Ambient Drums is a drum plugin which features 12 drum pads, a search application, predefined drum kits which may be edited and an ambient drum sample library.
The plugin includes a default soundpack with over 700 ambient drum samples. There are three optional soundpacks which upgrade the plugin, giving the user 1024 presets to explore, 120 preprogrammed drum kits and over 2000 ambient drum samples to use.
The plugin has a traditional synth section, including a resonant filter, filter envelope, amp envelope, pitch modulation and an effect section. The effect section features 130 different effect modes, including a variety of filter banks, flanger, resonator, pitch shifter etc. Effects may be layered or crossfaded and they may be modulated by a multi shape LFO.
The 12 drum pads/sounds are velocity sensitive and velocity may control amp (volume) of filter cutoff. Velocity may be switched off entirely as well, for precis programming of drum levels.
The drum search application may be invoked from the plugin or it may be used as a stand alone application to maintain any drum sample collection on the user’s hard disk. The drum search application is used to edit kits and to search for the right drum sounds.
Ambient Drums is available as a VST plugin for Windows and an Audio Unit (universal binary) for Mac OS X is planned, but no date has been set for the Mac release yet.
Price is $199 for the plugin and $59 for the soundpacks. Or $41 for the soundpacks if they’re bought at the same time (30% discount).