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IK Multimedia, the leader in analog modeling technology, introduces MODO DRUM, IK's first physical modeling drum virtual instrument. Like IK's award-winning MODO BASS software, MODO DRUM brings musicians of all styles and genres a new level of customization, detail and realism, as both a plug-in and standalone software.

Using a powerful combination of modal synthesis and advanced sampling, MODO DRUM offers 10 deeply customizable, virtual drum kits with real-time access to every parameter of each drum – from size and tension, to material and playing style, and more. Cymbals can also be tuned and damping adjusted to ensure incredibly realistic music tracks.

To further shape their sound, users can place their kit in different acoustic environments, and take advantage of a full mixer with sends and buses, as well as 19 studio processors and effects from IK's acclaimed T-RackS and AmpliTube software titles to add the final polish to any kit. An integrated Groove manager featuring more than 1400 grooves can also be used to enhance creativity.

Real-Time sound synthesis

Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO DRUM utilizes IK's award-winning modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to bring drums to life. Each drum's acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters: dimensions, materials, skin, and more, as well by the playing style, the interaction of the drum head with the body, the effect of sympathetic vibrations and the acoustic interaction with the room. MODO DRUM creates authentic sound in real time, recreating those ever-changing interactions between the player, drums, and room on the fly.

10 Drum Kits, infinite possibilities

MODO DRUM's Showroom section offers 10 iconic drum kits to cover every style and genre of music. From jazz to grunge kits and maple shells to exotic bubinga, each kit has been chosen to represent a particular style, genre or time period, for the widest possible range of timbres and tones. Three complete cymbal sets are included, as well as tambourine, cowbell and claps for full General MIDI compatibility.

Customize a kit

MODO DRUM offers the most customization options ever seen in a drum plug-in, allowing users to control the entire act of playing drums – from the kit itself, to playing style, stick selection, room choice and effects.

The Customize section allows users to add, remove, swap and rearrange drums from starter kits. For each drum in the kit, users can then adjust a wide selection of elements on the fly, including the skins, tuning, damping, diameter, height and the shell profile of the drum itself.

For snare drums, the type and tension of the snare can be adjusted, and for both kick and snare, users can even adjust the sympathetic vibration of nearby drums. Cymbals can be tuned up and down, and damping can be adjusted to precisely shape their sound and performance.

Any element can be saved as an individual preset; entire kits can also be saved for future use.

Skip auditions; meet the new drummer

Beyond basic kit construction, users can also control the way the "drummer" plays each drum and cymbal, using the Play Style section.

Users can adjust the location and accuracy of each drum hit to shape the sound and give their grooves a more precise or more relaxed feel, and choose from a range of cymbal articulations. The kick drum can be customized to indicate a heel up or down technique and to select the type of beaters (felt, plastic or wood). A selection of stick types is also available for each hand.

For added realism, MODO DRUM's infinite round robin feature ensures that no two hits sound identical. As with a real drummer, it offers a subtly different performance every time.

Bring the room to everyone

MODO DRUM's Room section offers an array of drum placement scenarios, from a dry drum booth to IK's own in-house recording studio, to clubs, cathedrals and more. MODO DRUM uses convolution to ensure each element of a kit interacts naturally with the space and with each other. Let it ring or add gates and compression on the room tone for more creative drum sounds.

Fine-tuning made easy

The built-in mixer provides total control over the recorded sound. Users can adjust levels and panning per element as well as mute, solo, and flip phase. Elements can be grouped in buses, and each element has two sends to process multiple elements with the same global FX, for a more cohesive feel.

Also included is a massive suite of 19 studio processors and effects derived from IK's T-RackS and AmpliTube, to sculpt the final flavor of the kit (distortion, modulation, reverb/delay, and more). Tracks, buses, FX returns, and the master output each host an 8-band parametric EQ plus four additional effects slots for endless sound shaping possibilities.

Now get a groove on

For music-making inspiration, MODO DRUM provides an integrated Groove manager with more than 1400 grooves in a wide array of styles and moods. The Groove section contains MIDI patterns and variations to easily build song sections. Smart filters help users pinpoint specific loops by categories such as genre, length, and time signature. These loops were handcrafted by IK's team or drawn from their best-selling sample libraries to be unmistakably unique, authentic, and inspiring. Users can trigger all loops from within MODO DRUM, or drag and drop them into a DAW for additional possibilities.

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User Reviews Average user rating of 3.50 from 2 reviews Add A Review

Reviewed By krofork [all]
May 12th, 2021
Version reviewed: 1.1.1 on Windows

"Big no no" with full price.

"Yes" for discounted price.

Very controversial drumkit.

It is modelled drums, but not fully - sample assisted, so it still eats your drivespace yet not ten of gigs. Presets are loading fast though.

It has a lot of control in ways you maybe did not think of, but at the same lacks some usual controls like ADSR/Pitch Envelope.

There is bunch of neat FX, but no transient shaper. But it has easy external bus management/rounting - so you have workaround here.

Sounds good, but main attention on snares, others (especially kicks) have no such variety of controls.

It is almost unbelievable to get desired sound right out of factory presets - you need some knob mangling. Honestly, I do not remember if got immediate results with any drumkit, but it seems MODO needs to be tweaked more.

For the first drumkit - it is very expensive (unless you got it with discount at >50%). For owners of top-tier drumkits like AD/SD/BFD - MODO will not give you much, unless you are totally into process of sound tweaking.

Nevertheless you should trial it.

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Reviewed By magmagwa [all]
October 13th, 2020
Version reviewed: 1.5.2 on Mac

Snare sounds great and you can program Left and Right hits. Toms are good too.

Cymbals are samples and kick is sloppy with not a lot of control.

Mac OS X Catalina 10.15.6.

Reaper 6.14.

Modo Drum 1.5.2 (lastest).

Crashes all the time, unusable.

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