Award winning harmonic drum machine*
72 tuned drum instruments - acoustic & electronic classics
A complex multi sequencer per note
FX sequence lanes per note
Scale and key quantizer with unique quantized pitch wheel
Hard to explain - a JOY to use
for FULL version of Kontakt 5.8 and above
First and foremost, PLANKTON DRUMMER is a unique drum device packed with really great sounds. It excels in quickly inspiring new rhythms from a wide variety of classic and unique sounds.
72 instruments, over 3000 samples from Classic drum machines (including the Roland 909 and MACHINEDRUM of Orbital), beautifully recorded acoustic drum kits and a fascinating gamut of unlikely wild card sounds.
The PLANKTON DRUMMER magic is in the unique plankton sequencing system. 12 keys with their own independent sequencer to trigger sounds and FX
THE SOUNDS - and where to find them
*A HARMONIC DRUM MACHINE
I don't think anyone has tried this before, it's pretty exciting - here's how it works...
All 72 sounds in PLANKTON DRUMMER have the fundamental note tuned as closely as possible to something that resembles a useful pitch. This isn't an exact science because snares, high hats etc have a lot of complex harmonics bouncing around - it's do-able, but tricky. Electronic components are a bit more open to being kicked into shape.
So, the C5 BOOM key is loaded with electronic kick sounds that are tuned to C, the D5 DOOF key is loaded with acoustic kicks that are tuned (if possible) to D, the B5 FULL KIT key is loaded with full acoustic and electronic drum kits that are all tuned (if possible) to a B etc...
Set key to C# and scale to Hungarian Gypsy and those Cs will play as C#, D stays where it is and B becomes a C - told you it was exciting : )
Play the C5 BOOM key and the sequencer and FX that are specific to that note are opened, you can rummage around to your hearts content and not affect other notes.
Hit FX LANES to control FX with a sequencer
With BEND ON the sequenced notes, will move through the notes of the chosen scale/key - or not : )
VEL DEPTH controls how much affect the green velocity lane has on volume. Right click to learn and use a midi controller to create pattern nuance and drum rolls
it's not an exact science
PLANKTON DRUMMER is above all playful and intuitive, it quickly helps you develop unexpected and original ideas. Combine the kick of a Roland 909 with a flabby Ludwig snare, percussion from the OPTIGAN and modular high hats. Quickly load a Reggaeton kick pattern and play it against the snare pattern of '50 ways to leave your lover' with trap hi-hats. Quantize the pitch to A# Bebop minor - THIS IS ALL POSSIBLE!
'Underneath the Kontakt exterior lies one of the most creative drum products that we’ve encountered. It’s perfect for more basic duties, but its brilliance really shines bright as you begin to explore its hidden depths.'
Computer Music 10/10 review
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For FULL version of Kontakt 5.8 and above
PLANKTON DRUMMER will load into Kontakt Player but time out after 10 minutes, so please don't buy this if you are using the free Kontakt Player.
£60/$80/€70 (inc VAT) for PLANKTON DRUMMER instant download
What's Inside ?
PLANKTON DRUMMER - the small print
1 Kontakt instrument
33 full track snapshots
110 single track presets
over 3000 samples
72 tuned percussion instruments
Scale and key quantizer includes Pitch Wheel
36 scale types
6 octaves of articulations
72 articulator engines with 11 algorithms
Huge, non-fiddly GUi
Classic Sound Dust RTFM instruction manual built into the interface
12 sequencers-keys c5 to b5
1 sequencer per note
6 sounds per note
Sequence lanes for sample select, quantized pitch, decay and velocity
3 FX lanes selectable from 15 FX destinations
Multiple play rates
1 to 64 steps
Swing, drag and humanize controls
2 round robin types and dropout control
SCALE & KEY QUANTIZE
36 scale types
Unique quantized pitch wheel scans through scale
ARTICULATORS- keys c-1 to b4
1 algorithmic articulator engine per note
Flam, Drag, Ruff, Roll, Buzz, 16ths, 8ths, ALGOs 1 to 4
Independent FX PER note
Soft ( attack time)
Transient Designer - attack & sustain
Filth - tube or transistor saturation
Bits - bit depth & sample rate
4 band EQ
ALL OF THESE CAN BE CONTROLLED IN REAL TIME by FX LANE
CUSTOM IMPULSE RESPONSE
122 custom IRs per note
11 Categories - EPIC - POLITE-DEVICE-REVERSE-SPRING-FX-LOW DRONE-MID DRONE-HIGH DRONE-SUB DRONE
DRONE sections add tuned drone sounds
Controls for every articulation
Volume, Pan, IR mix and Snap
Master low and high pass filters
Master IR reverb unit