Philipperc: New FREE Philippine Percussion Library from Detunized!

Hey folks! Before anything else, I want to greet everybody a happy New Year!

Now that we’ve got the 2015 greeting out of the way, I just would like to post about something I’m really excited about: It’s the new Philipperc Ableton Live and Kontakt percussion library from Detunized!

The story behind Philipperc is this: I’ve always wondered about how I can get Philppine indigenous instrument sounds into my compositions without actually owning those instruments. For one thing, instruments such as a Kulintang set are expensive. Just so you would have an idea, in cultures such as Maranao and Maguindanaon, Kulintang sets are properties of the wealthy, treasured heirlooms that can be used as dowry for weddings! To be frank, I don’t have the money to purchase a set of babendil, agung, gandingan, and kulintang for myself. But then I had the good fortune of being enrolled in the Philippine Women’s University School of Music where I’m finishing my master’s degree of music education. It just so happened that it had the perk (pun!) of getting access to the musical instrument museum where they have this awesome collection of Philippine indigenous instruments. I spent one Saturday afternoon sampling a set of agung, gandingan, dabakan, and a kulintang. I also recorded a number of tongatong samples for good measure.

I sent these samples over to my good friend, Stephan Marche, CEO of Detunized, and asked him the favor of developing the samples as a virtual instrument. He went on to do this and developed versions for Ableton Live and Native Instruments Kontakt. He then asked me to go write some demos. To cut the long story short, it was awesome!

What is Philipperc really? It’s a sample-based virtual instrument for Ableton Live and Kontakt that features samples of Dabakan, Agung, Gandingan, Kulintang, and Tongatong. This instrument is intended to be used by composers, music producers, and music students, especially those who are studying indigenous Philippine music. At this point, Philipperc is available at no cost whatsoever! Therefore, I would advise you to get a copy now as this is, I believe, the first Philippine percussion sample library ever developed in history. I’d love to say it’s sort of groundbreaking in a sense. Should Philipperc take off well, we could probably go on and make a more comprehensive library with more Philippine instrument samples like kudyapi, bungkaka, kubing, etc.

To download Philipperc, just go to The prototype version I’m currently using is laid out as a drum rack, so if you have something like an Akai MPC or a Roland Octapad MIDI Controller, it will be great.

Now, what does it sound like? Here’s the demo I wrote for the release of Philipperc. It’s called “Where Coast and Mountaintops Meet.” Enjoy!


  1. Hello! Is there still available for purchase or download? Would like to check it out and maybe hear some samples? Salamat po!

    • Please go to to download it. You can listen to my demos on this page and in the link. I’m also available for game music and sound design projects, so let me know.

  2. Finally! I’ve been looking everywhere for something like this!

  3. Hi! This sounds like a cool project! Do you still have the Philipperc samples available to download? The link I tried above didn’t work. Thanks!

  4. Wow! I just came accross this and I would like to laud your efforts for “digitizing” the sounds of our native instruments. This would be really helpful for music producers who would like to incorporate native sounds into their music.

    I was also wondering, would you also know where I could find samples of the kubing (jaw harp) and kudyapi?

    Thank you again for this!

    • Hi John,

      You’re welcome. Glad to know you like it. I hope you can share your work using Philipperc.

      It’s unfortunate I no longer have the time to update Philipperc with kudyapi, kubing samples, etc. I wish I can help you find those but I have no idea at the moment where to pick those up.

      • Yes, I will surely do share my work soon once I finish my upcoming project.

        I was really hoping, and still am, that you would someday be able to add the kudyapi and kubing sounds since these are really very distinct familiar sounds that almost any Filipino could recognize. Anyhow, thanks again for this work! My gratitude for sure cannot compensate for this effort you have done to advance Filipino music. Padayon!

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