oldest and highest quality steel tongue drum makers in the world, with unique body designs and tuning options and clear, rich notes that cut cleanly through clusters of carefully-balanced lush, swirling overtones.

We recorded four instruments, capturing each of them with a wide stereo pair of large-diaphragm Neumann TLM 103s and a binaural Rode NT-SF1, to provide you with two distinct tonal options. Instruments included the low "Origin" D minor model (D3 - A4), a pair of "Slim Tunable" mid models (A3 - E5) and the small, treble Tini (A4 to A5). Each model can be loaded separately - including individual tongue soloing - or you can play all of them together as a combined chromatic scale. We played each one with soft rubber mallets, hard metal picks, and nylon jazz brushes. 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.

This is a standard open-format Kontakt library. It requires the full retail version of Kontakt. It is not supported by the free Kontakt Player and cannot be added to the Libraries browser or Native Access. This library is programmed in the open format to provided compatibility with Komplete Kontrol software and hardware by Native Instruments (see version requirements). Mac users: The Kontakt presets in this library require OSX 10.12 or later PC users: The Kontakt presets in this library require Windows 7 or later



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. We've also included 20 unique sound-designed custom FX presets to give you lots of creative options.

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 18 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 10 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!

Kontakt Format

This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 6.1.1 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument software platform. You can view screenshots of this library's custom graphical user interface in the image gallery above. This library is packed with features to provide you a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here.

This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player does not fully support it and can only run it in a limited "demo mode". However, the sample directories are unlocked so you can use them in 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 and import this library into the Kontakt Quickload window for easy loading and navigation.

Product Specs

  • 2 Master presets and 20 Custom Sound-Designed FX and Ambient presets
  • Four drums sampled with soft rubber mallets, hard metal picks, and nylon jazz brushes
  • 133 Ambience patches created from the source content
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
  • 13,624 stereo samples in locked .ncw format
  • 18.5 GB Installed
  • Flexible and intuitive multi-layer user interface controls, with LFO, filter, glide, and arpeggiator
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments


System Requirements

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 6.1.1+ 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 7 or higher. Mac OSX 10.12 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 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.


Walkthrough: Hapi Drums

Composing With Hapi Drums

Interview with Grahm Doe of Hapi Drums