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Roots of the Pacific

Polynesian and Hawaiian percussion loops and samples
Roots of the Pacific - Polynesian and Hawaiian percussion loops and samples
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Explore the rhythms of the Pacific islands with ensemble & solo drum performances plus hits from the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Tahiti & more. Pahu (bass drum), to'ere (slit drum or "log" drum), fa'atete (tom tom) and even a large tin can played (snare drum style). Pahu heiau (temple drum), pahu hula (dance drum), ka'eke (bamboo pipe drum), ipu (bottle gourd), Ili'ili (small stone castanets), pu'pu (shells), pu'ili (split bamboo sticks), uli'uli (feather covered gourd rattles), kala'au (wooden sticks), chants and samples of 'olelo (various Hawaiian words) and actual location recordings of gentle Maui waves, a bamboo forest running stream on a rainy night, and the sound of paradise- birds, bees & the natural ambience of Ulupalakua, one of earth's prettiest locations. "Authentic, honest content is what everyone needs these days, and there's bags of it here. Highly recommended." - Electronic Musician
4 Sticks Log
Bamboo Floor Hits
Bamboo Patterns
Bamboo Shoulder Hits
Body Slaps
Double Logs
Drum Patterns
Hawaiian Birds
L'pu Large
Ka'eke (bamboo pipe drum)
Log Drums
Natural Ambiences
Ori Tahiti
Pahu (Tahitian drum) patterns
Pahu Ulupalakua
Pu'ili Hits
Pu'niu (coconut drum)
Pu'pu (shells)
Rain Stick
Rhythm Log
Samoa Kasala (body slap)
Small L'pu Hits
Stick Patterns
Stream in Haiku
To'ere (Tahitian log drum) hits & rolls
To'ere (Tahitian) patterns
Uli Uli
Uli'uli (gourd shakers)
Waves from Wailea

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  WAV:  372.3 MB

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License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with Roots of the Pacific. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Roots of the Pacific from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

"The samples contained herein are licensed, not sold to you, the individual end user, by Big Fish Audio. This non-exclusive, non-transferable license is granted only to the individual end user who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of this product from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio. All samples remain the property of Big Fish Audio and are licensed only for use in the creation of a live or recorded performance that includes the licensed samples as part of a derivative musical work created by the licensed end user. This license expressly forbids resale, rental, loan, gift or transfer of these samples in any format or via any medium, except as part of a derivative musical work. The samples may not be included, whether unmodified or as part of a derivative work, in any sample library product. Any unlicensed usage will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law."

Computer Music | 7 out of 10

It’s always good to see producers broadening their sample horizons, and with the roots series, Big Fish Audio are doing just that. As the title suggests, these rhythms come directly from the Pacific Islands, so you get beats from places such as Fiji and Tahiti. There...

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Electronic Musician Magazine | Overall EM Rating (1 through 5): 5

This sample CD of sounds, rhythms, and ambiences of the Pacific is clearly a labor of love for its producer, David Morgan Russell. Roots of the Pacific (audio CD, 99.95; Akai S1000 CD-ROM, $199.95) is part of Big Fish Audio's Roots series, which also includes Roots of...

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Future Music | Verdict: 80%

This collection of pacific poundings will instantly whisk you off to an isolated desert island. But straight away you wonder how practically useful these beats are going to be. Even if they are an interesting history which would have Thor Heyedahl on the edge of his...

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Maui-based producer David Morgan Russell does everything right on this stellar Polynesian percussion package. He's recruited an excellent ensemble to perform dozens of traditional grooves harvested from throughout the South Pacific, captured the results in warm,...

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Mix Magazine

As part of California-based Big Fish Audio's ongoing Roots.... series, this beautifully packaged audio CD transports us to areas of the globe that are rich in rhythm, yet apparently unexplored by sample CDs - namely, the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Tahiti, the Cook Islands,...

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Sound on Sound Magazine | 3 out of 5

From the tropical paradise of Hawaii comes this 69-track, 73-minute audio CD from the Californian sample producers Big Fish Audio. Selling itself as a sort of sonic guided tour of the Hawaiian Islands, it honourably explores an area of music yet to be covered in the...

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