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 Stormdrum by EastWest is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", Kompakt, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a DirectX Plugin and an RTAS Plugin.
Product Stormdrum
Developer EastWest
Price (MSRP) No Longer Available
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This product is "Powered By" Kompakt. The OS and Format icons listed below should be accurate for the latest version of Kompakt.
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Sound Library plugin based on Native Instruments' Kompakt/Intakt. This instrument's interface will be visually identical except for the absence of the menu bar on the left side and is functionally identical except it can only load it's included library.

STORMDRUM includes intense multi-sampled acoustic drumkits. Each drum has up to 24-way velocity switching, with left and right hand samples. There are subtle ambient versions and huge sounding versions as well. There are 18 snares. These have left and right hand samples from the inside and outside of the drum, as well as rimshots. A typical hi-hat contains 200 samples. There are 20 kick drums, 10 cymbals and 8 tom sets.


  • Access to individual instruments and individual hits within loops.
  • Easy and intuitive user interface.
  • Based on KONTAKT audio engine.
  • Loops use one or more of the three sampler-modes: Beat Machine with ISE (Individual Slice Edit), Time Machine and standard Sampler mode.
  • Easy synchronization of loops to MIDI tempo.
  • MIDI file export permits groove, accent, and feel manipulation in any host sequencer.
  • Integrated effects: Group filter including low-pass, high-pass, band-reject or band-pass modes, global filter, lo-fi, distortion, syncable delay.
  • Modulation section provides AHDSR envelope, two individual syncable LFOs, envelope follower and a DBD pitch envelope.
  • Total Recall.
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12 February 2013 at 11:34amtenshin111

The good thing is you can open this library in Kontakt and forget about issues with the Kompakt/Intakt players.

Also, this thing comes with a great selection of drum/percussion loops - you didn't mention that. And honestly, this is the bast part of it IMHO. Those loops are great, I use them a lot and heard many of them in commercial productions / soundtracks .

BTW - I bought this thing years ago on a sale for 99 GBP. Considering the price I paid I would give this 8/10.

12 February 2013 at 9:56pmSeidhepriest

Well yes, maybe it's worth 7.5 or so. It's just that I've been recording our own samples and takes for the band, and with the new gear we've got the sound is a lot livelier than Stormdrum. We also have some fancy percussion (berimbao, talking drums, congas, etc.) so usually it's a lot easier to record than use a sampler, unless it's for the unusual things. The drummer can easily cook up his own fancy drum loops though, and all live. We've never used the loops. The one value that we kind of expected was GM drumkits as old drum tracks were written for MIDI channel 10, and Stormdrum just doesn't do it right. But of course you don't get a full GM drumkit as a bonus, only a few drums mapped to GM notes. That's a bit of a bother, it would sure be nice to have a full-res (96/24, or at least 88/24) GM kit.

The issue here is, the samples in Stormdrum have this "recorded ambient" feel and while sometimes they mix just fine, others (in a less crowded mix) the ambience interferes. Maybe it's just getting "spoiled" by the new microphones, etc., but right now we can record better takes for sure than the sample quality in Stormdrum. Still, some things like the taiko and, say, sioux and lion drums we just don't have, so sampled stuff it is.

12 February 2013 at 10:09pmSeidhepriest

Our own samples and takes also mix better, they have more of a definition and don't get lost. The age of Stormdrum shows itself. It's from what, 2004? 9 years old, the new gear simply gives better definition. I would never put a Stormdrum loop or instrument forward in a mix, especially solo.


26 July 2014 at 7:33pmRobertRandom

Missing ancient, printed EWQL - Stormdrum Kompakt/Intakt - User Manuals Books.

Hi, .

Is there anyone in this forum still owning the TWO user MANUALS for the EWQL Stormdrum-KOMPAKT and Stormdrum-INTAKT Mac-programs ?

EastWest and Native Instrument discontinued those programs and manuals many years ago and I have lost mine.

Of course I would pay for all expenses associated with the replacement of the manuals/copies.

Thanks in advance for your efforts.


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