The six million dollar kit

Bionic Drums is a special drum library for SampleTank 4 that combines a modern acoustic rock kit with “bionic” layered elements to add the essential point, punch and girth needed for modern pop, rock and metal productions. All the essential sounds plus 600+ MIDI patterns are here to cover everything from '70s disco to modern prog metal.


Bionic Drums sounds

After releasing the Beat Machines library earlier this year, we were super tuned-in to electronic drum sounds and the clarity and punch they provide. After some good experiments, we dialed in some specific electronic drum timbres that layer especially well with the acoustic kit. This adds a sharp point to the attack, and girth to the body of the drum.

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The origin of Bionic Drums

We started with building a first-class acoustic drum kit including golden pieces from Premier, Slingerland, Pearl, Remo, Zildjian, Sabian and more. We have both 6″ and 8″ snares, a full set of 6 toms and 3 rototoms. To this we added some specific electronic drum timbres that layer especially well with the acoustic kit.

The kit was recorded in a great sounding live room with top mics from Neumann, AKG and Sennheiser all through an analog desk. We recorded multiple velocities and tons of round robins, so you get total expression and realistic variation. Separate room mic samples are also provided.

More tech talk

Bionic Drums includes macros that let you balance the various kit pieces and the bionic layers, or directly MORPH between the acoustic source and the electronic layer. And of course presets for individual drum kit elements are provided so you can build super custom Multis with total control. There is also a complete set of percussion, mapped to the General MIDI standard.

On top of this, we created a massive library of MIDI patterns for inspiration or instant production. Over 600 patterns are included in Bionic Drums, going all the way from classic rock to modern pop. Enjoy audiophile recordings, complete tonal flexibility, and a treasure chest of MIDI patterns

A hybrid kit like no other

Give your music expressive drum sounds with a modern edge that cuts through the mix.

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SampleTank 4

The new SampleTank 4 has been re-designed from the ground up to be every musician’s “go to” workstation for music creation, with a completely new rescalable interface, a massively expanded sample library and a new cutting-edge sound engine with efficient disk streaming, to deliver more powerful music creation tools than you ever imagined. What might usually take dozens of plug-ins can be accomplished right inside SampleTank 4, for lightning-fast workflow that keeps your inspiration going.

Bionic Drums works inside SampleTank 4 CS, offering you all the features of the new SampleTank 4* engine and over 4 GB of fresh sounds to get started.

*SampleTank 4.1.4 or later is required.

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