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Addictive Drums 1

Drum Kits Plugin by XLN Audio
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Addictive Drums 1 by XLN Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Win XP or later
Internet connection on your audio computer during installation
OS X 10.5 or later
Internet connection on your audio computer during installation
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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.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.67 from 3 reviews

Addictive Drums 1
Reviewed By trmupstage
March 12th, 2012

I have a hard time giving anything a 10, but this almost deserves it. I've owned BFD, BFD XFL, BFD 2, Battery and now Addictive drums. First, I'm a musician/producer who needs quick tools that sound great without having to tweak forever. When I was younger and had more time, I loved all the synths with tons of controls. I was one of the few people who bought a Kawai K5 and edited each partial. anyway... I digress. Now that I'm busy in the studio with deadlines, I no longer want to tweak. I want great results and I want them very fast. I made all my own drum samples for Battery and then moved to BFD to make things easier. BFD was pretty good but I still have a hard time getting exactly what I want from them. I've used BFD since it came out, so I'm not new to this. I have also mixed many records with live drums, so I don't think my experience is what is lacking. I made drum kits in Addictive Drums over a weekend that I can't rival with BFD after years. It also works great with my electronic drum kit (Alesis DM10 with extra pads). And let's talk about load times. AD is almost instant. A large BFD kit can take a minute or two to load.

To say the least, I'm happy with AD. The price is completely reasonable and the sounds are great. If there were better variety of cymbals, I would give it a 10. I know many people think "How good can it sound with so few velocity layers and samples?". At first, I was concerned about that too, but it's proven to be a non-issue. These drums sound more real than the largest BFD2 kit I've used. They sit great in a mix too. I never get that machine gun sound out of them. In short, AD is the best drum library I've used. Great sound and easy on the CPU and RAM.

I highly recommend AD to anyone who is tired of tweaking and just wants great results fast.

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Addictive Drums 1
Reviewed By Mistheria
December 13th, 2009

First of all, Addictive Drums sounds absolutely awesome, perfect, modern and powerful!
Addictive Drums is the supreme Drums solution for any of my productions.
I don’t mind which is the music style and genre I’m working on, thank to Addictive Drums I can assemble my drums track straight away, everything sound great, with the true feel, energy and brightness.
The all-in-one user interface is totally fantastic! I can choose and build my drums kit searching in the high-quality sample library, drag my favourite grooves and patterns in the sequencer , select and edit the right high-quality effects, having the total volume, microphone balance, filter and dynamic controls. Everything in a couple mouse clicks…

Moreover, the MIDI PAKs are the vital tools to build up your “real” drums track!
I'm using the astonishing Metal Midi Pak on my new works, it sounds totally fantastic!

Thanks to XLN staff for the great job.

If you are looking for an ultimate, high-end class and easy-to-use Drums plug-in, you have the key: ADDICTIVE DRUMS by XLN Audio.


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Addictive Drums 1
Reviewed By Spyro
January 29th, 2008

I own AD since it was a baby beta version, the guys at XLNAudio kindly contacted me by mail to test it.

All I can say is, this drum set plugin blow me away since day 1. The overall sound is amazing and realistic, the CPU usage is a joke, and the tweak ability is superb.

The v1 kits were already amazing, and now the Retro Pack makes it way more versatile than most of the competition solutions.

I'm always after vintage drumkits to be able to emulate old school funk or disco, and this Retro Pak was exactly what I needed for ages.

Now, I use Addictive Drums in almost every project, I barely touch the other drum libraries I have, unless I seek for an specific sound.

From Rock, to ballad, to pop, to Funk, to Disco....AD is the thing.

I was sure AD was going to be very successful, and now I'm starting to see some big names using it. Bravo XLN. (by the way, as beta tester I found the guys behind the company very very very friendly)

I only gave 9 to the features section because I think AD could really benefit by using convolution internally to emulate vintage gear or reverbs.

The MIDI rhythms library is very good, I think it could be a bit more complete, but you can also do your owns and store them inside (as I did)
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Comments & Discussion for XLN Audio Addictive Drums 1

Discussion: Active
23 December 2012 at 1:53pm

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

15 October 2013 at 3:46pm

this is wierd.

13 November 2013 at 1:41am

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 7:04pm

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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