Stretch That Note has released Killa Kits, a comprehensive urban, dance and electronica drum library for Native Instruments' Battery and Kontakt.
Killa Kits features the latest drum, percussion and FX sounds, each one of which has been crafted specifically with urban and electronic genres in mind. There are over 6,000 drum samples, marshalled into 96 presets for Battery and Kontakt. Each preset features multiple drum kits, so this package gives you hundreds of kits.
Pretty much any percussive requirement your mind can conjure up is catered for, from electronic percussion to impacts, from grimy kits to scratch kits, from sparkling percussion to hard-hitting spot FX. The various kits are layered to provide you with the extra thump and bottom end that modern mixes demand, and unlike in some libraries the scratches are recorded from a genuine vinyl performance by a leading scratch artiste. STN are particularly proud of their hard-hitting hip-hop and dance drum kits, which offer "brain-bashing, spine-rattling mega drums, with kicks that punch hard enough to burst your spleen, and snares that cut so hard they'll make your eyes bleed".
The percussion kits range from stalwarts like shakers and tambourines, via club cowbells and Latin percussion to filtered tabla, and more weird and wonderful pieces like Tibetan bells, and in the FX library, there's a whole lot more besides, including reverse cowbells, the chunky mechanical sounds of a factory, and huge, resonating toms run through a Harmonizer.
All samples were recorded and processed through a meticulous chain, making use of select analogue and digital gear. Each kit and every range of samples was then edited and mapped across the keyboard, to provide the user with an instrument that's as playable as it is programmable.
Price: $50. A free demo consisting of two full presets, each featuring a number of drum kits, is available for download.
For more details and a demonstration video, go to Killa Kits.