Xylophone and Bass Marimba are comparable to the vibraphone however are making use of wooden bars instead of aluminium. Each bar, that trembles when hit with mallets, is combined with a metallic resonator which is tuned to amplify the sound.
The origin of the xylophone dates back numerous thousand years in Africa and South East Asia. The marimba appeared at the same time and is today the symbol of Guatemalan popular music. Due to its substantial size, the bass marimba sounds more than two octaves below the xylophone. Extremely preferred both, they are used in numerous musical styles from classical to Latin and rock.
The Pianoteq virtual copies of these 2 instruments are respectively modelled after a modern 3 1/2 – octave French brand xylophone and a contemporary 5-octave French brand bass marimba. Thanks to the innovative Pianoteq physical design, they come in numerous variants and benefit from the just recently developed humanization feature which permits differing the strike point, adding to the musician’s interpretation a dazzling and sensational realism.