Give your drum tracks a whole new life

MODO DRUM 1.5 is IK's newly expanded physical modeling drum virtual instrument. Using a powerful combination of modal synthesis and advanced sampling, MODO DRUM 1.5 now gives you 13 deeply customizable virtual drum kits and a wider choice of versions to suit your needs.

What’s new in MODO DRUM 1.5

Same price, 3 new kits: Brit Custom, Metal and Silver.

New Custom Shop and SE versions let you add new kits any time.

Like our award-winning MODO BASS software, MODO DRUM delivers incredibly realistic and authentic tracks for your music, with a level of control over every detail you’ve never imagined before. Create the drum tracks of your dreams with access to every parameter of every drum in your kit, from size and tension, to material and play style, and so much more.

MODO DRUM’s innovative modal synthesis technology shatters the limitations of traditional drum sample libraries, for a new standard in realistic, natural and customizable drum tracks.



  • Groundbreaking real-time modal synthesis technology
  • Up to 13 iconic drum kits cover every style and genre of music
  • Adjust every element of the sound on the fly
  • Control the entire act of playing drums – kit, play style, sticks, room and FX
  • Integrated Grooves manager with over 1400 grooves in many different styles
  • New Custom Shop and SE versions let you add new kits any time

Real Time Sound Synthesis

Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO DRUM utilizes IK’s award-winning modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to bring your drums to life.

Each drum’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters: dimensions, materials, skin, and more, as well by modeling the play style, the interaction of the drum head with the body, the sympathetic vibration of the drums with each other and the acoustic interaction with the room.

In short, MODO DRUM is creating sound in real time based on the ever-changing interactions between the player, drums, and room, mimicking the vibe of a real, live drummer. It’s never been easier to bring life to your drum tracks - and by extension your music overall.

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13 drum kits, infinite possibilities

Enter the Showroom and choose one of up 13 drum kits to use as your starting point. From new ones like Silver, Brit Custom and Metal, to Extreme, Grungy, Plexi, and more, each kit has been chosen to represent a particular style, genre or time period, and to give you the widest range of possible timbres and tones.

MODO DRUM for everyone

MODO DRUM is available in 3 configurations, including a fully featured free version.



1 kit: Studio.



All 13 kits.
Same price, 3 new kits.



Includes MODO BASS 2 and

Build your drum room

A new Custom Shop has been added to MODO DRUM CS and SE, which makes it easy to unlock new kits. With a single click on your choice of drum kit in the Showroom, you’ll be redirected to the IK website where you’ll find all the options to fill your cart and check out. From there, open the IK Product Manager to download and install your new kit directly in MODO DRUM, ready to make music.

Customize your kit

Enter the CUSTOMIZE section to add, remove, swap and rearrange drums from the starter kits.

For every drum in the kit, you can adjust the skins, tuning, and damping. Then adjust the diameter, the height and the shell profile of the drum itself.


For snare drums, you can adjust the type and tension of the snare, and for both kick and snare you can even adjust the sympathetic vibration of nearby drums as well!

Tune cymbals up and down, and adjust damping to precisely shape their sound and performance.

Save any element as an individual preset, or save the entire kit to use your dream drums over and over again.

With the most customization options ever seen on a drum plug-in, feel free to dive in and let your creativity run wild.


Skip the auditions, meet your drummer

Beyond just kit construction, you can also control the way the “drummer” plays each drum in the PLAY STYLE section.


You can adjust the location and accuracy of each drum hit to shape the sound and give your grooves a more precise or more relaxed feel. You can even edit the stick type for each hand.

For kick drum beaters, choose heel up or down technique and switch between felt, plastic, and wood beaters.


Worried about realism? MODO DRUM’s infinite round robin feature ensures that absolutely no hit sounds identical. Just like a real drummer, it gives you a subtly different performance every time.


Bringing the room to you

MODO DRUM’s ROOM section lets you place your drums in an array of different environments, from a dry drum booth to IK’s own in-house recording studio, to clubs, cathedrals and more! MODO DRUM uses convolution to ensure each element of your kit interacts naturally with the space and with each other. Let it ring or add gates and compression on the room tone for even more creative drum sounds.

