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When you listen to some of the best-selling records from the ’70s, ’80s, and up to current times the chances are that the drums you are hearing are Yamaha Recording Custom (aka 9000) like the ones sampled in this virtual instrument.

This versatile drumset can be used in a wide range of music styles from Pop, Rock to Country, Blues, and even Jazz. It is very punchy, warm, and full-bodied with a short sustain, so it gets out of the way quickly. It has a medium ambiance, halfway between our Standard Pro and Rock drumsets.

The set sampled here is similar to the one Dave Weckl played in the ’80s and ’90s but upgraded with RIMS mounting system for toms. This results in the fullest tone, fatness, and sustain not achievable with the original mounting system. For this sampling session, the drumset was fitted with drum heads which would produce a deep, warm sound with plenty of attack, but with short sustain. This is to provide all the presence and body, while quickly getting out of the way.

The snare drum is a custom GoranGrooves maple drum with wooden hoops, built about a decade ago.

The kit was recorded at full dynamic range using a collection of high-definition mics from Earthworks, Focusrite ISA828 preamps, and Lynx Aurora N converters.

 

History Of Yamaha Recording Custom

Launching the ‘9000’ professional line of drumsets in the mid-’70s, Yamaha created a new standard that quickly became highly sought after by pro drummers and producers alike. The series was later renamed Yamaha Recording Custom. Legendary drummer, Steve Gadd, who was involved in its design helped make it famous. Along with other great session drummers by the likes of John JR Robinson and Vinnie Colaiuta, they helped solidify its staple as one of the most recorded drumsets in history by playing it on countless recordings throughout the ’70s and ’80s.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 661MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU

Genre: GENERAL, POP, FUNK, BLUES, LATIN, COUNTRY, R&B, 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

Get that legendary sound at your fingertips without having to spend a century studying and replicating the drumming and engineering greats that made those drums so famous.

 

We poured in our knowledge and years of experience carefully setting up recording sessions to sample and bring you these authentic sounds in a handy, ready to use package. 

 

With just the right blend of close mics, overheads, and room mics, expertly sculpted for a full, punchy, natural-sounding drum set, it will sit right into your mix!

EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

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EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

It’s as easy as loading the Studio Legend plug in, sending your favourite midi groove to it and being ready in a few minutes. We did the time consuming work to get you a finished drum sound right out of the box. You are free to focus on the musical aspects of the your track.

 

The intuitive interface still allows for plenty of tweaks to suit your taste.

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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UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

Why should the best sounding drums be available only to those with large budgets? We believe that if you have the talent, you should have access to the best sounding drums and let your musical creativity make the difference.

 

These virtual drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

Handy Drums are a one stop shop for all your virtual drumming requirements. No need for: extra samplers, compatibility issues with 3rd party samplers, dealing with complex updates and/or sound banks to name but a few.

 

Handy Drums are are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers already built-in. Load them like any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in a few minutes.

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You don’t need any additional sampler to load Handy Drums. They are self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them like any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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

 

Why not try one of our Handy GROOVES, MIDI drum loop packages for an instant WOW?

 

Produced by world-class drummer/engineers to bring you authentic timing, feel and dynamics tailored to work specifically with Handy Drums plugins.

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 work behind the simple user interface to bring you a seamless experience.

 

Access all of the essential functions intuitively.

MULTIPLE DYNAMIC LEVELS

Each drum and cymbal was sampled at numerous dynamic levels to ensure the instrument’s fullest dynamic range when played back. Handy Drums Studio Legend contains up to 12 dynamic levels per instrument!

ROUND ROBIN

ROUND ROBIN

Up to 10 samples per dynamic level

 

No human plays subsequent drum hits identically regardless of how great a musician they are.  This is one of the things that makes it sound so beautiful and real to our ears. The constant change is intrinsic to a realistic drum sound

 

That is why in Handy Drums 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. The result is a natural, more human-sounding performance.

24BIT SAMPLES

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All Handy Drums samples 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 just as important. We paid close attention to every detail such as: skin selection, tuning, placement, room, mic choice and placement to name but a few. 

 

They are captured using the highest-quality mics, pre-amps, 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 sound like an actual drum set 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 full depth and width of acoustic drums and their natural ambience, then meticulously edited and mixed them in the post-production.

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VARIETY OF FORMATS

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Virtual Sampled Drums Compatible with MAC OS icon
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Virtual Sampled Drums available in Audio Units format icon
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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

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claps

tambourine icon

tamb.

cowbell square icon

cowbell

shaker icon

shaker

triangle icon

triangle

For detailed drum mapping, see GoranGrooves Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While Handy Drums come pre-leveled as they would naturally occur in an acoustic environment, you still have an option to tweak and automate individual drum components to suit your mix. More kick or snare? 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 favourite compressor, tape sim, reverb, EQ, phaser or other FX plugins to further manipulate Handy Drums’ individual components. Output each drum component to any of the available eight stereo subgroups and independently process them.

Variable Hi-hats

An acoustic hi-hat is a complex instrument in its own right. Studio Legend’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 edge and tip 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.

 

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)

Using Handy Drums with electronic kits is just as easy and pleasurable. You can even adjust your hi-hat foot controller curve which is particularly beneficial for drum modules that do not output the full MIDI value range from 1-127.

Bonus Percussion

For more comprehensive compatibility, all Handy Drums instruments contain the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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For more comprehensive compatibility, all Handy Drums instruments contain the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

Audition each drum component quickly by clicking on the icons. (Note that they will play at random velocities so click away)

Resizable GUI

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The high-definition interface can be adjusted to be 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

Sometimes it may become necessary to replace drum sounds of an already recorded acoustic drum track in order to meet the needs of a particular track. (Maybe you have a great drum take but someone knocked over a mic or two during recording and now you have a problem)

 

Drum replacement to the rescue!

 

This 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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