Drum Masters 2: RingBeat Stereo Drum Kit
Infinite Player library for Kontakt

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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.

All You Need Is Drums That Help It All Come Together!

This product is a multi-sampled Ludwig® "Ringo-style" drum kit made to be played from Sonic Reality’s Infinite Player. It is a vintage 60's "Downbeat" kit with black oyster pearl and even had "The Beatles" logo on the bass drum head. You get both snares on and snares off with this kit. It was recorded in a Nashville studio in a medium sized live room for flexibility to get a 60's dry drum sound or a more ambient rock sound all from the same kit. The sound of the kit is not muted (no tea towels used this time) so it is most similar to an early Beatle-esque sound with open sounding toms and snare. It is ideally suitable for getting a great multi-purpose retro 60's British Rock sound and works well with the RingBeat grooves played in the style of both early and later Beatles records.

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Sonic Notes:

Quote from Dave Kerzner of Sonic Reality about RingBeats Kit: "I am a huge Beatles fan so when Mark Hornsby told me he could get hold of a classic Beatles kit I was excited about including it for what was, at that time, to be a "British Rock" bundle in the Studio ProFiles series. Since the time these "British Rock" kits/grooves were recorded in 2005 I have been researching Beatles sounds, visiting Abbey Road Studios, reading the incredible book "Recording The Beatles" and getting first-hand mentoring from Ken Scott who recorded many of the songs on "Magical Mystery Tour" and "The White Album". There are many different Beatle-esque drum sounds that we ve achieved over the years by using particular rare microphones such as AKG® D19's and D20's, Coles® Ribbon 4038 Mics and Neumann® KM56 as well as, of all things, tea towels on the top of the drums and a sweater in the bass drum! So, while this RingBeat kit is a nice first introduction to the wonderful sound of that classic Ludwig® Downbeat "Beatles" kit it is scratching the surface of what we ve captured since. Keep an eye out for a variety of different 60's Ludwig kits sampled and treated in unique ways in studios from LA to London. This RingBeat kit and forthcoming samples of similar Ludwig® kits make up an incredible luxury of options for one of the most desired and sought after vintage sounds in music production."

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 Stereo Drum Kits:

Drum Masters Stereo Drum Kits are great for quick loading and efficient use of your computer's power. Instead of discrete mic channel mixing like Drum Masters Multi-track kits, with the Stereo Kits you have a "Ready to Go" mix of the mics preserved in less channels taking up less polyphony. You still have a individual control of the overall levels for each kit pieces like kick, snare, toms, hats and cymbals which offers a balance of speed and convenience without total sacrifice of sonic flexibility. Additionally most of the drum kits mixed without additional processing for a natural acoustic sound with the flexibility to get a wide variety of produced sounds within your DAW using your favorite effect plug-ins. The kit pieces are also easily interchangeable for creating an unlimited number of customized kits. Drum Masters kits can also be combined with authentic played audio grooves from the same session for building the ultimate drum track with realism.


• 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.
• Ready to Go Stereo Mixes! Stereo mixed kit pieces with overall level control of the kick, snare, toms, hats and cymbals. Stereo Kits load fast and are incredibly efficient on your computer power. It's ideal for laptops!
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.
• Left and Right Hand Alternate Hits! Drum Masters iMap kits have left and right stick alternate hits on separate keys for avoiding machine gun effect and simulating a drummer’s natural alternating two hand playing.
• 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.
• Uses the Infinite Player Software: All Drum Masters Kits and Grooves are played from Sonic Reality’s Infinite Player library for Kontakt, which works stand alone for the Mac and PC and as a plug-in for major DAWS like ProTools, Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Digital Performer and more.
• 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:

Ludwig Kick Drum: 22" x 14"
Ludwig Jazz Festival Snare Drum: 14" x 5"
Ludwig 1 (2) Rack Tom(s): (10" x 8") & 13" x 9"
Ludwig 1 Floor Toms: 16" x 16"
Zildjian 14" Hi Hats
Zildjian Ride Cymbal 20"
Zildjian 2 Crash Cymbals 16" 18"
(Zildjian Splash cymbal)
(Zildjian China cymbal)

Kit Size: 331 MB (zipped)
Kit Brand: Ludwig
Kit Model: Liverpool 4
Wood: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Stick Type: Stick

Multis (full kit patches):

RingBeat ST Kit GM.nkm
RingBeat ST Kit IMAP.nkm
RingBeat ST Kit VDRM.nkm

Instruments (kit piece patches):

RingBeats STm Hat GM.nki
RingBeats STm Kick GM.nki
RingBeats STm Snare GM.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 1 Higher GM.nki
RingBeats STm China.nki
RingBeats STm Crash 1.nki
RingBeats STm Crash 2.nki
RingBeats STm Hat VDRM.nki
RingBeats STm Hat.nki
RingBeats STm Kick.nki
RingBeats STm Ride.nki
RingBeats STm Snare.nki
RingBeats STm Splash.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 1 Higher.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 1.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 2 Higher.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 2.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 3 Lower.nki
RingBeats STm Tom 3.nki

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Kit Size: 331 MB (zipped)
Kit Brand: Ludwig
Kit Model: Liverpool 4
Wood: 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Stick Type: Stick

Kit Info: This is the drum kit that arguably shaped the future of drumming the most since the invention of the modern drum kit in 1909. In the style of Ringo Starr of the Beatles, this recording of a Ludwig Liverpool 4 drum kit makes the world-famous Fab Four sound easily obtained via the Infinite Player!

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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