Ableton Steel Drums

N’yala released a free Ableton Live 9 Steel Drum Instrument rack using samples taken from a Roland SC 55. This is one of a few free instruments I’ve made, I’m going to be uploading more for free soon so keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground. Ableton Steel Drums requires Ableton Live 9 & Sampler!


Steel drums are a musical instrument originally coming from Trinidad and Tobago and are also referred to as steel pan. The modern pan is a chromatically pitched percussion instrument made from 55 gallon industrial drums that formerly contained chemicals. Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steel drum is more correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and so is not a drum (which is a membranophone). Steel pans are the only instruments made to play in the Pythagorian musical cycle of fourths and fifths.

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