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Virtuosity Drums

Jazz Drums Plugin by Versilian Studios
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Virtuosity Drums by Versilian Studios / Karoryfer is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products) for macOS and Windows. It includes, and is therefore "powered by", sforzando, which functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
The OS and Format icons below are for the latest version of sforzando. The version numbers are for Virtuosity Drums.
System Requirements
- Requires Sforzando or ARIA Player v1.969+ (latest version)
- 1.5 GB of Hard Drive Space, SSD recommended for Full Kit usage
- 2 GB of RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
- MIDI keyboard or pad controller with velocity sensitivity or electronic drumkit recommended
System Requirements
- Requires Sforzando or ARIA Player v1.969+ (latest version)
- 1.5 GB of Hard Drive Space, SSD recommended for Full Kit usage
- 2 GB of RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
- MIDI keyboard or pad controller with velocity sensitivity or electronic drumkit recommended
Copy Protection
Open Source
Free (Public Domain)
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Virtuosity Drums is an open source (Creative Commons 0) contemporary Jazz drum kit library, performed with sticks, recorded at Virtuosity Musical Instruments in Boston, MA. It features performances by drummer Austin McMahon on the shop's "house kit", indicative of a typical setup in a live club or venue, recorded in the style of a live recording. The library is available in SFZ format and designed specifically to work in Sforzando and ARIA Player.

The snare, toms, and kick were recorded with a 'wave' technique, where rather than attempting to record discrete dynamic levels, the drummer freely played louder and softer notes in a series of dynamic swells which were then cut and sorted. The result is up to 36 dynamic levels with no round robins, which makes these instruments very suitable to live playing on keyboard or virtual drums as they will benefit enormously from the natural variation in velocity. The cymbals on the other hand use a smaller number of discrete velocity layers at 4 round robins, to help in situations of high repetition.

Also included are a range of Latin percussion and traps drawn from the VSCO 2 project, making the library almost fully GM-compliant. The full kit patch includes several additional articulations such as partially and fully muted snare, several steps of semi-open hi-hat, and snare buzzes, roll, and flams:

  • 1,000 unique samples [per mic position]; 4,900 total sample files.
  • 1.5 GB total size with 48kHz/24-bit samples and FLAC (lossless) compression.
  • 6 mixable microphone positions: Kick, Snare, OH, Mid (stereo ribbon), Room, and Vintage.
  • Runs in the free Sforzando player by Plogue, simply drag and drop the 'Virtuosity Drums.bank.xml' into Sforzando and it will appear as a set of options when you click 'Instruments'.
  • Full snare on/off control (including for kick).
  • Additional percussion from the VSCO 2 project for near-complete GM compliance.
  • Extended non-GM drum techniques available for Snare, Hi-hat, and toms.
  • Adaptable for electronic drums with optional hi-hat CC4 keymap.

License info:

This library (Virtuosity Drums) is released under a Creative Commons 0 (CC0) license as a corollary to the VCSL project and its core objective of creating a 'baseline' set of consistently high-quality, publicly available samples. Composers, musicians, and artists of all kinds may use this product for any purpose, commercial or not, without the need for attribution, permission, or any other roadblocks of any kind.

While we gladly welcome and encourage derivative works, we urge any derivative virtual instrument projects to consider providing attribution and notes on what changes were made, so as to maintain provenance of the samples and disambiguate your work from its roots. We also encourage derivative works to release under CC0, 'Free Culture', or similar licenses and at no cost to users, in keeping with the spirit of the samples.

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Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews

Virtuosity Drums
Reviewed By Kazi7
July 10, 2021

Unbelievable sound quality. Geared towards genres like Jazz, that demand a very high fidelity and natural sound, the library is easily adaptable to other genres as well, particularly modern and oldschool HipHop, Lo-Fi / Chill and Deep House, to name a few prominent ones. For heavier rock drums or electronic drums look somewhere else.

It's probably the best drum library currently available for Sforzando and it's free! The amount of effort and detail that went into it is astonishing. It also comes with a full set of common percussion sounds, also at a very high quality.

Sforzando's lack of multiple outputs is compensated for by a very cleverly designed user interface, that allows you to premix the drums by adapting the volume of the various microphone positions, dampen the drums to shorten the release times (snappier sound) and to add or remove the room sound for ambience among other things.

Once you programmed your drums, you can then just duplicated the instrument track in your DAW and essentially create separate channels for kick, snare, hats, crash etcetera (by leaving only that particular element and deleting the redundant ones). That way you can treat each drum piece as a separate element and apply different effects to them in the DAW mixer. In Cubase it's easy to do, since it has an option built-in to do it for you, but even if you do it manually in any other DAW it takes approximately a minute or two to get it done.


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Virtuosity Drums
Reviewed By Michael L
July 4, 2021

A free Developer Challenge treat from Karoryfer x Versilian.

Something you don't see very often -- a very well-recorded jazz drum set with 5000 samples and 60 articulations, heavily key-mapped.

Just for snare, you get a stickshot, center, off-center, rim, hand-muted, half-hand muted, cross stick, flam, buzz and roll.

The full kit includes a kick, low/high tom, hihat, ride, crash... AND....tambourine, cowbell, bongo, conga, timbale, agogo bell, cabasa, shaker, whistle, guiro, claves, woodblock, cuica, triangle, shaker, sleighbell, and belltree.

You get six microphone positions and all the crazy Karoryfer Controls like kick and snare bleed, kick dampen, snare-off (!), snare roll dynamics, stereo width, both individual and master tuning, and more that you can read about in the 16-page manual.

And it sounds great, because it was recorded by Versilian Studios (home of the eclectic Versilian Chamber Orchestra for Kontakt, and the free Versilian Community Orchestra for sfz, vst, au and Kontakt.).

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Comments & Discussion for Versilian Studios Virtuosity Drums

Discussion: Active
21 July 2021 at 5:02pm

Really sounds awesome! Wish I could get it running in MPC (Akai Windows DAW).

21 July 2021 at 5:42pm

In order to load the Virtuosity Drums library, you need to first install the Sforzando player by Plogue. This will install a VSTi plugin, which as far as I can tell is fully supported by MPC, as well as a standalone application 'Sforzando' which can function without needing a DAW for quick playing around or live use situations.

Once you get the Sforzando plugin window open inside MPC (or even in standalone application mode), you can drag and drop the 'Virtuosity Drums.bank.xml' file into it as discussed above and it will be registered for all future use when you click the 'Instrument' box in Sforzando.

See Page 120 of the MPC user manual for information on 3rd party plugins and plugin management, and Page 121 "Selecting Plugins, Instrument Plugins..." for step-by-step instructions on how to load/interact with the Sforzando plugin once installed:

The process of loading and interacting with plugins is different for every DAW, so I am afraid I cannot give step by step instructions for that portion of the process. It may be beneficial to look online for videos of 'using 3rd party instrument plugins in MPC' if the MPC user manual is not sufficient.

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