Handy Drums- BALLAD ROCK

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Dial down the tempo and dial in this massive, fat-sounding drumset for instant album-like results. Inspired by Matt Sorum’s drum sound on GNR’s ballads, we bring you the kind of drum character that helped make those songs so memorable.

 

The samples in this drumset had the natural room ambiance in addition to the highest quality reverb simulations carefully imprinted in them. The sound is ambient and perfect for slower tempo tunes. Drop-in your favorite midi drum loop, plug in the Ballad Rock, and rock out.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 723MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU/Standalone

Genre: POP, ROCK

Platform:

 

When the budget is tight, but you need realistic-sounding, professional-quality Rock drum tracks for your project, Handy Drums Ballad Rock plugin is 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

Focus on your music instead of figuring out the drum sound. Producing a great drum sound takes a significant amount of time, even when you are dealing with quality raw recordings.

 

We poured in countless hours getting the Ballad Rock samples just right so you don’t have to. Painstaking editing and mixing- done.

 

We blended just the right amount of close-mic punch with overhead and room mic ambiance, then spiced it up with high-quality reverb. The result is a robust, punchy, massive-sounding ballad Rock drumset that will sit perfectly in your 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 Ballad Rock drum plugin, drop in your favorite midi drum loop, and bam!- you are ready to groove! We did the heavy lifting for you—a produced drum sound right out of the box. You are free to focus on the musical aspects of your drum track.

 

Use the intuitive interface to tweak levels or other bits to fit your needs better.

 

Handy Drums reminds me a bit of the Drummer VST baked into Apple Logic Pro. Namely, there is a similar simplicity and immediacy to the results.
– David Blascoe, 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 “personal drummer” are here for your DAW!

 

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

 

The revered drum sounds that have helped propel the BeatBuddy to stardom with live performers are now available in their expanded versions for your recording needs.

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Computer Music Innovation Award to Handy Drums plugins by GoranGrooves

You could cover a lot of musical ground with a carefully selected Handy Drums instrument or two.

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SOUND ON SOUND

Brilliantly recorded, mix-ready kits. Handy Drums might just rock your world…

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COMPUTER MUSIC

A quick and reliable way to get studio-quality drums in your song.

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RECORDING MAGAZINE

Handy Drums – Perhaps The Simplest Drum VI Around

PRODUCTION EXPERT

UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

We believe that high quality should not be limited only to those with deep pockets. Like with the rest of the Handy Drums range of plugins, we priced the Ballad Rock drumset to be affordable to anyone. Our sampled drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

 

…they are an absolute steal given just how good they sound.
SOUND ON SOUND

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

You don’t need any additional samplers to load Ballad Rock drumset or any other plugin in the Handy Drums range, for that matter. They are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them as you would any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

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You don’t need any additional samplers to load Ballad Rock drumset or any other plugin in the Handy Drums range, for that matter. They are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them as you would any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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

 

Pair the BALLAD ROCK virtual drumset with Handy Grooves ROCK DRUMS or one of our other MIDI drum loop packages, slow down the tempo, and exhale for instant results.

 

All of our midi drum loops have been produced by world-class drummer producers and tailored to work specifically with Handy Drums plugins.

 

Handy Drums and Handy Grooves is a perfect pairing for the singer-songwriter, musician, or producer who wants to get a professional-sounding drum track up and grooving.
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

 

You don’t need to read a lengthy manual to get grooving with Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK virtual drumset. 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.
COMPUTER MUSIC

MULTIPLE DYNAMIC LEVELS

We sampled each drum and cymbal at multiple dynamic levels to ensure the fullest dynamic range and realism when playing the drumset. Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK contains up to 13 dynamic levels.

 

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 10 samples per dynamic level

 

When a drummer strikes a drum, each stroke is ever so slightly different from the other, no matter how consistently they are played. That’s why you can instantly tell between a real drummer’s roll and a single looped sample.

 

We sampled each drum and cymbal multiple times at every dynamic level. During a playback, no sample is repeated sequentially, but a different sample is triggered.

 

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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ROCK BALLAD samples and samples in all other Handy Drums range of plugins come in 24bit Wav format for the ultimate resolution and sound quality.

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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. Starting with the drum tuning, we carefully treated drums before we played even a single note. 

 

We recorded them using the highest-quality mics, preamps, and converters to preserve every minute detail.

UNPARALLELED REALISM FROM VIRTUAL DRUMS

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Sound so natural; you can almost touch them!

 

Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK sounds like an actual drumset being played right before you in a massive room. A drumset is not supposed to sound like a bunch of isolated individual drums in their own spaces. 

 

We achieved realism by capturing the full breadth of these acoustic drums and their natural ambiance, then meticulously editing and mixing 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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INCLUDED DRUM ELEMENTS

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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 map for this plugin, see GoranGrooves Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While the Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK come with balanced components, you can still tweak and automate individual drum components to suit your mix. More kick, snare, toms? We thought you’d never ask.

Adjustable Drum Mapping

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Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK conforms to GM drum mapping wherever practical. Drop in any standard midi drum loop onto your DAW timeline to hear instant results. Easily match the mapping of Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK to any custom midi drum loop.

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MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

Output each drum component to any of the available eight stereo subgroups and process them independently.

Use your favorite compression, reverb, EQ, distortion, or other FX plugins further to spice up the BALLAD ROCK’s individual drum components. 

Variable Hi-hats

An acoustic hi-hat is a complex instrument in its own right. Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK’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 hi‑hat mapping is nicely done, providing plenty of control over the degree of closed/open status of the cymbals.
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: You can adjust your hi-hat foot controller curve when using Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK. The curve is particularly beneficial for drum modules that do not output the full value range from 1-127.

Bonus Percussion

A good way to add color to your rhythm tracks or uplift a song section is to layer some percussion.

 

For more broad compatibility, the BALLAD ROCK sampled drumset plugin includes the following percussion components: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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A good way to add color to your rhythm tracks or uplift a song section is to layer some percussion.

 

For more broad compatibility, the BALLAD ROCK sampled drumset plugin includes the following percussion components: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

Quickly preview the elements of the BALLAD ROCK drumset by clicking on the icons. They will play at random velocities.

Resizable GUI

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

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PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

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PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

In a perfect world, there would be no need for drum replacements. In reality, as producers or sound mixers, we are sometimes faced with drum recordings of substandard quality. To save the mix, drum replacement becomes vital.

 

The BALLAD ROCK sampled drumset makes for an excellent drum replacement contender. If your DAW can extract transients from an audio recording, it is a simple task of creating a MIDI track from it and routing it to the Handy Drums BALLAD ROCK plugin. Instant punch and Rock vibe!

 

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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