Handy Drums- VINTAGE LUDWIG

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Inject vintage drum vibe into your contemporary tunes. Whether to lay a basic dance groove, a classic cover, or a light ballad, it works in a variety of styles from Pop, to light Rock, Acid Jazz, Blues, and more.

 

Inspired by Don Henley’s drumset sound in Hotel California, the Vintage Ludwig brings the kind of warmth, presence, and character of the yesteryears. While we used some of the fine contemporary equipment to capture the sound, we first treated the drumset in the way they did back in the ’70s. We gave masking tape and napkins a run for their money. After a careful mixdown of multitrack to stereo, we ran it through an analog tape reel for that elusive saturation.

 

Characterized by dry ambient sound and short decay, this kit projects punch, warmth, and controlled tom sound. The cymbals are dark-sounding. 

 

Vintage Ludwig became a best-seller, shortly after we introduced it for BeatBuddy.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 605MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU/Standalone

Genre: ACOUSTIC, DANCE, GENERAL, POP, ROCK, BLUES, R&B, FOLK

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When the budget is tight, but you need vintage-sounding, professional-quality drum tracks for your project, Handy Drums Vintage Ludwig 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 RETRO DRUMS

Spend time making music instead of trying to make a usable vintage drum sound. Achieving a great drum sound takes a significant amount of time, even when you are highly skilled for the task and have a quality drum recording, to begin with. 

 

We invested numerous hours crafting vintage drum samples from multitrack recordings, so you don’t have to.

 

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

 

Every kit and percussion setup has a very balanced sound–not too hyped and not too dry.
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Brilliantly recorded, mix-ready kits.
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Without exception, the kits sound really good; this is mix‑ready stuff with a minimum of fuss.
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RECORDED TO ANALOG TAPE REEL

RECORDED TO ANALOG TAPE REEL

Since you are looking for a vintage drum sound, you are likely after some of that tape “magic” as well. No need to pull in tape simulation plugins with these drum samples.

 

After multitrack were mixed down to a stereo track, they were transferred over to a 1/4″ analog tape reel on a Studer tape machine and then back into DAW for some chop-chop action. The resulting drum samples contain subtle tape saturation and compression, while still maintaining the full dynamic range of the kit.

EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

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Load the drum plugin, drop in your favorite midi drum loop, and bam!- you are ready to groove! We did the heavy lifting for you—a finished vintage drum sound right out of the box. You are free to focus on the musical aspects of your drum track.

 

Tweak the drum mix using the intuitive interface.

 

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.
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I could easily imagine a Handy Drums instrument making a no‑fuss sound module, whether in the studio or live.
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CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DRUM SOUND

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CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DRUM SOUND

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 Vintage Ludwig such a hit with BeatBuddy live performers are now available in their expanded versions for your recording needs.

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

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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

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

Forget about incompatibles between sampler and sample libraries with our content. You don’t need any additional samplers to load the Vintage Ludwig sampled drumset or any other drumset from the Handy Drums range.

 

They are all self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them like any standard VSTi/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

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Forget about incompatibles between sampler and sample libraries with our content. You don’t need any additional samplers to load the Vintage Ludwig sampled drumset or any other drumset from the Handy Drums range.

 

They are all self-contained and come with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load them like any standard VSTi/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.

 

Be up and running in mere minutes.

UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

We believe that high quality should not be limited only to those with deep pockets. As with the rest of the Handy Drums range, we priced the Vintage Ludwig plugin to be affordable to anyone. These virtual drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

 

…they are an absolute steal given just how good they sound.
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PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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

 

Pair Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG with one of our Handy Grooves, MIDI drum loop packs for an instant groove. All of our midi drum loops are “in-the-pocket” and 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.
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Unless you are a dab hand at programming your own drum parts, these are a great complement to the instruments themselves.
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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

 

You are not required to read a lengthy user manual to use Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG. 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

We sampled each drum and cymbal at multiple dynamic levels to ensure the instrument’s fullest dynamic range when played back. Handy Drums Vintage Ludwig contains up to 11 dynamic levels.

 

The samples respond accordingly with a very realistic sound and response.
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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.
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ROUND ROBIN

ROUND ROBIN

Up to 12 samples per dynamic level

 

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

 

We sampled each drum and cymbal numerous 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.
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24BIT SAMPLES

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As with all Handy Drums plugins, the samples in Vintage Ludwig 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 a larger-than-life yet completely natural vintage drum sound, every step of the sampling process is critical. Starting with the drum tuning and muffling, drums were carefully treated before we played even a single note. 

 

We captured 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!

 

“Dry-sounding” drums do not mean they are supposed to sound like a bunch of individual, disjointed, close-miked drum components. Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG sound like an actual acoustic vintage drumset being played right in front of you in a “dry” room.

 

We achieved realism by recording the full breadth of acoustic drums and their natural ambiance, with meticulous editing and blending in the post-production.

 

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

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tom 3

tom 4

tom 4

ride icon

ride

crashes icon

crashes

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splashes

handclaps icon

claps

tambourine icon

tamb.

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cowbell

shaker icon

shaker

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triangle

For detailed drum mapping for this plugin, see GoranGrooves Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While the Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG comes pre-leveled between components, you still have an option to further adjust and automate individual drum components to fit your mix. More snare or kick? No problem.

Adjustable Drum Mapping

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Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG conforms 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.

 

To take advantage of the variable hats, customize one of our MIDI drum loops.

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

MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

MULTIPLE OUTPUTS

Use your favorite compression, reverb, EQ, distortion, or other FX plugins to further manipulate Vintage Ludwig’s 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. Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG 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.
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the hi‑hat mapping is nicely done, providing plenty of control over the degree of closed/open status of the cymbals.
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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.

 

For this instrument, we sampled a pair of 15″ vintage Zildjian A hi-hat cymbals.

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 for Handy Drums VINTAGE LUDWIG. The curve is particularly beneficial for drum modules that do not output the full value range from 1-127.

Bonus Percussion

An easy way to uplift a chorus is to layer the percussive sounds of handclaps or boost forward motion by adding a tambourine.

 

For more comprehensive compatibility and versatility, the Vintage Ludwig plugin contains the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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An easy way to uplift a chorus is to layer the percussive sounds of handclaps or boost forward motion by adding a tambourine.

 

For more comprehensive compatibility and versatility, the Vintage Ludwig plugin contains the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

Quickly preview the sounds of the Vintage Ludwig drumset by clicking on the icons. They will play drum components 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

Graphic demo: Handy Drums Vintage Ludwig plugin is great choice for drum replacement

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.

 

Vintage Ludwig plugin makes for an excellent drum replacement contender in a variety of music styles. 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 Vintage Ludwig plugin. 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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