Cassette Drums

A gritty up-front drum kit recorded on analog tape...

The story

A couple of years ago, I recorded drums for a friend’s debut album at a small studio here in the UK. It’s out now, and you can check it out here: After we finished recording, I sampled the kit for some potential future warping and mangling, and it’s lived in a dusty Pro Tools session ever since – until now. I rescued the samples and recorded them onto a TDK Type II Chrome cassette, processing them on the way back into my DAW with a dbx160 stereo compressor. The result is a loud, gritty, in-your-face drum pack bursting with character. Featuring kick, snare, two toms, a crash and ride cymbal, this library has 3 dynamic layers and 3 round robins and is compatible with Kontakt 5 or later. Check out my walkthrough below!

Cassette Drums Walkthrough


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  • Amazing samples with lots of special character

    I was working on a percussive project when Dan posted this. I got a copy and brought it into my DAW. It is just what I needed. Sounds great out of the box. Just add water :-) I think the GUI is great too as it is not needed at all. Any tweaking can be done in the channel strip or under the hood. Love the photo.

    Emil G. Music17 November 2021
  • Thanks and a question

    As usual yours samples are beautifula and inspiring.
    We can never thank you enough for your work.
    I'd like to make a multioutput kontakt instrument, kick to one chanel snare to other, HH to other...
    But, using kontakt, when I send any group of samples to other output, except the default instrument output, they doesn't sound with the total lenght. Like a gatered sound...
    I am working with the amp section of kontakt. I do not know what is happening.
    Can you help me? THX.
    In the mixer of kontakt was 2 new channels named "dk drums" redirected to 1/2 output, maybe they interfered in the signal of the others channels. if you delete those channels everything works fine.

    FGRMusica18 November 2021
  • The perfect retro drum-kit

    This is another impeccable instrument by Dan. This time, it's about a drum kit that is perfectly sampled and programmed. The kick and snare sound THICC, and the overall sound signature in general is really deep, with a well-defined retro character due to the cassette processing, without taking anything away.

    The mapping is nice, although it's not identical to what I am personally used to - for example, the tom placement is reversed. Speaking of toms, there are only 2, and they sound amazing. It would be nice if there were one or two more with re-tuned samples.

    The cymbal sounds are very nice as well, featuring more bell-like sounds instead of crashy ones, which is fine since that would probably lead the instrument to a different direction. It's a very barebones kit, so any further tweaks are up to you.
    Cheers to DK!

    Alex Raptakis01 December 2021
  • Beefy Drums

    Although this isn't the most deeply sampled or detailed kit its still a great sound. I love the kick in particular. Its really beefy and punchy but still has a touch of that high end click so it can cut through. I like how the round robins sound on the cymbals, how they tone changes and they open up the harder you hit them, which is how real drums would behave so it creates extra realism. I also love how snare rolls are included although it would have been nice to have a few different rolls or more round robins for the rolls to create more realism. Of course the more round robins the better for drums so of course id prefer more round robins but this kit still sounds great. Its warm and not too bright and fizzy which is great in general and for me as i prefer warmer darker mixes.

    septemberwalk16 November 2021
  • Run these into some distortion!

    This kit is great. I produce a lot of R&B and this pack will definitely be useful for layering. They also take really well to processing, try running them into your favorite distortion. The kick, snare and hi-hats are especially good.

    Alyssa H19 November 2021
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