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Please help identify drum (?) sound from description/sample
Old 5th October 2018
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Please help identify drum (?) sound from description/sample

Hi all, not sure if this is the right place to post.

I am working on a loop and I would like to add a certain hit/sound at one point, but I cannot for the life of me find a sample because I don't know what it is called.

To describe it: It sounds similar to a tom but with a deep water drop type effect that goes up at the end. Also similar to a swallow or a gulping sound. It may be from a world music type of kit, and it often doesn't really seem to have much a transient strike at the beginning. It usually quite low in tone like a gulp would be, most commonly hitting on beats 2 and 4. Can't think of any songs either right now that use it.

Any help identifying this sound would be great.
Old 5th October 2018
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Hold the Mayo's Avatar

Maybe a talking drum or djembe, I've made a similar sound in battery using the pitch mod on a bongo type drum
Old 6th October 2018
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Owen L T's Avatar
Hard/impossible to know without an audio example, but it sounds to me like you're describing what happens when you drag your thumb across the surface of a conga: no real attack, and a pitch sweep as the thumb moves across. The classic pop example of this that springs to mind is Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster" (starting around 12 seconds).

That's assuming that what you're describing is a natural percussion sound, as opposed to a synth water drop effect of some sort.

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