LADD

LADD

LA Drama Drums is here!! See below for more details.

This is a “LADD Sneak-Peak” video that introduces you to the most basic features of LADD and uses only sounds included in LADD. LADD is a complete single-strike sample library as well as a complete audio loops library. It’s like having 2 libraries in one!!

100 Percent LADD features LADD straight out of the box. No outside compression, EQ, reverb or processing of any kind. Everything you hear is 100% LADD through a stereo output in Kontakt. This is a good example of a trailer-type percussion bed.

LADD seamlessly blends traditional and modern percussion into one robust tool. This demo starts off with an example of traditional through-composed percussion… then shows how far you can take things in a matter of seconds using just the KeyFX presets.

 

What is LADD?

A modern approach to cinematic percussion!

Picture of LADD's Main Page
We are so excited to bring you LA Drama Drums (LADD) – a complete orchestral percussion library comprised of multi-sampled strikes (up to 16 round robin) and audio loops (each loop having 12 stem mixes!). LADD provides a modern solution to scoring cinematic percussion, production and sound design. From the ground up, LADD was designed to save you time and make you sound great! We have already done all the hard programming and production work for you so that you can simply load patches and instantly play varying and compelling mixes and sequences with key-switches. Because of the real-time flexibility of it’s engine, we like to think of LADD as “the cure for the common loop.” Beyond that, LADD also behaves like a traditional multi sampled percussion library affording you total control of your sound and programming. Or get the best of both worlds… trigger cool sequences and mixes and add your own multi-sampled hits on top in real-time.

At it’s most basic level, LADD is both a multi-sample strikes and audio loops library. Additionally, the LADD engine allows you to instantly recall your saved presets that include Filters, Tuning, Drive, LoFi, Hi Cut, Low Cut, Transient Masters, EQ, Delays, Reverbs, MorphMaster FX and more. In the end, you have a powerful tool that sounds great, saves you time and is fun to play with!

 

Click here for a list of LADD patches

 

A partial list of LADD’s main features:

  • Multi-sampled single strikes and audio loops designed to play together.
  • Multiple mixes (Dry, Stage, Verb, Full) of the single strikes with up to 16 round-robins.
  • 12 mixes (phase accurate mix stems) of all audio loops (designed to be layered or played independently).
  • Unparalleled real-time control of production-ready mixes with simple key switches – no more time wasted on “searching for a different sound!”
  • Pre-produced tracks that you can easily alter in real-time.
  • A simple “Main Page” interface giving you access to the most needed controls.
  • Instantly switch between 12 mixes – ranging from traditional to techno and sound design (and everything in between!).
  • 8 sequences (each with up to 12 tracks, totalling 96 tracks) that are already programmed for you.
  • Record your own sequences on all 8 sequences in real-time or with a mouse.
  • Ride filters in real-time and choose from 5 Step-Filter Tables in real-time.
  • Easily tune any note up to +/- 3 octaves and also give each note independent tuning randomization.
  • Build your own Key FX maps that allow you to alter your patches in new and creative ways with a single key-switch.
  • The real-time playable sequencer dynamics.
  • The ability to load tons of audio loops with a low RAM footprint.
  • Controllable Swing amount with varying options.
  • Input quantize (lock to your DAW or in standalone).
  • Unique humanization features.
  • Morph-able mastering effects preset chains.

 

LADD’s Main Page

Here are some of the things you can control from the Main Page and it’s tabs:

  • Ride filters in real-time and choose from 5 Step-Filter Tables in real-time.
  • Instantly switch between 12 mixes – ranging from traditional to techno and sound design (and everything in between!).
  • 8 sequences (each with up to 12 tracks, totalling 96 tracks) that are already programmed for you.
  • Duration of Notes
  • Real-time dynamics (you can ride percussion tracks with true ppp to fff )
  • Choose cool MorphMastering Effects for an entire mix (Mastering presets that can be “morphed” in real-time).
  • Full access to LADD Sequences and the Sequence Editor
  • Controllable Swing amount with varying options.
  • Input quantize (lock to your DAW or in standalone).
  • Unique humanization features.

The most notable feature on the Main Page is the center dial called the Key FX Switcher. As you know, producing cool sounding percussion tracks can take hours (sometimes days) of production time. All of these presets were programmed to save you time and help your drum parts sound compelling with presets ranging from traditional to modern electronica! You can simply play sequences and click on these buttons to change the entire mix and sound of a performance. Changes can be subtle (like a slight EQ or reverb setting) to drastic settings where the sound is chopped up, filtered, delayed, and bit-crushed… all with the click of a button.

