This sampled drum library now offers 11 gigabytes of snare drum samples. Essentially a sneak-peek at Mixosaurus's forthcoming Kit B, the two new snares—a TAMA 14x6.5-inch Starclassic Wood Bubinga and a TAMA 14x4-inch Starclassic Brass—expand Kit A's sonic range with lower/fatter and higher/snappier timbres. The bonus snares are included at no charge with new Kit A Version 1.2 units, and are offered as a free upgrade for current Kit A owners; a nominal shipping fee is charged.
The 122GB/80,000-stereo sample Kit A now comprises more than 140 GB of uncompressed 24-bit recordings. The samples are organized into 1,800-plus Kontakt Player patches, which provide control over multiple parameters, including dynamics, filter, envelope and tuning. Up to seven alternating samples are available for each sound in the library. Up to 64 individual patches can be loaded into a single Kontakt Multi, with both stereo and multichannel output bussing.
The system, which comes pre-loaded on a high-speed hard drive (external or internal), is available for both Mac and PC, and supports VST, AU, RTAS, DXi and stand-alone Kontakt Player formats. Kit A is compatible with a variety of standard MIDI drum map formats, including Addictive Drums, BFD, DFH, EZ Drummer and General MIDI. Mapping support for e-drum kits, such as those by Roland and Yamaha, is also provided.