I worked with a live set of these gongs (and a percussionist) 15 years ago and tried to sample them then but failed miserably. I searched for a Library which covered these sounds, which wasn't available then.
We're 15 years further now and this still didn't appear, at least nothing deep sampled. So we took on this massive task ourselves.
You can get a world of sounds from one of these gongs alone.
We did test sessions with just 2 gongs, and we got really enthusiastic about a lot of articulations, resulting in doing them all for the whole lot of them. This was a lot of work: Hitting them in 3 different places with different mallets, rubbing them, bowing them, using them as a lap drum and doing finger, palm and thumb hand drums....... All for 24 different gongs.
Rub raw recording (camera mike)
Rubs multisamped in the VI
4. Recording method.
Lots of libraries are released lately which were recorded in a great sounding hall or studio, they sound very good when used in isolation but when combined with your soloist or other tracks a problem arises: You normally would like all your tracks sounding as if recorded in the same place or hall. and you don't have that reverb for the other elements in your mix.
Also, everyone has her or his favorite reverb, and it's not possible to put this reverb on most sample libraries, because that means stacking reverbs with all the phasing artifacts that brings, even with the close recorded samples there are some acoustics present.
We wanted to overcome these issues.
What we wound up doing was record in Audio Ease's anechoic studio,
This is a room for research with no reflections at all.
This means you can, for the first time, place your gongs in a space you like in a truly convincing way.
We worked hard to get all this samples under intuitive control. The Gong Machine lets you control the massive amount of different articulations in a sequencer like approach but still in a performance oriented way. Find out more about it and listen to examples here.
Another key concept is the use of the pedal, when hitting the pedal all
sounding clamped gongs become sustained or the other way around,
every gong has it's own multi round robin clamp and release samples which accompany the transitions.
The pedal even works when the gong machine is playing. Of course the pedal
can be any other controller of choice.
Sounds and Gongmachine patterns alike, or combinations of both can be recalled from a browser. This Browser can be selected from any page of the VI's interface.