Billy Cobham Drums from IK Multimedia is a virtual instrument that features the sounds and playing styles of legendary jazz drummer, Billy Cobham. There are over 2,000 recorded drum samples, including more than 400 audio grooves, all recorded at Long View Farm Studio in Massachusetts, through a classic Trident A-Range console using eight Neumann U67 tube microphones.
Every detail and nuance of his kit and performance style was captured with eight velocities per drum, using as many as eight round robins per velocity (multiple samples per note/hit). In addition to the full kit instrument, individual instruments include the kick drums, snare drums, toms, hi-hats, ride cymbal, and crash cymbals, allowing for complete customization.
The drums are mapped using an extended General MIDI mapping, so the library can be easily mixed and matched with other kits. Fourteen instruments are grouped as "songs," each with its own tempo. The SampleTank 3's STRETCH engine allows for easily changing the tempo of the audio grooves without affecting the pitch of the drums.
Billy Cobham Drums can be used for pop, funk, hip hop, jazz fusion, rock, blues and nearly any kind of music where an expressive audiophile drum track is required. It can function standalone or as a plug-in instrument when loaded into the company's free SampleTank Custom Shop, or as a loaded instrument in SampleTank 3 or SE workstations.