Virtuosity Drums is an open source (Creative Commons 0) contemporary Jazz drum kit library, performed with sticks, recorded at Virtuosity Musical Instruments in Boston, MA.
It features performances by drummer Austin McMahon on the shop's "house kit", indicative of a typical setup in a live club or venue, recorded in the style of a live recording. With six mixable mic positions and detailed controls, it will work in many other genres too.
The library is available in SFZ format and designed specifically to work in Sforzando and/or ARIA Player by Plogue.
The snare, toms, and kick were recorded with a 'wave' technique, where rather than attempting to record discrete dynamic levels, the drummer freely played louder and softer notes in a series of dynamic swells which were then cut and sorted.
The result is up to 36 dynamic levels with no round robins, which makes these instruments very suitable to live playing on keyboard or virtual drums as they will benefit enormously from the natural variation in velocity. The cymbals on the other hand use a smaller number of discrete velocity layers at 4 round robins, to help in situations of high repetition.
ARTICULATIONS / PATCHES
Snare (all with both snares on and off)
Auxiliary Percussion (from VSCO 2 Pro)