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Maple drums have become the industry standard over the last few decades appreciated for their dryer sound with shorter sustain. 

We chose the Yamaha Maple Custom drums for this VST Instrument for they have a warm, recording studio character and pack plenty of punch. It has also become one of the most sought-after kits by drummers and studios worldwide therefore we had to capture it for Handy Drums series.

 

This kit is suitable for most contemporary music styles, it’s a great all-rounder and a definite must-have. 

 

These drums sound more “close up” due to their crispy presence and short sustain. The snare is snappy and at the same time deep with a real sizzly snare wire character coming through. The kick is weighty, short and punches through the speakers. The shorter depth toms have a clear note but get out of the way even faster and really sing out on the louder hits.

 

The hi-hats and cymbals have plenty of presence and blend perfectly with the rest of the drums.

If you were stomped for choice for which kit to start with, the Studio Standard is certainly the main contender.

 

This product is included in the Producer Collection plugin bundle.

Type: Virtual Instruments

Size: 538MB

Producer:

 Goran Rista

Format: VST/AU/Standalone

Genre: GENERAL, POP, ROCK, FUNK, JAZZ, BLUES, LATIN, BRAZILIAN, COUNTRY, R&B, HIP HOP

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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

No need to waste time getting a decent studio drum sound any more. Instead you can focus that time on your creativity elsewhere on your track.

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

 

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

 

Our studio drum set and all other handy drums are recorded with numerous microphones including close mics, overhead mics and room mics and then they are expertly blended to recreate the true stereo image and ambiance as it was in the recording room. This immediately allows the drums to sit well inside your mix.

EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

Laptop computer screen in the background with Handy Drums plugin on display, with a steaming cup of coffee in the foreground.

EASY TO USE AND MANIPULATE

Load the Handy Drums Studio Standard plugin, drop in your favourite MIDI drum beat, and you’re good to go! – On your way to a killer groove! We did the heavy lifting for you—an awesome drum sound right out of the box. You are free to focus on the musical aspects of the drum track.

 

You’re then free to make any tweaks using the intuitive interface.

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED DRUM SOUND

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Drum sounds behind the hit drum machine are finally here for your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)!

 

Goran Rista, the producer of Handy Drums, used the same recording and production methods he did for BeatBuddy’s original drum sets, 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 production software.

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UNBEATABLE VALUE

UNBEATABLE VALUE

Handy Drums are priced to be affordable to anybody. We understand that creatives can sometimes be strapped for cash but they should not be disadvantaged when it comes to getting the best sound for their music. These virtual drum instruments are the best value you’ll find anywhere.

3RD PARTY SAMPLERS NOT REQUIRED

The wonderful thing about the STUDIO STANDARD plugin is that no additional samplers are needed to run it. How cool is that? No need to worry if your sample bank is compatible or up to date with the latest sampler or vice versa. Or having to go through complicated installations. Plus you save hundreds of dollars as you don’t need to purchase a sampler in the first place.

 

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

 

You’ll be grooving in a few minutes.

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The wonderful thing about the STUDIO STANDARD plugin is that no additional samplers are needed to run it. How cool is that? No need to worry if your sample bank is compatible or up to date with the latest sampler or vice versa. Or having to go through complicated installations. Plus you save hundreds of dollars as you don’t need to purchase a sampler in the first place.

 

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

 

You’ll be grooving in a few minutes.

PERFECT COMPANIONS- HANDY GROOVES

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

 

Pair Handy Drums Studio Standard 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 optimised to work 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 Studio Standard does not require a complicated manual to use. It’s super intuitive but behind the simple interface lies an elaborate design of over 50 samplers and smart algorithms power your seamless experience.

 

Access all of the essential functions intuitively.

MULTIPLE DYNAMIC LEVELS

Each drum and cymbal was sampled at a number of dynamic levels to ensure the instrument’s fullest dynamic range when played back. Handy Drums Studio Standard contains up to 10 real recorded dynamic levels.

ROUND ROBIN

ROUND ROBIN

Up to 13 samples per dynamic level

 

Has it ever happened that you programmed a drum beat but it sounds exactly like that,  programmed? For example, a human ear can intuitively tell the difference between the same snare sample repeated over and over again and a real drummer playing it. When a drummer strikes a drum, each sub-sequential stroke is ever so slightly different from the one before, no matter how consistently they are played.

 

To solve this we sampled each drum and cymbal numerous times at every dynamic level. Then during playback, no sample is repeated sequentially, but a different sample is triggered. The result is a much more natural-sounding performance.

24BIT SAMPLES

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All Handy Drums samples are recorded in 24bit wav file format for the best resolution and sound quality.

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IMMACULATELY-SAMPLED ACOUSTIC DRUMS

Earthworks microphone recording overhead O/H drums

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 and skin selection and tuning, room and mic selection and placement, the instrument goes through a whole process before even a single note gets played. 

 

All our instruments are captured using the highest-quality mics, preamps, and converters to preserve every tiniest detail.

UNPARALLELED REALISM FROM VIRTUAL DRUMS

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“Sound so natural; you  can almost touch them.”

 

Handy Drums sound like a real drum set 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 width 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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Virtual Sampled Drums available in Audio Units format icon
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INCLUDED DRUM ELEMENTS

kick icon

kick

snare icon

snare

piccolo snare

synth 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

crashes icon

china

splashes cymbal icon

splashes

FULL GM PERCUSSION

bongos

bongos

2 congas

congas

timbales

timbales

agogo bells

agogo

cabasa

cabasa

maracas

maracas

whistle

whistle

guiro

guiro

clave

clave

wood block jam block

blocks

quica

quica

castanets

castañets

handclaps icon

claps

tambourine icon

tamb.

cowbell square icon

cowbell

shaker icon

shaker

triangle icon

triangle

For full drum mapping, see Studio Standard Drum Map.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONALITIES

MIXER

MIXER

While the Handy Drums come naturally 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. And if needed, it’s so 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 favorite compressor, reverb, EQ, tape simulator, or other plugin effects to further manipulate Handy Drums’ individual components. Output each drum components 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 drummers who plan to use Handy Drums with MIDI triggers or an electronic kit, 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.

FULL GM PERCUSSION

A really cool bonus is that all Handy Drums instruments also contain the following percussion elements: handclaps, tambourine, cowbell, shaker, and triangle.

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Tambourine percussion instrument icon
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icon of a shaker percussion sample
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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

Click on the component icons to quickly preview their sounds. Note that they will play at random velocities so feel free to click a few times to get a better preview of the samples contained.

Resizable GUI

Studio Standard GU resizeable interface explained with arrows

No need to squint to see the controls or aim too carefully with the mouse. Make the high-definition interface as large or as small as you need to suit your computer monitor best.

Studio Standard GU resizeable interface explained with arrows

PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

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PERFECT FOR DRUM REPLACEMENT

Sometimes as producers or sound mixers, we are given drum recordings of substandard quality, so to save the mix, drum replacement comes to the rescue.

 

Handy Drums make an ideal drum replacement contender. If your DAW can extract transients from an audio recording, it is a simple job to create a MIDI track from it and connect 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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