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The timpani is a membranophone, which is to say a fitted and stretched membrane vibrates somewhere on the instrument, causing it to produce sound. But note that not all membranophones are drums. A kazoo is a membranophone! An alternative to the timpani might be the tabla, another membranophone from India and the surrounding areas. But what makes the ...


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If you're writing music intended for human performance then you're constrained in lots of ways. Sibelius can play chromatic semiquaver runs on a timp sample - but you couldn't play that on a real timp. Also, timps are expensive - you're more likely to have two than five. Also, they're relatively large, so one player can't physically reach more than about ...



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