Neil Peart Drums from IK Multimedia is a virtual instrument that features the sounds and playing styles of legendary Rush drummer, Neil Peart. The over 2,000 recorded drum samples include more than 800 audio grooves, all recorded by recent Rush producer, Nick Rasculinecz, along with IK's US founder, Dave Kerzner.
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 are included for 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. Seventeen instruments are grouped as "songs," each with its own tempo. SampleTank 3's STRETCH engine allows for easily changing the tempo of the audio grooves without affecting the pitch of the drums.
Neil Peart Drums can be used for rock, metal, jazz fusion, pop and every kind of music where a clear, punchy drum track, that is well-articulated at every velocity, 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.