Iron Drum

Part of the Spitfire Labs Range

Recorded at Air-Edel studios specifically for the labs the Iron Drum is a heavy iron drum with 6 “resonators” that feels not unlike a chunky hand drum. It has a beautiful mellow tone that’s both familiar (like a nicely tuned steel drum) whilst being difficult to place exactly (or is it a vibraphone of some sort?). We have recorded it 4 ways, with a rubber beater muted and unmuted: 5 round robins, 2 dynamic layers, and with hand strikes both muted and unmuted again recorded with 5 round robins at a single soft dynamic layer. For the hand struck articulations we have a clever left hand thumb mute function that allows for the creation of complex rhythmic patterns.

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