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A fresh approach to cinematic percussion!


LADDLA Drama Drums (LADD) is 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.

Here are some of LADD’s features:

  • Comprehensive orchestral & modern percussion multi-sampled strikes
  • Dramatic big percussion
  • Table-top percussion
  • Layerable audio loops with 12 creative mixes (phase accurate)
  • Hybrid patches of strikes and audio loops
  • A built-in MIDI sequencer
  • Compelling MIDI performances
  • Trigger MIDI sequences with keys
  • Up to 16 round-robbins
  • 4 microphone mixes – Dry, Stage, Verb, and Full Mix
  • Real-time Key Switch control of production-ready mixes
  • Comprehensive modulators for evolving sounds
  • Controllable Swing amount with varying options.
  • Input quantize (lock to your DAW or in standalone).

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 its 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.

LASS 3 User Interface
LADD User Interface

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At its most basic level, LADD is both a multi-sample strikes and an 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!

LADD - what a killer library!!! After a few hours, I can vouch that you can tell that it was made/directed by composers.

Ned Bouhalassa, Composer

Ned Bouhalassa

“LADD – what a killer library!!! After a few hours, I can vouch that you can tell that it was made/directed by composers.”

If you really need another drum library, I'll say 'yes, this one'.

Tim Heinrich – Recording.de

Tim Heinrich

“Audiobro has launched a real surprise with LADD. If you’re wondering if you really need another drum library, I’ll say ‘yes, this one’.”

I've been surprised how much I needed LADD even with so many other perc libraries in my arsenal.

windshore, Composer


“I’ve been surprised how much I needed LADD even with so many other perc libraries in my arsenal.”

LADD Details

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.

Instruments List

Multi-Sampled Hits Patches

(listed alphabetically — The patch list may grow and change over time, but this is the list as of publication)
Virtually all these patches all have 4 mic mixes (Close, Stage, Verb, and Full) and multiple round robins (up to 16 round robins).

