Orchestral, Mallet, Latin, Indian, African Percussion


Syntheway Percussion Kit VSTi


Syntheway Percussion Kit is a collection of percussion instruments designed for creating Orchestral Percussion, Auxiliary Percussion, Mallet Percussion, Latin Percussion, African Percussion, and Indian Percussion.ShamiKoto Virtual Koto and Shamisen for macOS: Audio Units and VST for macOS ↓ KONTAKT Sample Library (.nki) ↓ Logic EXS24 Sample Library ↓



  • Features

    The sounds cover a wide gamut, from great acoustic Orchestral drums and Mallet percussion types, to World / Ethnic percussion like Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Latin hand drums as well as Indian Percussion. Complete selector switch on GUI including the following instruments:

    • 1) Orchestral Percussion 
      Instruments distributed across 5 octaves keyboard. 
      Key Range Details:
      > C1.....C#1 - Snare Roll 
      > D#1.....E1 - Triple Roll 
      > F1.......B1 - Bass Drum 
      > C2......C3 - Timpani 
      > C#3....C4 - Gong (Tam-Tam) 
      > C#4..F#4 - Suspended Cymbal 
      > G4....F#5 - Temple Block 
      > G5......C7 -  Triangle 
      - Timpani II (Extended)


    • 2) Auxiliary Percussion (Also known as battery percussion or accessory percussion)
      - Triangle
      - Woodblock
      - Ride Cymbal
      - Cymbals
      - Tambourine
      - Sleigh Bells


    • 3) Mallet Percussion (Also known as keyboard percussion)
      - Vibraphone
      - Xylophone
      - Glockenspiel
      - Marimba
      - Tubular Bells


    • 4) Latin Percussion
      - Conga (Tumbadora)
      - Timbale
      (Paila Criolla)
      - Bongo Drum
      - Castanets


    • 5) African Percussion Kit (Full range)


    • 6) Indian Percussion
      - Khanjira (Kanjira, Ganjira)
      - Tabla
      - Naqqara
      - Pakhavaj
      (Pakhawaja, Mridang)
      - Dukki Tarang
      - Ghatam
      - Udukai
      - Morsing
      (Mukharshank, Mukharshanku)
      - Khol (Mrdanga, Mridong, Mridanga) (not to be confused with mridangam)
      - Dholak


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    ==> C#3....C4 - Gong (Tam-Tam) :::::::: Orchestral Percussion includes the following instruments distributed across 5 octaves keyboard. Key Range Details: > C1.....C#1 - Snare Roll > D#1.....E1 - Triple Roll > F1.......B1 - Bass Drum > C2......C3 - Timpani > C#3....C4 - Gong (Tam-Tam) > C#4..F#4 - Suspended Cymbal > G4....F#5 - Temple Block > G5......C7 - Triangle - Timpani II (Extended)

    Gong (Tam-Tam) 

    ==> C2......C3 - Timpani  ::::::::::: Orchestral Percussion includes the following instruments distributed across 5 octaves keyboard. Key Range Details: > C1.....C#1 - Snare Roll > D#1.....E1 - Triple Roll > F1.......B1 - Bass Drum > C2......C3 - Timpani > C#3....C4 - Gong (Tam-Tam) > C#4..F#4 - Suspended Cymbal > G4....F#5 - Temple Block > G5......C7 - Triangle - Timpani II (Extended) :: Syntheway Percussion Kit features: Vibraphone VST, Xylophone VST, Glockenspiel VST, Marimba VST, Tubular Bells VST and more....Timpani

    Indian Ethnic Percussion

    Also as a bonus in the Full version is now included the Indian set.

    Most Indian percussion instruments are used to accompany various styles of classical Indian dance (Tabla in Kathak; Mridangam often as the sole percussion, but also sometimes in combination with Ghatam, Kanjira & Morsing in Bharata Natyam & Kuchipudi; Pakhawaj in Odissi, etc.

