Posted on September 3rd, by Graeme in News.

NI DrumLab Screenshot

If you’re into electronic music of any kind, but want some traditional drum sounds on tap too, here’s a possible solution. Native Instruments is sitting firmly on the drumming fence with its new DRUMLAB, an instrument combining the organic, expressive sound of acoustic drums with the power and punch of an electronic edge. Drumlab’s fundamental sound is built on an all-new set of premium drum samples. A kit of 38 individual drums was perfectly tuned and performed by Derico Watson. All drums were recorded in three different rooms to ensure maximum sonic versatility. High-end modern and vintage gear captured the performances on analogue tape. The key to Drumlab’s sound is an advanced layering technique with 80 electronic layers from a range of classic and modern drum machines all matched, phase aligned, faded and pitched with the acoustic samples. A main screen GUI puts every essential control in one place for drum selection and blending. An effects chain features an optimised drum compressor, Transient Master, Solid EQ, and Solid Bus Comp, plus convolution reverb. If programming isn’t your strong suit, there’s over 900 drum patterns and fills in a wide range of genres and styles all recorded live especially for Drumlab. Details and demos are at www.native-instruments.com As always with NI packs you’ll need Kontakt Player. Online NI price is $99 and it’s a 2.6GB download.

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