Multi Sampled Patch Name Contents
Agogo Pitch 1
Pitch 2
Clamped sound
Bass Drums (GP) Bass Drum 22” Hard Felt
Bass Drum 22” Soft Mallet
Bass Drum 22” Sticks
Bass Drum 22” Cresc. Felt Mallet
Bass Drum 22” Soft Mallet
Bass Drum 22” Rolls (multiple dynamics) Bass Drum 22” Rims
Bass Drum 22” Double Stick
Big Hits Big Hit 1
Big Hit 2
Big Hit 3
Big Hit 4
Big Hit 5
Big Hit 6
Big Hit 7
Big Hit 8
Booms Deep organic booms
Bowls Stick and Hand Stick
Stick Mute
Booms Deep organic booms
Bowls Stick and Hand Stick
Stick Mute
Chimes (Mark Tree) Gliss Up different durations
Gliss Down different durations
Neutral different durations
Claves Hi
Cowbell Front
Top Mute
Crotales Bowed 3 1/2 octaves (stretched beyond natural range)
Crotales Hits 2 Octaves
Cymbals Hits+Cresc+FX (15 & 18 inch) 18 Inc Hits
15 Inch Hits
Muted Hits
26 FX
Deep Hits Booms
Loose Bass Dr.
Bass Drum (GP)
Low Hit
Long Low
Hollow Hit
Low Crash
Power Tom Low
Pwr Tom L.Mid
Floor Ens Wood Slat Hits Ensemble 1
Ensemble 2
Ensemble 3
Floor Sticks Heavy Sticks on wood floor
Split Sticks on wood floor
Medium Tip Sticks on wood floor
Heavy Split Sticks on wood floor
Floor Toms 1+2+3 Floor Tom #1
Floor Tom #2
Floor Tom #3
Floor Toms Ens Ensemble Floor Toms A
Ensemble Floor Toms B
Ensemble Floor Toms C
Frame Drum Low Slap
Finger 1
Finger 2
Finger 3
Glockenspiel Hits
Gliss Up slow & Fast
Gliss Down slow & Fast
Gran Cassa Euro Big hits
Gran Cassa LA Big Hits
Cresc (various speeds)
Hi Hats Tight
Closed a little less tight
Closed a little more less tight
Loose 1
Loose 2
Foot down
Junk Crash Junk Crash 1
Junk Crash 2
Junk Crash 3
Junk Crash 4
Loose BD ALL Mastered ver. A Big Hits on Loose skin
Rims A
Rims B
Spring FX (BD had springs)
Finger Taps
26 Finger Rubs and deep low FX
Metal Stands and Seat pad Seat Pad Thuds
Stands on floor hits 1
Stands on floor hits 2
Stands on floor hits 3
Stands on floor hits 4
Stands on floor hits 5
Stands scrapes
Metals A Lid Top
Lid Side
Hi Bowl Top
Bowl Top
Bowl Side
Bead Pan
Big Lid
Big Lid B
Metals B Pan & Chains
Brushes & Pan
Can & Beads
Can & Beads 2
Pot 1 Muted
Pot 2 Muted
Low Metal 1
Low Metal 2
Modern Snares 1+2 Modern Snare A
Modern Snare A without snare
Rims Snare A
Rims Snare A without snare
Modern Snare B
Modern Snare B without snare
Rims Snare B
Rolls 1 (multiple dynamics)
Rolls 2 (multiple dynamics)
Long Cresc 1
Long Cresc 2
Octobans Low
Low Split Sticks
Low-Mid Split Sticks
High-Mid Split Sticks
High Split Sticks
Orchestral Perc. (Large) Booms
Gran Cassa Euro
Loose Bass Dr.
Gran Casa LA
Bass Drum
Bass Dr. Rim
Snare 1
Snare 2 Rolls
Snare 2
Snare Rim
Sn. 2 no snare
Low Hits
Orch Tom Low
Orch Tom L.Mid
Orch Tom Mid
Orch Tom H.Mid
Orch Tom Hi
Orch Tom Rim 1
Orch Tom Rim 2
Orch Tom Rim 3
Orch Tom Rim 4
Orch Tom Rim 5
18” Cymbal
15” Cymbal
18” Cym Short
15” Cym Short
18” Cym Cres 1
18” Cym Cres 2
15” Cym Cres 1
15” Cym Cres 2
Bowed Cyn FX 1
Bowed Cyn FX 2
Cym Side Hit 1
Cym Side Hit 1
Orchestral Perc (Small) Tamb. Shake in
Tamb. Shake out
Tamb. Hits
Sleigh Bells 1
Sleigh Bells 2
Shaker 1
Shaker 1 Acc.
Shaker 2
Shaker 2 Acc.
Shaker 3
Shaker 3 Acc.
Cowbell Top
Cowbell Mute
C.bell Top Mute
Agogo Low
Agogo Pinch
Agogo Hi
Temple Block 1
Temple Block 2
Temple Block 3
Temple Block 4
Temple Block 5
Clave Low
Clave High
Slap Stick
Triangle 1 Hit
Triangle 1 Mute
Triangle 1 Trem
Triangle 2 Hit
Triangle 2 Mute
Triangle 2 tr.
Chimes Up
Chimes Down
Chimes Neut.
Orchestral Toms Muted Low
Orchestral Toms Low
Rims 1
Rims 2
Rims 3
Rims 4
Rims 5
Pads – Bass Drones Bowed Bass
Slow Shimmer
Pads – Bowed Guitar Slo Suspense
Pads – Distortion Dist 1-4
Pads – Drama Trails Bowed Spike
Hi Bowed Spike
Hi Nail
Pads – Rises String-ish Rises
String-ish Falls
Piatti Hits Piatti 1 Hits 1-4
Piatti 1 Shorts 1-6
Piatti 2 Dynamic Hits
Piatti 2 Shorts 1-7
Power Toms Split Stx + Snare Low
Power Toms Low
Roto Chimes Hits and Tuned Tuned Hits
Chime 1
Chime 2
Chime 3
Slap Stick Slap Stick
Sleigh Bells Sleigh Bells 1
Sleigh Bells 2
Sleigh Bell shakes 1
Sleigh Bell shakes 2
Snares (Orchestral) All
Snare A with ringing tone
Snare A & B without ringing tone
Snare A & B without snare
Snare A & B Rolls
Snare A & B Rolls without snare
Snare A & B Cresc.
Snare A & B Cresc. without snare
Taikos Taiko 1 & 2 Hits
Taiko 1 & 2 Rim
Taiko 1 & 2 Rims Flams
Tam Tams (with Velocity rolls) Tam 1 & 2 Hits
Tam 1 & 2 Cresc
Tam 1 & 2 Rolls
Tam 1 & 2 FX (16 FX)
Tambourine Shake In
Shake Out
Temple Blocks Temple blocks 1-5
Tiny Metal Tiny clicky metal
Toms Combination Patch Booms
Power Toms
Group Floor Toms (ensemble)
Orchestral Toms
Floor Toms (non ensemble)
Toms Double Skinned
Toms II (Double Skinned + Split Sticks) Regular and Split Sticks:
Trash Cans Trash Cans 1 – 3
Triangle Triangles 1 & 2 Trem
Triangles 1 & 2 Hits
Triangles 1 & 2 Mutes
Triangles 1 & 2 Crescs 1-3
Tubular Bells (Orch. Chimes) Hits
Gliss Up
Gliss Down
Tympani Cresc (Vel = Speed) Cresc 1-6 on each key!!… playable via velocity
Tympani Hits + Rolls (velocity) Hits for every Note
Rolls for every note (velocity based)
Waterphone ALL Hits
Bowed Effects
Sustained Tones (tuned)
Xylophone Hard Mallet Hard Mallet varying velocities
Xylophone Rubber Mallet Rubber Mallet varying velocities


