Larry Seyer Acoustic Drums http://LarrySeyer.com Resonant Donut Surgical DrumKit Available for free at https://www.pianobook.co.uk/profile/larryseyer/ Features Pat Mastelotto on Drums Library produced by Larry Seyer Edited by Stephen Orsak and Topher Barnett YouTube Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KjWIw7bhjk
Larry Seyer Acoustic Drums - Resonant Donut Surgical DrumKit
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Good sound with cool techniques
First of all the key switching to determine where the drum hits is genius. Ive been thinking for a while that drum samples need this. Clearly a-lot of work went into this. The sounds are punchy and dynamic although it seems like there aren't many round robins. Also as everyone else says the mapping is different than most drum libraries making the workflow weird. Also the sounds kind of sound like they have some kind of slapback reverb or something that might be a recording artifact. Even with its flaws this is a really cool instrument with some good ideas behind it.
I just can't get to like this mapping
Very similarly with the Beefy Room Tuned High Rod, this drum kit is sampled very well, with no audible noise for me. It's pretty damn dynamic and there are quite a lot of options for snare sounds and many other. The problem is that this mapping is something that you will need to change your entire workflow for, unless you build a custom preset for it. It would be awesome to have an extra patch just with the generic midi drum mapping.
Super clean and well recorded. Map your pads to play easily.
While I agree the keyboard mapping leaves a bit to be desired, I fortunately own an Alesis Strike Multipad and mapping the MIDI values makes this a very well-recorded instrument that's easiliy playable without relying on my keyboard for playing. Sounds superb, and while I only have a handful of SFZ instruments that I use frequently, this is now one of them!
Well recorded drums with an awkward layout
These drums are well recorded, and a lot of thought clearly went into the recording process. There is some definite sound of early reflections and close proximity to reflective surfaces in these samples. It sounds as though they were recorded in a fairly small room. This is a sample pack which really would have benefitted from the use of round robins. There are plenty of snare drums hits, and stacking them all on one key preferably E1 to conform to the widely accepted GM drum map with a round robin would have been brilliant. Spreading them over just over two octaves on the keyboard is less brilliant, and doesn't make the instrument more playable. I like the concept of using key switches to determine the position fo the strike of the stick on the hi hats, but putting the hi hat sounds on the back keys in a range spanning more than an octave isn't particularly useful. In order to play this library, you have to develop new technique outside of the GM drum mapping you've been using for years, and then you have to decide if it's worth it.
Bigger is not always better...
It's great that there are so many sounds to choose from, but trying to cram them all onto one keyboard left me feeling confused and constantly trying to find the sound that I was looking for. The mapping doesn't make a lot of sense to me, which really detracts from the otherwise decent library. Good sounds if you have the patience to learn the layout.