ADDICTIVE DRUMS 2

LEGENDARY DRUMS IN YOUR MUSIC. TRY IT FREE. YOU WILL BE AMAZED.

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If you watch TV, play video games or listen
to the radio, chances are good that you’ve already
heard Addictive Drums without even realizing it!

Since 2006, Addictive Drums has been one of the world’s best-loved and best-selling virtual instruments. Our advanced technologies and obsession with recording the world’s most interesting instruments has gotten us on to so many hit songs, games, and movies we’ve lost count. In fact, if you watch TV, play games, or listen to the radio, chances are good that you’ve already heard Addictive Drums.

With Addictive Drums 2, we’re taking it to the next level. More world-class instruments, more amazing sound shaping features, more tools for rhythm creation and transformation, and total freedom to pick only the kits and add-ons that are right for you. All this while maintaining the fast, clean, musician-centric interface that made us successful in the first place. We hope you'll love what we have made.

So check out the drum kits below! They're all powered by the Addictive Drums 2 engine, which is now included with every kit. Listen to audio demos or download the full-functioning, non-limited demo software to hear our glorious Fairfax Vol.1 ADpak in your own music. It's free! If you like it, expand your collection by buying more AD2 ADpaks, MIDIpaks, Kitpieces or bigger discounted bundles. It's your choice!

1. More legendary drums. New sound engine.

Our team has traveled around the world and found some truly amazing drums in world-famous studios such as our brand new Fairfax kit. This kit was recorded at the legendary Fairfax Recording studio in Los Angeles (formerly known as Sound City).

Fairfax and all of our existing ADpaks (from Addictive Drums) have been updated to make full use of all the new features of the Addictive Drums 2 engine.

2. New sound shaping and kit building features.

Ask and you shall receive, customers! We've listened to your feedback and made dozens of improvements, both small and large! Highlights include:

More kitpiece slots, new studio-grade effects (including delay and saturation/distortion), brand new Tone Designer and Transient Shaper modules, easy kitpiece linking, and new electronic sounds that can take your drums to exciting new territories.

3. New rhythm creation and transformation tools.

Say goodbye to boring beats. Our new Beats page helps you locate or build interesting beats quickly and to transform existing beats to make them uniquely yours. The intuitive system is designed to be simple for beginners but very deep for power users.

You can even drag-and-drop drum hits and complete loops straight to your music software's timeline for maximum ease of use.

Hosted Mode

Addictive Drums 2 works as a virtual instrument running inside your host music software. It supports all of the major plug-in formats (VST, AU, and AAX) in both 32 and 64-bit.

This means you can use Addictive Drums within most music applications including: Pro Tools, SONAR, Cubase, Logic, Live, Reaper and many others.

Standalone Mode

Addictive Drums 2 can also work as a standalone instrument, without requiring host music software. This makes it easy to load a kit, find an inspiring beat, and start jamming along without having to launch your music software.

This is perfect when you just want to jam along without the need of complicated recording software.

Electronic drum kits

Owners of electronic drum kits (e-drums) are in luck! Addictive Drums 2 supports most major E-Drum companies like Roland, Yamaha, Alesis, and others.

We include Map Presets for many e-drum models so you can get started quickly. Even if your model is not natively supported, you can easily create maps as long as your kit outputs standard MIDI (most kits do).



The Addictive Drums 2 engine


With its fast, clean, and musician-centric interface, you might not realize you're using one of the most advanced software instruments in the world. The original Addictive Drums instrument was launched in 2006 and has undergone near continuous refinement with a single goal in mind: To help you get the ultimate drum sounds in your music.

Addictive Drums 2 is a giant leap forward in our mission to help you make your best work yet.

Build your perfect kit


Don't like your snare drum or crash cymbal? Swap them out in seconds with any other kit piece in your drum collection! Want to turn down the ride, turn up the cowbell and maybe beef up your kick drum by linking it to an electronic sub-kick? Not a problem. The Kit page makes all this easy.

This page is where you can make changes to your drum kit. Easily modify any of our professionally designed presets or build your own presets from scratch. Our simple interface minimizes technical complexity and presents only the information that musicians care about most.

Tweak your sounds to perfection


Are you a recording engineer at heart? Do you love diving down to the individual microphone and instrument levels and tweaking everything to perfection? We think you're going to be very happy when you see all the amazing features on the Edit Page of Addictive Drums 2!

