Klevgrand has compiled multi-samples of 30 different percussive instruments to create the fun and finger-drumming-tastic Slammer.
You get a number of things with a Klevgrand plugin: You get elegant ideas, great sounds and a playful interface, Slammer definitely comes with all that. Inside you’ll find 30 different “instruments” or rather objects that have been struck and while these include kick drums, snares and cymbals you’ll also discover crowbars, buckets, shovels, wooden knobs and teflon trays. The remarkable thing is how great they all sound together.
You have 12 cells in which to build your kit and they are mapped usefully across every octave of your keyboard so you’re never searching around for the right octave. Each sound has an editor where you can tweak the pitch, filtering, decay time, velocity mapping and effects routing. It comes with a bunch of curated kits ready to go including some very interesting tuned shovels and pipes.
On the effects side you have a reverb with some natural and industrial spaces, some distortion for adding Dirt and a little bit of Tone EQ.
I like how contained this is for a drum instrument. So often you get these huge studio kits with gigabytes of library that can overwhelm your homemade tracks. Slammer contains just enough to get you playing with the minimum of fuss or sound surfing. The library is full of quirks and surprises and is not perhaps suitable for someone just looking for a regular drum kit. However, the interface is fun and lively, adorably drawn, simple to understand and I’d love them to release some more regular kits for it.
Slammer is available now for macOS, Windows and iOS for $24.99