Handy Drums- JAZZ STANDARD

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Let’s be honest. You’ll achieve the best results by hiring someone like Bill Stewart or Brian Blade to lay down your Jazz tracks in a high-end recording studio. But, for one reason or another, that may be closer to fantasy than reality.

 

Your music and ideas can’t wait for the stars to align, and we have a wonderful, sampled Jazz drumset to help turn them into reality.

 

Handy Drums JAZZ STANDARD is an excellent drumset for achieving a subtle, rich musical tone. The kit features open, naturally-sustaining drums with warm mid-range frequencies.

 

To achieve a good jazz tone, drum tuning is crucial. The high-tension skins on the Jazz Standard kit were carefully tuned for optimal resonance and treated gently to fit nicely into a mix.

 

The kick drum on this drumset features full natural-style skins with minimal damping and is played with the beater off. The cymbals are also meticulously sampled to provide a smokey vintage vibe reminiscent of cymbals from the ’50s. The ride cymbal offers a beautiful harmonic wash that breathes life and air into your music.

 

The result is a dynamic jazz drumset with finesse and nuance ideal for jazz styles or any genre requiring subtlety.

 

Pair it with Ludwig Afonso’s Jazz Drum Grooves collection, and you’ll be swinging in no time at all.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 655MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU/AAX/Standalone

Genre: JAZZ, AMBIENT

Platform:

(Win 7+)  (MacOS 10.11+, dual binary)

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

Handy Drums JAZZ STANDARD is a practical, professional choice for your recording project with a realistic jazz drum sound, mix-ready right out of the box.

PRE-MIXED, READY-TO-USE JAZZ DRUMS

Give yourself more time to focus on creative parts of your song instead of spending loads of time finding or making a usable drum sound. Achieving great-sounding, studio-quality jazz drums takes a significant amount of time, even when you are highly skilled for the task and have the best tools at your disposal.

 

We have decades of experience recording drums and invested significant time painstakingly editing and carefully mixing them from multi-track recordings so you don’t have to.

 

Using the right blend of close, overhead, and room microphones, we expertly sculpted them for a deep, musical, and above all, natural-sounding drum set so that it will sit right into your mix the first time!

 

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 Jazz Standard drum plugin, drop in your favorite swinging midi grooves, and bam!- you are ready to groove! We did all the “behind the scenes” work to give you a finished drum sound right out of the box. You can then immerse yourself in the musical aspects of the drum track.

 

The intuitive interface makes tweaks super easy.

 

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.
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 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 made the BeatBuddy such a hit 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

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

the Handy Drums series is a no-brainer for those who need a solid rhythm section
– no questions asked.

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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

VERIFIED CUSTOMER REVIEWS

UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

We believe that high-quality drum sound should not cost an arm and a leg. We made sure that the Handy Drums range is affordable regardless of your budget but at no expense to quality. These virtual 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

Handy Drums JAZZ STANDARD is self-contained and comes with multiple powerful samplers built-in. You don’t need to spend extra money or effort buying 3rd party samplers and worrying about how to connect it all. Load Handy Drums like any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

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Handy Drums JAZZ STANDARD is self-contained and comes with multiple powerful samplers built-in. You don’t need to spend extra money or effort buying 3rd party samplers and worrying about how to connect it all. Load Handy Drums like 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 Handy Drums JAZZ STANDARD with Handy Grooves JAZZ DRUMS, our MIDI drum loop package for instant results. Or, combine one of the other MIDI drum loops from the Handy Grooves range.

 

All of our midi drum loops have been produced with the utmost care 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

 

The grooves are very usable, the MIDI obviously editable, and the price pretty modest given what’s on offer.
SOUND ON SOUND

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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 JAZZ STANDARD does not require an engineering degree to use. An elaborate design of over 50 samplers and smart algorithms work behind the simple and logical user interface.

 

Intuitively access all of the essential functions.

