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Invictus Audio Metal Pack Drum Samples

Brandon Drury —  June 5, 2011 — Leave a comment

I’ve learned that drum sounds are as subjective as the music made with them.  I always look at what CAN be made with a set of drum samples.  Some users look at what CAN’T be made with a set of drum samples.  (Ice cream comes to mind first.)  Because of that we end up with wildly different views on the damn things.  With the Invictus Audio Metal Pack, one thing they can do is modern metal.

The Sound

I thought the Invictus Audio Metal Pack pulls off the ultra-scooped metal drum sound as well as any sample package I’ve heard.  I like Superior Drummer’s Metal Foundry, which has quite a bit more 1k-2k in it.  That sound is heard on many modern records, but the sound I really like is scooped a bit more in that region and the Metal Pack really nails that.

On some samples there was some extra oomph in the low mids (140-150Hz) but this was no big deal and probably not something everyone will feel the need to do.

These are quite a bit more natural sounding than the Steven Slate stuff although they come with the same over the top attack.  It’s hard to put into words.  Natural isn’t something many of us go for with metal drums so I’m not sure how important it is.  I guess just be sure to compare the two as there are differences.  I guess the Metal Pack allows more tweaking if you really feel the need.  Slate works you a bit more into a corner….not that it’s a bad corner by any means.

They taught on their website that these samples are designed to punch through a dense mix at maximum RMS level and I have to say that they hold that claim up extremely well.

If you are into modern metal, take a listen to the clip at here .This is what you get immediately the first time you plug in.  You don’t have to process them or layer them (unless you feel like it).  They are ready to rock right out of the box.  The fact that they nail the modern metal sound is a real time saver for me as I don’t have to deal with squeezing that sound out .  It’s already there.

I was impressed with the variety.  It’s easy to lump up all modern metal drums into one generic category, but there is quite a bit of variety in the genre and the Metal Pack covers all bases.

Reliability / In Use

I loaded the samples off the DVD, fired up Drumagog (it also works in Trigger) and went to town.  I never had a single problem with them.  Only kicks, snares, and toms are included so you’ll want to use these to supplement either a real drum kit or other sample packs.

Note:  Big points for Invictus Audio for actually mixing their demonstration tracks.    :beerbangX:Most drum sample companies turn the drums up 6dB, which tells me nothing how the samples will work in a real mix and essentially wastes my time.

Conclusion

If you are modern metal head, just buy the Invictus Audio Metal Pack.  At $129 it’s a no brainer.

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Ny Guy – 06-08-2011, 08:07 AM
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Can these samples be used with Superior drummer?

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brandondrury – 06-08-2011, 02:49 PM
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I’m not aware of any way to integrate them, but I just used Drumagog to replace the snare track from Superior Drummer and it worked extremely well. I was able to get the modern metal sound I was looking for (which the Invictus stuff pretty much specializes in) quite a bit quicker than with Superior Drummer.

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frostmaster – 06-09-2011, 01:40 PM
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can you use cymbals from superior drummer and drums from metal pack, in this Drumagog software? I’ve never used it
And what cymbals can you recommend for metal? I guess something compressed that can fit the mix but blends nicely in mix with guitars and everything…
thank you in advance ^^

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pwyndham – 06-09-2011, 05:51 PM
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I’m proud to say I’m not into modern metal.

But I’m looking for great sounding drum software. I use betamonkey and it’s alright but far from fantastic. Perhaps it’s got more to do with the fact that I’m wet behind the ears with home recording, 1 year under my belt to date. It would be great to have some awesome punk, rock, and folk drum software that sounded really natural so my drum tracks wouldn’t suck as bad.

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brandondrury – 06-10-2011, 03:02 PM
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It would be great to have some awesome punk, rock, and folk drum software that sounded really natural so my drum tracks wouldn’t suck as bad.
I can’t think of a genre that Superior Drummer 2.0 can’t cover well. The default kit is already EQ’d to sound pretty bright which makes pretty awesome for metal and country. (Yeah, you heard me. ). The expansions, which are pretty affordable, for Hit Factory….and I forget the other one….are awesome for the natural thing when that is called for. If S2.0 isn’t up your alley, BFD2 is the other one that stands out. I’ve never it, unfortunately, but I’ve heard many tracks with it and it sounds great. If you can’t make killer music with one of these tools, your problems are probably bigger than the drum software. Then again, I always look at drum samples as what I CAN do with them and not necessarily what I can’t do with them….if that makes sense.

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brandondrury – 06-10-2011, 03:06 PM
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can you use cymbals from superior drummer and drums from metal pack, in this Drumagog software? I’ve never used it And what cymbals can you recommend for metal? I guess something compressed that can fit the mix but blends nicely in mix with guitars and everything… thank you in advance ^^
Yeah, this is Drumagog-type samples. They also work in Steven Slate Trigger. So you could do all your main programming with S2.0 and replace them with these if you saw fit. Keep in mind that S2.0 already sounds tip top so the only reason to replace them would be if you are looking for a very specific sound and maybe it’s just faster/easier/whatever to rely on the Invictus stuff. The clips of Metal Foundry (particularly Metal Foundry) on the Toontrack website are world class and aren’t flawed. It’s just an issue of taste.Cymbals for metal? Oh, I don’t know. I come from a different side of the fence where drummers bring in their kit and we make it work. I’d guess that cymbals aren’t something are genre specific. I’d guess it’s more taste specific or song specific…..kinda like how vocal mics aren’t good for metal, they are good with specific voices.

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shadowsreach – 07-19-2011, 06:22 PM
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Great information I like the drums in this package a lot I just got the metal foundry seems real similar to that package Thanks!

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embolus – 09-14-2011, 02:55 AM
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Quote Originally Posted by pwyndham View Post
I’m proud to say I’m not into modern metal.

But I’m looking for great sounding drum software. I use betamonkey and it’s alright but far from fantastic. Perhaps it’s got more to do with the fact that I’m wet behind the ears with home recording, 1 year under my belt to date. It would be great to have some awesome punk, rock, and folk drum software that sounded really natural so my drum tracks wouldn’t suck as bad.
I use Beta Monkey and SD2, I learnt how to tweak the Betas 1st and then SD 2, I really like the punch from Beta monkey. And prefer their cymbols to. Ive never used Invictus but darn keen to take em for a whirl!!

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manvsmushroom – 04-26-2012, 12:40 AM
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Superior trumps this IMO

 

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of RecordingReview.com and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.
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