What musical instrument does this sound come from?

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What musical instrument does this sound come from?

Post by ming8080 »

Hello, I'm trying to sequence a song (using cakewalk) to sound as close as possible to the original, but I'm stuck with a small part of the song where there's a sound that I don't know what musical instrument it came from. Basically, this part contains an electric piano and a percussion (conga I suppose). I've sequenced the piano & the conga, but there's a sound that seems to shadow (played simultaneously with) the conga that I couldn't figure out (please ignore the reverb difference, I haven't had the chance to add any FX).
Here's the link to the sounds:

Sequenced: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12gw2A3 ... sp=sharing
Original: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vc8ISM ... sp=sharing

I've tried cuica, ocarina, conch shell, but they sound different. Any thought on this?
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Re: What musical instrument does this sound come from?

Post by BJG145 »

Hey ming8080, welcome to the forum.

The conch and ocarina are played by blowing, while the cuica is played with a cloth on a rosined stick. The sound here is produced by striking a resonant drum head with your fingers against it, and using pressure on the skin to vary the pitch, like a talking drum.

https://youtu.be/B4oQJZ2TEVI

Since you're going to be sequencing it rather than finding an original, perhaps you could just use a boingy drum sample with pitchbend.

(I could only hear two instruments on that clip; Rhodes and drum. Actually I think all you need to do is splash on some reverb, pitchbend that drum sample you've got a couple of semitones up and down while it plays, and you're in the ballpark.)
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Re: What musical instrument does this sound come from?

Post by ming8080 »

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try :thumbup:
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Post by Jorge »

That is a conga, not a conch, talking drum, cuica, kinfuiti or other percussion or wind instrument. That particular sound is not produced by pressing on the skin or changing the tension on the skin like a talking drum. On a conga (not tuned too high) you hit an open tone while sliding your middle fingertip of the other hand across the skin. Takes a lot of practice and is easier with an old, properly cured and broken-in natural conga skin. With some skins you have to moisten your fingertip with saliva to get it to work. Most people who play congas never master that technique.
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Re: What musical instrument does this sound come from?

Post by ming8080 »

Wow, that's a very detailed explanation :clap: Thanks for the insight. I ended up simulating the sound using a conga instrument with a reverb, not quite the same sound though :)
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