Looking for conga sound sample specifically tuned

Macmaverick

Junior Member
Hello to ya all,

I have been drumming for quite some years now but lately I am experimenting more and more with a hybrid setup using Roland SPD-SX.
For this reason I was looking on the internet for a conga sound sample but specifically tuned to E and B in order to sound in harmony to the rest of the song.
But here I am stuck. I suppose a conga can be tuned to a specific range of notes, but it seems impossible to find either that specific sound or - having a sample sound to start with - to get this tuned into E or B (or transponed into that note).
Anybody have any ideas to help me out?

Thx

Mav
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Very simple to adjust the pitch in an audio program, and load back into the SPD-SX. In fact, you can use the sample from the Roland, I suggest the P-congaProcLow, which you can take from the CD that came with the unit. It's an F# and would make a nice E and B, regardless which you want lower. :)
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Here's that sample pitched to E (low) and B. Enjoy!

The sample has a little bend to it, so the pitch isn't absolute all the way through, but that's the nature of most drums. :)
 

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Macmaverick

Junior Member
Wow, thx bermuda. I appreciate this.

May I ask how you managed to achieve this in such short time? I mean, first of all how did you figure out which note the original was tuned to? I was already stuck at that point, let alone I should have been able to transpose...

Thx for explaining

Regards,
Mav
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
It's a very fast process, takes longer to explain than just do it (which is why I did.)

Most importantly, I had the Roland's samples in the computer, so it was just a question of auditioning the 3 congas and seeing which had the best tone to make a note. One was a slap, one had a strange dual tone, and the ProcLow had the right potential.

I figured out the note by opening a handy piano app on my iPad, and fishing around till I found the pitch. There's a maximum of 12 possibilities, so it didn't take long. Happily, it was almost exactly an F#, so I didn't have to struggle to get to another note. I've always used Sound Forge, which is a very versatile program. Audacity is free, and has a super easy pitch change function, you literally choose the starting note, and select the desired note.

Again, much faster to do than to explain. :)

This is also why drummers need to embrace some basic technology. I've been working with samples since about 1989, so it's second nature to me.

Bermuda
 

Macmaverick

Junior Member
Thx again bermuda

Think I'll look further into the matter which is indeed very interesting. Even - or especially - for drummers.

Mav
 
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