by Goran Rista

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of Handy Drums V2.0, a significant upgrade that brings a year’s worth of hard work to fruition. This version introduces substantial improvements across the board, enhancing sound quality, aesthetics, and usability to deliver an unparalleled virtual drumming experience.

What's New In Handy Drums v2.0?



Handy Drums’ main graphical user interface (GUI) has been fully vectorized, ensuring a crisp, clear appearance on any screen size and resolution. This update also features refined pencil artwork sketches, elevating the plugins’ visual appeal.



  • Remixed and Rebranded Kits: The iconic John Bonham-style kit, now known as the Rock Legend, has been remixed to offer a richer and more versatile sound, complete with new snare drum options.
    Studio Legend has also been remixed for a more natural sound and will sit in the mix better than before.
  • Enhanced Sample Triggering: V2.0 introduces a more natural playing experience by employing random sample triggering, which avoids repetitive sounds and enhances the realism of the performance.
  • Sophisticated Variable Hi-Hats: Advanced algorithms allow variable hi-hats to closely mimic real hi-hat performances, enhancing the authenticity of virtual drumming.

New Instrument Additions


The Latin Percussion & Drums section now boasts a doubled number of instruments and articulations, including three báta drums, a tambora, and more. The World Percussion plugin features a new higher-pitched djembe, and the Vintage Standard kit has been updated with better-sounding cymbals.



  • Accessibility Improvements: Efforts have been made to label and organize GUI components for better navigation, especially for users relying on screen readers.
  • Mixer Enhancements: The main mixer now includes Solo buttons alongside Mute buttons for improved control, with added functionality for toggling all buttons simultaneously. New panners and individual elements mixers offer more nuanced sound customization.
  • Expanded Outputs and Mapping Capabilities: The number of stereo outputs has been increased, and the mapping panel now features dynamic drum pads and blank mapping keys for greater flexibility.
  • E-Drummer Mode: A special mode tailored for electronic drummers introduces tailored plugin adjustments for a more authentic playing experience.
  • Load Samples on Demand: To optimize performance, samples are now loaded as needed, reducing memory usage and speeding up plugin loading times.
  • MIDI Loop Browser: This standout feature makes finding and auditioning MIDI loops effortless, streamlining the drum track assembly process in your DAW.

Integration with Handy Grooves


Our comprehensive loop pack collection, Handy Grooves has been meticulously reorganized and integrated into the Handy Drums V2.0 ecosystem for seamless access and use. They now come with installers that will make them instantly available inside all Handy Drums’ MIDI Loop Browser.


All Handy Grooves MIDI packs have been updated to v2 for existing customers. If you have already purchased Handy Grooves, you can download the new version from your GoranGrooves Library Account.



Handy Drums look better, sound better, and are more powerful and easier to use.

If you are new to Handy Drums, get a FREE TRIAL now.

If you own a previous version of Handy Drums, we have attractive upgrade options for you.

For a closer look into the new features, see the dedicated documentation.

GoranGrooves Partners with AVID to Offer Exclusive Early Access to v2.0 of Handy Drums Studio Standard for Pro Tools Users

Introduction To Handy Drums STUDIO STANDARD- PT Inner Circle Reward

by Goran Rista

In an exciting collaboration, GoranGrooves and AVID have teamed up to present an exclusive offering to the Pro Tools community. The latest version of the highly acclaimed drum software, Handy Drums Studio Standard v2.0, will now be available at no additional cost to all monthly and annual Pro Tools subscribers and those on the Upgrade Plan for perpetual licenses. This partnership marks a significant milestone in providing high-quality music production tools to artists and producers through Avid’s Pro Tools Inner Circle program.


GoranGrooves, known for its development of virtual drum and percussion plugins, as well as producer of MIDI loop packs, has made a name for itself in the music production industry with its award-winning suite of 15 virtual drum and percussion plugins, including Studio Standard. The release of Handy Drums Studio Standard v2.0 re-introduces meticulously produced drum samples and an intuitive, no-frills interface designed to deliver an “album-ready” sound without the need for extensive mixing. “This approach not only saves time but also ensures a polished, professional drum sound accessible to all levels of music creators,” says Goran Rista, the founder of GoranGrooves.


The versatility of the Studio Standard set makes it a good choice for a broad spectrum of music styles, from Pop and Rock to Country, Blues, and Jazz. The plugin’s centerpiece is the sampled Yamaha Maple Custom drum kit, renowned for its warmth and punch, complemented by Zildjian A-custom cymbals for a complete, authentic drumming experience. Additionally, the plugin boasts a wide array of GM-mapped acoustic percussion instruments, enhancing its utility and appeal.


Key features of Handy Drums Studio Standard v2.0 include pre-mixed, ready-to-use studio drums, an integrated mixer, multiple dynamic levels, and an “ultra-realistic drum sound” acclaimed by critics. Furthermore, the plugin supports a resizable interface, MIDI loop browser, e-drummer mode, and variable hi-hats control, among other advanced functionalities, making it a comprehensive tool for music production.


Avid, a leading technology provider for the creation, distribution, and monetization of digital media, continues to empower creative professionals and amateurs alike with its Inner Circle program. This initiative consistently offers valuable resources such as trainings, plugins, virtual instruments, and sound libraries to enhance the music creation process. Pro Tools users can easily claim their copy of Handy Drums Studio Standard v2.0 by redeeming the unique codes found in their Avid accounts on the GoranGrooves Library website.



About Avid


Avid Technology is a pioneer in the digital audio and video technology industry, focusing on delivering powerful tools and platforms for content creators across music, film, and broadcast. The company’s flagship software, Pro Tools, is regarded as the industry standard for audio production, offering remarkable capabilities for recording, mixing, and editing. Avid’s commitment to innovation and its comprehensive ecosystem of software, hardware, and integrated solutions enable creative professionals and hobbyists to realize their artistic visions.


This collaboration between GoranGrooves and Avid symbolizes a shared dedication to enhancing the music production experience, providing Pro Tools users with exclusive early access to v2.0 of Handy Drums Studio Standard.


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