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Bulgarian Tupans for NI Kontakt


A large double-headed drum often used in Bulgarian folk music, the tupan is capable of everything from powerful bass rumbles to cutting high-end strikes.
This library does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player!


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The tupan is a drum commonly used in Bulgarian folk music. It is capable of everything from deep, powerful bass rumbles to distinct cutting notes in the high end. Similar in construction to the Turkish davul and other drums from the Balkans and the Middle East, the double-headed tupan can produce a huge variety of sounds and clattering noises. Typically, it is played with a wooden spoon-shaped beater on the bass side and a thin stick on the treble side. It can also be played with other types of drumsticks or with hands.

We recorded a tupan made in 2005 by Paicho Georgiev in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Our recording includes all zones of the instrument, performed using a variety of drumsticks and articulations. We used a traditional large beater on the bass head. We played the treble head with sticks, hands, fingers, and a brush.
Our Kontakt performance script enables you to layer multiple instances of the tupan for a dramatic and realistic ensemble sound, as well as shape the dynamics and apply effects.

Bulgarian Tupans features:

  • 61 unique deep-sampled articulations
  • Solo and ensemble performance modes
  • Multiple round robins and velocity layers
  • 2205 stereo 24-bit WAV samples
  • 1 program for NI Kontakt 5.5.1+ with scripted performance controls and GUI
The total size of the library compressed is 675 MB.
All formats are included when you buy Bulgarian Tupans

This library does NOT work with the free Kontakt Player!

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