Modern Bodhrán brings the age old traditional Celtic frame drum into the contemporary music landscape. With its rhythmic heartbeat resonating through centuries of Irish culture, the bodhrán has evolved into a captivating instrument sought after by musicians across genres.
Modern Bodhrán captures the essence of these iconic drums with its meticulously recorded and expertly crafted samples.
Whether you’re composing cinematic scores, folk tunes, or experimenting with electronic music, Modern Bodhrán empowers you to add an authentic and innovative touch to your compositions, igniting the spirit of the bodhrán in the modern era.
36 Variations per Tone
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About the Library
Modern Bodhrán is a traditional Celtic percussion library featuring four unique drums. These instruments have been hand built by master craftsmen.
The bodhrán is capable of producing a wide array of tones based on the musician’s hand position within the instrument. Despite the complex nature of playing a real bodhrán this library makes it easy for anyone with a keyboard to play like an expert.
The five performance presets make the library incredibly flexible. You can choose the preset that suits your playing style to quickly integrate the library into your workflow.
We recorded five unique tones for each drum, they were all played with three different sticks, recorded at three dynamics, with five microphones, and we included individual up and down strokes, with 6 repetitions for each. This gives you a total of 36 recorded variations per tone.
In addition to the library and its 13300 samples, you’ll also receive 22 MIDI loops to give you a starting point for your own creations. The loops were created from notation provided by Marissa and as a bonus you will also receive that hand written notation.
Modern Bodhrán features four unique drums recorded with three different types of stick:
Drum 1 was built by Seamus O’Kane in Ireland in 2005. It’s made with lambeg skin and has 8 standard tuners on the inside of the rim which are manipulated with a screwdriver. This is quite a big drum with a 16″ frame and it has a beautiful smooth tone with a huge range. The tones have a really clear and soft quality, with a booming low end and a very high and striking top end.
Drum 2 is a wonderful bodhrán made by Christian Hedwitschak, who is based in Germany. He crafts beautiful bodhráns, and they are certainly some of the most sought after and revered in the bodhrán playing community. The model we sampled is the Martin O’Neill Signature line, made around 2014. This is a slightly smaller drum at 14″ with a depth of 6″. It has a beautiful skin with a huge range of tones that gives a very balanced sound across the whole range of the drum.
Drum 3 was built sometime around 2007 by Steve Forman. Steve is a fantastic and highly respected percussionist based in LA who relocated to Scotland. This bodhrán is one he made as part of his Tambourine Studios Bodhrán collection. This bodhrán is made with a premium natural rawhide goatskin, on a 13″ all-maple Keller cylinder frame. It has a wide range of tones and a slightly ‘harder’ tonal quality to the skin
Drum 4 was crafted by John Wilson of Skye Bodhráns sometime around 2009/2010. Another of the more modern style bodhráns with a deep rim and smaller 13″ frame. It has quite a wide range of tones and responds nicely under a mic and live. It also gives a good range of volume and responds well to the strength with which you strike the skin. As is common for many bodhráns made around this time, it is a more comfortable drum to play with its diameter and depth, but not as big a range tonally as one of Seamus O’Kane’s.
4 Unique drums
6 Individual up/down strokes
3 Different sticks for each drum
36 Variations per tone
22 MIDI loops, with original notation
5 Performance patches to suit your playing style
13300 24/48 samples
The bodhrán is capable of producing a range of tones depending on how and where the player places their hand inside the drum. In addition to the five hand positions we also recorded a selection of rim shots.
Round Robins & Dynamics
For every stick and every tone of the four drums we recorded both up and down strokes at three dynamic levels. Each of these was recorded six times to give a total of twelve variations at each dynamic or 36 per tone.
Each drum includes five patches that change how the samples are mapped and the methods used to trigger them. Which one you choose will depend on your preferred playing style.
Some patches spread the samples across the keyboard allowing you to trigger individual up and down samples and even individual round robins.
There is an auto patch that will select the stroke direction for you automatically so you can focus on the rhythm.
Other patches try to emulate the way the real instrument is played. Letting you pick the stroke direction and intensity with one hand while the other hand selects the tone.
You can explore the details of each patch in the user guide.
We recorded everything with five microphones. Three were placed at the back of the drum and two at the front. In addition a stereo mix of the five microphones is included. The volume and pan of each channel can be controlled using the on-screen mixer.
Modern Bodhrán includes 22 MIDI loops for you to drop in to your sessions. The selection of loops provide 4/4 grooves and Irish reels, 6/8 jigs, 7/8 grooves, and 9/8 slip jigs.