The Highlights

Scoring Mallets features 3 instruments – Marimba, Xylophone, and Vibraphone.
Recorded in a beautiful large scoring room, its primary use is for scoring applications, however, using its full-featured mixer and proper microphone balance it excels in virtually every musical style!
Scoring Mallets offers an abundance of features all targeting seamless Composition and idiomatic writing that compliments modern scoring. The robust 38,000+ samples along with up to 5 microphone perspectives translate to ultra authentic and playable instruments. Additional powerful features such as the Acoustic Positioner™ and numerous intuitive playing techniques extend this library to boast unparalleled quality.

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Premium Marimba, Xylophone, and Vibraphone

Recorded in a beautiful Scoring room and includes multi velocities, extreme dynamic range, round robin and release samples for ultra realistic playback.

Extremely Sampled

Features over 38,000 samples and up to 5 microphone perspectives – Tight, Center, Loose, Stage, and Wides/Surround.
Custom scripts were designed to enhance each instrument with versatile articulations and enhanced playability. (14GB uncompressed).

Effortless Idiomatic Writing

With Scoring Mallets you can elegantly play single notes, Trills, Rolls, Glissandi, and for the first time, have dedicated access to 4-Mallet playing techniques. These options allow complete freedom of idiomatic writing without the use of pre-recorded loops.

Polyphonic Step Sequencer for Ostinati generation.

Design sequenced patterns and trigger them in realtime. Create up to 4-note polyphonic and polyrhythmic Ostinati with complete control over timing, tempo, and dynamics.

Acoustic Positioner ™

Place the instrument anywhere on the stage with HandHeldSound’s innovative Acoustic Positioner™.
Unlike other positioners that rely on convolution or panning mockups, our positioner uses no artificial processing. It uses dynamic phase / time relationships, calibrated to replicate an authentic and smooth spatial positioning with minimal CPU usage!

Playability enhancements

Scoring Mallets includes a customized Logarithmic velocity control and extensive realtime performance, timing, and humanization options that ensure ultra realistic playback.

“All three instruments are based on some of the most lifelike samples I’ve ever heard.
Scoring Mallets not only sounds convincing, but it also allows you to perform using techniques that sound as if an accomplished Mallet Percussionist were playing.”
_ Geary Yelton

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Meticulous Recording. Realistic dynamics and articulation

The recording sessions featured an elaborate set of high-end microphones, boutique mic preamps, custom made cables, and perfectly maintained instruments.

Our biggest desire was to reproduce a true dynamic response curve from each element of the drum kit – especially on the low to mid velocities.

The non-linear dynamic curves, emphasized by combining tube and solid state preamplifiers and microphones, give the sound ‘creamy’ overtones with a bit of saturation towards the top of the dynamic range.

Ridiculously playable. Produce authentic beats in no time

There’s a lot to discover under the hood. We have recorded a wide selection of articulations and organized them into an ergonomic mapping layout for easy programming.

Apart from having plenty of velocity layers and round robin samples, we recorded unique Left and Right hand hits and multiple drum zone articulations so that every nuance and grace note can sound authentic.

And finally, we developed custom scripts to maximize playability – handling variable velocity, choke groups, grace notes, and Hi-Hat modulation.

Extensive Hi-Hat engine. Finally you can really perform complex Hi-Hat articulations with ease

Playing the Hi-Hat is a lot more involved than just using open and close strokes. We introduce a truly unprecedented approach to programming Hi-Hat parts with an elaborate Hi-Hat engine.

First, we recorded hits on multiple areas of the Hi-Hat from the Tip to the edge so you get an optimal variety of strokes. We then recorded 6 degrees of close-to-open states.

With the Hi-Hat engine you can morph between each state using the mod wheel and control the close-to-open ratio as you play. The engine takes care of the level, attenuation, and residual sustain when moving between ‘Closed’ and ‘Open’ articulations. It also determines the appropriate voice stacking based on velocity and the modulation speed.

You can also modulate the Hi-Hat attack, which comes in handy when programming fast note patterns, adding another level of realism.

To top it off, the Hi-Hat engine will add automatic Foot Pedal stomps when moving between Open and Closed articulations.

Comprehensive microphone bleed. Shape the timbre of your sound in ways that are impossible with traditional mixing.

There are plenty of ways to shape and control the tone right out of the box. Apart from traditional mixing tools, there are comprehensive microphone blending and bleed control for flexible sonic design and signal flow that’s otherwise impossible to achieve with a traditional mixing console.

You can introduce (or eliminate) sound leakage to various channels with complete control over volume up to unity gain. Simply select the source channel from the available options and introduce residual microphone leakage from other channels.

Typical uses of microphone leakage are to add Snare rattle to the Kick Drum or Toms channels, but MAD’s architecture has more flexibility – like raising the level of only the Hi-Hat from within the Overheads Stereo channel, for instance…