Introducting Natural Drum Kit - the ultimate sampled acoustic drum kit.

Would you like to own the most extensively sampled acoustic instrument ever created? With over 20GB of data  totalling around 22,000 samples, NDK is just that.

 

 

"the ultimate sampled acoustic drum kit ... awesome stuff ... " - awarded 9/10, Computer Music

 

 

 

What is NDK?

NDK ( formely known as ns_kit7 )is a multi-gigabyte single-strike drum and cymbal sample library with highly extensive velocity layering and articulation options, allowing for the ultimate in realism and performance.

What other software is needed to use NDK?

We recommend using NDK in conjunction with Native Instruments' Kontakt 2 or Steinberg's HALion 3 soft-sampler.  Extensive presets for both formats are included, allowing users to take advantage of such features as random-robin triggering, on the fly stick and snare-wire changes, direct-from-disk streaming, multiple outputs, individual drum/cymbal panning & velocity, the ability to mix-and-match your own kits and loads more.

If you don't already own one of these soft-samplers (and don't plan on investing in one any time soon) a cheap alternative is HALion Player – for the average user, this is ideal and won't break the bank.

Unembedded and unlocked, yours to do with as you wish...

The samples in this library are not embedded or locked in any way. This allows the user to create custom presets in the sampler format of their choice. To make this as easy as possible, the files have all been named in a logical way to make mapping a breeze.

Also, thanks to the exhaustive and varied nature of this library, NDK is also an ideal candidate for use in drum replacement software.

The most extensively sampled acoustic instrument ever created.

The NDK sample library has been 2 years in the making and was recorded over several months by Douglas Whates  in his studio in Glasgow, Scotland. Douglas hand edited around half a million start points, end points and fades, and manually bounced down around 22,000 sound files. Many of our single kits (6 piece shell pack, snare, hi-hat and cymbals) have more individual hits, as a direct by-product of the sheer number of articulations and velocity layers, than any other sampled acoustic instrument currently on the market.

 

NDK Features at a glance :



Over 300 presets for Kontakt 2 and HALion 3



Performed with sticks, mallets, brushes and hands/fingers, all with both left and right hands Snares on or off.

Extensive articulation options, including rim-shots, hit-and-grabs, rolls, rims etc.

access to the naturaldrum.com member area If it's possible on a real kit, it's possible on NDK!

NDK Individual Kits

Below is a list of the  kits included in NDK and their respective drums/cymbals.  Click on the demo files on the right to listen to audio samples of each kit.

cymbals

 

 

  • 8", 9" & 12" UFIP 'Natural Series' splash
  • 15" UFIP 'Natural Series' crash
  • 18" UFIP 'Rough Series' crash
  • 19" Zildjian 'K Series' china
  • 15" UFIP 'Natural Series' crash
  • 19" UFIP 'Experience Series'
    thick vintage ride & sizzle ride
  • 20" UFIP 'Natural Series' heavy ride

funk kit

 


 

  • Pearl Masters 'All Maple', 12" x 7" snare
    (funk tuning)
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (rock/studio tuning)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat
  • 20" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (punchy, studio tuning)
  • recorded with snares on and off

bop kit

 


 

  • Pearl Masters 'All Maple', 12" x 7" snare
    (muted and unmuted)
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (bop tuning)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat
  • 14" Gretsch USA Maple tom-kick conversion
    (muted and unmuted)
  • recorded with snares on and off

dead kit

 


 

  • Pearl Masters 'All Maple', 12" x 7" snare
    (heavily muted)
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    10", 12", 14"
    (dry tuning)
  • 22" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (dry, no resonant head)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat

rock kit

 


 

  • Gretsch USA Maple, 14" x 5" snare
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (rock/studio tuning)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat
  • 20" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (punchy, studio tuning)
  • recorded with snares on and off

metal kit

 


 

  • Gretsch 'Crystal Tone', 14" x 5.5" snare
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    10", 12", 14"
    (no resonant head)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat
  • 22" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (big and resonant tuning)
  • recorded with snares on and off

jungle kit

 


 

  • Sonor 'Jungle Snare', 10" x 2" snare
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (bop tuning)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat
  • 14" Gretsch USA Maple tom-kick conversion
    (muted and unmuted)
  • recorded with snares on and off

piccolo kit

 


 

  • Yamaha Peter Erskine Signature Model, 10" x 4"
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    10", 12", 14"
    (dry tuning)
  • 22" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (dry, no resonant head)
  • 13" UFIP 'Bionic Series' hi-hat

orleans kit

 


 

  • Pearl Masters 'All Maple', 12" x 7" snare
    (low & resonant)
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (rock/studio tuning)
  • 22" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (big and resonant tuning)
  • 14" Meinl 'One of a kind' medium hi-hat

tight kit

 


 

  • Pearl Masters 'All Maple', 12" x 7" snare
    (dry & snappy)
  • Gretsh USA Maple toms
    8", 10", 12", 14", 16"
    (rock/studio tuning)
  • 20" Gretsch USA Maple kick
    (full & round tuning)
  • 14" Meinl 'One of a kind' medium hi-hat

ND Congas

 


 

  • Bonus set of congas
    More info here
  • requinto - LP 'Galaxy' Giovanni Series
    (9 3/4" requinto conga)
  • quinto - LP 'Galaxy' Giovanni Series
    (11" quinto conga)
  • tumba - LP 'Galaxy' Giovanni Series
    (11 3/4" tumba conga)
  • tumbadora - LP 'Galaxy' Giovanni Series
    (12 1/2" tumbadora conga)

additional percussion

 


 

  • Meinl Professional Range Aluminium Jingle tambourine, hand held.
  • Meinl 8" 'Original Real Player'
    steelbell cowbell
    (perfomed with sticks, mallets, brushes and hands, muted & unmuted)


In depth user manual :


manual



Before purchasing NDK please have a thorough browse through the manual. In it you'll find detailed information on the samples, the instruments, articulations and find out exactly what's included. There is also in depth information and mapping charts for the HALion/Kontakt presets.

System requirements :

There is no definitive answer to this. NDK is a sample library containing single strike drum and cymbal hits. Technically, the end user could just use a few of the wave files and create a very basic beat.

To get the most out of NDK, we recommend an Intel P2.4 GHz (or equivelent) with 1GB as a pretty good start. CPU power isn't all that important, but the more RAM you have, the better.

Samples files are in wav format. The downloader/installer application downloads flac compressed data and decompress the files to wav format. The installer runs on MS-Windows , Mac OS X and i386 Linux