Reason has established itself as the ultimate self-contained synth and beat machine studio ideally suited for electronic and dance production. But for programming ultra-realistic, live-sounding rock and pop drum tracks the included factory sounds have always come up short. So Propellerhead decided to change that, and created this monster refill packed with detailed, slamming kits comprised of coveted classics and studio favorites (Ayotte, Gretsch, Ludwig, Pearl snares and toms, DW and Yamaha kicks, and much more).
The samples were recorded at Atlantis studio, where choice analog gear (Neve console, Studer 2”, Pultec EQ, and more) was pressed into service to produce a collection of drum sounds that absolutely drips with both vibe and fat tone. Each drum, hi-hat, and cymbal was sampled at virtually every velocity level, and with multiple sticking and alternate hands. Clever alternation schemes were set up using the NN-XT’s built-in sample switching feature, so when you repeat a snare or ride cymbal, for example, each hit never sounds quite the same.
Bleed from multiple microphones is layered for each drum hit, so when a single key is pressed, samples from a variety of mic locations (close, overhead, and room) are triggered. As a result, it’s possible to tailor the amount of room tone when using the multi-out kits (stereo kits are included for “load-and-go”, too).
Don’t have MIDI drum programming chops? No prob. A healthy set of MIDI drum performances ranging from useable to stellar are included. You’ll also find a variety of REV7000 drum room ’verb presets and ReDrum kits. Bottom line: Reason Drumkits is a brilliant collection of highly playable, remarkably life-like kits and patterns that rival the sonics and dynamics of professionally tracked live drums.