Free Taiko Drums Virtual Instrument

SampleScience has released Taiko Drums, a free virtual instrument for Mac & Windows, featuring the sound of taiko drums.

They say that a synthesizer has been used to create this traditional Japanese instrument in virtual form, and that the resulting sound is “epic and cinematic”.


  • 3 Taiko drum sounds
  • Multi-LFO
  • Reverb and distortion
  • Lowpass/highpass filter
  • Low-CPU usage
  • Amplitude range controls
  • 3 voice modes: polyphonic, monophonic, and legato

It’s available now as a free download.

3 thoughts on “Free Taiko Drums Virtual Instrument

  1. I would love a Taiko drum module for my rack. they should make a USB controller with huge mallets for this!

    I always stop and listen to Matsuriza at EPCOT.

    1. “they should make a USB controller with huge mallets for this!“

      Very cool idea. You could trigger from any surface. Use velocity values if you wanted to trigger different drum sounds. I remember Akira Jimbo was using velocity to trigger different drum sounds years ago, I would think techno has evolved quite a bit since then. I wish Roland still made the TM-6 interfaces.

      1. oooo! that’s even better! I was thinking it needed a drum, but you’re right any surface will do! just some positional sensor to allow position dependent excitation modes. cool stuff alacazam!

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