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Ricotti Mallets

Tuned mallet percussion, performed by a legend

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  • Tuned mallet percussion, performed by a legend

    A beautiful selection of tuned percussion instruments — Marimba, Glockenspiel, Xylophone and Crotales — performed by master of percussion Frank Ricotti. Expertly sampled on our dry stage at Spitfire Studios, we give you a definitive collection of mallets with the greatest amount of control.

    Frank Ricotti is one of the most in demand percussionists in the world. He has played on innumerable film scores, including Inception, Skyfall, Twilight, Madagascar, Interstellar, Narnia, Fantastic Mr Fox and The Dark Knight.

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    Requires Kontakt (full license)

    4 percussion instruments

    5 mic signals

    Kontakt Full

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    Marimba close up with blue tint


    The marimba is a direct descendant of the xylophone and looks very much like its ancestor. Although composers have only written extensively for this instrument since 1950, it has recently started to come into its own as part of the contemporary orchestra. The playing technique is identical to the xylophone’s, but the marimba’s mellower, deeper sound has generated a different kind of music.

    Glockenspiel close up with blue tint


    The Glockenspiel is not easy to record well or make truly convincing, so our extensive array of microphones gives you choices beyond plugins to get the sound you're looking for, from mellow and bell like to bright and sparkling.

    Crotales close up with blue tint


    Crotales are small bronze disks arranged in a keyboard style layout to produce chromatic pitches. As one of the brightest tuned percussion instruments, they will cut through even the biggest orchestral arrangement, for moments of magical beauty.

    Xylophone close up with blue tint


    A bright sounding wooden barred instrument similar to the Marimba. Whether it be scaling a staircase in the Tom & Jerry cartoons, providing the top end for an awesome systems percussion session, or providing a darker malevolence in a Jon Brion score, a mallet collection would be incomplete without this primordial tuned percussion instrument.

    Ricotti Mallets GUI

    The overview panel

    This is the main interface for melodic instruments. Its default view displays all available playing techniques, has a simple microphone mixer and includes the main feature controllers.

    Ricotti Mallets GUI

    General controls panel

    This view allows further in-depth control of the instrument, showing all available signals and feature controllers, as well as the ability to purge techniques from memory to reduce system usage.

    Ricotti Mallets GUI

    The Ostinatum

    In this view you can add notes to a pattern sequencer, select which key it triggers on and then play for instant ostinato creation. It’s like an arpeggiator on a synthesiser.

    What's included



    • FX - Bows
    • Hotrod (Flams)
    • Hotrod
    • Main - Full (Hard)
    • Main - Full (Soft)
    • Main - Rubber
    • Main - Trems
    • Main


    • Glisses
    • Main (Extra Soft)
    • Main (Hard)
    • Main (Medium Soft)
    • Main (Medium)
    • Main (Soft)
    • Rolls (Hard)
    • Rolls (Soft)
    • Shorts (Hard)
    • Shorts (Medium Soft)
    • Tremolo (Hard)
    • Tremolo (Soft)


    • Bowed
    • Main (Felt)
    • Main (Metal damped)
    • Main (Metal)
    • Main (Plastic damped)
    • Main (Plastic)
    • Rolls (Metal)
    • Rolls (Plastic)
    • Rolls (Rubber)


    • Glisses
    • Main - (Hot Rods)
    • Main (Extra Soft)
    • Main (Hard)
    • Main (Medium)
    • Main (Soft)
    • Main
    • Rolls (Hard)
    • Rolls (Hot Rods)
    • Rolls (Soft)


    • Ca - Cardioid
    • V - Valve
    • Co - Condenser
    • Ri - Ribbon
    • Ro - Room

    Tech specs

    Mac system requirements

    Mac OS 11, 12 or 13 

    Both Intel and Apple Silicon/ARM are supported

    Minimum: 2.8GHz i5 minimum (quad-core), 8GB RAM

    Recommended: 2.8GHz I7 (six-core), 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    PC system requirements

    Windows 10 or Windows 11 - (Latest Service Pack, 64-bit)

    Minimum: Intel 2.8 GHz i5 (quad-core) or AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM

    Recommended: Intel Core i7 6th gen and later or AMD Ryzen 7, 16GB RAM

    32-bit systems are not supported.

    File size

    ~19467 samples

    16.5 GB download size

    33.00 GB disk space required during install

    Too large to download? Choose hard drive delivery at checkout

    Kontakt player

    Kontakt Full 5.6.8 or higher required

    For more information on Kontakt Full click here

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