I have just released an update of the AVL-Drumkits (now at 1.1). For those who are unfamiliar these are free sample libraries of 2 complete Drumkits and hand percussion in Hydrogen, SFZ and Soundfont2 formats. These kits are intended to bring an authentic acoustic, organic drum sound to your MIDI DAW arrangements and preserve real-world characteristics such as tom ringing and overtones unlike many General MIDI kits that sound sterile. AVL-Drumkits feature 5 sample layers per kit piece, have a very light memory footprint and are suitable for systems old and new. The shell samples provide both center and edge hits to emulate right and left hands and the cymbals are quite realistic without truncated samples. Additional resources are available such as a PDF Keymap and Midnam files to use with MIDI tracks in Ardour and Mixbus.
- Now licensed CC-BY-SA with a slightly modified license (Thanks to Nils Gey)
- Newly added Soundfont2 versions! (tested with the new 'a-Fluid Synth' plugin in Ardour 5.4)
- Cleaned up formatting of SFZ text files with better key number ordering (didn't affect performance, just my OCD)
- New Kick drum samples for both kits with fuller sounding closed resonant heads.
Downloads, more detailed information and Audio and Video demos of the Kits can all be found at the AVL-Drumkits webpage:http://www.bandshed.net/avldrumkits/
Enjoy! Glen MacArthur - AV Linux Maintainer
Conor at libremusicproduction.com has done a great tutorial here on getting everything working together with the SF2 versions in Ardour 5.4:http://libremusicproduction.com/tutorials/using-avl-drumkits-fluid-synth-ardour