Free: Swirly Drums

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Now free, this was our first commercial sample library, which grew out of trying to find ways to sample snare drum brush techniques in a flexible way. No, nothing here is played with sticks. It also contains some unique things, especially the percussion: brushed cowbell, darbouka, djembe and bongos and a cajon used as a kick. There's also a China cymbal and a few cracked or broken cymbals.

For the more standard kit pieces, you get brushed drums with snare stirs and flutters that are flexible and controllable, a hi-hat with six degrees of openness, five toms, and a kick.

Walkthrough video below.

While brushes on drums are most commonly associated with jazz, but this kit is more indie - all the kit pieces sampled belong to punk and metal drummers, they're just being hit gently with brushes instead of beaten with sticks and without mercy.

Over 4700 samples.

Kit pieces and articulations:

  • 20" marching kick
    hit, pedal noise
  • Cajon
    kick pedal hit
  • Snare
    center hit, edge hit, dig, long and short stir, long and short flutter, dig release noise
  • Hi-hat
    hits with six degrees of openness, foot chik, splash, pedal return noise
  • Crash, ride, splash, China crash, broken crash and cracked splash cymbal
  • 16", 13", 12", 10" and 8" toms
  • Cowbell
  • Djembe
  • Bongos
    low and high
  • Darbouka