Simmons Kits for Battery or Groove Agent

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Gadget Fiend
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434 posts since 5 Feb, 2012

Post Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:55 am

Hi,

Does anyone know of a good selection of classic 80's Simmons drum kits for NI Battery or Steinberg's Groove Agent?

I bought a Simmons-style drum plugin called "Hex" from Oblivion Sound Lab recently. It's really good. It's all synth-based with no samples. But there are only 8 "instruments" (drum hits) per patch/kit. Plus, I'm not really in the mood to program a bunch of synthetic drum hits. I'd rather have several 5 octave Battery or Groove Agent sample-based drum kits with all manner of Simmons drum sounds.

Oh, incidentally, I checked out VSDS-X from Aly James Lab. This Simmons VSTi looks very cool. But after reading the developer's Facebook page post, I don't think he has the time to update his Simmons plugin (to, for instance, create an all-new native Apple M1 version of his drum synthesizer).

Finally, I own Microtonic which is awesome (freaking awesome). However, it just doesn't totally nail that Simmons sound.
Matrix-1000, MicroWave with Access programmer, MicroWave II, MKS-50 with MidiClub programmer, MKS-70, MKS-80 with Kiwi Patch Editor, Nord 2 Rack, Nord 3 Rack, Prophet REV2 module, Pulse 2, Shruthi, Virus TI

darkogav
KVRer
29 posts since 7 Oct, 2021

Post Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:16 am

Not sure if this is what you are looking for. I only know of SonicCouture's Electro Acoustic drums which have that drum. Supposed to be really good.

https://www.soniccouture.com/en/product ... -acoustic/

Detailed review below.

https://soundbytesmag.net/review-electr ... iccouture/

Gadget Fiend
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434 posts since 5 Feb, 2012

Post Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:36 am

darkogav wrote:
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:16 am
Not sure if this is what you are looking for. I only know of SonicCouture's Electro Acoustic drums which have that drum. Supposed to be really good.

https://www.soniccouture.com/en/product ... -acoustic/

Detailed review below.

https://soundbytesmag.net/review-electr ... iccouture/
Thanks for the heads up. This Sonic Couture library is pretty cool. But it seems more about recording the drum machines sounds in unusual ways and spaces. I just want those unadorned classic Simmons drum sounds that were used by everyone in the 80's including Duran Duran and The Cars.
Matrix-1000, MicroWave with Access programmer, MicroWave II, MKS-50 with MidiClub programmer, MKS-70, MKS-80 with Kiwi Patch Editor, Nord 2 Rack, Nord 3 Rack, Prophet REV2 module, Pulse 2, Shruthi, Virus TI

morphex
KVRian
568 posts since 30 Oct, 2003 from Pacific NW, USA

Post Wed Dec 01, 2021 7:58 am

You might want to check out Wave Alchemy’s selection of high quality samples and instruments. You can also use the older Battery 3 kits. Just make sure the pack you’re interested in includes that format.

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