    Khanjira (Kanjira, Ganjira). The Kanjira differs from a tambourine in having only a single bell or jingle; the shell of the instrument is much thicker and wider than most other frame drums. This unique combination generates the cutting sound of the Kanjira necessary to dampen the sustain of the membrane. It also means that by holding the shell tight between the thumb and four fingers of the non-playing hand, and moving one or more of those four fingers on the bottom edge of the playing surface, Tabla-like Glissando can be generated.Khanjira, Kanjira, Ganjira, Tabla, Naqqara, Nagara, Pakhavaj, Mridang, Dukki Tarang, Ghatam, Udukai, Uduku, Morsing, Mukharshank, Khol, Mrdanga, Dholak, Mukharshanku, Mourching, Morching, Morchang, Mridong, MridangaThe Morsing/Morchang/Murchang is an Indian and Nepalese version of the jaw harp, an ancient instrument found in musical cultures around the world. The playing technique consists of holding the metal tongue between the teeth, plucking it and modulating the sound by using the mouth as a resonant chamber. The tongue and breath control can be used to produce more overtones. It is played as a solo instrument & as an accompaniment to folk instruments in RajasthAn & Gujarat. It is also played in the classical Carnatic style alongside the Mridangam, Ghatam and Kanjira. In the latter case, some of the mnemonic syllables are actually spoken without the sounds being recognised as such. Since a Morsing may damage the tongue or teeth of untrained players, a Vietnamese Dan Moi which can be held outside the mouth and over the lips, is a better option for beginners.Pakhavaj (Pakhawaja, Mridang) The PakhAwaj/Mardala/Madal are the major instruments of a class of ancient tuned two-sided drums called Mridang. It is thought that they evolved from the instruments of ancient Indian dance drama, where a single drum capable of making both low- & high-pitched sounds was used to accompany the moves of male & female dancers respectively.Ghatam (Ghatah) - Unlike many Indian percussion instruments which are played with the Split Finger Technique with only a stabilizing role for the thumbs, the Ghatam player uses all ten fingers, the palms & the heels of the hands. The "nam" & "chapu" strokes (high notes) often involve the middle of the thumb striking the neck of the pot. Often the thumbs & index fingers are covered with tape or thimbles to protect the knuckle joints.

    Tabla is the most famous Indian drum, which actually consists of a tuned pair of drums - one for bass tones usually made of metal and another for higher tones made of wood, both overlaid with a black patch of iron oxide, gum arabic & other unknown substances in the centre. Under medieval Islamic influence in the northern part of the subcontinent, Middle Eastern hand percussion especially the Darbuka could have influenced Indian rhythm. This synthesis culminated in the development (possibly from the PakhAwaj) of the Tabla. Some scholars  suggest that an intermediate form called the Dukkar existed. Tabla is also popular among Western fusion musicians.Dukki Tarang is a Indian ethnic percussion instrument, featuring little drums. They can get a wide range of interesting sounds.Naqqara (Nagara) Kettledrums often in pairs, the smaller female and the larger male, made of earth, wood or metal, beaten with sticks vary in size from a few inches to feet in diameter. It should be of Persian origin.The udukai or uduku is a membranophone instrument used in folk music and prayers in Tamil Nadu and it is originated as well. Its shape is similar to other Indian hourglass drums, having a small snare stretched over one side. The udaku is played with the hand and the pitch may be altered by squeezing the lacing in the middle. The damru in the hands of Lord Shiva is also referred to as udukai.Dholak. This is a folk instrument used in Keertan, Bhajan, Sufi Islamic music and other regional styles. Some players do a lot of Tabla- or Mridangam-style  pitch bending on the bass side of the Dholak.


    Mallet percussion (also known as keyboard percussion) is theMallet Percussion (Also known as keyboard percussion) includes: - Vibraphone - Xylophone - Glockenspiel general name given to the pitched percussion family. Every percussion instrument is struck with some type of mallet or stick. With the exception of the marimba, almost every other keyboard instrument has been used widely in an orchestral setting.

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System Requirements

      Before you install VST Instruments & Effects, please make sure your computer fulfills the following requirements:

  • Windows Operating System: Native dll file for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 / x86 architecture (32-bit platform). For x64 (64-bit platform) test the demo plug-in with your host internal bit bridge as in Cubase (VST Bridge), FL Studio (Bridged mode), Cakewalk SONAR (BitBridge), Cockos REAPER (Bridging), Acoustica Mixcraft (full 32/64-bit compatibility) or via external jBridge application for Ableton Live, PreSonus Studio One, etc.

