Drum Masters 2: John Blackwell Multitrack TamStick Kit
Infinite Player library for Kontakt

Drums sampled in the style of R&B, Hip Hop, and Funk

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Product Information

*You MUST own Infinite Player in order to use this library.  Infinite Player is not available for purchase at this time.

Hip Hop/R&B Meets Pop Fusion With One of Today's Top Drummers!

The John Blackwell TamStick Multitrack Drum Kit is part of the Drum Masters series where you can pick out a la carte kits and grooves that work with Sonic Reality’s Infinite Player plugin and build one of the most powerful virtual drum collections ever!

About the John Blackwell TamStick Multi-track Drum Kit:

This product is a multi-sampled Tama® Star Classic® drum kit made to be played from Sonic Reality’s Infinite Player. It was recorded at Dungeon Studios in Miami with R&B/Fusion/Pop/Hip Hop drummer John Blackwell. Multiple mic options and a medium to large sized live room make this a versatile kit to produce a wide variety of drum sounds from. The Tama Star Classic is the main kit that John uses with artists such as Prince, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. This kit was played with sticks and snares on and features a Yamaha® Sub Kick for getting deep bass tones ideal for Hip Hop, R&B and Pop.

ProFile on John Blackwell:

John Blackwell is one of today’s hottest Pop/R&B/Hip Hop drummers both live and in the studio. He’s played with Prince, Diddy, Patti Labelle, Lauryn Hill, Cameo and was recently featured on Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex Love Show”. John is known for flashy light speed drum riffs and tight funky drumming that suits many different styles of music. His sound and style of playing crosses the lines between Pop and Fusion, between old school R&B and modern progressive Hip Hop.

Sonic Notes:

Quote from Dave Kerzner of Sonic Reality about John Blackwell: "I first met John when he was sitting in at a gig with Sheldon Reynolds and Larry Dunn formerly of Earth, Wind & Fire. I was amazed at what a tight, funky and entertaining drummer John was. A true showman with style. His tutorial DVDs are some of the most popular amongst today's drummers and he is one of the most in demand performers for live shows and studio work. We re proud to have John as part of our Studio ProFiles Drum Masters series. He brings with him a unique sound, style and feel to every session."

Easy to Use, Intuitive and Flexible Graphic User Interface!

Whether you play from the keyboard, V-Drums™ or any electronic drum kit, Drum Masters 2 has some of the most advanced features for round robin randomization of hits, performance articulations like ghost notes, snare rolls, and hits from center to edge to rim. With new “ MIDI learn”, custom kits can be tailored for any drum pad set up. It includes GM, iMap and a new Performance mode for expressive MIDI grooves and universal compatibility all in one package. Top that off with ready to go mixes, built-in effects and infinite expandability, Drum Masters 2 is the ultimate virtual drum solution!

Example Drum Masters "Multi" Drum Kit Screen Shot

Drum Masters 2 Multitrack Drums put you in control of the mix as if you had the original multitrack master tapes in your hands! An accurate simulation of classic drum sounds allows you to create your own music with rare flavors of sound that were previously only a luxury to very few. This is ultimate production power inside your computer! Drum Masters kits can be combined with authentic played audio grooves from the same session to create the most realistic simulation of a live multi-track drum session of any drum plug-in today.


• Diverse Range of Kits: Unique custom and vintage drum kits from legendary drummers and top drum brands.
• Signature Styles and Sounds: Authentic techniques and recording equipment used in the session to recreate drum sounds from iconic Classic Rock albums to Jazz, Soul, Blues, Hip Hop, World, Pop and other styles.
• Full Multi-Channel Control! Hi quality discrete mic channel mixing so you can blend directs, overheads, ambient rooms and more to get a diverse range of sounds from dry to
Unprocessed Natural Acoustic Sound: Recorded naturally with no additional processing for maximum flexibility to produce, process and engineer within your DAW.
• GM and iMap Drum Maps: Both General Midi and Sonic Reality’s award-winning iMap drum layouts for the ultimate in compatibility and expressive realism when creating drum tracks.
• Round Robin Randomized Hits! All Drum Masters kits articulations have been alternated for round robin and/or randomization capabilities, allowing for the most humanly realistic and expressive sound possible.
• Dynamic Velocities and Multiple Drum Positions! Drum Kits are mapped both with multiple velocities and a variety of positions of each drum from center to edge to rim.
• Ideal Material to Use with Effect Plug-ins: Process each mic channel separately or together through your favorite studio effects plug-ins and channel strip EQ in your DAW.
• Unlimited Custom Kits Can Be Made! Drum Master kits are flexible and customizable allowing the ability to swap out kit pieces between kits to create your own custom hybrid drum kits.
• Endlessly Expandable Collection! With the Infinite Player you can expand and add more Sonic Reality drum kits, grooves and other instrument sounds to your collection.


Mapping Modes: iMap, GM, V-Drum, Custom


iMap is a proprietary MIDI note mapping/drum kit layout scheme developed by Sonic Reality that facilitates improved live performance of drum kits via MIDI keyboard. iMap places drums in their most flexible and intuitive position, allowing each of the fingers on both hands independent and coordinated control over the sampled kit. With little practice, it is possible to lay down complete drum grooves in a single take that have incredible feel and groove. I-Map has left and right stick positions per drum as well as a variety of positions from center to edge to rim. It includes additional performance articulations you don’t often get from other drum products such as left and right keys for snare rolls, separate ghost notes, hat foot open, chokes, crashing rides and more.

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GM (General MIDI)

GM is the classic mapping format for standard  MIDI files. Sonic Reality’s IMAP/GM remapping button works by putting selected IMAP notes remapped to GM notes instead. You can change an entire multi kit from IMAP to GM with one simple key switch. This offers the best of cutting edge expression without sacrificing universal compatibility with GM MIDI loops.


