Update April 17, 2018: GetGood Drums has announced a new sample pack called Modern and Massive! Read more about it here.
GetGood Drums is a virtual drum sample library made for Kontakt and Slate Trigger 2. The instrument plugin features meticulously recorded drum samples that sound amazing in any mix.
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GetGood Drums was founded by Adam “Nolly” Getgood, Matt Halpern, Misha Mansoor, and Derya Nagle, three of whom make up the band Periphery. They all share the same vision for their production work: amazing drum tones. And that’s exactly what you get with GetGood Drums.
The man behind the superb tones you hear within this sample pack is Adam “Nolly” Getgood. He is an extremely talented record producer who has worked with bands like Periphery, Animals As Leaders, and Devin Townsend.
The man behind the sampling, of course, is world-renowned drummer Matt Halpern, who is one of my favorite drummers of today.
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I purchased the Matt Halpern Signature Pack from GetGood Drums over a year ago and they have made it onto every one of my demos with my band (and one official release). This is the one and only sample pack they have released thus far, but there’s a reason why: it sounds so great.
GGD created the Matt Halpern drum library for their own needs in mind. With a band like Periphery, virtual drums are an integral part of the songwriting process. They couldn’t find a drum sample library that fit their needs, so they created it themselves.
The sample library was recorded at Magpie Cage Studios (a fantastic drum room) with a collection of Mapex Saturn IV and V drums along with Meinl cymbals. GetGood Drums has a full range of articulations with perfectly tuned drums for any style. The details are so perfect that even the lightest snare tap has multiple velocity layers.
GetGood Drums does not require the full version Kontakt, so you can use the free Kontakt player to load this library. If you use Slate Trigger 2, you won’t need to worry about that.
I use GetGood Drums with Kontakt because it allows me to write my drum parts in one MIDI channel and still process everything separately as if it was a real drum kit with many microphone channels. Here’s what the interface looks like in Kontakt.
In the interface, you have complete control over each instrument and their respective microphone volumes. You have access to panning, phase flipping, solo, mute, routing, and channel volume.
As I was saying before, I love using GetGood Drums with Kontakt because I can route everything out of Kontakt into Cubase and mix this thing as if it was a real drum kit. I can process just the overheads, slam the rooms, and not affect the tom microphones.
Comparing this thing to Superior Drummer 2 or Addictive Drums is an absolute joke. This library wins hands down everytime in a comparison.
Here are some samples of GetGood Drums
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