Hybrid Patches

In the LADD Instruments folder (either from the Kontakt Browser or from your computer’s file system), you will notice a sub-folder called   

“Hybrid”. This folder contains Hybrid patches: patches that have both Single Hits and Loops. These are sort of “mini templates” that can be very  D

useful for getting your creative juices flowing. They combine samples and loops from our other instruments into 1 patch… sort of like a collection  D

of sounds that work really well together and could be used as a cue by themselves.  

To get an idea of what sounds are being used, you can navigate to the Tuner tab of any patch, and all the sounds will be listed on the Tuner page. 

At publication, the list of Hybrid patches is as follows: 

  • Chain Link Fence  
  • Dark Matter 
  • In Control 
  • Sentinal 
  • Tin Pan Alley 

Pad patches

To create exciting percussion tracks, sometimes all you need are great-sounding percussion tracks (obviously) and cool “synthesizer” pads.  For LADD, we decided to include some organic-sounding pads that are very inspiring and can easily lay down a mood and tonal bed for a  percussion track. These pads are contained in the Instruments > Pads folder.

Audio Loop Patches

Audio Loop Patches

The audio loops were created and produced especially for dramatic film & TV composers. Each audio loop has 12 alternate MIX layers or stems. The layers are phase accurate and are intended to be used any way you want, be it layered together or played separately or in any combination in-between. This is what makes LADD’s audio loops a unique leader in this respect.

The LADD audio loop recordings are of multiple drummers playing together, this is why you will find that virtually all the LADD audio loops will sound great with each other across all tempi. In addition, the loops are quantized using a unique process that preserves the audio loops’ performance and live feel, yet they are tight and accurate without sounding choppy (unlike the common computerized hard-quantize heard in other loops libraries). So, experiment and play a few single loops together and you will find it easy to create a nearly boundless set of very useful loop combinations.

You can load a huge loop bank with very minimal RAM consumption because of LADD’s unique real-time Tune-to-Tempo feature. With this feature, LADD streams the loop’s audio from the hard drive and automatically tunes the pitch of the loop to match the tempo in your DAW or Kontakt.

You can also load single stem mixes of LADD’s loops in Kontakt Time Machine format. In this case, you will not be using LADD’s Tune-to-Tempo feature, but you will be able to manipulate the loop’s tempo without affecting its pitch.

Check out the MIXES by themselves as well as layering with other MIXES. You will find that you will have great results with just 1 mix a lot of the time.

Lastly, it’s all too “fashionable” to fully normalize audio and mix everything super loud theses days. PLEASE NOTE: the single audio loops are not normalized to be as loud as possible, they are “naturalized” using a proprietary process of volume and phase shift which helps make 2 or more audio loops blend very well with each other, yet keeping them as loud as possible relative to their placement in the rhythm ensemble recording. This allows the end user much more freedom to just play 2 or many audio loops together and not worry about blowing up the speakers.


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

LA Drama Drums Library Size:

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

NOTE: Once successfully installed, please make a safe backup of the library for future reference. There is a $10 Amazon Web Server costs re-download fee if you want to re-download all of LASS 3′s sample data.

Supported Interfaces:

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

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Requires Kontakt Player 5.2 or later. Click here to download the latest free version of Kontakt Player.
  • Windows — Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Windows 10 (latest service pack), 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 through 10.15 and 11 (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.

* NKS is a registered trademark of Native Instruments GmbH.

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