Fine tuning made easy

The MIXER built into MODO DRUM gives you total control over the recorded sound. Adjust levels and panning per element of your kit – mute or solo your elements and flip phase. Elements can be grouped in buses and each element has two sends to process multiple elements with the same FX for a more cohesive feel.


Speaking of FX, MODO DRUM includes a massive suite of 19 studio processors and effects derived from T-RackS and AmpliTube, to sculpt the final flavor of the kit. Tracks, buses, FX returns, and even the master output each host an 8-band parametric EQ plus four additional FX slots for endless sound shaping possibilities.



  • Compressor
  • Comp 2A
  • Comp 76
  • Gate
  • SL Comp


  • Clipper
  • Big Pig
  • Crusher
  • Distortion

Reverb & Delay

  • Plate Reverb
  • Room Reverb
  • Inverse Reverb
  • Hall Reverb
  • Delay
  • Tape Delay


  • Phazer
  • Chorus
  • Flanger

Now get your groove on

Once you’ve dialed in your dream kit, perfected your performance, and mastered your drum mix, it’s time to start making music. Browse through MODO DRUM’s 1400+ MIDI patterns to help kick start your creativity.

Here in the GROOVES section, we’ve included smart filters to help pinpoint the exact loops you’re looking for, classified by things like genre, length, and time signature. You’ll find MIDI patterns of every style and mood here, including variations to easily build song sections. These loops are handcrafted by our team or drawn from our best-selling sample libraries to be unmistakably unique, authentic, and inspiring. Trigger these from within MODO DRUM or drag n’ drop into your DAW to explore the virtually endless possibilities.



Revolutionary new drum modeling engine

  • Breakthrough physical modeling drum synthesis
  • Incredible real-time control & amazing realism
  • Loads faster and takes up less hard drive space
  • Cutting-edge cymbal sample engine

Unique drum element controls

  • Adjust both diameter and height of every drum
  • Change shell profile on the fly
  • Tune control to fit perfectly in the mix
  • Damp control to sculpt the feel of a groove

Unique snare/kick controls

  • Change snare size and tension
  • Change kick beater type
  • Change kick technique (heel up / heel down)
  • Control sympathetic snare and tom resonance

Unique drum player technique controls

  • Selectable hitting position
  • Swap stick and head types
  • Infinite velocity layers for more human feel
  • Infinite round-robins for unmatched realism

Professional-sounding drum tracks every time

  • 13 fully customizable drum kits
  • 1400+ MIDI patterns
  • 8 unique convolution-based room reverbs
  • Massive suite of 19 studio processors and effects

Advanced drum software application

  • Resizable GUI for perfect workflow on any display
  • Smart Filters to find the right groove for your tracks
  • Drag and drop grooves into your DAW for easy workflow
  • Full mixer with effects derived from T-RackS & AmpliTube

MODO DRUM 1.0* is also included in Total Studio 3.5 MAX and Total VI MAX.

*Includes all 10 original kits.

Physical Modeling Drum Synthesis

Over 10 years ago, IK Multimedia partnered with one of Europe’s oldest universities on a cutting-edge research project into physically modeling real instruments. The results of this research premiered to rave reviews in 2016 with the award-winning MODO BASS, the first software to fully model the entire process of playing bass.

Now, having spent many more years refining and perfecting this modal synthesis technology, we’re ready to present the next leap forward in physical modeling, MODO DRUM.


MODO DRUM uses a breakthrough drum synthesis unlike anything you’ve ever seen, or heard, before. A new hybrid audio engine fuses modal synthesis and advanced sampling techniques, for incredibly lifelike drum sounds and a level control and flexibility that traditional drum sample libraries just can’t match.

With a level of customization never seen before, MODO DRUM allows you to dig into to the sonic foundation of your music, tweaking and editing the deepest details of your drum sound as it’s being created. Personalize the features of every element in your drum kit and hear the effects of every move as you go – from snare, kick, tom, to pedal, and beyond.

Editing options

MODO DRUM offers unique controls for snare, kick and toms, to let you perfect the tone of each. Create drum sounds that blend perfectly with your music by designing your sounds right at the source.



