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The shadow of Barry Altschul on drums, playing with the great Anthony Braxton. Now go make some digital drum music. Photo (CC) Tom Marcello.

If you’re looking for some drum sounds to spice up projects, there’s a really lovely set of samples from Orange Tree of jazz drum sets. I enjoy the warm sounds here – and they could be ripe for reinterpreting, coloring patterns and such. They’re already pre-built for Kontakt; Battery would have been an obvious drum-centric choice, but I find some of Kontakt’s deeper scripting powers make it my go-to sampler, even for drum/kit stuff.

Here’s what they sound like:


There doesn’t seem to be any information on Orange Tree’s site, but here’s a direct download link:


Note that you’ll need a rar decompresser; Windows users probably already have one (like my fave, 7-Zip), but Mac users, try:


Orange Tree has some other sample libraries, as well, including Kontakt-focused guitar and bass libraries:

Orange Tree

Big shout-out to Synthtopia for catching this one.

6 Responses

  1. Tom Marcello

    Thanks for using my photo, and I’m glad you like it.
    You know the ironic thing is that the Braxton Trio opened for…Ramsey Lewis!


    Tom Marcello

  2. Kyran

    I’ve mapped these for RMV

    It should obbey the original mappings of the kontakt kit, just drop the file in the samples folder and import.

  3. Tim Reynolds

    Nice post. Thank you for the info. Keep it up.

  4. polar

    thanks for the freebie yo!
    sounds great.

  5. Flandez

    Awesome, thanks for the work done.

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