  • Apple macOS: See options available for Macintosh users in Universal Binary and more.

  • Linux Operating System: with the following requirements (Special Thanks to Paul Davis) or in MusE from v2.1 with Native VST support.

  • 500 MHz Processor (Pentium®, Celeron® AMD® or equivalent) minimum.

  • RAM: 128 MB or higher recommended.

  • VST compatible host / Digital Audio Workstation DAW/ MIDI Sequencer: This VST software can be "plugged in" to any host application that supports VST Technology like: Image-Line FL Studio, Steinberg Cubase Pro, Artist and Elements, Cakewalk by BandLab, Ableton Live, Cockos REAPER, PreSonus Studio One, Acoustica Mixcraft, MAGIX Acid Pro, MakeMusic Finale, Avid Sibelius, Mackie Tracktion, AudioMulch, Steinberg Nuendo, Magix Samplitude, Magix Music Maker, Cantabile (Lite, Solo, Performer), n-Track Studio, VSTHost, SAVIHost, and much more ...

  • MIDI Controller Device: A MIDI Controller is required to play this VST instrument. The most common type of device in this class is the keyboard controller. After launching the Digital Audio Workstation or MIDI host application be sure to select the appropriate MIDI device before attempting to play your MIDI controller.

  • An ASIO® soundcard is recommended for low latency real-time play.

  • Please test extensively the demo version of your selected product (s) in your host to make sure there are no misbehaviors before purchasing.

    Windows Operating System: Native dll file for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 / x86 architecture (32-bit platform). For x64 (64-bit platform) test the demo plug-in with your host internal bit bridge as in Cubase (VST Bridge), FL Studio (Bridged mode), Cakewalk SONAR (BitBridge), Cockos REAPER (Bridging) or via external jBridge application for Ableton Live, PreSonus Studio One, etc.

    Apple macOS: See native options available for Macintosh users. Syntheway Virtual Musical Instruments AU Audio Units (.component), VST (.vst extension) Sample Libraries for Apple Mac OS X v10.6 "Snow Leopard", Mac OS X v10.7 "Lion", Mac OS X v10.8 "Mountain Lion", OS X v10.9 "Mavericks", OS X v10.10 "Yosemite", OS X v10.11 "El Capitan", macOS v10.12 "Sierra", macOS v10.13 "High Sierra".


  Installing and Uninstalling VST Plug-in

To install VST plug-in, follow these steps:

  • The file must be in a directory where the VST host is looking for VST plug-ins.

  • Unzip the file.

  • Place the Syntheway Percussion Kit.dll file into VST Plug-ins Folder of your host application.

To uninstall simply remove the Syntheway Percussion Kit.dll file of your VST Plug-ins folder and the "User Guide and Information" and "License Agreement" PDFs files, if you also placed them there.


Version History

This section outlines revisions between Syntheway Strings releases. The most recent changes are at the top.

  • Version 1.2
    - Redesigned GUI
    Added 10 Ethnic Indian Percussion instruments in registered version. Includes: Khanjira (Kanjira, Ganjira), Tabla, Naqqara (Nagara), Pakhavaj (Pakhawaja, Mridang), Dukki Tarang, Ghatam, Udukai (Uduku), Morsing (Mukharshank, Mukharshanku), Khol (Mrdanga), Dholak percussion.
    Bug fix:
    - Minor bugs fixed.


  • Version 1.1
    Internal release only. Not available publicly. No major changes.

  • Version 1.0
    Initial version


Plug-in Credits

Concept and Programming by Daniel Laiseca 


Evaluation & Registration

The code for the licensed and evaluation versions of this software are identical. The Demo Version is full functional. You can do anything you can do with the full version, also some presets are included to demonstrate the instruments capabilities. 

The demo restrictions are: 

The demo generates a short beep noise in all output channels every 10 seconds and is limited to a certain number of trial executions:

The Registered Version does not have nagging sounds and their use is unlimited.

The program is a SHAREWARE. You are hereby licensed to use this software for evaluation purposes without charge but if you use this software after the evaluation period, a registration fee is required. 
Note that by registering the software, you enable us to improve it and design new features. 

The full version is available to purchase, as downloadable software, the price is US$29.90, and you can download the full version as soon as your payment is received.

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