Kageyama Taikos

The power and presence of Japanese drums, recorded with a focus on authenticity and versatility. Kageyama Taikos shines in traditional music and epic orchestral works, but it’s equally at home wherever your imagination takes it: pop and rock, jazz fusion, tense underscores, and anywhere else you need expressive, nuanced performance. Featuring master percussionist Isaku Kageyama on eight distinct solo instruments.


195 in stock


Audio Demos

  1. Taking Flight Ben Hicks 1:29
  2. Petals Henning Nugel 1:19
  3. The Village Ali Goldstein 1:11
  4. Bring Taikos Up Alessandro Ponti 2:07
  5. Hokkai Bon Uta Isaku Kageyama 2:39
  6. Rising Light of Dawn Matias Dapena & Maximo Parisi (mixed by Titanio) 1:48
  7. Deathly Dance Tremendouz 1:30
  8. Taiko Tribute for Small Ensemble Fredrik Häthén 0:59
  9. 奈良市の幽霊(Ghost of Nara) Taylor Ambrosio Wood 2:07
  10. Mountain of Hope Andreas Wimmer 1:26
  11. Bring Taikos Up (Naked) Alessandro Ponti 2:07
  12. Petals (Naked) Henning Nugel 1:19
  13. Taking Flight (Naked) Ben Hicks 1:29
  14. The Village (Naked) Ali Goldstein 0:35
  15. Mountain of Hope (Naked) Andreas Wimmer 1:26
  16. Rising Light of Dawn (Naked) Matias Dapena & Maximo Parisi (mixed by Titanio) 1:48

Product Info


Crystal-clear 24-bit samples
Three mic positions
Odaiko, chudaiko, shimedaiko, okedo (1.5 & 1.4 shaku size)
Two atarigane (high & low) and hyoshigi
Up to 10x dynamics, 10x RR, 9 playing techniques
10 tonal snapshots included


Inspiring 3D-modeled UI
Per-drum tonal shaping and tweaks
Extra sound design controls
Easily create custom mappings
CONSOLE FX rack and mixer with dozens of modules


5GB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.


Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.

Apple M1, Intel i5 or equivalent CPU

A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices.

KONTAKT 6.6+ (FULL version)

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player. 

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.



Taikos have been an essential part of traditional Japanese music for thousands of years. Their deep, resonant, yet crisp sound is unmistakable, whether played solo or as part of a massive ensemble. In the last century, their prominence has risen far beyond the borders of Japan, appearing in major film & television scores, video game soundtracks, and international events. We wanted to devote a sample library entirely to taiko, with several accompanying percussive instruments, played by a master to open up as many options for inspiration as possible.

We brought these drums out of the more common ensemble or concert hall setting, focusing instead on an intimate studio sound. These detailed, up-close recordings result in a much more versatile sample library, allowing you to use it in any style of music you can imagine. We’ve recorded every drum in this set in great depth, spanning many articulations, dynamics, and variations.

The Instruments

  • Chudaiko
    • 18-inch mid-sized drum; crisp edge, rich resonant center
  • Odaiko
    • 32-inch large drum; deep, booming sound with a dry edge, rich central wash
  • Shimedaiko
    • “Tightened” drum, higher register to soar over other percussion; 
  • Okedo (1.5 and 1.4)
    • “Barrel” drum; heavy attack and clear definition
  • Atarigane (Low and High)
    • Played with a mallet; clear, metallic sound
  • Hyoshigi
    • Wood blocks; full, resonant sound

About Isaku Kageyama

Award-winning performer, instructor, and recording artist Isaku Kageyama has had a storied career. He’s been heard in concert halls like Carnegie Hall, on video game soundtracks like Ghost of Tsushima, and on TV shows, music tours, and artist residencies. We’re honored to bring his masterful playing to artists and composers around the world.

Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer

Console is a fully-featured mixer, modular effects rack, and pedal board, designed to give you full control over your mix. Effects include multiple EQs (digital and analog-style), compressors, spatial FX, modulation FX, amps, distortion pedals, reverbs, and more.

Each mic channel can be loaded with up to 8 FX in any order, plus another 8 slots on the master channel, with support for send routing as well. The new “Galois Reverb” added in Kontakt 6 Player sounds fantastic as an alternative to our included custom IRs.

Download the Console manual here to learn more!


Kageyama Taikos – Sample Library Review

“As a working composer, for $99, this is an absolute bargain. It’s not massive, huge taikos and that’s all it can do; yes, as I say, you can layer all of these and use the ten velocity layers to create really big ensembles if you want to, but you have the option of going really really small, really delicate, really intricate. And that is what I love about this instrument. So for me, if you’re looking for some world percussion, and taikos in particular, played by a world-renowned percussionist, this is a fantastic purchase.”

Sample Library Review (12/21)