Legion Series - 33 Drummers Batucada

Legion Series - 33 Drummers Batucada

  • 21.06GB / 97,680 Samples
  • Deep Sampled Batucada Percussion Ensemble
  • 11 Instrument types sampled solo and in sections
  • Up to 33 Drummers playing in unison
  • Multiple Rhythmic Variations
  • Samba reggae, Samba, Pagode, & Funk Styles
  • Multiple Microphone Positions
  • Advanced UI with 4-part XY Effects Engine
  • Delivered by Download
  • Kontakt 5.8.1 Full Retail (or later) Required

Legion Series: 33 Drummers Batucada 

In our efforts to push the limit of ensemble percussion sampling, we have traveled to Latin America to sample an outstanding Batucada ensemble. Legion Series: 33 Drummers is not only comprised of a massive ensemble of 33 drummers playing in unison, but also the ensemble split into sections, summing up to 88 drums. 5 Timbas, 9 Tamborims, 6 Guaches, 11 Chocalhos, 12 Caixas (snares), 12 Repiniques, 12 Surdos (4 Bass Players, 4 mid Players, and 4 high Players), 11 Dobras, and 10 Cowbells were sampled in independent sections along with two solos, making this library the most in-depth dedicated Batucada library you will ever find. 

The Batucada is a Brazilian band composed exclusively of percussion instruments, traditionally accompanied by marching in a parade of costumed dancers and floats in the Brazilian Carnivals. The sound of a Batucada is incredibly powerful and could give even the loudest rock bands a run for their money. The discipline required to organize and maintain this style of tight, seamless drumming is astounding and it was an absolute joy to work with these percussive experts. 

The Batucada utilizes our familiar Legion UI and features a range of front-facing options, giving easy access to control the instruments. These options include Attack, Release, Pitch, Glide, Sample Offset, Reverse, Chaos, and Stack. The Batucada also includes our custom Chaos FX system as well as our highly intuitive 4-part XY Effects Engine for even more in-depth sound design options.


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Meet the Players

The Timba is a long drum that produces low tones, played with the hands. The Tamborim is a small frame drum with a head typically made of nylon; it is the soul of samba music. The Dobra is the mid-range drum (known as the melody drum) and usually plays intricate patterns. The Surdos in a standard Batucada exist in three sizes (Low, Mid, and High) and commonly provide the heartbeat and power of the ensemble.

Meet the Players

The Guaches are metallic shakers filled with various types of beads and seeds. Chocalhos are two-handed metallic shakers (formerly bottle caps). The Caixa, played with two wooden sticks, keeps the bright character of the Batucada alive. The Repinique is a high-pitched tom-tom that helps fill in the breaks of the lower instruments. The Cowbells or Agogô provide some of the highest tones of the Batucada.

4 Part Effects Engine

Batacuda also contains our familiar 4-part Effects Engine for extreme and easy sound processing. Each of the 4 effect modules includes an X/Y Matrix that can be assigned to any effect and mapped to any MIDI CC, so you have total control over each effect. The familiar UI also includes both a Sequencer and Modulation tab which allow you to further manipulate the samples.


Batucada Ensemble:  

33 Players in unison playing tempo-synced rhythms: 

Samba Reggae 

  • Intro  
  • Rhythmic Loops (Main, Variations, individual sections)  
  • Outro / Ending  


  • Intro 
  • Rhythmic Loops (Main, Variations, individual sections)  
  • Outro / Ending 


  • Intro 
  • Rhythmic Loops (Main, Variations)  
  • Outro / Ending 


  • Intro 
  • Rhythmic Loops (Main, Variations)  
  • Outro / Ending 

Screams Claps & Mallets 

  • All Men/Women 
  • Individual screams 
  • Claps and Mallets 

Bass Percussion:  

Surdo Primeira (Bass) – (2-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Mallet 
  • Edge Mallet 
  • Center Hand 
  • Muted with 1 Hand  
  • Muted with 2 Hands  
  • Muting Hand 
  • Rim 

Surdo Sedunga (Mid) – (2-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Mallet 
  • Edge Mallet 
  • Center Hand 
  • Muted with 1 Hand  
  • Muted with 2 Hands  
  • Muting Hand 
  • Rim 

Surdo Terceira (High) – (2-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Mallet 
  • Edge Mallet 
  • Center Hand 
  • Muted with 1 Hand  
  • Muted with 2 Hands  
  • Muting Hand 
  • Rim 

Dobra – (9-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Mallet 
  • Edge Mallet 
  • Muted Mallet 
  • Muted double Flam 
  • Muted with Hand  
  • Muting Hand 

Timbau – (3-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Open 
  • Center Muted 
  • Open Slap 
  • Closed Slap  
  • Open Hit 
  • Muted Hit 
  • Rim 
  • Fist Hit 
  • Two Hand Flam 

Mid Percussion:  

Caixa – Snare – (10-player Section, 2 isolated):  

  • Center Hit 
  • Rim Shot 
  • Edge Shot (Open) 
  • Mallet with Roll  
  • Mallet Long Roll  
  • Muted 
  • Edge Shot (Muted)  
  • Side 
  • Roll 
  • Crescendo 
  • Decrescendo 

Repique – Repinique – (10-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Center Hit (Nylon)  
  • Rim Shot (Nylon) 
  • Side (Nylon) 
  • Muted (Nylon)  
  • Center Hit (Wood)  
  • Rim Shot (Wood)  
  • Pulled Roll (Wood)  
  • Pressed Roll (Wood)  
  • Side (Wood) 
  • Center (Hand)   
  • Rim (Hand) 

Tamborim – (7-player Section, 2 isolated):  

  • Upside 
  • Upside Muted  
  • Underside  
  • Edge 

High Percussion:  

Cowbell – (8-player Section, 2 isolated):  

  • Open Bell 
  • Open Mid 
  • Open Base  
  • Open Side  
  • Muted Bell  
  • Muted Side  
  • Fingers Muting 

Chocalho / Shakers – (9-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Downwards Move  
  • Upwards Move  
  • Short Hit 
  • Lazy Move  
  • 8ths Flat 
  • 16ths Flat 
  • Lazy 16ths Flat 
  • 16ths Accentuated Magenta  =Lazy 16ths Accentuated  
  • Tremolo 

Guaches – (4-player Section, 2 isolated): 

  • Downwards Move  
  • Upwards Move  
  • Lazy-Tight Move  
  • 8ths 
  • 16ths 
  • 8ths Lazy-Tight  
  • Slow Circling  
  • Tremolo 


Ensemble Microphone Positions: 

  • Main Microphones: 
    • Mix 
    • Decca 
    • Mid-AB 
    • Mid-Blumlein 
    • Far 
  • Spot Microphones: 
    • Spot 1 
    • Spot 2 
    • Spot 3 
    • Spot 4 

Section Microphone Positions: 

  • Mix 
  • Decca 
  • Mid 
  • Far 

Solo Player Microphone Positions: 

  • Mix 
  • Overhead 
  • High 
  • Low 


  • Full Retail version of Kontakt 5.8.1 required 
  • Not compatible with the free Kontakt Player 
  • Minimum: Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. 8 GB of RAM or more is highly recommended. For TMPro Patches, i7 or equivalent is highly recommended. 
  • Legion Series 33 Drummer: Batucada requires 19.8 GB of Hard Drive Space