"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 Sample Pack
8" Diameter, synthetic pre-tuned
head, wood body
Recorded as dry, 16 bit, mono WAV
files, 140 samples total, edited with Audacity Each
sample was recorded with 2 mics: a Shure SM-57 near
the head, and a Nady"
The sample pack is a free download.