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This product has been replaced by: Addictive Drums 2
 Addictive Drums by XLN Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Addictive Drums
Product Addictive Drums
Developer XLN Audio
Price (MSRP) No Longer Available
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.5.6  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Win XP or later
Internet connection on your audio computer during installation
 1.5.6  Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.5 or later
Internet connection on your audio computer during installation
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionOnline Activation (Challenge / Response)

Addictive Drums is a "Complete Drum Production Studio". It includes 3 complete kits, and lots of extra drums and cymbals. The samples include every nuance from the softest to the hardest hits, many stroke variations (hihat has 12 variations, snare has 6 for example) with alternating samples through-out. All sampled drum/cymbal sounds are recorded with a multi channel mic setup, just as you would record a real drum kit.

The Kits:

  • Sonor Designer (Kick, Snare, 5 toms).
  • DW Collector's Series (Kick, Snare, 5 toms).
  • Tama Starclassic (Kick, Snare, 3 toms).
  • Extras: Pearl Signature Ferrrone snare, Pearl Masterworks Piccolo snare, Pearl Masterworks kick.
  • Cymbals (Sabian & Paiste): 3 Hihats, 9 Crashes, 3 Splashes & 2 Chinas.

Shaping the basic sound is easy within AD's sampler section. Controls for volume and pitch (with envelopes), levels (adjust balance of Close, Overhead and Room levels of each Kit piece), and filter (cut the low end on hihats for example) means you can do anything from slight tweaking to major reconstruction of the sound.

12 mixer channels, 52 insert effects and 2 reverbs are at your disposal, with everything quickly accessible, no hidden menus get in your way.

The included presets make it easy to try out different styles for a track, and lets you save and re-use complete drum productions in new songs. You can create your own folders with your own presets and they immediately appear in the Preset menu.

A vast library of MIDI files in different styles, all easily accessible from within AD gives you the building blocks to create drum tracks quickly. The built in browser lets you search by keyword ("Ride", "Metal"), or sort by Category, BPM, Time signature. Drag'n'drop files the files you like to AD's favourite list, or drag them right into your host's arrangement window.

AD is a multi-out plugin; every channel in the AD mixer can be routed to a separate output if required.

Sampler; For each Kit piece:

  • Solo/Mute.
  • Main Level.
  • Overhead Level + Pan/Width.
  • Room Level + Pan/Width.
  • "Single Sample" mode.
  • Main Pitch + OH/Room Pitch Offset.
  • Pitch Envelope (w velocity mod).
  • Amp Envelope.
  • HiPass/LoPass Filter.

Effects; For each channel:

  • Compressor.
  • Dist (4 algos, selectable bandwidth).
  • EQ (3 band).
  • Saturating Limiter.

Master and Bus channels additionally include:

  • Tape Saturation.
  • HiPass/LoPass Filter.

Reverbs include:

  • 4 algorithms (Ambience, Room, Hall, Plate).
  • Decay Time, Predelay, Damping.
  • 2 band EQ.
  • Pan/Width control.


  • Over 100 presets are included, ranging from pure acoustic pop, to Metal, Funk and distorted electronica mayhem.
  • Preset categories include: Clean, Distorted, Electronica, LoFi, PopRock (Big), PopRock (Medium), PopRock (Dry), Retro, Rock, Soft, Xperimental.

MIDI Library:

  • More than 3000 beats and fills in various styles such as Pop/Rock, Metal, Funk, Jazz etc are included.
  • There are basic Kick+Snare beats with variations on each like "8th Hihat" "w Ghostnotes" "4th Ride" etc.
  • There are also "Songs" which contain 4 bar Verse/Bridge/Chorus/Middle8 variations.
  • And lots more.
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Discussion: Active


23 December 2012 at 1:53pmdustinbeyette

I have version 1.5.3!!! it's up-to-date!!

15 October 2013 at 3:46pm

this is wierd.

13 November 2013 at 1:41amfizzicist

The download time for Addictive Drums is very, very slow -- stupidly slow, actually.

How slow, you ask? 2.75 hours for a 1.3 GB library...and that's on a fast (broadband cable) Internet connection. You have to use XLN's Online Installer application, which manages all licenses, downloads, and updates. It's a convenient interface but ohmygawd it's SLLLOOOOWWWWWW. Just be aware that you can't use an efficient download manager (such as Speed Download, which would be way more cool), so you're in for a loooonnnggg download process using the Online Installer.

13 November 2013 at 7:04pmrod_zero

I had the same problem as you and I was so concerned after 15 minutes that I cancelled and restarted, it then dowloaded quite fast.

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