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Ideal when you need something that is just “cooking” in the background, providing a discreet backing yet driving the beat forward with certainty.

 

The kick is warm with a soft attack and longer natural sustain (less damping), giving more ambiance in its tone.

 

Brushes, by nature, provide a crisp, present top end with reduced mid-range and plenty of natural body that gives them weight (think “smiley face”). This makes them ideal for not getting in the way of the vocals in the mix.

 

The snare was sampled at full dynamic range (including rimshots), which can be helpful in so many styles and add that extra dimension to a song section.

 

Although softer than sticks, the loudest brush hits on snares are robust and thick and can have many uses: from natural singer-songwriter, acoustic pop to full-on 80’s deep snares (with the help of external post-processing, which we leave to you.) We only provide the cleanest, clearest samples to make them applicable to as many genres as possible.

 

Combine them with our Handy Grooves SONGWRITER BRUSHES, midi loop collection for unmatched groove and realism.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 499MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU/Standalone

Genre: ACOUSTIC, GENERAL, POP, BLUES, COUNTRY, FOLK

Platform:

 

When the budget is tight, but you need realistic-sounding, professional-quality drum tracks for your project, Handy Drums are here for you.

With stunning drum sound, mix-ready right out of the box, Handy Drums are the most practical, professional virtual drum instruments for your recording project.

PRE-MIXED, READY TO USE

Wouldn’t you rather focus on making music instead of trying to make a usable drum sound? Getting drums to sound great on a recording takes significant time and effort, even when you are highly experienced and have the highest fidelity recordings to work with. 

 

We spent many hours painstakingly editing and carefully mixing Pop Brushes from multitrack recordings, so you don’t have to.

 

We used a combination of close mics, overhead (O/H) mics, and room mics to make the Pop Brushes to sound authentic and natural, ensuring they sit just right in the mix!

 

Every kit and percussion setup has a very balanced sound–not too hyped and not too dry.
RECORDING MAGAZINE

 

Brilliantly recorded, mix-ready kits.
COMPUTER MUSIC

 

Without exception, the kits sound really good; this is mix‑ready stuff with a minimum of fuss.
SOUND ON SOUND

EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

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EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

Load the Pop Brushes drum plugin, drop in your favorite midi drum groove, and you’re set!- ready to groove! We did the heavy lifting for you—a superior drum sound right out of the box. You are free to focus on the musical aspects of the drum part and your song.

 

Make further tweaks using the simple and clear interface if necessary.

 

Handy Drums reminds a bit of the Drummer VST baked into Apple Logic Pro. Namely, there is a similar simplicity and immediacy to the results.
RECORDING MAGAZINE

 

I could easily imagine a Handy Drums instrument making a no‑fuss sound module, whether in the studio or live.
– John Walden, SOUND ON SOUND

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DRUM SOUND

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Drum sounds behind the hit drum machine are here for your DAW!

 

Goran Rista, the producer of Handy Drums, used much the same recording and production procedure he did for BeatBuddy’s original drumsets, an award-winning, best-selling drum machine.

 

The revered drum sounds that have made the BeatBuddy such a hit with live performers are now available in their expanded versions for your recording projects.

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Computer Music Innovation Award to Handy Drums plugins by GoranGrooves

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

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SOUND ON SOUND

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

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COMPUTER MUSIC

I personally have not encountered such realistic-sounding brushwork to date in a MIDI-based program.
Impressive stuff.

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RECORDING MAGAZINE

Handy Drums – Perhaps The Simplest Drum VI Around

PRODUCTION EXPERT

UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

Our motto is that best quality should not be limited only to those with deep pockets. We priced the Handy Drums Pop Brushes and the rest of the range to be affordable to anyone. These virtual drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

 

All offer some very interesting options and, individually, they are an absolute steal given just how good they sound.
SOUND ON SOUND

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

You’ll love the fact that you don’t need any additional samplers to load Pop Brushes or any other Handy Drums plugins. They are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them like any standard VSTi/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

You’ll be up and running in just a few minutes.

