Native Instruments releases DRUM LAB

Native Instruments has introduced DRUM LAB, an instrument combining advanced drum layering techniques with a workflow designed for fast results. An included groove library provides over 900 patterns. DRUM LAB is available now from the NI Online Shop for $99/€99/¥9800.

DRUM LAB combines the sound of acoustic drums with electronic samples. Its acoustic layer comprises 38 individual drums. Each was recorded in three different rooms with high-end vintage and modern equipment on analogue tape. For DRUM LAB’s electronic component 380 drum hits were sampled from a range of classic and modern drum machines, then matched, phase aligned, faded, and pitched to blend with the acoustic samples.

DRUM LAB’s interface provides all necessary sound shaping controls on the front panel. Producers can choose individual acoustic and electronic layers, blend them to taste via a slider and adjust fine details with some of Native Instruments’ studio effects. A set of controls for TRANSIENT MASTER, SOLID EQ, G COMP, an optimised drum compressor and a reverb are located on DRUM LAB’s main panel.

DRUM LAB also delivers performances. A new set of patterns were recorded by a professional drummer, then converted to MIDI files and arranged by genre in DRUM LAB’s groove library. Users can drag-and-drop these patterns into their sessions. A visual display lets producers see where grooves line up in their tracks.

Also new is the updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1, the latest version of Native Instruments’ compact decks and effects controller.