Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Drums

Quartertone deeply sampled his drums and put them up on  There are over 2500 samples. The mod wheel controls the pitch of the Kick, Snares and Toms. The lower the mod wheel, the lower the pitch. Check this as when Kontakt loads up for me the mod wheel is always down giving the lowest pitch by default. The keyswitches alter the sound quite a lot. In general the white keyswitches are a louder more open sound while the black keys give things like a Cross Stick Strike. Be warned this is almost a gig download and takes about 500 megs of memory.

I had a lot of fun creating this from Quartertone's great samples and still enjoy using it. The adjusting the mod wheel and the keyswitches almost create a different drumkits and you can dial in a sound that fits many pieces of music. I also hurt my brain learning how the GM drum maps worked, but yes it is all GM compliant so it should work with GM midi patterns.

Soundcloud Demo 

Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, please give credit to Quartertone.

Sometime ago the brilliant Kontakt scripter EvilDragon created a fine Kontakt instrument using these same samples. He was kind enough to give permission to host this drumkit. It is a significantly different version to mine that you should try. It gives you more control over the individual pieces and their volume. I like how you can swap all kinds of things around to customize exactly what sound you want.

SmithULTD / Evil Dragon Kontakt Drums

Based on Samples by Quartertone at
Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 3.0, please give credit to Quartertone and Evil Dragon for these drums.

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