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MODO DRUM 1.5 is IK's newly expanded physical modeling drum virtual instrument. Using a powerful combination of modal synthesis and advanced sampling, MODO DRUM 1.5 now gives you 13 deeply customizable virtual drum kits and a wider choice of versions to suit your needs. Unlike traditional sample-based virtual instruments, MODO DRUM utilizes IK’s award-winning modal synthesis technology and an ultra-optimized sound engine to bring your drums to life.

Each drum’s acoustic behavior is determined by its physical parameters: dimensions, materials, skin and more—as well by modeling the play style, the interaction of the drum head with the body, the sympathetic vibration of the drums with each other and the acoustic interaction with the room. In short, MODO DRUM is creating sound in real time based on the ever-changing interactions between the player, drums and room, mimicking the vibe of a real, live drummer. It’s never been easier to bring life to your drum tracks—and by extension, your music overall.

13 Drum Kits, Infinite Possibilities

Enter the Showroom and choose one of up 13 drum kits to use as your starting point. From new ones like Silver, Brit Custom and Metal, to Extreme, Grungy, Plexi and more, each kit has been chosen to represent a particular style, genre or time period, and to give you the widest range of possible timbres and tones.

Build Your Drum Room

A new Custom Shop has been added to MODO DRUM CS and SE, which makes it easy to unlock new kits. With a single click on your choice of drum kit in the Showroom, you’ll be redirected to the IK website where you’ll find all the options to fill your cart and check out. From there, open the IK Product Manager to download and install your new kit directly in MODO DRUM, ready to make music.

Customize Your Kit

Enter the CUSTOMIZE section to add, remove, swap and rearrange drums from the starter kits. For every drum in the kit, you can adjust the skins, tuning and damping. Then, adjust the diameter, the height and the shell profile of the drum itself. For snare drums, you can adjust the type and tension of the snare and for both kick and snare you can even adjust the sympathetic vibration of nearby drums as well.

Tune cymbals up and down, and adjust damping to precisely shape their sound and performance. Save any element as an individual preset, or save the entire kit to use your dream drums over and over again. With the most customization options ever seen on a drum plug-in, feel free to dive in and let your creativity run wild.

Skip the Auditions, Meet Your Drummer

Beyond just kit construction, you can also control the way the “drummer” plays each drum in the PLAY STYLE section. You can adjust the location and accuracy of each drum hit to shape the sound and give your grooves a more precise or more relaxed feel. You can even edit the stick type for each hand.

For kick drum beaters, choose heel up or down technique and switch between felt, plastic and wood beaters. Worried about realism? MODO DRUM’s infinite round robin feature ensures that absolutely no hit sounds identical. Just like a real drummer, it gives you a subtly different performance every time.

Bringing the Room to You

MODO DRUM’s ROOM section lets you place your drums in an array of different environments, from a dry drum booth to IK’s own in-house recording studio, to clubs, cathedrals and more. MODO DRUM uses convolution to ensure each element of your kit interacts naturally with the space and with each other. Let it ring, or add gates and compression on the room tone for even more creative drum sounds.

Fine-tuning Made Easy

The MIXER built into MODO DRUM gives you total control over the recorded sound. Adjust levels and panning per element of your kit—mute or solo your elements and flip phase. Elements can be grouped in buses and each element has two sends to process multiple elements with the same FX for a more cohesive feel.

Speaking of FX, MODO DRUM includes a massive suite of 19 studio processors and effects derived from T-RackS and AmpliTube, to sculpt the final flavor of the kit. Tracks, buses, FX returns, and even the master output each host an 8-band parametric EQ plus four additional FX slots for endless sound shaping possibilities.

Now, Get Your Groove On

Once you’ve dialed in your dream kit, perfected your performance and mastered your drum mix, it’s time to start making music. Browse through MODO DRUM’s 1400+ MIDI patterns to help kick start your creativity.

Here in the GROOVES section, we’ve included smart filters to help pinpoint the exact loops you’re looking for, classified by things like genre, length and time signature. You’ll find MIDI patterns of every style and mood here, including variations to easily build song sections. These loops are handcrafted by our team or drawn from our best-selling sample libraries to be unmistakably unique, authentic and inspiring. Trigger these from within MODO DRUM or drag and drop into your DAW to explore the virtually endless possibilities.

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  • Groundbreaking real-time modal synthesis technology
  • Up to 13 iconic drum kits cover every style and genre of music
  • Adjust every element of the sound on the fly
  • Control the entire act of playing drums—kit, play style, sticks, room and FX
  • Integrated Grooves manager with over 1,400 grooves in many different styles
  • New Custom Shop and SE versions let you add new kits any time

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