Creating special effects on the kalimba: our tips

Nothing delights us more than hearing pleasing records that evoke the sound of the kalimba. The records we produce with the kalimba can inspire musicians to take their music to another level, and create superb pieces of music by adding special effects. You can recreate the effect of a repetitive loop, add nuances and varied series, and even soundtrack songs with the help of equipment such as filters, modulators, pedals and automation.

Here are some tips for adding effects to your kalimba and improving your sound quality:

1. Use effects such as samples or loops

You can add extra layers to your kalimba by integrating elements such as samples and loops. Tools like the "sampler" let you select and record predefined songs and tracks. You can also create loops from samples to add individual aural depth and polyphony, using affordable digital recorders and software such as Pro Tools or Logic.

2. Modify with filters, modulators and pedals

Filters are indispensable tools for modifying the sound of the kalimba and adding effects other than simple playback. Passive and active variable-frequency filters are a simple and economical way of transforming the sounds of your kalimba. You can also add modulators to create special effects and adjust the tone and intensity of a track, and pedals to create complex, rich effects.

3. Use automation

Automation is a powerful tool for creating sophisticated effects. With modern digital recorders and software, you can add and modify individual sounds by placing automation points at regular intervals. The most popular styles for creating automated effects with the kalimba include frequency modulation (FM) and pulse modulation (PM). Some integrated listening stations, such as Traktor and Ableton Live, can also provide automated effects, which can be applied to individual tracks.

4. Use ringtone and sound plug-ins

Thanks to the growing popularity of new plug-ins, musicians can add interesting nuances to their kalimba. Plug-ins are simple to use and can be easily integrated into your mixing or editing program in an intuitive way. There are a multitude of plug-ins that can be used to add unique effects to your kalimba, such as fade distortion, parametric EQ and synthesizers.

5. Install basic signals to create style effects

Creative musicians can also add accompaniment sounds to their tracks by adding basic signals using affordable reel-to-reel or digital recorders. Popular practices include guitar parts, vocal choruses and vocal harmonies. The use of additional tracks can create more detailed and complex sounds that will match your kalimba and offer a greater capacity for expression and interpretation of the songs.


Special effects are at the heart of the tracks we produce with the kalimba, and add an interesting depth and richness to our music. With these affordable, easy-to-learn tools, you can experiment and integrate unique effects into your next track.
So don't wait any longer, start adding special effects to your kalimba and produce rich, unforgettable music!