Studio Steel Drum

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Rated 5.00 out of 5 stars

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by Chris Menko (09/28/2017)
this plugin stole my heart. i love steel drums, and hang drums, and all those other type of instrume...


Rated 5 out of 5 stars


  • Sample Aid: $48
  • Kontakt VST / AU / AAX
  • 55,800 Samples. 12.7 GB (compressed from 32 GB)
  • 5 Microphones (incl. Neumann u87, Coles, Neve, etc)
  • 2 Pro-Grade Reverbs (Bricasti and TC)
  • Up to 10 dynamic layers each with up to 10 repetitions
  • Prepared Articulations (ex. Hands, Nails, Percussive FX)
  • Intuitive and Advanced 3D Controls and Interface
  • Advanced Chaos Effects Systems
  • Product only available as Direct Download
  • Full Retail Version of Kontakt 5.5 (or later) Required

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Studio Steel Drum overview

8Dio Studio Steel Drum represents an extreme deep-sampled Steel Drum.

The instrument is comprised of more than 55.000 samples, 5 true vintage microphone positions, 2 world-class reverbs (Bricasti & TC6000).

The 8Dio Studio Steel Drum was custom designed for 8Dio. We wanted the instrument to cover all ranges from bass to treble, but have them all contained inside a singular Steel Drum. We sampled the instrument with several mallet types (ex. Beaters, Felt Mallet, Brushes, Hands, Nails, Rattles, FX etc) at up to 10 velocity layers and 10 repetitions.

We recorded the instrument with four vintage microphone options including Neumann, Neve, Coles, Royers. And also included a mixed microphone position, which loads as the default setting.

Everything was carefully recorded & processed at 24bit / 96k at our British Studio through a historic custom Neve desk before being carefully down sampled to 48k for ease of streaming. The core content was captured with a variety of mallet types, from rubber beaters and felt mallets to brushes and hands. Additionally we sampled prepared and percussive techniques. All of which with multiple dynamics and repetitions to allow for maximum realism.

In addition to all of this, the library gives you full control over the dynamic response and tonal qualities, so the perfect sound can be dialed in just for you.

We included full control over resonance, room tone, keyboard response and transient shape.

Deep Sampling

The Studio Steel Drum contains over 55,000 samples and a gorgeous fully 3D rendered interface. Everything was lovingly recorded at our British Studio through a custom Rupert Neve Console and offers you the most versatile Steel Drum  in existence. Whether you want the best studio microphones (ex. Neumann u87, Cole, Neve Ribbon Mics). The best reverbs (ex. Bricasti M7 or TC 6000). It is all there.

Deep Options

What sets The Studio Steel Drum apart from competitors is not just the great recordings, programming or stunning lay-out. But it is also the wealth of features – allowing you to dial in precisely the sound you want. Whether it’s controlling the dynamic feel of the drum with a single dial, the resonance, ADSR or even the transient design of the final signal. No engineering degree required. It all just makes sense.

Superior Reverbs

We sampled the Steel Drum through two of the best studio reverbs in the world (TC6000 and Bricasti), so you get access to the sweetest sound of all. The reverbs can be activated with a single press of the mouse and gives you instant access and control over the two reverbs that have defined studio reverbs more than anything else. You can control both pan, spread and volume of each reverbs. No more convolution. We literally sampled the Studio Steel Drum through them using a pristine signal path designed by some of the worlds finest engineers.

World-Class Microphones

The Studio Steel Drum gives you access to the best studio microphones for drums, including Neumann u87’s, Coles. Neve SE Ribbons, Royers and a sweet mixed microphone position made from them all. Engineering doesn’t get finer than this and you can literally dial in precisely what you want with a few simple mouse movements.

Chaos FX

The Studio Steel Drum contains our new Chaos 3.4 FX system, which allows you to virtually do anything you desire to the Steel Drum. Whether its modulation with phasing, precision dial EQ, bit-crush or distort, stereo-delay or mess around with dual convolution reverbs. We also added our latest convolution, which allows you create Textural Convolution Delays on top of the existing stereo-delay and convolution reverb.

Main Articulations:

  • Beaters
  • Mallets
  • Brushes
  • Hands
  • Beater Rolls
  • Mallet Rolls
  • Brush Rolls
  • Hand Rolls

Prepared Articulations:

  • Nails
  • Strung
  • Rattled
  • Percussive FX
  • Various Vocal Effects

Recorded at a famous British studio with all microphone positions recorded through a custom NEVE desk. All microphones can of course be loaded/unloaded and include Volume, Stereo Spread, Pan, Solo and Mute functions:

  • Mixed Microphone (Sweet processed Mix of all mics)
  • Neumann™ u87 Microphones
  • Neumann™ Km 184 Microphones
  • Coles™ 4038 Microphones
  • Neve™ SE Ribbon Microphones
  • Royers R-121s Microphones

Two additional pro-grade reverb options:

  • TC6000™ (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)
  • Bricasti™ (incl. On/Off, Pan, Spread, Volume)

The Studio Steel Drum was recorded through a custom Rupert Neve Desk with 100% analogue Neve pre-amp signal flow. The sounds were then processed through the following physical hardware units:

  • Manley™ Vari Mu Compressor
  • Original Urei™ 1175 (Pre-Universal Audio)
  • Original DBX 160™
  • Neve™ 33609 Compressor
  • Bricasti™ M7
  • TC Electronics™ 6000

The Studio Steel Drum has a wealth of options, including:

  • A variety of sampled mallets & beaters
  • Live Keyswitch & CC Controls over the core articulations
  • Dynamics Response Control
  • Sympathetic Resonance Control
  • True Noise & Room Tone from the untouched signal chain
  • ADSR Controls
  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.5 or later required
  • Not Compatible with Free Kontakt Player
  • Ability to download
  • 12.7GB / 55,800 Samples
  • PC Quadcore / 2.4GZ+, 8GB ram
  • Mac Quadcore / 2.6Ghz, 8GB ram