This page contains in-depth controls to let you tweak specific parts of your kit (like the Kick, Snare, or other parts). Here, you'll find things like compression, multi-band EQs, distortion, tape simulation, our brand new Tone Designer and Transient Shaper modules, and much more.

Find the perfect beat


Addictive Drums 2 is more than just great sounding drums in your music. It's also a collection of outstanding rhythms and grooves played by professional drummers. Even if you are an experienced drum programmer, you're sure to find inspiration here. The only thing better than these beats would be hiring a professional drummer, booking a studio, and spending hours recording.

On this page, you can browse through all of the rhythms to find your inspiration. If you have a specific beat in mind, it's very easy to search your collection using the Grid Search tool. And if you'd like to modify an existing beat to make it uniquely yours, the powerful Beat Transform system makes it easy. And once you find a beat you love, simply drag-and-drop it to your host's timeline. Easy!

Add great drum effects


The FX page contains two Delerb effects. This outstanding effects processors combines delay and reverb effects in one place and lets you push the sonic envelope. With two of them at your disposal, you'll have no shortage of options when designing exciting sounds.

Find new ways to use your kits


ExploreMaps let you step through all of the ADpaks and audition and select any of the professionally designed presets. Each preset includes a beat that was carefully chosen to show off that preset in the best light. You can also audition ADpaks you don't own yet to get a taste of what they have to offer!



WHAT’S NEW IN ADDICTIVE DRUMS 2?


SOUND SHAPING IMPROVEMENTS


  • Our new Transient Shaper gives more or less 'snap' to individual kitpieces or your overall drum mix.
  • The new Tone Designer makes a drum sound more or less dampened, letting you add or remove ringing with ease.
  • Two Delerb processors combine Delay and Reverb effects that are ideal for drums. A unique 'Swirl' thickening feature and advanced EQ give sound designers lots of exciting new options.
  • Six additional Kitpiece Slots let you build kits with up to 18 individual kitpieces.
  • New FlexiSlots let you load additional Kicks, Snares, HiHats, and more.
  • Kitpiece Linking lets you easily link drums for a fatter sound.
  • Specialty "Trigger" Kitpieces (sine waves, white noise and one shot drum samples) open up a world of new sound design options. You can link them to acoustic drums to give more “oomph” or even use them on their own to create new analog and digital sounding drums!
  • New Response section lets you tweak performances to fit them into a mix.
  • Two MultiFX inserts on every channel for even more sound design options.
  • New 4 band EQ with additional Low and High cut controls.

NEW BEAT CREATION TOOLS


  • New Beat Transformer lets you tweak any existing rhythm to make it fit into a track and to make it uniquely yours. No more cookie-cutter beats!
  • New Grid Search system lets you quickly find the beat you hear in your head!
  • Improved Beats Browser lets you easily browse beats to find your inspiration.
  • The Record MIDI feature saves time by letting you record MIDI directly from your host software into Addictive Drums 2.
  • The Noise Module adds instant character to your mix with sounds such as vinyl crackle, tape hiss and even the sound of the air-conditioning system from the legendary Fairfax Studio.

WORKFLOW ENHANCEMENTS


  • You can now Drag’n’Drop Audio directly from the Addictive Drums 2 engine. Play a drum—or even a whole rhythm if you like—and simply drag it as an audio file straight into your music software’s timeline or desktop.
  • New “Sound Ideal” search system lets you sort all your presets from ‘clean’ to ‘distorted’ to help you narrow down and find the right sounds quickly.
  • Snapshots makes A/B comparisons super easy. Take snapshots of all your settings and recall any four snapshots instantly.
  • New CloudSync system means your presets are always up to date and with you no matter where you choose to work.
  • Standalone version of AD2 is your perfect jamming companion. Fire it up quickly and start playing along without dealing with your music software. The new Tempo control makes it easy to adapt beats to your needs.
  • Many improved Copy/Paste features.
  • New great sounding presets and ExploreMaps for all your existing kits lets you get your drum track sounding great in no time.
  • All Presets now include a MIDI preview to let you hear the preset played as the sound designer imagined. Use it to find inspiration or write all new music.
  • Users can now preview all ADpaks and MIDIpaks (even ones they don’t own) directly from Addictive Drums 2.
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