All Drum Masters 2 kits have been mapped for Roland's TD-20 V-Drum brain.  V-Drum mapping features include a snare drum rimshot/sidestick switch and intricate hi-hat articulation controls.   Round robin randomization and detailed articulation sampling introduce a realistic approach to e-drumming!


Assign any articulation of any instrument to any MIDI note!  By either using the MIDI Learn function or an interface knob, this mapping panel allows for ultimate flexibility for use with any electronic drum kit, multi-pad controller or any other MIDI device.



About Sonic Reality's Infinite Player

Infinite Player is a licensing mechanism that authorizes Sonic Reality sounds to be played in Native Instrumens Kontakt and the free Kontakt Player.  Kontakt is the industry's leading sampler and, combined with Sonic Reality's immaculate sampling and thorough scripting, allows for ultimate flexibility.

By registering the Infinite Player, any of Sonic Reality's sounds for Kontakt can be easily installed and expanded.  The Infinite Player library will appear in your Kontakt library in the same manner that the Kontakt Library, Akoustik Piano, or Elektrik Piano would.  After the one-time installation of the Infinite Library, all newly installed Sonic Reality sound sets for Kontakt will automatically appear!


All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Any brand and model names are for reference only; no affiliation is implied.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Any brand and model names are for reference only; no affiliation is implied.

Drum Kit Overview

Please note this is for quick reference of main content and is not meant to show accurate stereo positioning or extra kit pieces that may also be a part of the kit.

Kit Pieces:

Tama Kick Drum: 20" x 16"
Brady Snare: 14" x 7" (Maple)
Tama 2 Rack Toms: 10" x 9" & 12" x 10"
Tama 2 Floor Toms: 14" x 12" & 16" x 14"
Sabian 14" Hi Hats
Sabian Artisan Ride Cymbal 20”
Sabian 3 Crash Cymbals 18" 19" 20"

Kit Size: Over 1.8 Gigabytes (UnZipped) ; 1.88 Gigabytes (Zipped)
Kit Brand: Tama
Kit Model: Starclassic
: Maple
Stick Type: Stick
Heads: Remo clear; Coated Ambassador on snare

This kit includes the following mic channels:

    * Kick Direct
    * Sub Kick
    * Snare Top Direct
    * Snare Bottom
    * Tom 1 Direct
    * Tom 2 Direct
    * Tom 3 Direct
    * Tom 4 Direct
    * Overheads
    * Room 1
    * Room 2
    * Back Room

Multis (full kit patches):

John Blackwell MT TamStick GM.nkm
John Blackwell MT TamStick IMAP.nkm
John Blackwell MT TamStick VDRM.nkm

Instruments (kit piece patches):

JB 20in Crash 3 GM.nki
JB Tam 18in Crash 1 GM.nki
JB Tam 19in Crash 2 GM.nki
JB Tam HiHat GM.nki
JB Tam Kick GM.nki
JB Tam Ride GM.nki
JB Tam Snare GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 1 GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 1 Higher GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 2 GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 3 GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 4 GM.nki
JB Tam Tom 5 GM.nki
JB 20in Crash 3 IMAP.nki
JB Tam 18in Crash 1 IMAP.nki
JB Tam 19in Crash 2 IMAP.nki
JB Tam HiHat IMAP.nki
JB Tam Kick IMAP.nki
JB Tam Ride IMAP.nki
JB Tam Snare IMAP.nki
JB Tam Tom 1 IMAP.nki
JB Tam Tom 2 IMAP.nki
JB Tam Tom 3 IMAP.nki
JB Tam Tom 4 IMAP.nki
JB Tam Tom 5 IMAP.nki
JB 20in Crash 3 VDRM.nki
JB Tam 18in Crash 1 VDRM.nki
JB Tam 19in Crash 2 VDRM.nki
JB Tam HiHat VDRM.nki
JB Tam Kick VDRM.nki
JB Tam Ride VDRM.nki
JB Tam Snare VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 1 Higher VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 1 VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 2 VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 3 VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 4 VDRM.nki
JB Tam Tom 5 VDRM.nki

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Any brand and model names are for reference only; no affiliation is implied.


Kit Size: Over 1.8 Gigabytes (UnZipped) ; 1.88 Gigabytes (Zipped)
Kit Brand: Tama
Kit Model: Starclassic
: Maple
Stick Type: Stick
Heads: Remo clear; Coated Ambassador on snare

Kit Info: These are samples of John Blackwell's Tama drum kit. Sonic Reality conducted a marathon sampling session with John Blackwell in Miami, and this is his main kit when he performs around the world with artists such as Prince and Justin Timberlake. This kit delivers the tight, poppy, funky sound that makes Blackwell one of today's most sought-after drummers - in your own studio!

Minimum System Requirements

PC: Windows XP Pentium 3 / Athlon XP 2GHz - XP & Vista Compatible, 2 GB RAM, DVD Drive, *An activated Sonic Reality Infinite Player + Kontakt Player or Full version 3.5 of higher is required to play these sounds.

MAC: Mac OS 10.2.6, G5 1.2 GHz - Universal Binary Intel Mac Compatible , 2 GB RAM, DVD Drive, *An activated Sonic Reality Infinite Player + Kontakt Player or Full version 3.5 of higher is required to play these sounds. [Note: Kontakt Player 4 may also be used but is not compatible with PPC Mac]


Works as a plug-in for all major platforms such as ProTools®, Cubase®, Logic®, Digital Performer®, Sonar®, FL Studio®, Live® and more. Can also be read by Kontakt 3.5 and higher.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Any brand and model names are for reference only; no affiliation is implied.

For more information, please visit sonicreality.com or email  support @ esoundz . com


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