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Vir2 Instruments

Studio Kit Builder

More Bang...Less Buck. A virtual instrument drum encyclopedia.
Studio Kit Builder - More Bang...Less Buck. A virtual instrument drum encyclopedia.
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"The Studio Kit Builder's sounds are accurate and incredibly usable, with kits ranging from jazz, country and R'n'B to rock and metal." - Studio Village

"The breadth of SKB drum kits is remarkable, and the sounds are burnished and punchy. Vir2 has come up with a huge, versatile drum library whose kit pieces can easily change on short notice." - Electronic Musician

Presenting the most complete encyclopedia of acoustic drum kits ever collected into one product: Studio Kit Builder brings you 130 drum kit pieces and more than 50 prebuilt drum kits. Studio Kit Builder supplies you with ten times the quantity of many other drum virtual instruments on the market. Create your own perfect drum kit from highly detailed top-of-the-line kit pieces. Whether you're working on a sultry brush groove or a heavy-hitting metal track, Studio Kit Builder is able to cover a wide variety of genres and stylistic needs. It offers full control over multiple mic positions and multi-track mixing of the kit. It's simple to create pristine and beautiful professional studio quality drum parts from its built-in MIDI grooves. Employing breakthrough techniques for realism and dynamic playing, Studio Kit Builder sets a new standard for what is expected of modern drum virtual instruments.

Studio Kit Builder is powered by the industry-leading Kontakt engine. It is compatible with VST, AudioUnit, and RTAS (Pro Tools 9 and higher) plug-in formats allowing it to work seamlessly within any major sequencer, in addition to standalone use.

The Studio Kit Builder interface is very easy to navigate. There are four main pages; the Kit, Mixer, Mapping, and Player.

This is the default screen when a patch is first loaded. Clicking on the any of the drumheads or cymbal tops will open the edit box for that kit piece:


The Kit page is where you can construct a custom drum kit:


The mixer in Studio Kit Builder gives you complete control over each kit piece. The easy to use, familiar controls make it easy to quickly tailor the sound of your kit to fit any musical situation:


The mapping page allows you to re-map any articulation to any key. Simply click on the drop-down menu to the right of any key to reveal a list of all articulations for each kit piece:


The Player contains a large collection of MIDI files in many different styles, which can be dragged directly on to a midi track in your host DAW for quickly building a drum track.


Studio Kit Builder contains:

  • Kicks

    • Balladeer
    • Blue Jazz Soft Beater
    • Blue Jazz Roomy 1
    • Blue Jazz Roomy 2
    • Canopus
    • Fiberglass 24"
    • Gretsch Booty Rumble
    • Gretsch 8O's 1
    • Gretsch 8O's 2
    • Gretsch 8O's 3
    • Jungle
    • Ludwig 26"
    • Ludwig Vistalite
    • MetalRoomy 1
    • MetalRoomy 2
    • Metal Roomy Deep
    • Metal Roomy Clicky
    • Punch Drunk
    • Punchy Bright
    • Punchy Dark
    • Snappy Rock
    • Sonor Modern Rock
    • Steve Williams Slingerland 24"
    • Tama Rockstar 22"
    • Tama Superstar 22"
    • Vintage 70's
    • Zep Huge Rock

  • Snares

    • Ayotte Maple 14x4"
    • Ayotte 14x5"
    • Ayotte 14x5" Blastix
    • Ayotte 14x5" Brush
    • Ayotte Steel 14x6..5"
    • Ayotte Steel 14x6.5" Blastix
    • Beefy 13x6"
    • Borg 14x6"
    • Blue Jazz Big Band
    • Blue Jazz Brush
    • Blue Jazz
    • Carlton Vintage 14x2.5"
    • Conopus Aluminum 14x6.5"
    • Conopus Zelkouo 14x6.5"
    • Fibes Acrylic 14x4.5"
    • Jungle
    • Kids Toy
    • Kids Toy Blastix
    • Kids Toy Brush
    • Lo-Fi High Pitch
    • Kitchen Smacker
    • Ludwig Acrolite 14x5"
    • Ludwig Vistalite
    • Mapex Brass 14x6.5"
    • Marching Snare 1
    • Marching Snare 2
    • Pearl FFS Brass 14x5"
    • Rogers 14x5"
    • Solid Piccolo 14x3.5"
    • Solid Piccolo 14x3.5" Blastix
    • Soulful Brush
    • Steve Wliliams 14x7"
    • Tama Piccolo 12x3"
    • Tama Rockstar
    • 70's Muted
    • 80s Phatness

  • Toms (Four sizes)

    • Big Band Toms
    • Big Band Toms Brush
    • Blue Jazz Toms
    • Brush Toms
    • Canopus Toms
    • Casual Toms
    • Jungle Toms
    • Lo-Fi Toms
    • Lo-Fi Toms Blastix
    • Lo-Fi Toms Brush
    • Ludwig Toms
    • Ludwig Vistalite Toms
    • Raw Toms
    • Sonor Toms
    • Sparkle Toms
    • Steve Williams Slingerland Toms
    • Tama Rockstar Power Toms
    • Tama Rockstar Toms
    • Towel Toms
    • Toy Toms
    • Vintage 60s Toms
    • Vintage 70s Toms

