Orchestral Tools announces Rimba a new creative soundpack for tuned wooden percussion

Orchestral Tools today released their latest Creative Soundpack: Rimba—Tuned wooden percussion. The star of the collection is undoubtedly an exceptional marimba, recorded in a variety of playing techniques and a variety of beaters. The supporting cast includes log drum, kalimba, bamboo chimes, and Jicara de Agua, also recorded in multiple playing techniques. Together with the processed pads and basses typical of the Creative Soundpacks range, this eclectic assemblage forms a coherent whole with an organic and elaborate sound.

Rimba oers a total of nine instruments: Marimba, log drum, kalimba, wooden toms, wooden boxes, wooden cylinders, bamboo chime, rainbirds, and Jicara de Agua. The instruments have up to six articulations and were recorded with two mic positions. The ten processed patches include pads, plucks, keys, and basses.

Like the rest of the Creative Soundpacks range, Rimba collates complementary instruments to create a unique sonic microcosm. And the specific combination of recording sources is bolstered by Frederik Theyssen’s personal recording ethos—playing unusual instruments in unusual ways results in sounds that can trigger highly original ideas. Some of the sounds in Rimba are barely audible, but these sounds in particular can add unexpected nuance to tracks. Rimba can evoke a distant beach in summer, or an ancient dance. It’s ideal for rhythmic musings a la Steve Reich, or adding an organic thump to electronica.


Rimba is available for a special introductory price of €39 (regular price €49) until July 7. Like all Creative Soundpacks, Rimba runs in Orchestral Tools’ own SINE Player.

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