I posted a list like this for a previous cycle of the show… people seemed to enjoy it, so i'm doing it again.
One of the biggest challenges—and greatest joys—of scoring The Amazing Race is creating the right palette for each episode. I draw from a massive collection of world instruments, amassed over the course of the thirteen years I've worked on the show, to devise a unique sound for each country and region. Most of the sounds I use are sampled instruments, due to time and budget demands, but I do occasionally have the pleasure of hosting musicians here at the studio.
Here's the list of instruments used in the creation of the score for The Amazing Race 23, grouped by instrumental family. These are in addition to the usual complement of orchestral instruments that make up my core composing template.
Gamelan ensembles (multiple)
Guitar (steel string, nylon string, 12-string)
Native American flute