  • HiHats

    • Blue Big Band
    • Blue Big Band Brush
    • Blue Jazz
    • Bojangles
    • Lo-Fi Trashy
    • Paiste Dark Energy 14"
    • Sabian AA HiHat 15"
    • Zildjian K Dark 14"

  • Rides

    • Blue Big Band High Ride
    • Blue Big Band Low Ride
    • Blue Brush High Ride Brush
    • Blue Brush Low Ride Brush
    • Blue Jazz High Ride
    • Blue Jazz Low Ride
    • Paiste Dry Heavy Ride 21"
    • Sabian HH Jazz Ride 20"
    • Sabian Manhattan Ride 20"
    • Zildjian K Custom Ride 22"

  • Crashes

    • Blue Big Band High Crash
    • Blue Big Band Medium Crash
    • Blue Big Band Low Crash
    • Blue Brush Band High Crash Brush
    • Blue Brush Band Medium Crash Brush
    • Blue Brush Band Low Crash Brush
    • Blue Jazz High Crash
    • Blue Jazz Medium Crash
    • Blue Jazz Low Crash
    • Sabian AAX Dark Crash 19"
    • Sabian Vault Crash 17"
    • Sabian Vault Crash 20"
    • Toy Crash
    • Zildjian Crash O Doom 20"
    • Zildjian Custom EFX 16"
    • Zildjian Custom EFX 18"
    • Zildjian K Custom Crash 16"
    • Zildjian K Custom Crash 18"
    • Zildjian Remix EFX Cymbal 16"

  • Splashes

    • Zildjian Splash 8"
    • Zildjian Splash 12"

  • China Cymbals

    • Paiste Think China 14"
    • Paiste Think China 20"
    • Sabian Paragon China 19"
    • Zildjian Trash China 18"

  • Special FX

    • Zildjian Zilbell 9.5"

  • Studio Kit Builder is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms and includes the standalone Kontakt Player 5 application as well as AudioUnit, VST, and RTAS plug-ins. All of these versions ship in the same box.

    The Macintosh version requires an Intel Core Duo, 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive, and OS 10.6.8 or 10.7.x. For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 9GB of free hard drive space.

    The Windows version requires Windows 7 (latest Service Pac, 32/64 Bit) Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64, 2GB of RAM, a DVD drive. For optimum performance, Vir2 Instruments recommends a 2.0GHz processor or faster. The library requires 9GB of free hard drive space.

    Studio Kit Builder will run in standalone mode and is also compatible with every major sequencing package in the world, including but not limited to: Apple Logic and GarageBand, MOTU Digital Performer, Digidesign Pro Tools (9 and higher), Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo, Ableton Live, and more.

    Download Sizes

    Version Compressed Download Size
    Kontakt Player 5/Kontakt 5/Plug-in Download includes
      SKB installation:  1.2 MB
      Studio Kit Builder Pt.1:  3 GB
      Studio Kit Builder Pt.2:  3 GB
      Studio Kit Builder Pt.3:  3 GB
      Studio Kit Builder Pt.4:  146 MB
      Install Video:  Video

    *When ordering the download product from Big Fish Audio you will be given one or more links for each of your product purchases. The links will be active for 24 hours. During this time you should download the file and expand it. You can return to your Big Fish Audio account at any time and download your products. You will find your products in the "My Products" area of your account page.

    License Agreement

    The Following End User License Agreement is included with Studio Kit Builder. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of Studio Kit Builder from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

    "The samples contained herein are licensed, not sold to you, the individual end user, by Vir2 Instruments. This non-exclusive, non-transferable license is granted only to the individual end user who has purchased an unopened, new, and lawfully made copy of this product from a dealer or distributor authorized by Vir2 Instruments. All samples remain the property of Vir2 Instruments and are licensed only for use in the creation of a live or recorded performance that includes the licensed samples as part of a derivative musical work created by the licensed end user. This license expressly forbids resale, rental, loan, gift, or transfer of these samples in any format or via any medium, except as part of a derivative musical work. The samples may not be included, whether unmodified or as part of a derivative work, in any sample library product. Any unlicensed usage will be prosecuted to the maximum extent possible under the law."

    Digital Village

    With so many well-known and critically acclaimed drum samplers available in the world of virtual instruments, it would need to take something quite special to rival them. Enter the Vir2 Studio Kit Builder.

    Combining a staggering 9GB of drum samples from 50 different...

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    Electronic Musician

    In the old days, I would split up my drum tracks and assign notes to different sound sources to build a composite kit. It was a flawed and often tedious task; levels needed to be matched, dynamics needed to be adjusted, and sometimes notes needed to be dragged to new...

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    Music Tech Magazine | 4/5

    There are plenty of options when it comes to drums and numerous sample packs and drum plug-ins exist to satisfy most needs. However, here Vir2 is focusing on presenting a well-rounded acoustic drums plug-in that aims to give you quality drum kits and plenty of variety at...

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    Sound On Sound | 4/5

    The world isn't short of decent drum libraries, but it never hurts to have more sounds available, and what Vir2 have done is to create something almost as complex and comprehensive as dedicated drum instruments such as BFD, but within the NI Kontakt environment. (It will...

    Read Full Review | 4.5 out of 5

    According to the product page, it's a complete encyclopedia of acoustic drums.
    According to me, it's a large library of various acoustic drum kit pieces, kits, grooves, and fx, all in a custom Kontakt interface. It's a Kontakt Player library so you don't need the full...

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