Drumasonic 2 Luxury Bundle, through Bestservice.de
We examine a definitive new drum library for all e-drummers and audio engineers. Could there also be something for us everyday producers?
by Alex Arsov, September 2015
There are a zillion drum products on the market, from drum sample libraries, virtual drum machines, drum samplers, to the great drum workstation. Together they cover every aspect of drum usage, even providing virtual drum players that can help you create a very realistic drum track with all those little variations that live drummers play during the song, adding life to your track. So, where in this crowded market we can put this Drumasonic 2 Bundle? Can it offer anything that other “drumpery” packs don’t have? Well, Drumasonic 2 Bundle is a great studio tool, a tool to add a final polish to your track. It’s a sample library/instrument that offers a high quality extended drum set with great mixing flexibility, aimed mostly at professional drummers, at least for those that use electronic drum sets and are searching for some new, quality sounds. The same goes for mixing engineers, as it offers really great drum kits making use of plenty of carefully positioned microphones, always absolutely phase free (anyone who has ever mixed live drums knows what I’m talking about), and various additional mixing options and details. And finally the same also goes for those of us who are music producers, as a “demo” is no longer just a demo any more and the flexibility along with a top sounding source is definitely something that could take your song to next level, adding a big recording-studio sound to your home recordings (Abbey “Bedroom” Road studio).
What Do We Get?
Drumasonic Bundle brings Drumasonic 2 with Drumasonic Luxury packs together under a unique price packed as one Kontakt player library/instrument. Drumasonic 2 comes with “3 bass drums, 6 snare drums, 5 toms, 4 hihats, 5 rides, 9 crashes and various percussion instruments, recorded in two different rooms.” End of quote. So, if you divide the 30,000 samples that are used in this library with number of included drum elements (considering that there are a large number of variously recorded options – dry, wet, with different microphones and in two recording rooms), as all these elements come with their own set of samples, but no matter that, then we still get a very impressive number of layers for every element. Therefore it is not hard to see why drummers prize these two packs so much. A similar number of elements and samples are also included in the Luxury pack, the main difference is only that Luxury brings a unique, new set of elements and samples. Of course, if you are not a drummer, there is still enough joy in Drumasonic Bundle to make you happy as both packs come with quite a big number of MIDI grooves and fills that you can use for your production. Or you can simply use it as drum sample library.
When we load Drumasonic, the first thing we see is a mixing console-like Instrument window, where we can set various parameters for every part of the loaded kit: microphone volume, pan, ADSR, width, velocity range or even pitch randomiser. With one click you can load or unload microphone settings, combine various microphone positions with overhead signals or room reverb or some other element with reference to the source sound.
The next window, accessible through the upper menu, is Articulations, where you can set various MIDI mappings for each kit element. The whole articulation structure goes far beyond regular MIDI mapping functionality offering many additional options to fine tune every mapping element separately, changing or adapting velocity, pitch offsets and other settings, or choosing between sticks, rods or brushes, or setting the released wire option for the snare. With the learning key function we can easily map e-drum pads to any sample element that builds some sound.
In the effects window, which is also accessible through the upper menu, we can find vertical rows with various buttons for equalizing drum hits along with buttons for adding compression, saturation, delay, reverb, width, balance and a few more. There is also an additional set of controllers for fine-tuning the equalizer and dynamic buttons, controlling various details that could be applied to the main equalizer and compressor buttons that are placed in a row for every drum element or hit.
Actually the general set up of all the elements in all kits (actually extended kits with various setups saved under various presets that are accessible through the browser icon on the right of the upper menu) is already well-balanced, so mostly this general setup should work for most of situations. Drumasonic offers lots of controllers to adapt the kit to your personal taste, but more or less I found that in most cases this is not necessary.
The last menu window is reserved for Groove Player, which brings a solid number of grooves, along with groove piano roll editor and an option to record groove with your MIDI controller. If you are not a drummer then you will find a nice amount of useful MIDI grooves and fills for various genres that you can combine with the presets that come with Drumasonic’s libraries. With just a quick glance through a few combinations of presets and grooves you’ll get a good impression of what can be done with Drumasonic. I especially like the “Wet” presets, where you get this full reverb sound, reminiscent of recordings from the eighties, and in combination with the included grooves you can easily enter into some new musical territories where you have never been before.
Because it sounds really good. After all, we are all looking for a sound, and Drumasonic Bundle definitely has it. The second reason is flexibility in the editing field and great e-drum playability. OK, I played it through my old Yamaha DD 55 MIDI drum controller / drum machine, not the most advanced MIDI drum controller on mother earth, but still the end results were quite impressive. Compared to some other drum solutions, this one is a bit limited regarding the number of kits, as some drum workstations come with more than an impressive number of various percussions and drum kits. But this one is more boutique, and as a studio tool it ranked really high. Not with a huge quantity of elements, but the quality is top notch and with not so much effort you can achieve very professional results. With all those microphone options and controllers I could easily imagine how some talented audio engineer can do wonders using Drumasonic Bundle, while for me, it gives me instant results out of the box. Being pro or amateur, it is a good tool. At first glance it looks just like one of many, but it covers one specific niche and I’m sure that you will not regret getting it (as you didn’t regret buying all the others, you drum maniac – but what can we do, if they all sound so good and cover different aspects of the drum spectrum?).
So, let’s have a short English class, explaining the difference between should and could. If you are an e-drummer then you should buy this one, same goes for if you are a pro audio engineer. But being an ordinary music producer you could buy this, and you could do this without any regrets.
For $199 USD you get two similar libraries with different kits and kit elements. So everything from this article doubled. Not bad for that kind of money.