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Knockout drums by Soundiron

A hard-hitting drum sample library built for Kontakt

Knockout Drums is a hard-hitting drumkit sample library created in collaboration with metal drummer extraordinaire Navene Koperweis (Entheos, Animosity, Animals As Leaders) and seasoned mixing engineer/producer Zack Ohren (Machine Head, All Shall Perish, Aborted). Whether you’re looking for a gigantic live room feel or a super-focused and tight studio sound, this kit crushes it.

Navene obsessively sampled every nuance of his Starclassic Bubinga drumkit at Sharkbite Studios to bring you a massive collection of hand-picked drums including 7 snares, 3 kicks, and a variety of Meinl cymbals designed to strike hard and show no mercy. Each element can be dialed in to your personal taste with a wide selection of carefully selected microphone models recorded through a 1978 Trident TSM console.

We utilized a unique stereo pair for each drum using TLM 103’s, top and bottom mics for snare & toms, kick and sub, and a selection of room mic options that offer you complete sonic freedom to tackle everything from progressive & death metal to rock, pop, breakbeat and dance styles and everywhere in-between. This library has all the power tools and performance features you need to get a great-sounding drum mix right out-of-the-box, no matter what tonal style you’re after.

We’ve packed the user interface with powerful sound-shaping controls to give you complete flexibility. The Master Kit presets contain every sample in the library and a host of powerful performance features. Use the Remapper to create custom drum mappings or load any of our factory presets which include a number of common drum maps for easy use with existing MIDI drum loops and grooves. Our powerful mixer allows you to route each instrument track to any available output in Kontakt and includes individual control for Volume, Pan, FX Send, and Stereo width, from mono to full stereo spread, as well as an FX chain with compressor, limiter, 4-band parametric EQ and more! The Master section features Space and Delay FX sends with a wide variety of options for each.

In the advanced settings pull-down window, you’ll also find an adaptable per-layer LFO system, with selectable LFO shape, modulation target parameter, speed, intensity, tempo-syncing and fade-in time. You can also apply your choice of 13 lowpass, high-pass and FX filters, with assignable modulation targets such as velocity, mod-wheel, expression, after-touch, key position and step-sequencer table control. Our customizable arpeggiator features a built-in velocity sequencer table and control over arp direction, note timing, swing, randomization and duration.


  • Deeply multi-sampled drum set with five microphone positions
  • 44 Powerful .nki presets made for full retail Kontakt 6.5.3+
  • 8 Crash Cymbals, 2 Hi-hats, 2 Rides, 7 Splashes & Stacks, 3 Kicks, 7 Snares, and 6 Toms
  • 86,720 stereo samples in unlocked WAV format
  • 24 bit / 48 kHz uncompressed PCM wav samples
  • 45.1 GB installed
  • A flexible, intuitive user interface and mixer with pro features and deep customizability
  • Full FX rack with convolution reverb with custom rooms, halls, chambers & FX environments

Software Requirements:

The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 6.5.3 (or later) is required to use .nki instrument presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” and “Add Library” import process do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library.

System Requirements:

Windows 7 or higher. Mac OSX 10.12 or higher. Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.

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