Handpan Sample Library (V2.1)
"I first saw a busker playing the Handpan in Melbourne, and I loved the sound of it so much!
PanSamples has done the instrument more than justice, so thank you!"
Experience One of the World's Rarest Instruments
My 5-octave Handpan sample library was created specifically for Ableton Live 9 users, and can be installed quickly with absolutely no complications. Playing and composing with the instrument requires no previous experience, and for overall efficiency, it comes with two panels of pre-set Macros to quickly adjust qualities like Delay, Reverb, Attack, Sustain, Release, Transposition, and even artificial Vibrato.
Preview a few of the samples:
Current Version (2.1)
How to Install
When you purchase the PanSamples Pack, you'll be guided to download a "Live Pack" file. Open the Live Pack file, and it'll prompt you to choose a location for the Handpan2.1 Project folder. Then just open the .ALS file contained within the new Project folder, and start playing!
To save the instrument to your User Library, simply click on the Handpan2.1 stem, and click the "Save" icon in the Handpan2.1 box. The instrument will save into your Live library, and you'll be able to use it in any future project by dragging the instrument onto a blank MIDI-Stem.
If you'd like to play the instrument in real-time, use your laptop keyboard, or hook up a MIDI-piano to Ableton.
Please use this contact form!
I'm happy to provide this sample library to the Ableton community; for so many people, these samples might be the only way they can enjoy the Handpan, so I will do my best to offer support to users and answer any questions that come my way!
Purchases are usually non-refundable; however, if you are extremely dissatisfied with the product, and you'd like to report a complaint or get your moolah back, just shoot me an email explaining the situation, and I'll do my very best to help you out to the extent of my abilities. I want every user to be happy and enjoy the beautiful sound of the Handpan!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What if I don't already have Ableton Live?
A: Well, if you have some money laying around, you can buy it here. If not, you can still use my Sample Pack! Along with the Ableton Live Project file, I've included a folder with all the individual notes saved neatly as .wav files. You can use them to create your own sampler-device or drag them into your DAW of choice.
Q: Will these samples work in Ableton Live 10?
Q: I have Ableton Live 9, but I haven't upgraded to 9.5. Will this instrument work on older versions?
A: I'm really, really sorry, but no. Ableton has made it purposely difficult to backtrack, and I cannot provide a PanSamples Pack for Live 9.2 or older. However, you still have two options: You can either upgrade to Live 9.5 (for free), or you can just use the samples I've included, which are saved as plain .wav files. If you're on an older version of Live, you can just create a new instrument rack, and drag the .wavs in. (see first question)
Q: How were the samples recorded? Did you really sample 5 octaves of Handpans?
A: Real Handpans don’t have a 5 octave range. The PanSamples Pack was created by carefully recording my personal Handpan (C3, G3 Ab3 Bb3 C4 D4 Eb4 G4) and digitally re-pitching the notes to create a 5 octave library (chromatic, C1-C6). In the middle of the range (C3-C5), the instrument sounds perfectly natural, since this is the range that real Handpans are tuned in. The lower two octaves (C1-C3) are basically an acoustic “sub-bass”, perfect for adding a touch of warmth to the low end of any electronic music. The highest octave (C5-C6) sounds a bit like a Steel Drum, but with a more angelic sound.
I’ve also included a small collection of harmonic samples: one octave (G4-G5) of the center note’s second-harmonic (a 12th above the fundamental) re-pitched accordingly, and with the “thuddy” fundamental EQ’d out, as well as one pitch-bend sample (C4) of its first-harmonic.
Note: All features, macros, settings, etc can be altered. Feel free to edit this instrument any way you’d like!
Q: What is this "Handpan" thing, anyways?
Read more about the them here:
Q: Why buy from me, when you could buy from These Guys?
Well to be honest, my PanSamples Pack is just way cheaper ($7, instead of $139). Soniccouture has an excellent sample library, and its quality definitely exceeds mine. If you're willing to drop the money for a huge (7GB) pack, I can't argue...
That being said, I believe the timbre of my samples has a bit more warmth: their samples tend to sound more like SPB Handpans or PanArt Hangs, which have rather thwacky, percussive timbres, while mine were recorded on a Pantheon Steel Halo, which offers less attack, but warmer sustain. It's just preference.