Drummer

What is Reason Drum Kits?

The Reason Drum Kits 2 ReFill is an extensive DVD-ROM library of life-like, multisampled drum kits for Reason's extraordinary Combinator device. Drum Kits 2 is more than just a set of professionally recorded drum kits mapped out across your MIDI keyboard - it's a live drum recording session in a Refill. Reason Drum Kits 2 captures every aspect of the included kits: the drums themselves, the room surrounding them, the drummer, the unique sound of the mics and outboard used in the recording, the works. Reason Drum Kits features 58 unique Combinator kits styled for Vintage Soul, Indie-type Pop and Hard Rock, plus 96 additional ReDrum sets and an insane amount of inspirational MIDI files, effect patches and style templates.

Mix Your Own Drums

All the instruments in the kits were captured at multiple velocity levels using multiple microphones - all of which are represented on separate channels in Reason's mixer, each time you load up a kit. So by adjusting the levels of the Close, Overhead and Ambience microphones, you can fully shape and control the sound of your drum kits. You can even add compression, EQ or effects to individual drums. Essentially, this is like putting a top-notch recording room, drum kit and drummer right into your computer. We've taken care of the tricky, boring and expensive work, leaving you in command of the creative parts: The playing and the mixing!

Build Your Own Kits

Putting together your own personal drum kits using individual drums, hihats and cymbals from different kits is, naturally, a breeze; Reason Drum Kits 2 handles instruments and all their related samples and velocity layers collectively, allowing you to create drum kits containing up to a thousand samples with just a few mouse clicks.

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Forget Multisampling - This is Hypersampling

The Reason Drum Kits were recorded in acoustic environments tailormade for drums, using the finest blend of vintage and modern technology. In order to capture all the details and nuances of the featured kits, each instrument was recorded at all possible velocity levels, from a variety of distances and positions. So when you hammer out a two-handed snare fill on your MIDI keyboard, you can expect it to sound more than realistic. All mic positions and velocity levels included, the Reason Drum Kits use around 70 samples for one single key, which adds up to about 800 different samples in one kit! Giving you 11.000 drum and cymbal samples and an infinite number of extremely versatile, extremely dynamic sounding drumkits that are a joy to play. Enjoy.

How It Works

Multi-dimensional instrument reproduction

The Reason Drum Kits ReFill was created using Propellerhead Software's Hypersampling method:

- Multiple velocity levels
For capturing each instrument's full dynamic range.
- Multiple microphones
For capturing and controlling distance, ambience and character.
- Multiple same velocity samples
The NN-XT automatically alternates between sets of similar sounding samples, for a more realistic performance.
- Multiple variation sampling
For capturing the human input and the different techniques, grips and playing styles that bring life to an instrument.

Reason Drum Kits 2 in Production

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Reason Drum Kits in production

Being a Reason product, Drum Kits 2 is of course fully ReWire compatible, making it easy for you to incorporate your favorite drum kits into songs created in other ReWire savvy software; just run Reason and the Drum Kits 2 ReFill alongside your Pro Tools pop or rock production, and use the entire Reason rack as a dedicated drum studio.

Load it all

Reason Drum Kits 2 takes full advantage of Reason's all-powerful Combinator device, allowing for total recall of complex kits and everything that affects their overall sound; mixer channel levels, EQ and effect settings and routing data are stored along with the kits. This way, your not just loading sets of drums, you're loading up entire drum mixes - complete with levels, panning and processing - in a single click.

Producer Kits

A number of name producers and engineers were asked to use Drum Kits 2 and Reason's EQs, compressors and effects to reproduce the secret working methods and signal paths that shape their signature drum sound. Simply load up any Producer Kit Combinator patch for that instant professional drum sound.

Contents

11.000 drum and cymbal samples

55 Instrument Patches

Easily mix, match and combine the 55 individual drum, hihat and cymbal patches

25 preset drum kits

11 Vintage Soul/Funk Kits
7 Indie-style Pop Kits
4 Hard Rock/Metal Kits
1 Soft Mallets Kit
1 Brushes Kit
1 Snares Off Kit

20 Style Kits

Kits going through Combinator effect chains, shaping the kits for different styles of music

13 Producer Kits

Name producers and engineers have recreated their signature sound and secret signal paths using Reason Drum Kits 2.

96 ReDrum Sets

Tight, acoustic kits for Reason's step-time drum machine

120 Categorized MIDI Files

Readymade beats, variations and fills in various musical styles

20 Style Templates

Reason song files containing full Kits and MIDI files placed in musical arrangements

6 Demo Song Files

Professionally produced Demo songs, mixed in Reason by acclaimed mixing engineers

30 Effects Patches

GM Sample Mapping

Use Reason Drum Kits with standard MIDI files

2 ReFills In One

The disc includes 24-bit and 16-bit versions of this ReFill

Also on the DVD

Reason Drum Kits manual, recording details (mics, instruments, techniques), key map and studio log.