Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums Collection
Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums - Kits - MixMaster Sessions: EnsembleDrums - StageMaster Sessions: EnsembleDrums - Loops - Loop Mutator

Ensemble Drums Collection


What is Ensemble Drums?

Introducing Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums

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Master Sessions is Heavyocity’s boutique line of scoring tools for the pro composer. Recorded in New York City, the Master Sessions series focuses on specific instruments and ensembles housed in Heavyocity’s award-winning engine (powered by Kontakt). Master Sessions delivers an epic sound without the epic price! Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums delivers 7 unique multi-sampled drum ensembles and over 300 tempo-synced loops. Each ensemble consists of up to 10 different drums, performed simultaneously by 5 players. Through creative processing and mixing, Heavyocity’s team composed banks of loops to be inspiring and immediately useful.
Ensemble Drums - Kits

Ensemble Drums - Kits

The 7 ensembles contain a mixture of taikos, roto toms, field bass drums and snares, concert bass drums, floor toms, and large containers. These massive, punchy ensembles are presented in both menu and single kit presets, providing complete control over your sound. Heavyocity has further tweaked and affected the kits, creating an additional 24 presets with a more aggressive edge. Mix and shape your sound using Heavyocity’s proprietary interface containing global effects (reverb, delay, distortion, and chorus mod), per-drum EQ, per-channel ADSR, TriggerFX, and the signature Punish and Twist knobs. *Interested in just Ensemble Drums - Kits? Get it for $89. Learn More...
Ensemble Drums - Loops

Ensemble Drums - Loops

Ensemble Drums - Loops contains over 300 tempo-synced phrases arranged in menu and single loop presets. As an exciting new feature, the content is now divided into straight and triplet loops. It is a veritable “Barrage - à - Trois”. Rearrange and adjust the loops by slice with Heavyocity’s signature “Loop Mutator”. Dial in the Trigger FX, master effects, filter modulation and ADSR for radical sonic results. Layer massive kits with hybrid loops to create huge walls of percussion. Mix and match loop “stems” to build your own unique combinations of tempo-synced rhythms. *Interested in just Ensemble Drums - Loops? Get it for $89. Learn More...
Collection Details

Collection Details

Kits - Main Page

Control Your Sound

Master Sesssions: Ensemble Drums’ user interface was designed FOR composers and sound designers BY composers and sound designers, providing simple, intuitive ways to alter the sounds without leaving the interface. Three levels of effects are intrinsically bound to the Kit and Loop components — apply effects globally, engage the Trigger-FX, or tweak individual sounds.

Twist, Punish, Effect

Globally affect the preset with one of the 4 Master FX (Delay, Mod, Drive, and Convolution). You have control over four effect-specific parameters (like effect amount, rate, size, or depth). Dial in the aggression with the signature “Punish” Knob, a combination of saturation, distortion, and compression. Or, modulate the shape of the sound with the “Twist” knob.
Loops - Eq and Filter

EQ, Filter, Modulate

Sculpt your sound with per-channel and per-loop EQs or add sizzle and punch with the 4-band Master EQ. Control the modulation of filters with an envelope or LFO in Ensemble Drums - Loops, altering the amount and rate of an LFO, or trigger the Filter with an ADSR envelope.

Ensemble Drums - Kits

The Mixer Page

Mixer Page The Mixer provides tune, pan, and level control for each of it’s 3 channels. Adjust the faders for the right blend of close, room and hall channels. Tap into per channel (or linkable) ADSR envelopes and per channel solo/mute buttons to isolate and adjust individual sounds if desired, or “Purge” individual channels to turn them off, reducing the instrument’s memory footprint.


Staging The Stage is a 3-dimensional representation of the stereo field, useful for visually placing the drums in your kit. You can place individual drums at any one of the 35 positions across the stereo field. Real-time visual feedback of playing sounds allows you to adjust drum placements quickly and easily. Shift-click to assign all drums to one stage position or trigger each drum and click to assign it’s position in the hall.

Ensemble Drums - Loops

The Loop Mutatortm

Loop Mutator The Loop Mutator™ allows you to re-compose and re-imagine 300+ loops with spectacular results. Take full control over number of steps, time signature, step subdivision (straight, dotted, or triplet), individual step duration, Loop/Slice selection, and velocity. Use the randomize option to quickly generate intricate patterns and beats. Eight fully customizable and linkable patterns per preset allow you to create complex grooves and sequences (up to 128 steps) of full rhythmic loops (in the Menus). Activate the Loop Mutator with a Single Loop preset to quickly re-compose or change the timing of any loop. Use any of Ensemble Drums’ percussion loops as they are or turn on the Loop Mutator™ and create unique sequences that are completely your own.

