Knockout Drums is a hard-hitting drumkit sample library created in collaboration with metal drummer extraordinaire Navene Koperweis and seasoned mixing engineer/producer Zack Ohren. Whether you're looking for a gigantic live room feel or a super-focused and tight studio sound, this kit crushes it.
Knockout Drums is a hard-hitting drumkit sample library created in collaboration with metal drummer extraordinaire Navene Koperweis (Entheos, Animosity, Animals As Leaders) and seasoned mixing engineer/producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, All Shall Perish, Aborted). Whether you're looking for a gigantic live room feel or a super-focused and tight studio sound, this kit crushes it.
Navene obsessively sampled every nuance of his Starclassic Bubinga drumkit at Sharkbite Studios to bring you a massive collection of hand-picked drums including 7 snares, 3 kicks, and a variety of Meinl cymbals designed to strike hard and show no mercy. Each element can be dialed in to your personal taste with a wide selection of carefully selected microphone models recorded through a 1978 Trident TSM console.
We utilized a unique stereo pair for each drum using TLM 103's, top and bottom mics for snare & toms, kick and sub, and a selection of room mic options that offer you complete sonic freedom to tackle everything from progressive & death metal to rock, pop, breakbeat and dance styles and everywhere in-between. This library has all the power tools and performance features you need to get a great-sounding drum mix right out-of-the-box, no matter what tonal style you're after.
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Navene Koperweis is a drummer, guitarist and song writer. He is currently active with his band Entheos and has made solo albums under the names ‘Navene K’ and ‘Fleshwrought’. He is also a former member of the bands Animosity and Animals as Leaders. His session work includes drumming for Whitechapel, Machine Head, The Faceless, Evan Brewer & Job For a Cowboy. Navene has been playing drums since he was 11 years old and has been writing music and touring in the metal community for 2 decades. He is equally passionate about everything that goes into making music including recording and production.
Zack Ohren is a musician, engineer, and producer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. After getting his start making soundtracks for two Nintendo 64 games using MS-DOS based FastTracker software and his own custom drum/bass/guitar samples, Zack has gone on to engineer/produce/mix/master hundreds of albums with bands including Machine Head, All Shall Perish, Aborted, The Ghost Inside, Warbringer, As Blood Runs Black, Immolation, and many many others. Zack has also played drums, bass, and guitar for dozens of bands including Myotonia, Midnight Chaser, and currently Darkness Everywhere. Known for hard hitting drum sounds and massive tones, Zack continues to pioneer new roads in audio production.
We’ve packed the user interface with powerful sound-shaping controls to give you complete flexibility. The Master Kit presets contain every sample in the library and a host of powerful performance features. Use the Remapper to create custom drum mappings or load any of our factory presets which include a number of common drum maps for easy use with existing MIDI drum loops and grooves. Our powerful mixer allows you to route each instrument track to any available output in Kontakt and includes individual control for Volume, Pan, FX Send, and Stereo width, from mono to full stereo spread, as well as an FX chain with compressor, limiter, 4-band parametric EQ and more! The Master section features Space and Delay FX sends with a wide variety of options for each.
In the advanced settings pull-down window, you’ll also find an adaptable per-layer LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 13 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, mod-wheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator features a built-in velocity sequencer table and control over arp direction, note timing, swing, randomization and duration.
The built-in modular FX rack window offers 27 different DSP effect modules that you can assign in any of 8 available slots, in any order that you wish. You’ll find classic phase, flanger, delay, distortion, amp and cab simulators, compressors, EQ, rotator and so much more. The Reverb effect includes 99 of our own convolution reverb impulse presets. We’ve captured a huge variety of different rooms, halls, chambers and outdoor environments, along with 139 unique, strange and creative special effect impulses to completely transform the sound and open up whole new worlds of musical possibility.
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This library is designed for the full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt 6.5.3 or later. Kontakt is an industry-standard advanced virtual instrument software platform. You can view screenshots of this library's custom graphical user interface in the image gallery above. This library is packed with features to provide you a wide range of sound shaping parameter controls, each one totally automation-ready in your host environment or Kontakt's stand-alone mode. Learn more about Kontakt by Clicking Here.
This is a standard Kontakt open-format library, so the free Kontakt Player does not fully support it and can only run it in a limited "demo mode". However, the sample directories are unlocked so you can use them in other wav-compatible software, sampler and synth formats. The special Libraries tab doesn't support this open-format Kontakt library, but you can use the standard File browser tab and import this library into the Kontakt Quickload window for easy loading and navigation.
- Deeply multi-sampled drum set with five microphone positions
- 44 Powerful .nki presets made for full retail Kontakt 6.5.3+
- 8 Crash Cymbals, 2 Hi-hats, 2 Rides, 7 Splashes & Stacks, 3 Kicks, 7 Snares, and 6 Toms
- 86,720 stereo samples in unlocked WAV format
- 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
- 45.1 GB installed
- A flexible, intuitive user interface and mixer with pro features and deep customizability
- Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments
The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 6.5.3 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt "Player" and "Add Library" import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library. Windows 7 or higher. Mac OSX 10.12 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.
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