 

Simple and immediate UI saves time.
COMPUTER MUSIC

MULTIPLE DYNAMIC LEVELS

Each component was sampled at multiple dynamic levels to ensure the instrument’s fullest dynamic range comes through during playback. Handy Drums Jazz standard contains up to 12 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 12 samples per dynamic level

 

Every drum stroke played by a real drummer is ever so slightly different from the previous one, no matter how good the drummer is. This is part of what gives it that “human” feel and is why our ears can instantly hear the difference between a roll played by a real drummer and the same sample being triggered over again.

 

To make our Jazz Standard sound more like a real jazz drummer, each drum and cymbal has been sampled numerous times at every dynamic level. No sample is repeated sequentially during playback, but a different one 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 SAMPLES

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All Handy Drums are sampled in a 24bit wav format for the highest 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 recording process is critical. Starting with drum selection, tuning, placement and much more, all drums were carefully treated before even a single note was sampled.

 

Our Jazz Drums were captured using the highest-quality microphones, 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 Jazz Standard sounds like an actual drum kit being played right in front of you in a room instead of a bunch of individual components sounding in their own isolated spaces. 

 

We achieved realism by recording the full depth of acoustic drums and their natural ambiance, then meticulously editing and blending 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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Handy Drums are compatible with all DAWs that support virtual instrument plugins in either VST2, VST3, AU, AAX.

They are available in 64bit for both Windows and MacOS. They come in dual binary for MacOS and can be run natively on systems equipped with either Intel or Apple silicon chips.

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

ride icon

ride 2

crashes icon

crash

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splash

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claps

tambourine icon

tamb.

cowbell square icon

cowbell

shaker icon

shaker

triangle icon

triangle

Finger snaps icon

snaps

Metronome / click icon

click

For detailed drum mapping, see Handy Drums Jazz Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While Handy Drums come naturally levelled between components, you still have the option to tweak and automate individual drum components to suit your taste. More kick or snare? It’s a breeze.

Adjustable Drum Mapping

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

Jazz Standard conforms to GM drum mapping wherever possible. Drop in any standard midi drum loop onto your DAW timeline to hear immediate results. It’s equally easy to 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 favourite reverb, equaliser, tape simulator, or any other FX plugin to further manipulate Handy Drums’ individual components. Each drum component can be output to any of the available eight stereo subgroups allowing independent processing.

Variable Hi-hats

Variable Hi Hats- What Are They And How To Utilize Them Within Handy Drums?

An acoustic hi-hat is a complex instrument in its own right. One of the most awesome features of Handy Drums is the variable hi-hats. It utilises 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, 10 dynamic ranges, and numerous 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

 

Over 700 samples are contained in the variable Hi-hats alone!

 

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.

Variable Hi Hats- What Are They And How To Utilize Them Within Handy Drums?

Adjustable CC4 curve (variable hats foot controller)

Adjustable CC4 curve (variable hats foot controller)

Handy Drums are a great companion to electronic drum kits. You can even 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.

Bonus Percussion

The JAZZ STANDARD plugin comes with bonus percussion instruments and a dedicated mixer tab for more comprehensive compatibility with the rest of our Handy Drums range.

 

The following percussion elements are included:

Handclaps, fingersnaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, triangle, and metronome sounds.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

Click on the icons to quickly preview the sounds of the drum kit. They will play at random velocities so feel free to click away several times.

Resizable GUI

Jazz Standard Drums VST AU GUI size can be changed to fit different computer screens

No more squinting. Adjust the high-definition interface as large or as small as you want to suit your eyes best.

Jazz Standard Drums VST AU GUI size can be changed to fit different computer screens

PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

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PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

Sometimes the only way to rescue an otherwise great drum performance but perhaps not ideally sounding is to use “drum replacement”. This way you can quickly preserve the original feel but load a great sounding kit to taste in no time.

 

Our sampled drum instrument is a great drum replacement contender. If your DAW can extract transients from an audio recording, it’s a simple task to create a MIDI track from it and rout it to Handy Drums instrument. Instant depth 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

Ready to get grooving?

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