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10 Best KONTAKT Drum Libraries

Best KONTAKT Drum Libraries

If you are looking for the best drums for Kontakt, you have come to the right place. I prepared for you a list of the best Kontakt drum libraries, at the highest level of quality produced and created by industry’s professionals.

Remember that these drum libraries will work with Native Instruments Kontakt soft sampler, but also some works as VST, AU or as stand-alone apps (check the “Specs”).

These Kontakt libraries are not very cheap, many exceeding one hundred dollars, but you will see that they include complex instruments and thousands of sounds, so the price reflects the quality of these products (sample libraries).

Let us introduce you the first library, one of my favorites:

STUDIO DRUMMER

by Native Instruments

STUDIO DRUMMER Kontakt Library

STUDIO DRUMMER is one of the best drum libraries to use with your Kontakt. Created by Native Instruments, this Kontakt drum library includes over 3300 authentic grooves recorded using 3 premium acoustic drum kits such as Pearl Masters Premium Maple kit, Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute kit, and Sonor SQ2 Drum System drum kit. Expect to get over 17 GB of high-quality drum samples at 24-bit – it is like having your own drummer, a virtual one.

SPECS:

  • Instruments: 3 Drum Kits
  • Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1 kHz
  • Size: 17 GB uncompressed
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 Full & Free Kontakt Player
  • Price: € 149

More Details: Studio Drummer

DAMAGE

by Heavyocity

DAMAGE Kontakt Drums

DAMAGE is another very complex library of drums for your Kontakt sampler. Heavyocity is known for their professional Kontakt libraries, and DAMAGE is not an exception. This collection includes over 26,000 drum samples. Huge, huh? They recorded these drums using traditional instruments but also using some less common sources, such as wooden and metal objects, exploding cars, cranes, large objects dropped from heights and more.

Also see: DAMAGE Review (at ProducerSpot)

SPECS:

  • Content: 26,500+ drum samples
  • Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1 kHz
  • Size: 30 GB uncompressed
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 Player or higher
    • Stand-alone, VST, AU, AAX
  • Price: $ 299

More Details: Damage

APOCALYPSE

by Soundiron

Apocalypse Percussion Kontakt Drums

Are you ready for the Apocalypse? Do not worry, you’re safe! But if you want a truly apocalyptic library of drums and percussion for Kontakt this library from Soundiron is a must have. Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble by Soundiron weighs nearly 25 GB and includes over 25,000 drum samples organized in ensemble sections and solo instruments, including bass drums, toms, frame drums, dhols, riqs, bongos, cajons, clicks, clacks, heavy snares, expressive hi-hats, crashes, cymbals and much more cool sounds.

SPECS:

  • Content: 25,171 drum samples
  • Sample Rate: 24 bit / 48kHz stereo PCM Wav format
  • Size: 24,8 GB uncompressed
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 Player or higher
  • Price: $ 199

More Details: Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble

BLOQ

by Sample Magic

BLOQ Kontakt Virtual Instrument

BLOQ by Sample Magic is a vintage synth and a virtual drum machine for Kontakt, including patches for Ableton and Logic. Besides the synth sounds, BLOQ comes with a great collection of drum sounds from popular drum machines such as Roland TR 808, Roland TR 909, Roland TR 707, Roland TR 606, Roland TR 626, Roland CR 68, Sound Master SR 55, Nord Drum, Sequential Circuits Drumtraks, MXR 185, Emu Drumulator, Akai MPC 60 and Korg Super Drums.

We had the chance to test this great piece of software, read here our review: BLOQ Review

SPECS:

  • Content: 7600 unique samples
  • Ssize: 2,6 GB
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 or higher
    • Ableton 9 drum racks, EXS-24 instrument
  • Price: $54

More Details: BLOQ

MATT HALPERN SIGNATURE

by GetGoodDrums

MATT HALPERN Drums Kontakt Library

For those who do not know who is Matt Halpern then must be told that he is the drummer of Periphery and founder of The Entertainment Institute, one of the most prolific and award-winning drummers (2013 Metal Drummer of the year in Modern Drummer Magazine).

