Bogren Digital releases Krimh Drums, a free heavy metal acoustic drum sound library for Kontakt Player.
It’s been an oddly great month if you’re into acoustic drum libraries. First BFD Free, and now Bogren Digital has joined the fray with the release of Krimh Drums.
This release is a little bit narrower in scope compared to BFD Free, though. But the good news is that it’s a freeware Kontakt library that’s fully compatible with Kontakt Player, so you won’t need the full version of NI Kontakt.
So, what is Krimh Drums?
Bogren Digital is no stranger to creating impulse responses and amp sims for metal guitarists. The developer also sells one-shot drum samples and drum kits.
Krimh Drums is a bit of a departure, acting as an enclosed all-in-one metal drums solution for Kontakt Player and Kontakt.
The library is sampled from performances from Kerim Lechner, otherwise known as Krimh. Krimh has quite a storied history in the metal scene with tenures in groups like Decapitated and Behemoth, so these have got to be some insanely good drums.
Now, from my brief time fiddling around with Krimh Drums, I can confirm that this is a solid drum kit for heavy metal. I could see it being perfectly at home with more polished black metal, death, and even some stoner/doom provided you soak the whole kit in the biggest plate reverb you can find.
While the free edition has a significantly cut-down set of samples, you’ve still got plenty of options when it comes to great sounds for drums.
Krimh Drums Free has a single snare, kick, three toms, and seven cymbals. The MIDI grooves and mixer panel are where it departs from its paid counterpart.
You don’t get a whole lot of control for mixing, but everything should be production-ready. You only get around a dozen grooves, which is still more than I would have expected for what is essentially a demo of the full product.
I thankfully have a glut of random drum grooves for rock and metal uses, and they work great. I never really felt the need to adjust things or tinker with the velocity of certain hits. There’s likely some clever scripting at play to keep things sound nice and natural.
Krim Drums Free is available for Kontakt Player and Kontakt, so Windows and Mac users are well covered.
Download: Krimh Drums (FREE)