Imperial Drums for Kontakt

The medium-sized recording room used on Imperial Drums allows naturally warm ambience and direct mic signals with superb isolation. Many included instruments provide alternative ambient and direct mic sets for increased variety. Finally, 13 stick and beater types including hot-rods, webs, rutes and jazz brushes were used to play the instruments.

The included drums, cymbals and hihats are expertly set up and tuned by experienced session drummer Elio Rivagli. With over 150 loadable instruments in total, Imperial Drums' sounds are suitable for all genres of music that demand powerful, musical-sounding drums.

Imperial Drums features drums sampled from:

  • 2 DW kits played with wooden, hotrod, brush, mallet no-wires, blastix and web sticks.

  • 1 Ludwig Vistalite kit played with wooden, wooden no-wires, blades, blastix, brush, mallet, mallet no-wires, hotrod sticks.

  • an extra set of 5 Remo Rototoms played with woode, blades, brush, mallet, hortod sticks.

  • 18 Paiste cymbals, including 3 Hi-Hats and 4 Rides, all played with different kind of sticks.

  • 7 snares from Ludwig, DW, Premier, Remo and Yamaha, played with different sticks.


Features Drums Particles engine features (formerly Drum Singles).

Please watch in HD.

Audio Demos

This is a selection of audio demos for Imperial Drums, made over the years. For more info on the demos, please hit our Soundcloud page.

Some of these audio demos are tracked from the BFD version of Imperial Drums (marketed by Fxpansion), but the two share the same exact sample set, hence they testify the kind of sounds one can achieve.

Drum Particles Engine

A no frills User Interface with just two simple pages:

  • Load a full kit Multi NKM or a single kit piece NKI

  • Select the controlling MIDI Channel

  • Load the preferred sound

  • Eventually:

    • Balance the microphones and optionally feed them into separate channels in your DAW

    • Set to taste macro and micro tuning, round robin, envelope and velocity-based interactions

    • Change the controlling MIDI keys in the Mapping Page

  • Done!

Some applications

  • Simplify workflow and reduce memory and CPU footprint when you do not need a full drum kit in the production you are doing

  • Drum triggering:

    • Easily assign more than one drum or sample to the same MIDI Key allowing for real time drum replacement or layering using any of the available drum triggering plugins

    • Use the embedded audio to Midi functions present on many platforms (Logic, Sonar...)

  • Stack as many drums as you want on a single Midi key

  • Create hybrid kits using our sounds or integrate other developers’ kits with our drums

  • Open up endless sound design possibilities having the chance to layer, re-direct, retune, change envelope on each drums separately

  • Finely tune the velocity response of each drum allowing you to better complement a live e-drumming or finger-drumming or to create velocity split stacks of different sounds

  • (Your own creative ideas here)

Quality you can tell

We released the first multi-mic drum library in 2003, with Scarbee.

We know drums. We know drum-sampling.

We know how to turn a drum recording session into a set of coherent, greatly playable sampled instruments. Not just a collection of sounds. This effort needs a lot of love for drums, time, ear, knowledge, dedication and experience.

Our drum samples have been used on countless tracks in the last 13 years, counting on an ongoing success still sprawling from our first library, Imperial Drums, re-released in BFD format through FXpansion at the end of 2013, our ever-growing product line and the large large number of companies we worked with along the years: Native Instruments, Ableton, Steinberg, Arobas, Cakewalk and Presonus to name just a few.

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69.00 USD

(Regular 99.00 USD)

- this Instrument requires the FULL RETAIL VERSION OF NI KONTAKT 5.5.2 or higher
- this Instrument DOES NOT WORK with the Free Kontakt Player
- this Instrument may be acquired only in downloadable format, download size is about 10 Gigabytes, so expect longer download times on slower connections

Crossgrade from BFD Imperial Drums (sold by Fxpansion) available for only 29.00 USD

for more info send us a request here


  • 10 GB compressed sample content size

  • 60272 samples

  • 2+ full drum kits played with 13 different sticks/beaters

  • 150+ drum pieces

  • sampled in full detail: up to 300 samples per articulation and up to 10 round robin (Kontakt)

  • recorded in a medium size dry room, very good to adapt the drum sound to many different mixing scenarios

  • up to 4 close mics

  • 4 room channels: based on the specific drum, up to 2 x Overheads and 2 x Room choices

  • precise yet warm sound, recorded direct mic to pre to AD

  • recorded at 24 bit / 88.2 KHz, released at 24 bit / 44.1 KHz

Kontakt Features

  • Read the dive-in manual for the Kontakt version here

  • build your own multi-channel kit

  • mix and match different drums from different kits

  • layer sounds easily

  • very quick startup times

  • advanced RAM management thanks to RAM purge

  • up to 4 Close and 4 Room mics

  • tuning, velocity curve and AHD envelope controls on each drum

  • up to 10 round robins

  • large number of velocity splits

  • customize your own mapping