buyThe World's First Taiko Sound Library

Finally a library of powerful and majestic taiko sounds.

Taiko groups have wowed audiences the world over with their visually arresting performances, earth-rumbling bass, pure percussive volume, dynamics, and rhythm. The unmistakable taiko sound has also gained acceptance in many musical genres far removed from traditional Japanese music. And yet the taiko — the king of Japanese traditional instruments — has been missing from the ranks of professional sound libraries. SONICA Instruments at last brings you the sound of the taiko in a carefully crafted FXpansion BFD2.1 library.

JTP is the result of a fruitful collaboration between two creative forces. The taiko drums were played by Ikki Hino, leader of Wataiko Ikki, a taiko performance group that has toured the globe. Ikki’s unparalleled stick work lends stunning definition and character to every taiko beat.

The sound library was produced by Tomzuin H, a sound creator and composer who has been responsible for such professional sampling libraries as the FUEL series. Working from a meticulously laid-out plan with a focus on taiko ensemble playing, Tomzuin H painstakingly recorded and produced the JTP expansion pack.

Uncompromising performances, recording, and authoring have led to a sound library that perfectly captures the real energy and quality of taiko.

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Inst bfd ohdaiko A

BFD kit piece name: Ohdaiko

This monster — some ohdaiko are as large as 108 centimeters in diameter — is what taiko ensembles are famous for. The ohdaiko features deep basses with rich overtones.
Inst bfd chudaiko A

BFD Kit piece name: Chudaiko

This is a typical hollow shell taiko with a diameter of about 60 centimeters that has a round tone with ample expressiveness. This ubiquitous drum is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts.
Inst bfd shimedaiko1 A

BFD Kit piece name: Shimedaiko1

Looking much like a snare drum, the 40-centimeter-diameter shimedaiko produces a bright, sharp resonant sound. The popular shimedaiko is widely used in Japanese folk songs, festivals, and traditional arts. Shimedaiko1 is intended for use in combination with Shimedaiko2 since taiko ensembles usually feature multiple shimedaiko. Shimedaiko1 is tuned higher than Shimedaiko2.
Inst bfd shimedaiko1 A

BFD Kit piece name: Shimedaiko2

Shimedaiko2 is a shimedaiko tuned lower than Shimedaiko1. Shimedaiko2 is intended for use in combination with Shimedaiko1.
Inst bfd kane A

BFD Kit piece name: Kane

Shaped like an ashtray, this 10-centimeter-diameter hand cymbal rings with a bright, brassy tone. The kane is used with a shumoku — a type of drumstick tipped with deer antler. The kane is held in the left hand while the shumoku is used to strike the inside producing complex stroke patterns.
inst bfd voice A

BFD kit piece name: Taiko Voice

The performers’ calls are an integral part of a taiko ensemble. Ikki Hino and the other performers shouted themselves hoarse during these recordings.

buyKit Piece Sizes

Ohdaiko: 2.65 GB
Chudaiko: 1.65 GB
Shimedaiko1: 722 MB
Shimedaiko2: 763 MB
Kane: 185 MB
Taiko voice: 49.2 MB
Total: 6.02 GB

Exclusive MIDI grooves

Download version
    40 ensemble patterns
    20 solo instrument patterns

Packaged version
    104 ensemble patternss
    926 solo instrument patterns


(for both the download and packaged versions)

*Mac (PowerPC)
    Mac OS X 10.4 or later
    BFD2.1 or later
    PowerPC G5 or better
    Minimum 1 GB of RAM (2 GB or more is recommended)

*Mac (Intel)
    Mac OS X 10.4 or later
    BFD2.1 or later
    Minimum 1 GB of RAM (2 GB or more is recommended)

    Windows XP SP1 or later/Vista 32
    BFD2.1 or later
    Pentium 4 or better
    Minimum 1 GB of RAM (2 GB or more is recommended)

Installation notes

*Packaged version
Installation requires a DVD-ROM drive and a minimum of 7 GB of free hard disk space for the library data. (We recommend installing the library data on a 7200 rpm or faster hard disk volume that is separate from the OS and audio tracks.)

*Download version
Installation requires a high-speed broadband Internet connection and a minimum of 14 GB of free hard disk space for the library data. (We recommend installing the library data on a 7200 rpm or faster hard disk volume that is separate from the OS and audio tracks.)

In addition, your system must meet the requirements for your host application and BFD2.1. This product is an extension pack that adds sound libraries to BFD. It cannot be used without BFD2.1. In the course of updates and other improvements, the system requirements may change without prior notice.

fxpansion logoJapanese Taiko Percussion Expansion pack for BFD2.1 and Grooves for Japanese Taiko Percussion are produced in cooperation with FXpansion.

All trademarks acknowledged. "BFD2" is a trademark of Fxpansion Audio UK Ltd. Mac is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Other trademarks mentioned are held by their respective owners.

