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These drums just sound HUGE. Well rounded and tonally balanced.

 

Snare has a woody sound with a musical “crack” as part of its natural attack.

 

The 28″ kick is so massive sounding that you can literally feel the whole room shake. This was carefully captured with a series of room mics for a fully immersive listening experience. The result is that you can really hear a wide stereo image from the kick itself, yet the bottom end is well centered.

 

With this release, we pay tribute to the great legendary rock drummer, John Bonham, who made his legacy not only with his incredible feel and deep grooves but also with his drum sound. The “Bonham” drum sound is characterized by large, open drums captured in a realistic way.

 

We sampled a large vintage ’71 Ludwig kit with a natural ambiance. As with most of our other kits, no artificial reverb was added. We were aiming at capturing the essence of the “Bonham” sound while utilizing modern production techniques.

 

This kit is a great alternative to the Rock Standard drumset but would also be at home for any acoustic, singer song-writer-style track as one example. Due to its large, all-enveloping roomy kick, it could find great use as a base in modern R&B (think Umbrella, One Thing, etc) or even Hip Hop. Try some saturation in the post and it opens a whole new number of styles it will make a solid foundation for.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 662MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU

Genre: ROCK

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

What if you could hire highly professional and experienced recording and mixing engineers to focus only on replicating a legendary classic drum sound for your track at no extra cost giving you the freedom and time to focus purely on your music? With Handy Drums John Bonham Style plugin you get just that in a box!

 

We invested hours upon hours carefully replicating, editing and mixing these classic drums from multitrack recordings, so you don’t have to.

 

Achieving a fantastic drum sound takes a significant amount of effort, even when you are highly skilled for the task and have the best quality drum recording to begin with.

 

With just the right blend of close mics, overheads, and room mics, expertly sculpted for a robust, 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

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

 

Make the tweaks using the intuitive interface.

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 meticulous 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

We believe that your budget should not influence and stifle your creativity. Everyone should have the best tools possible available to them and allow their creativity to make the difference and be the only limiting factor in making music.

 

That is why we priced the Handy Drums range to be affordable to anyone. These virtual drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

No more pain trying to work out if your sample bank is compatible with your sampler, or finding out that you need a costly full version of sampler, or dealing with inconsistent updates that may make one or the other outdated, or any other numerous complex and expensive issues that could arise when needing an additional sampler when all you want to do is get working on music.

 

Like all our Handy Drums plug-ins, the JOHN BONHAM STYLE drumset is self-contained and comes with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load it like any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.


This saves you a lot of money and time as you can be up and running in minutes.

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No more pain trying to work out if your sample bank is compatible with your sampler, or finding out that you need a costly full version of sampler, or dealing with inconsistent updates that may make one or the other outdated, or any other numerous complex and expensive issues that could arise when needing an additional sampler when all you want to do is get working on music.

 

Like all our Handy Drums plug-ins, the JOHN BONHAM STYLE drumset is self-contained and comes with multiple powerful samplers built-in. Load it like any standard VST/AU plugin or a stand-alone app.


This saves you a lot of money and time as you can be up and running in minutes.

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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

 

Pair Handy Drums with one of our Handy Grooves, MIDI drum loop packages for an instant WOW. All of our midi drum loops have been produced by world-class drummer-producers and 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 power your seamless experience behind the simple user interface.

 

Access all of the essential functions intuitively.

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 Vintage Ludwig contains up to 11 dynamic levels.

ROUND ROBIN

ROUND ROBIN

Up to 10 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 our ear can instantly tell the difference between a roll played by a real drummer and a single sample being looped.

 

Each drum and cymbal has been sampled numerous times at every dynamic level. During a playback, no sample is repeated sequentially, but a different sample is triggered. The result is a natural-sounding performance.

24BIT SAMPLES

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All Handy Drums samples come in 24bit 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, drums were carefully treated before even a single note was played. 

 

They are captured 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 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 realism by recording the full breadth of acoustic drums and their natural ambiance, then meticulously edited and mixed them in the post-production.

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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 the detailed drum mapping see GoranGrooves Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While the Handy Drums come pre-leveled between components, 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 favorite compression, reverb, EQ, distortion, 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. 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.

 

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.

Bonus Percussion

For more comprehensive compatibility, all Handy Drums JOHN BONHAM STYLE drumset contains the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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Tambourine percussion instrument icon
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For more comprehensive compatibility, all Handy Drums JOHN BONHAM STYLE drumset contains the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

Audition Buttons

Audition Buttons

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

Resizable GUI

John Bonham drums VST AU plugin can be scaled to fit different computer screens

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

John Bonham drums VST AU plugin can be scaled to fit different computer screens

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.

 

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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