Loop Control

Single Loop Editor Ensemble Drums - Loops offers 300+ carefully sculpted percussion loops arranged into 2 main categories: Loop Menus and Single Loops. These loops, comprised of both straight and triplet grooves, are perfect for composing in any rhythmic environment. The Loop Menus are intelligently mapped and formatted into “breakout” presets, allowing you to perform the full loop in a single key or mix and match individual layers. Single Loop presets provide level, pan, and tuning for each slice, and allow you to quickly recompose your groove via midi drag-and-drop.
The Sound of the Collection

The Sound of the Collection

Bunker Studios

Bunker Studios

Ensemble Drums was recorded at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, NY by John Davis (not of Korn). The 3,000 square foot recording studio utilizes a wide array of analog gear, including an SSL 4040e mixing console, BAE microphone Pre’s, and a massive collection of vintage and modern microphones. The pinewood room of Studio A, boasting a huge 25’ ceiling, was the ideal environment for achieving the tight, punchy impact we desired for the Ensemble Drums Collection.

Ensemble Performances

The Heavyocity team performed all the percussion found in Ensemble Drums collection. Each ensemble consists of round-robin performances at multiple velocities. Close, room and ceiling-mounted X-Y mics created the perfect capturing environment for the massive ensembles.
Single Drum

Creative Processing

All content was mixed and mastered through Heavyocity’s high end signal chain of analog and digital equipment. In addition to the crisp, organic percussion, we tweaked, eq’ed, filtered, and modulated the content to produce grittier, overdriven sounds and loops.

Ensemble Drums Collection: Videos and Tutorials

What The Pros Say About Ensemble Drums Collection

  • Ensemble Drums Collection uses Heavyocity's Ensemble Drums Collection

    Ensemble Drums Collection

    Joe Trapanese

    "Heavyocity’s new Ensemble Drums is a welcome addition to my studio. Continuing their reputation for powerful organic percussion, it’s ease of use and impressive sonic quality provides an excellent foundation for modern film music production."

    Oblivion, The Bournce Legacy, Tron: Legacy
  • Ensemble Drums Collection uses Heavyocity's Ensemble Drums Collection

    Ensemble Drums Collection

    Cris Velasco

    "Between Damage, DM-307 and Evolve, I thought I had every massive percussion library I'd ever need. I was wrong. Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums brings the extra low end punch that blends perfectly with your other libraries. These are samples that you didn't know you needed, but that now you can't live without."

    Borderlands 1 & 2, God Of War I-III, Mass Effect 2 & 3
  • Ensemble Drums Collection uses Heavyocity's Ensemble Drums Collection

    Ensemble Drums Collection

    Clinton Shorter

    "Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums is yet another killer sounding, sleek and deceivingly deep product from Heavyocity. The kits sit nicely in your mixes, and with the ability to Punish and Twist all the stem breakdowns of the loops, it's easy to make them your own."

    "District 9", "The Informant", Pompeii
  • Ensemble Drums Collection uses Heavyocity's Ensemble Drums Collection

    Ensemble Drums Collection

    Tom Salta

    "Master Sessions: Ensemble Drums does an incredible job of providing beefy, massive and hard hitting percussion ensembles that are supper tight, mix ready and sound huge at any volume. Like previous Heavyocity products, all the programming is rock solid and consistent.”

    H.A.W.X. Series, Prince of Persia, Red Steel Series, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Industry Accolades for Ensemble Drums Collection

  • - September2014

    Reviewed: Ensemble Drums Collection

    "Whoever is on the lookout for exceptional drum sounds, will find it here - whether you are looking for percussive counterparts for guitar-driven productions, or if you have just enough of the bread and butter drums and would like to spice up your own productions accordingly." Read the Full Review

  • - September 2014

    Reviewed: Ensemble Drums Collection

    "I can make these drums fit in any context I'd like. I could make them sound like "Evolve" or "Damage", or more importantly, I could easily make them sound like "me". The sounds are excellent, the programming stunning and the interface doesn't get in your way. What more could you want?" 94/100 Read the Full Review

  • Computer Music - Autumn 2014

    Reviewed: Ensemble Drums Collection

    "The numerous presets cover plenty of ground, while Heavyocity's proprietary scripted Kontakt interface is still the one to - ahem - beat, with its sequenced effects and Loop Mutator taking centre stage. Awe-inspiring." 9/10 Read the Full Column in the Autumn 2014 (CM209) Edition

  • **Requires the Full version of Kontakt 5 (version or later)
  • 3.5 GB uncompressed (1.9GB on Disk with NI lossless compression)
  • Available as direct download only
  • 1,650+ samples
  • 470+ NKIs
    • 30+ Kits
    • 27 Loop Menus
    • 400+ Single Loop Presets
  • 5 Multis
  • The Stage for easy stereo placement
  • Playable Trigger FX™ for real-time control
  • Loop Mutator™ for real-time re-composing of loops
  • Stand-alone, VST, AU, DXi, AAX, RTAS
  • Powered by the Kontakt Engine
  • Kontakt 5 Full Version or higher required.
  • Minimum System Requirements
    • Mac: OS X 10.7, Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
    • PC: Windows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit, Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2GB RAM


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