Shou Drum

A beautiful tuned drum handcrafted from tempered steel and performed with a variety of articulations and mallets. The Shou Drum’s pure tone is perfect for atmospheric music, film & game scoring, evolving textures, and ambient moods. A wonderfully unique instrument sure to inspire your compositions!



187 in stock (can be backordered)


Audio Demos

  1. Dancing Shadows (Naked) Franck Barré 1:25
  2. Contemplation of the Forest (Naked) Andrew Aversa 1:19
  3. Pool of Light (Dressed) Nabeel Ansari 1:53
  4. The Shou Drum (Naked) Abel Vegas 1:34
  5. Dublin Night (Dressed) Henning Nugel 1:19
  6. Edge of Pluto (Naked) Ed Watkins 1:33
  7. Little Giants (Dressed) David Levy 1:41
  8. Little Jamoco for 9 Shou Drums (Naked) Alessandro Ponti 2:09
  9. Pool of Light (Naked) Nabeel Ansari 1:53

Product Info


Two intimate mic positions
Five round robin (RR) variations per note
Three types of mallets
Brushed & finger articulations included
Percussive strikes and noises


Suite of designed textures
Beautiful UI with polyphonic arp
Custom microtuning engine & presets
WAVs available for tweaking & design


1.5GB of disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

2GB of RAM

Higher amounts of memory let you load more instruments.

WAV files available
Kontakt 5.1+ 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.



The Shou Drum features a classy, elegant interface offering key controls for tweaking the instrument’s tone, as well as some powerful sequencing features. Volume, tuning, mic mix, transposition, and both volume & pitch envelopes can be modified from the main page. The other tabs offer a powerful combination poly-arpeggiator, sequencer, and gate, plus a custom microtuning engine, and a four-slot FX rack.

The poly arp is quite powerful, offering many possible modes for performance and sequencing. With “Use MIDI Pitch”, the engine will arpeggiate held MIDI notes, using the Velocity & Length tables to modify each step. Alternatively, “Use MIDI Vel” will use input velocity instead. The “Gate” mode toggles a trance gate, useful for rhythmic pulses without retriggering samples. The Pitch table is used to create custom note sequences based on each played note.


Shou Drum – Sample Library Review

“With Shou Drum, Impact Soundworks deliver a deep yet intuitive tonal metal instrument that excels at arpeggiated patterns and hypnotic ostinatos making it a great tool for ambient tracks or creating unique textures.”

AMM (Sample Library Review)