This Key FX Preset Wheel is a simplified representation of the Key FX scripts’ status. To know exactly what is happening with each preset, you would have to look at what the Mixer, Tuner, Filter and Key FX Script is doing. However, you don’t need to worry about that! You can simply press these presets and enjoy the produced sound that comes out.

 

The Sequencer

Audiobro is proud to introduce the LADD Sequencer Editor page. We have already programmed sequences for you on every patch so you can enjoy the sequencer right “out of the box.” However, you can record your own MIDI sequences in real-time (with it’s built in click) as well as programming it via step-entry or drawing with a mouse. It can be a very powerful tool in your MIDI arsenal.

“Why would I want to record in LADD’s sequencer when I have a great sequencer in my DAW?!” – you may ask. Well, we’ve already done the programming for you… and you can just decide to mute the one sound that you don’t need in an otherwise good sequence. Or you can edit it to your own needs. It’s there for your total control and inspiration. Lastly, audiobro will be releasing more sequences with updates and we will have an Audiobro LADD Sequence sharing forum where users can share their sequences as well as mixer maps and other things!

Of course, you don’t have to use the LADD Sequencer. You can program your own detailed percussion parts like you always have… but we bet you will enjoy the LADD sequences! ;)

Some of the LADD Sequence Editor features:

  • 8 different sequences
  • Each sequence has 12 tracks
  • All sequences (each with up to 12 tracks, totalling 96 tracks) are already programmed for you.
  • Each track is assigned to a MIDI note (a sound)
  • Sequences can be between 1 and 128 steps long
  • Each sequence can have its own rate and length
  • Each sequence track can control Velocity, Panning, Tuning, and Volume
  • Real-time recording
  • The capability to draw in your own notes.

 

The Tuner

The Tuning page is where you can tune every note any way you want +/- 3 octaves or anywhere in between! You can also randomize your tuning to automatically give you subtle or drastic tuning variations. By having independent control of the tuning and Random tuning of each and every note, you can change the most common sounds into something otherworldly… and then save the preset.

The lower section of the Tuner displays buttons with the different sound names. The buttons allow you to highlight the notes you want to tune and alter in the Tuning tables above.

The Mixer

We are very proud to introduce to you the LADD mixer, the cornerstone of LADD’s sonic possibilities. Not only does it give you access to EQ, Delay, Reverb, Drive, Lo-Fi, Filters, Choppers, Transient Masters, etc., it also allows you to change all these setting with a click of a button or at the press of a key — in real-time!!

Almost every feature in LADD’s mixer can be controlled via MIDI CC, but it’s real power comes to light when it is governed by the Key FX Switcher (described in the next section). The little wrench next to each effect allows you to expose the controls of that effect (as seen here with the EQ to the right):

 

 

 

The Key Switching Matrix

This is where you give the Main Page’s Preset Wheel all it’s functionality and where you can combine the different LADD features (Filter, Tuning, Mixer, Sequencer ABCD sections, etc.) into a single Key Switch for instant control. Of course we have already done all the prep-work for you, so the KeyFX presets sound compelling straight out of the box!

Sometimes a picture paints a thousand words, and since the Key FX feature is so central to LADD, we think the graphic example below will help you understand one of LADD’s most basic features.

The Main Page Preset Wheel represents the Key FX Page’s setup. You’ll notice the keys in the wheel (C0 – B0 below-left) match the key buttons listed on the Key FX page (below-right) and the row next to each key shows the state of the different associated features:

 

System Specifications for LADD

Library Size:

  • About 24 GB with loss-less compressed audio files (approximately 48 GB uncompressed)

Software Requirements:

Supported Interfaces:

  • Stand-alone, VST®, Audio Units™, RTAS®, ASIO™, Core Audio™, DirectSound™, WASAPI™, AAX1®,AAX2®

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Windows — Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (over 4 GB recommended – the more RAM, the better!)
    *** Windows XP is no longer supported. ***
  • Mac — Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM (over 4 GB recommended – the more RAM, the better!)
  • Note: Mac 10.6.8 users are telling us Kontakt 5.2 (and therefore LASS 2.5) works on their system although it is no longer officially supported by Native Instruments.