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You’ll love the fact that you don’t need any additional samplers to load Pop Brushes or any other Handy Drums plugins. They are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them like any standard VSTi/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

You’ll be up and running in just a few minutes.

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

Poster- Songwriter Brushes Handy Grooves by GoranGrooves

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

Use them as they are or as a starting point for your own grooves.

 

Pair Handy Drums POP BRUSHES with our Handy Grooves SONGWRITER BRUSHES, MIDI drum loop packages for incredible results. After all, they were made for each other!  All of our midi drum loops have been produced by world-class drummer producers and tailored to work specifically with Handy Drums plugins.

 

Of course, the Songwriter Brushes pack is right at home with the Pop Brushes kit.
RECORDING MAGAZINE

 

Unless you are a dab hand at programming your own drum parts, these are a great complement to the instruments themselves.
SOUND ON SOUND

FEATURES

PRACTICAL, INTUITIVE, EASY-TO-USE INTERFACE

PRACTICAL, INTUITIVE, EASY-TO-USE INTERFACE

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Handy Drums do not require a complicated manual to use. An elaborate design of over 50 samplers and smart algorithms power your seamless experience behind the simple user interface.

 

Access all of the essential functions intuitively.

 

Simple and immediate UI saves time.
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MULTIPLE DYNAMIC LEVELS

Each drum and cymbal was sampled at multiple dynamic levels to ensure the instrument’s fullest dynamic range when played back. Handy Drums Pop Brushes contain up to 13 dynamic levels per instrument.

 

The samples respond accordingly with a very realistic sound and response.
RECORDING MAGAZINE

 

Throughout our tests, we never noticed any clipping or struggling to keep pace with our shifting tempo, even when aggressively swinging between extreme bpm and more leisurely paced plods.
COMPUTER MUSIC

ROUND ROBIN

ROUND ROBIN

Up to 12 samples per dynamic level

 

When a drummer hits a drum, each subsequential strike is ever so slightly different from the one preceding, no matter how consistently they are played. That’s why our ear can instantly tell the difference between a roll played by a real human and a single sample being played over again by a computer.

 

Each drum and cymbal has been sampled numerous times at every dynamic level. During playback, no sample is repeated sequentially, but a different sample is triggered. This is particularly useful on Pop Brushes beats which may use a lot of snare notes in succession.

 

This culminates in the impression of a drummer hitting each drum with minor variations each time. Something many other ‘realistic’ VIs never quite nail.
COMPUTER MUSIC

24BIT SAMPLE DEPTH

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All Handy Drums samples are captured in 24bit wav format for the ultimate resolution and highest fidelity sound.

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IMMACULATELY-SAMPLED ACOUSTIC DRUMS

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IMMACULATELY-SAMPLED ACOUSTIC DRUMS

To achieve larger-than-life yet completely natural-sounding drums, every step of the sampling process is critical. Whether it is drum selection, skin selection, drum tuning, room selection and treatment, mic choice and placement they all play a part in achieving the desired result.

 

All our samples are captured using the highest-quality mics, preamps, and converters to preserve every little detail.

UNPARALLELED REALISM FROM VIRTUAL DRUMS

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Sound so natural; you  can almost touch them.

 

Handy Drums Pop Brushes sound like an actual drumset being played right in front of you in a room instead of a bunch of individual drums sounding in their own isolated spaces. 

 

We achieved this realism by recording the full breadth of acoustic drums and their original ambiance, then meticulously edited and mixed them in the post-production.

