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the piece of the kit you want to map, then playing the desired
note (see Screenshot 2).
Spitfire has already mapped verisons of every kit under
Mapped Kits. However, if you know what you like, a blank
slate patch for every kit is also available under Unmapped
Kits, allowing you to get right into customizing things the
way you need. A few other controls are easily mapped to
controllers, such as Lowpass filter amount and Expression
(overall loudness of the kit), depending on the loaded patch
(see Screenshot 3, which also applies to loops).
Loops
Don't tell my drummer friends, but I'm a big fan of
drum loops. Most music needs a solid groove, and wellmade loops provide a great jumping-off point. But what
constitues "well-made"? In my opinion, the two main
factors are: well-played patterns (the simpler the better),
and well-made recordings (the closest to the raw sound
of the source the better). The Grange's loops deliver on
both of these points in a way that few libraries do.
Our good buddies Roger, Chad, and Andy can obviously play-but it wouldn't be obvious to everyone to just
have them lay down some everyday grooves. Thankfully
Spitfire knew how valuable this would be, and among the
thousands of loops are some straight-up, downright simple
patterns. And of course there are also more 'signature' patterns you might expect from players of this caliber. Lastly,
while the loops are easily timestretched to tempo, the lack
of quantizing leaves the grooves feeling great.

General impressions
The Grange is one of the most well produced drum libraries I've ever
come across. This isn't very surprising coming from the likes of Spitfire,
but they clearly set out to impress. It is eminently usable (see Screenshot
4 for the introduction to its inline Help system), putting some serious
drum sounds at your fingertips without painting you into any corners.
Even if 'classic rock drums' isn't your thing, you owe it to yourself to
check it out if you use any library drums at all.
Jon Hillman (hillman@recordingmag.com) is a game audio composer
and sound designer living and working in northern Colorado. Learn
more at jonhillman.com.
Delivery: Web download (or physical hard drive, £69 extra),
~27 GB on disk
Format: Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.8+, loads in Native
Instruments Kontakt 5 (latest version recommended)
or in free Kontakt Player
Copy Protection: Requires Kontakt, uses NI Service Center
serial number
Licensing: Sounds can be used royalty-free in original music
recordings; no resale or repackaging in products for
resale permitted
Documentation: inline contextual help, online user manual
Price: £199 (~$305 at current exchange rates)
More from: Spitfire Audio, www.spitfireaudio.com


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