GetGood Drums have managed to bring Matt’s signature drums in one intuitive and complex Kontakt instrument that includes 792 kicks, 586 toms, and 174 snare samples. If you want to add Periphery’s drum sounds to your mixes then go get this library.

SPECS:

  • Instruments: Mapex Saturn IV and V shells and Meinl cymbals
  • Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1 kHz
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 or higher
  • Price: $ 99

More Details: Matt Halpern Signature

DRUM FORGE I

by Drum Forge

Drum Forge Kontakt Library

DRUMFORGE I is an award-winning sample library including a rare collection of drums from the 1940’s instruments to modern drums. For instance, expect to hear drums recorded from the collection of Adam Cargin / Williamson Street Drumworks in Madison, WI. These drum samples really sound great and have a unique “favor” and a lot of punch too. It includes both unprocessed and processed versions of each drum. Drumforge will provide the perfect inspiration to make great music.

SPECS:

  • Content: 25,171 drum samples
  • Size: 12 GB
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5 Full or higher
  • Price: $ 279 (Ultimate version)

More Details: Drum Forge I

HYBRID DRUMS 8D8

by 8dio

Hybrid Drums for Kontakt

HYBRID DRUMS 8D8 from 8dio is another great Kontakt drum library featuring over 6GB of contemporary electronic drum samples, from EDM, Trap, Pop to Dubsptep, Minimal and behind. Another great thing with this library is its 3D user interface, very nice designed and easy to use. You can easy browse the sounds, and access controls like Reverse, Randomizer, Speed Control and more other tools that will enhance your drums as you need.

SPECS:

  • Instruments: Modern Drum Kits
  • Sample Rate: 24-bit/44.1 kHz
  • Size: 6.4 GB uncompressed
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5+, VST, AU, AAX
  • Price: $ 299

More Details: Hybrid Drums 8D8

CORE KIT

by Vi-elements

Kontakt Core Kit

Vi-elements CORE KIT is a drum sampling Kontakt library featuring 30 instruments and over 20 GB of samples. This can be an excellent weapon to add into your arsenal.

SPECS:

  • Instruments:
    • 5 snares, 5 kicks sampled at two different pitches
    • 5 toms – 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″ mid-edge-rim
    • 9 foot position hi-hat, 4 crashes, 4 splashes, 2 rides
    • China, ozone crash, gong, and cowbell
  • Size: 20+ GB content.
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5+ Full
  • Price: $ 99

More Details: Core Kit

MAD

by HandHeldSound

MAD Kontakt Drums

HandHeldSound MAD is another huge library of realistic drum samples recorded using some iconic drum kits. They recorded each kit in a different space using a unique blend of microphones and by recording numerous articulations. MAD Kontakt instrument is suitable for Indie Rock/Punk and Funk music. Compared to the above Kontakt drum instruments, MAD is more affordable, so it may be a good alternative to get thousands of realistic drum samples for your favorite sampler.

SPECS:

  • Instruments: Remo Custom Funk Kit, Yamaha Stage Custom, DW Kit
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5+ Full
  • Price: $ 79

More Details: MAD Drum Kit Series

SULTAN DRUMS

by Sonokinetic

Oriental Kontakt Drums

Sultan Drums is a large middle-eastern percussion Kontakt instrument featuring some awesome ethnic sounds recorded by Turker Colak using instruments like Asma Davul, Bass Darbuka, Bendir, Darbuka, Def, Erbane, Hollo, Kabuk, Kup, Parmak Zili, Shaker, Cymbals, Goat Toes. The main user interfaces of Sultan Drums includes of a virtual keyboard at the top with 10 assignable sets of percussion loops. If you want to spice up your mixes with some Oriental drums and percussions, then Sultan Drums is exactly what you need.

SPECS:

  • Instruments: Oriental Instruments (mentioned above)
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz, 24 Bit AIFF format
  • Size: 1.3 GB uncompressed
  • Compatibility: Kontakt 5+ Full
  • Price: € 99.90

More Details: Sultan Drums

What do you say? too expensive? If these products exceed your budget, here are some free Kontakt libraries to check:

Do you use any of the above Kontakt drum libraries? Do you know other good Kontakt instruments? Feel free to leave your comment below.

If you don’t own Kontakt check our list of Best Drum VST Plugins