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IKKI HINO - Performance
tomzuin h - Production

Recording engineer: Atsushi Yamazaki
Assistant engineer: Yoshifumi Yamaguchi
Mixing, BFD programming and MIDI editing by Tomzuin H
Audio editing by Yoshifumi Yamaguchi
MIDI drumming by Ikki Hino
Vocal performances by Ikki Hino and Aiko Itoh

Recorded at GOK SOUND (Tokyo)
Mixed at SONICA STUDIO (Tokyo)

Art work by Noriko Hatakeyama
Photographs by Keita Ikeda
Demo movie and manual design by Yoshifumi Yamaguchi
Marketing & translation by Craig Leonard
Executive producer: Tomohiro Harada

buyFrom the performer (IKKI HINO)

I was skeptical when I first heard about this project. That’s because I’d never heard a sample or drum pad that came anywhere close to the real taiko sound. To be honest, I didn’t have much hope that this project would capture the true essence of my sound either, or even make it past the recording stage. Still, I agreed to the project for the experience and because it was a world first.

The recording sessions were extremely demanding. I know now how hard it is to repeat the same single stroke over and over again with exactly the same intensity while making sure the hit rings true. I kept my focus, however, because more than anything I wanted to create the most authentic taiko sound for musicians all over the world.

The mixing and production were finished a few months after the recording sessions. When I tried out the library with some drum pads, I was amazed by how real the sound was. The package not only reproduced the full range of hit intensities; it also faithfully recreated all the nuances that are essential to taiko playing — the resonance, the touch variations, the subtle shifts in tension between left and right hits.

The sound from the speakers was so realistic that if I closed my eyes it felt as if I was hitting a real taiko right in front of me. The highlight is for sure the ohdaiko. The sonic depth of the ohdaiko samples will definitely add impact and richness wherever they are used.

We recorded a bunch of MIDI grooves using MIDI drum pads. I played a number of phrases that are commonly used in modern taiko performances as well as phrases from Japanese traditional festivals and dances. Listening to these patterns is certain to give a better feel for Japanese culture and music.

I hope engineers and musicians will put this sound library to use in all kinds of music.

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Ikki Hino

Born in Osaka in 1977 and growing up with his father, a jazz drummer, Ikki's first toys were drumsticks. Later in his high-school years, he immersed himself in marching brass bands. He finally encountered the taiko in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, which he joined after high school. He soon got involved in composing songs with the taiko as well as directing, organizing, and performing at numerous music festivals and concerts. Aside from his service duties, Ikki worked as a volunteer with taiko groups in various locales, teaching taiko techniques and composing and arranging music.

Ikki, seeking a more flexible venue for his ambitions, formed Wataiko Ikki in 2002 and started performing regularly. He began performing as a solo artist in 2004, playing numerous shows in Tokyo. One the standouts during this time was an improvised performance with the celebrated Forsythe Contemporary Dance Group in collaboration with DJ Shiro Amamiya. In April 2007, he served as the musical director for the theater production "Sharaku Takeshi," which starred Shinichi Tsutsumi and Katsumi Takahashi. And in June 2008, he was the first Japanese performer to independently venture to Eastern Europe to introduce the borderless spirit and sound of taiko.


From the producer (tomzuin h)

I always felt the taiko was one of the most important instruments missing from professional sound libraries. That’s because there is really nothing to match the taiko in terms of power and intensity.

During our recording sessions for this library, time and again I was blown away by the dynamics of the sound. It was an incredibly long and tedious process to delve into the intricacies of the taiko, map out how to capture its richness, and, finally, pare down and edit the massive amounts of recordings.

But upon hearing the final result, I feel it was well worth the effort. More than anything, I’m thrilled to offer this sound at last to musicians and producers around the world.

As satisfied as I am with the completion of JAPANESE TAIKO PERCUSSION, it has made me realize I’m just at the start of a long journey. The list is long of Japanese and Asian instruments I think should be brought to light and used more frequently in all kinds of music. Though my background is in electro music, I’m a born-and-bred Japanese musician — sometimes I feel like my DNA is fully intertwined with Japanese traditional music, which itself is born out of a centuries-old culture. I want people around the world to hear and become familiar with all these sounds, not on an intellectual plane but on as visceral a level as possible. Thus, allowing people to experience the real instruments was our foremost objective for this library.

Keeping your eye on SONICA, as we bring you more professionally crafted instrument libraries in the future.

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tomzuin h

Tomzuin H’s early love for analog synthesizers has transported him to many far-flung places as a composer, arranger, keyboardist, synth programmer, and music producer. One of the highlights from his long career in sampling and sound programming was planning, producing, and programming the renowned FUEL series of sampling CD-ROMs from iNiS Corp.

While maintaining his deep interest in electronic instrument development and consulting, Tomzuin H finally got in touch with his artistic side and launched a solo career — as the lowercased tomzuin h — with his debut album bird people in 2004. He has dubbed his sound “ecstatic electro,” which neatly describes his musical mix of sensuality, cynicism, and humanity. His regular gigs in Tokyo are distinguished by their impact and improvisational character.

Tomzuin H has worked with many musicians and artists in Japan, including Hoppy Kamiyama, Ayano Ohki, Mikami Chisato, Nirgilis, Coil, Hajime Chitose, Fayray, Yoko Toriyabe, Leah Dizon, Alchemist, and Rica Tomorl. But whether performing as a live supporting musician or appearing as a guest musician on recordings, Tomzuin H's distinctive sound can always be heard.


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