The doumbek is a goblet shaped hand drum. This membranophone is known by many names (such as darabukka, tonbak, tablah, darbuka, etc.) and comes in numerous variations in shape and size. It is a traditional instrument in many countries, ranging from Eastern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, to India. It is commonly associated with belly dancing. Traditional construction materials can include metal or ceramic for the body, and a fish skin head. The unique goblet shape of the body allows for a lower tone that would normally be achieved by a small drum. The head may be glued on, or may be tunable with a curved rim. It also utilizes a variety of playing techniques and has become a popular “world music” instrument.
I am not an expert with this instrument by any means, but I do have experience performing Balkan, Turkish, Persian and Indian music with this drum. The particular instrument that I sampled was manufactured by Remo. It is more of a utilitarian design, with a solid wood body and a synthetic head. It is more durable than a traditional design, but has a less defined tone.
The Remo Doumbek free sample pack contains 140 WAV samples. Download size is 15.6 MB.
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