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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

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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 : )

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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

620MB download

72 tuned percussion instruments

12 sequencers

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

  • 36 scale types

  • 12 keys

  • Unique quantized pitch wheel scans through scale

  • automation friendly

ARTICULATORS- keys c-1 to b4
  • 1 algorithmic articulator engine per note

  • 11 algorithms

  • Flam, Drag, Ruff, Roll, Buzz, 16ths, 8ths, ALGOs 1 to 4

Independent FX PER note
  • Volume

  • Soft ( attack time)

  • Sample start

  • Pan

  • Transient Designer - attack & sustain

  • Filth - tube or transistor saturation

  • Bits - bit depth & sample rate

  • 4 band EQ

  • Delay

  • Convolution reverb


  • 122 custom IRs per note


  • 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

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