Native Instruments has announced Studio Drummer, a new instrument for Mac & Windows, designed for creating high-quality ‘acoustic’ drum tracks. The instrument provides an easy-to-use “virtual drummer” for pop, rock, metal, jazz and related music styles.
Studio Drummer makes use of the advanced features of Kontakt 5 to provide the ‘necessary components for a first-class studio drums production’.
- Studio Drummer features three premium drum kits from Pearl, Sonor and Yamaha that have been sampled with an array of up to 18 microphones. The resulting 17 GB of samples include up to 25 velocity layers, with up to 6 variation samples for individual instruments, and contain over a dozen distinct articulations for snare and hi-hats, as well as an alternative snare option for each kit.
- The array of individual drum sounds in Studio Drummer is complemented by its groove library, which includes over 3,500 rhythm patterns organized by 11 specific music styles. All grooves can be adjusted for swing and tightness, and can be transferred into a host sequencer for detailed editing and arrangement.
- The software also offers a practical assortment of MIDI templates for various electronic drum sets and third-party drum software, combined with flexible custom mapping functions.
Studio Drummer will be available in September 2011 for US $169 / 149 EUR, and will also be included in the new Komplete 8 and Komplete 8 Ultimate bundles.