by Quilcom
4.7 / 5     (6 votes)
Win32 Win64
SIM-DJEMBE attempts to simulate the African djembe drum.

Like all Quilcom SIM plugins, it uses no sample players and relies purely on synthesiser techniques, thus making it possible to influence many characteristics of the timbre and behaviour.
whippettybbuubwhuup Jul 26 2022
(4 / 5)
Jul 26 2022
This is great. Warm and punchy. You can actually change the resonant pitch of the drum though it may not at first seem so. The only problem is that like with the Dunun, if you sample this and look at the samples in waveform view next to samples of a real drum, you can immediately tell which one is real and which synthetic. It's because unlike real instrument, the waveform produced by this is always almost identical. There needs to be much more randomization for a human sound. The Quilcom Tomsnare I think already had a knob that increased randomization of the atk and decay envelopes with each hit, so I don't see why there isn't one in this. I'd love more tonal shaping options too, this is great foundation for a drum synth.
Dr Tonka Mar 14 2022
(5 / 5)
Mar 14 2022
Quilcom comes through with another fine work. Very playable, and fun.
woodenleg22 Feb 05 2022
(4 / 5)
Feb 05 2022
I'm less familiar with the Djembe, fortunately I had samples to compare to and I must say despite being 100% SYNTHETIC, it sounds like the same instrument. Where this arguably shines is that you have options to change drum size and materials, wow! And of course infinite round robins! However, variety of articulations could be expanded. Mute may have little too much tonality and decay and keyboard mapping seems unfinished: mapping does not start at C1 per ideal GM standard for drum sounds and mute is mapped to both C3 and C5. MIDI pattern examples or sequencer could be included to showcase authentic playing. Still remarkable and unique work as always Quilcom. Won't beat a deep-sampled djembe sample library but probably everything below. I hope next a Frame Drum instrument with different ones like Bodhran.
Erisian Feb 03 2022
(5 / 5)
Feb 03 2022
I like this. I'm surprised how realistic it sounds as no samples were used.