Handy Drums ROCK STANDARD Review

by Benedict Roff-Marsh

Composer, producer, and mixing engineer Benedict Roff-Marsh took a spin on our Handy Drums ROCK STANDARD plugin free trial. He documented his exploration through it and demonstrated how he might use it in a mixing situation.


“The GoranGrooves Handy Drums – Rock Standard is an absolute must-have for any drummer or music producer who wants to add some serious rock power to their productions.”


Find out what he liked and disliked in his unfiltered review podcast below for Higher HZ.

GoranGrooves Handy Drums - Rock Standard Review

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Sound On Sound Magazine Rates Handy Drums 5/5 Stars In Their Editorial Review- Oct 2022

One of the leading music tech and production publications in the world, Sound On Sound reviewed our Producer Collection, as well as the Handy Grooves loops, and rated them with 5/5 in their October 2022 edition!


To say that we are thrilled with their review and rating would be an understatement.


Among other things, SOS’s John Walden says:


I have to say that I’m impressed by the core drum sounds… In summary, great value, great sounds and great usability.


You can find the review in the printed edition and digital PDF, and on their website, which has been unlocked for you to read right now.

Magazine cover of Sound On Sound, October 2022 issue

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Recording Magazine Publishes a Glowing Review Of Handy Drums Plugins In Sep 2022 Edition

We are super excited and grateful that one of the most prominent publications for music production, Recording magazine, reviewed our Handy Drums collection.

David Blascoe had fun with Handy Drums, ran them through paces, and found them to sound “fantastic.”


Handy Drums give you access to quick and great-sounding drum tracks in your DAW of choice.


You can read his full review on the Recording Mag website.

Recording magazine, Sep 2022 issue, front cover.
Handy Drums review by Recording magazine in Sep 2022 issue, p1.
Handy Drums review by Recording magazine in Sep 2022 issue, p2.

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Handy Drums Receives Innovation Award by Computer Music

Goran Rista holding a printed copy of the Computer Music magazine, October 2022 edition.

We are stoked to have the Handy Drums receive a glowing review by one of the leading music tech publications, Computer Music, and to be endowed the prestigious “Computer Music Innovation Award.”


For their October 2022 issue, available both in print and online, CM dag into the Producer Collection with a focus on four different drumsets with contrasting sound pallets.

“Handy Drums delivers a guaranteed, considered level of quality across the board.”

They pinned the Handy Drums Rock Standard against Logic Pro’s Drummer kit and were “instantly impressed” with the results.

“For those needing pro drums, quickly and painlessly – the Handy Drums range delivers in spades.”

If you can’t lay your hands on the printed edition of the CM mag, read the full review on Music Radar.

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Photo of printed Computer Music review of Handy Drums, double page spread.
A photo of Computer Music October 2022 cover.

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“Handy Drums- Perhaps The Simplest Drum VI Around”

June opened up with a review of the Handy Drums collection by the Production Expert platform. Luke Goddard had a test run with our plugins and concluded that one doesn’t have to trade simplicity of use for sound quality.


In Luke’s words:


Complex Sounds With Ease Of Use?
There have been a number of innovative drum VI products around for those who aren’t adverse to a degree of going under the hood to get sounds into shape, but simpler alternatives tend to sacrifice realism for ease of use. Without forgoing high-quality sounds, or immediacy, Handy Drums- PRODUCER COLLECTION strikes a healthy balance for composers and musicians who thought that good sounds require learning a complex tool.


Watch his brief overview of the Handy Drums collection below or read his detailed insight on the Production Expert website.

Handy Drums - Perhaps The Simplest Drum VI Around

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