My Hybrid Darbuka Drumkit:
I made this kit for playing Middle Eastern, Balkan, Turkish, and general Mediterranean music. Its a Hand-Drumkit, so its quieter than a regular drumset, which is great when playing along with quiet instruments like the Sandouri, (Greek dulcimer). However, when close mic’d and processed through Ableton Live, it takes on a whole new personality, or “drumsetality.”
The 2 tamborines, or riqs, have snares which can be switched on, giving me 2 distinct, sort of “lo-fi” snare drum sounds. The hi-hat is made of many finger cymbals facing each other. The kick drum sounds pretty huge on its own, and there is a frame drum and 2 very thin cymbals for added color.
Here are a few videos of the live drum sounds I get when running them though various effects: delays, frequency shifter, gated reverb, resonators etc.
Good Times!!! – Byzantine Time Machine
We also apply crazy effects to a clarinet, a Greek Dulcimer, and vocals…. more on that later!