Sunday, June 30, 2019

SOUNDWARE: 'Drum Mechanics.' The Reason NN-XT Acoustic Drums Project.

'Drum Mechanics' Drum Sounds for Propellerhead Reason NN-XT Sampler.

'Drum Mechanics' is THE acoustic drum sound project for Reason's NN-XT sampler. It is an ongoing and updated project with new sounds and kits updated on a regular basis. 

It is currently supplied with three additional sound collections: 'Super Dyna-Kit', 'Essential Latin Percussion Kit', and 'XV Drums'

Feed your sampler with this huge collection of Reason NN-XT drum samples.

Why Drum Mechanics?

The inspiration for Drum Mechanics was the lack of a great sounding yet reasonably priced acoustic drum library with ready made kits for Reason's really powerful NN-XT sampler. I found some free 'instruments' but they offered very little in the way of flexibility, in terms of instrument variety, editability, output routing, and individual effects and processor routing/assignment.

Despite being quite old in software instrument terms, Reason's NN-XT is really powerful, offering multi-sampling with velocity switching, group muting, and 16 individual outputs, it's perfect for realistic acoustic drum recreation.

All the kits in Drum Mechanics allow the user to substitute samples, edit each element of the kit individually in terms of level, tuning, filtering, panning, velocity response and more, and route them to a separate NN-XT outputs for individual EQing, processing and effects via Reason's mixer. Just as you would if you were recording a 'real' drum kit, in a 'real' studio.

Sure, a VST drum instrument can be opened in any DAW, but if you happen to be a Propellerhead Reason user, then this is the acoustic drum collection for you. 

Especially relevant now that Reason has a new lease of life with the version 11 updates, and the great value Reason Intro package which includes the NN-XT as standard. 

Ideal for computer based songwriters and music producers of a large range of genres including pop, indie, rock, jazz, etc.

Over 650 drum samples and 8 kits all mapped and ready to use.

Samples are .wav files so can be used with other software samplers and DAWs, but users will need to create their own keyboard maps/kits.

All samples are clearly named and labelled to facilitate this.

Acoustic Drum Dynamics.

Acoustic drums make a different sound depending upon how they are played. A drum hit hard, doesn't make the same sound as a drum played softly only louder. It sounds completely different. It will have a different timbre and may even change pitch. Same goes for cymbals.

So to accurately recreate acoustic drums, you need lots of samples. Individual samples of drums played hard, soft, in different positions, in the centre or nearer the rim of the drum, etc. Flams, buzzes, rolls. Then you need to put them together in patches, mapped across the keyboard, with velocity switching and fading and placed into groups that accurately reflect how each element of the kit is played.

So 'Drum Mechanics' is not just a collection of audio samples. The sounds are expertly organised into kits which can be loaded into the NN-XT as patches that can then be tweaked and edited if necessary. The results are pretty amazing. One particular snare sound is made up of sixteen individual samples. 

The samples are made up from many different kit types and styles including rock, jazz, pop and latin so there are sounds and kits for a wide range of musical genres. The variety and versatility of this set goes way beyond any of the cheap or free virtual drum instruments available.

File under 'essential'.

Demo Videos: 

I've produced a couple of demo video/tracks which you can view at my Youtube channel. 

Bonus Files:

Bonus Products: In addition to the 'Drum Mechanics' collection, three other sample collections and kits are supplied.  

Super Acoustic Dyna-Kit:  Bonus 'super-dynamic' acoustic kit. Ultra-realistic Drum Workshop studio kit. (DM006)

Essential Latin Percussion Kit:  A collection of essential Latin percussion sounds to go with your drum kits. (DM007)

XV Drums: All the drum sounds from Roland's XV Series synth modules, with 8 kits.(DM008).

Download Link

Drum Mechanics can be downloaded from my Google Drive using the following link. Download the entire folder and you'll get sub-folders with the individual samples as well as the NN-XT kits. 

Drum Mechanics Project Development:

Drum Mechanics is an ongoing soundware project with new sounds, kits and demos to be added. Why not follow/like my Facebook page for all the latest updates, as well as news on a whole host of soundware projects including synth patches, sample libraries, loops, and beats.  

If you like my work, use the products, would like to support future projects, and/or just buy me a drink, then please donate via my page via the image/link below. Suggested £3 - £7 for this pack. Many Thanks. 


The information contained within this blog post is offered on an informal basis and is correct to the best of my knowledge. I accept no responsibility for outcomes arising from the mis/interpretation or use of this information and/or associated download files. Always download files via security/scanning software. 

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