 

The sound is very much like you are listening to the drums within a beautifully treated, compact studio room.
SOUND ON SOUND

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VARIETY OF FORMATS

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Virtual Sampled Drums Compatible with MAC OS icon
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INCLUDED DRUM ELEMENTS

kick icon

kick

snare icon

snare

hats icon

hats

tom 1 icon

tom 1

tom 2 icon

tom 2

tom 3 icon

tom 3

tom 4

tom 4

ride icon

ride

crashes icon

crashes

splashes cymbal icon

splashes

handclaps icon

claps

tambourine icon

tamb.

cowbell square icon

cowbell

shaker icon

shaker

triangle icon

triangle

For a detailed drum mapping for this plugin, see Handy Drums Pop Brushes Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While all Handy Drums come pre-leveled between components, you still have the option to tweak and automate individual drum components to suit your taste. More kick, snare or hi-hat? No problem.

Adjustable Drum Mapping

Drum mapping for Handy Drums showing notes assigned to each component in sampler

Handy Drums conform to GM drum mapping wherever possible. Drop-in any standard midi drum loop onto your DAW timeline to hear instant results. Easily match the mapping of Handy Drums to any custom midi drum loop.

Drum mapping for Handy Drums showing notes assigned to each component in sampler

MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

Use your favorite compressor, reverb, equalizer, saturation, or other FX plugin to further manipulate Handy Drums’ individual components. Output each drum components to any of the available eight stereo subgroups and independently process them.

Bonus Percussion

As with other Handy Drums plugins, for even more comprehensive compatibility, the POP BRUSHES drumset incorporates the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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Tambourine percussion instrument icon
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As with other Handy Drums plugins, for even more comprehensive compatibility, the POP BRUSHES drumset incorporates the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

Quickly test out the sounds of the drumset by clicking on the icons. They will play at random velocities.

Variable Hi-hats

An acoustic hi-hat is a complex instrument in its own right. Handy Drums’s variable hi-hats utilize the full range of sampled hats from tightly closed to closed, 25% open, 50% open, 75% open, and 100% open, for both tip and edge sounds. 

 

Despite these 12 types of articulations, multiple dynamic ranges, and round robins, you can seamlessly switch from one to another using only TWO notes and a CC4 controller.

 

This approach streamlines something that was previously more of a time sink of assigning notes to each articulation.
COMPUTER MUSIC

 

The instruments played nicely with my Roland e‑kit, and the hi‑hat mapping is nicely done, providing plenty of control over the degree of closed/open status of the cymbals.
– John Walden, SOUND ON SOUND

 

The variable Hi-hats alone contain over 700 samples!

 

In addition to variable hats, standard open/close/foot hats are also included for better compatibility with GM drum loops. As a bonus, included is foot splash hi-hat articulation on B1.

Adjustable CC4 curve (variable hats foot controller)

Adjustable CC4 curve (variable hats foot controller)

For e-drummers who want to use Handy Drums, you can adjust your hi-hat foot controller curve. The curve is particularly beneficial for drum modules that do not output the full value range from 1-127.

Resizable GUI

Pop Brushes vst au plugin can be scaled to fit different computer screen

Make the high-definition interface as large or as small as you need to suit your computer monitor best.

Pop Brushes vst au plugin can be scaled to fit different computer screen

PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

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PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

In a perfect world, there would be no need for drum replacements. Unfortunately, as producers or sound mixers, we are sometimes handed drum recordings of substandard quality, so to rescue the mix, drum replacement becomes essential.

 

Pop Brushes sampled drum instrument makes for an ideal drum replacement contender. If your DAW can extract transients from an audio recording, it is a simple task to create a MIDI track from it and rout it to Handy Drums instrument. Instant punch and presence!

 

Alternatively, you can use a dedicated drum replacement tool such as appTrigga3.

MEET THE DRUMMER PRODUCER- GORAN RISTA

Meet the drummer producer Goran Rista

Goran Rista is a professional session drummer and producer based out of Miami, FL, and founder of GoranGrooves.com.

 

He has produced over 25 virtual drum instruments, and over 13,000 midi drum beats and drum fills, making him one of the world’s most prolific drum loop producers.

 

Goran’s drum set libraries and drum loops are used by over 85,000 musicians and producers in both live and recording settings.

 

Read more here.

Meet the drummer producer Goran Rista

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