Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: Naughty Seal Audio - Perfect Drums (with video sample)

Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we are reviewing a new drum sampler from Naughty Seal Audio: Perfect Drums!

Perfect Drums is a software that sets itself immediately in the high end area of the market, on par with illustrous cometitors such as Slate Drums and Superior Drummer, offering 13 kick drums, 12 snare drums, 29 toms (8 full sets), 9 hi-hats, 11 rides, 31 crash cymbals sampled on different position, 13 china cymbals (5 on the left side and 8 on the right), 8 splash cymbals, 2 custom stack cymbals, 2 bells and 1 jamblock instrument, all organized in 12 Perfect Kit presets.

The mixer is particularly interesting, since the samples are already processed, but the amount or processing can be reverted: the mixer doesn't feature a full internal fx suite to work on the samples from zero, but it lets us control (besides the classic mixer controls) the amount of overhead, room, reverb on each track, and there is also an FX knob that is the actual thing that sets this virtual drumkit apart from the others: it features several types of processing integrated (eq, comp, blend with another oneshot sample...) so that if you turn it to zero the sound is almost unprocessed, and if you crank it the drum part is fully processed and ready to cut even through the most dense mix.

Another interesting feature of Perfect Drums in the integrated Sampler: it is not common to find a virtual instrument that features an internal one on which to add other samples to fatten the drum tracks (you can also get creative and add different samples, for example a hand clap on the snare track, and so on).
This gives us a lot of flexibility, allowing us to blend together samples with extreme ease.

All in all I have been positively surprised by the quality of Perfect Drums: it's easy to use, it sounds great, it's packed with features and above all, all the presets are mix ready and very usable, without additional processing.
It's very easy to create your own kit by choosing your favourite drum parts and blending them together, and the sounds are all perfectly balanced, so I do really recommend it.

Two final things that are worth mentioning are the fact that there is an online community for sharing presets and collaborating, and the fact (which is great) that with the PD Purchase you get all the future library expansions and updates for FREE.

Perfect Drums comes also in a FREE version, called Perfect Drums Player, which I suggest you to try, to check out this cool piece of software for yourself!

Thumbs up!


- Extensive sound library, containing 67 meticulously sampled instruments

- Parallel processing Sample Group

- High End Reverb Sample Group

- Smart Instrument Loading Algorithm

- Intelligent Sampling Engine

- Also available on TCI Files for Slate Trigger Compatibility

- Cloud support of Community Sharing and Collaboration

- With the purchase you get all the future library expansions and updates for free

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