Design your perfect snare as every tweak you make sculps your sound in real time. Start from the top by editing the batter head,
- including the type, tuning, and damping - from a tight, crisp hit to a solid, more sustained shot. Adjust the Shell profile type, diameter, and height to vary the pitch and timbre to sit in your mix or cut right through it. Tweak the snare type to adjust its responsiveness, and tension to control the buzz or bring out articulations. Edit the resonance to choose the way your snare interacts with the other drums around it.



Craft your kick drum to fit the vibe of any music project. Choose a beater head type for clear or mellow sound, then shape your sound with the tuning, and dampening to bring out brightness, add fatness and control sustain. Edit the Shell profile type, diameter, and width to adjust the pitch to fit your song, and change between quick hits or long, drawn out sustain by editing the resonant head tuning.




Thunder through the mix with the perfect toms tone, with full parameter control in your hands. Start from the batter head type, tuning, and damping to adjust the tone and definition of your hits. Edit the Shell profile type, diameter, and height to tune your toms to perfection. And adjust the resonant head type, tuning and damping to bring out attack or sustain – every element is carefully recreated for infinite possibilities!

Play Styles

MODO DRUM goes beyond just letting you tweak the drums themselves. A powerful PLAY STYLES section lets you customize the way your “drummer” plays each drum as well, from sticks and beaters to technique, precision and more. Give your tracks a more human feel – with MODO DRUM’s infinite round robin feature, each strike is uniquely generated so no two hits sound exactly the same.

Choose your drummer’s stick type: Teardrop Nylon, Teardrop Wood, or no tip, bring out different parts of the sound, and adjust where on each drum hits land to hear how the sound responds. Widening the accuracy range of each hit takes your “drummer” from a precise feel to a more relaxed one.


Change your player’s kick technique: heel down gives more resonance and tone to your kicks, while heel up gives you a more aggressive, tighter sound. Further sculpt the nature of your sound by choosing a beater made of felt, wood or plastic: the harder material can help cut through a mix, while softer gives a deeper, smoother tone.

Custom Cymbals

In addition to the powerful controls that IK’s modal synthesis delivers, MODO DRUM completes each kit with a range of cymbals. Combining sampling and synthesis lets MODO DRUM offer incredible realism with further sound-shaping controls here, as well.

Tune each cymbal to the perfect pitch for your song or mix, and adjust the damping to control sustain. You can even adjust the hi-hat gap to shape the sound of open hi-hat hits.


Best of all, all these controls work on the fly, so you can design your drum sound faster than ever. You can edit while your music plays to easily pitch drums to fit your song, tweak snares and kicks to cut through a mix, and more. Stop loading up dozens of EQs and compressors and create your unique drum sound at the source!

With nearly limitless options to customize and faster workflow than ever, say goodbye to the tedium of drum production forever. MODO DRUM is guaranteed to bring the drum tracks of your dreams to life, every time. Say hello to your new personal drummer.

Choose your weapon

Let’s take it from the top. MODO DRUM 1.5 offers 13 unique drum kits to create a solid foundation for your sound, before you ever touch a control. Enter the Showroom to browse through the different models – MODO DRUM 1.5 offers a wealth of kits to fit any style or genre including 3 new kits: Silver, Brit Custom and Metal.

Want to get more creative? You can also mix and match drums from any kit to create your own custom setup and save them for future use.


In addition to these 13 drum kits, MODO DRUM 1.5 offers 6 different cymbal sets:
IK, Vintage, Elegance, IKX Collection, the 2022 Collection and a Custom Collection.

Find your groove

MODO DRUM is about more than just designing drums. The GROOVES section makes it easy to find inspiration and kick-start your creativity with 1,400 MIDI patterns in a vast range of styles.

These MIDI grooves are drawn from dozens of sessions with today’s top drummers and producers, created specifically for MODO DRUM or drawn from the very best of our 18-year history of sample libraries and virtual instruments.


Use smart filters to browse by genre, song section, length, time signature and more. You can instantly audition any pattern to quickly find what you need, whether it’s the backbone of a full song or just a handy fill to lead into your next song section.

Once you have what you need, just drag and drop the pattern right into your DAW and it’s instantly ready to use, and safely in your session file. You can build an entire track – grooves, fills, transitions and all – in just seconds, so you can keep your focus where it belongs: on your music.

With MODO DRUM, you can be sure you’ll have the inspiration you need, from start to finish.

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