Sonokinetic - Sultan Drums
Fomat: KONTAKT.NKI, AIFF | 16 bit, 44.1 kHz, stereo | RAR =1.24 GB
Without a doubt, touching one of these instruments is magical. There is energy in these drums that will instantly make you move. The individual & ensemble sounds instantly teleport you to a Nomadic desert setting, or to the heart of cities on the banks of the Nile or Bosporus.
This is a collection we have been craving for and it completes a palette of Ethnic sounds to seamlessly integrate with our other instruments. Extending the Sonokinetic Ethnic sampling portfolio with a brand new instrument of Middle Eastern Percussion Ensembles.
This collection spans a wide variety of Middle Eastern drums and percussion instruments. With a focus on a balanced collection we decided to offer as many performance elements as we could with multi-articulated, round robin, multi-dynamic layered sampled instruments. Each instrument that can be found in 1 of the 10 styles are extensively multi-sampled to provide you with a complete composing tool. There’s much to explore in this collection. Get yourself some inspiration from the top-notch performed percussion ensemble or build your own pallet of playable drums and percussion.
Sultan Drums ships with a user friendly and dedicated interface. It’s designed to work intuitively and give you quick access to this large collection of samples. As a composer you know what you need and we strive to bring it to you fast. With the philosophy of investing our resources in unique and authentic musical culture, we believe that we managed to create another one-of-a-kind with “Sultan Drums”.
All performances are recorded on location in the Middle East with highly schooled, dedicated and talented percussionists. Beating any MIDI performance, a musician will always bring an extra feel to the music that just isn’t possible to recreate with a computer. Therefore Sonokinetic continue to believe in loops of dedicated performance sampling combined with multi-articulated instrument sampling.
1.3+ GB sample pool, 1100+ samples
Instruments: Asma Davul, Bass Darbuka, Bendir, Darbuka, Def, Erbane, Hollo, Kabuk, Kup, Parmak Zili, Shaker, Cymbals, Seadrums, rainmaker, rattle, goat bells, chimes, TamTam
Performance styles: Arap, Azari, Ciftetelli, Deve,Halay, Misket, Roman, Sufi, Turker, Wahde
Main Sultan Drums .nki with custom-built interface for layering and combining bespoke combinations of instruments within loops.
Bonus Sultan Drums Instruments .nki containing individual playable percussion samples with multi-sampled, round-robin hits.
FX: 100+ unique and cinematic percussion sound effects
Temposynced & ITM based grouping and mapping for all melodic performance elements. Available for Kontakt 4 Time Machine 2 and Kontakt 5 with Time Machine Pro
Automatic end hit function with multi-sampled, round-robin hits.
Fully controllable pitch, volume and pan for each instrument element within the interfaces
3 band EQ adjustment
Custom Impulse Response reverb setting with adjustable size and wetness
Sonokinetic Sultan Drums designed interface and artwork
Programmed by Son Thomsen
Open Kontakt format for complete user customization
End Users License Agreement (EULA)
Sultan Drums Reference document (PDF)
Artwork: “Sultan Drums” DVD cover. Designed by Pavel Fuksa
Files: Performance samples 44.1kHz, 16 BIT, Multi Samples 44.1 kHz, 24 Bit AIFF format.
Programmed for Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5
Created, performed and produced by Sonokinetic
The main UI for Sultan Drums consists of a virtual keyboard at the top with 10 assignable sets of percussion loops. The individual instruments are pictured below that with their controls for pan, tune and volume.
Each set of loops (WAHDE, CIFTETELLI etc) can be assigned it’s own octave of the keyboard. To do this first click an octave of the keyboard at the top of the interface…
…then click a set of loops on the scroll below to assign from the 10 available…
To reassign simply click a different set. To deactivate the loop / octave click again the set that is assigned. To demonstrate; in the example above you would click CIFTETELLI which would deactivate the selection completely.
The 4 instruments which are available for playback in the activated loop are pictured with their control sliders and dials (only ARAP loops have 5 instruments):
Each instrument can be retuned or panned individually using the TUNE and PAN dials. The VOL slider will adjust the volume of the instrument.
An instrument can be muted by clicking it’s graphic.
Alternatively keyswitches C1 – G1 can mute / unmute instruments.
NB: The active mapped style is underlined in YELLOW in the GUI keyboard mapper:
Sultan Drums provides several colored key switches for easy recognition and control:
BLUE and GREEN keys trigger the sample loops. BLUE keys depict the playable range for the current set of loops and GREEN keys display the entire playable keyboard range of loops.
The 5 lower keyswitches indicate if an instrument is muted or not and can be pressed to mute / unmute individual instruments. Keys C-G correspond to instruments 1-5. RED indicates the instrument will play and YELLOW will mute.
By default, the EQ and Reverb controls on the interface are hidden behind two sliding panels to provide more space in the main interface.
Click on the decorative rim of the panels to open / close them.
Click on the left-hand panel to access the EQ section:
Use the three dials to adjust LOW, MID & HIGH dials to taste. Default frequencies are 250Hz, 1.4kHz & 7.5kHz. These can be easily adjusted by opening the Kontakt instrument editor and changing the frequencies in the Insert Effects panel (pictured below).
Click on the right-hand panel to access to REVERB section:
Sultan Drums comes with a bespoke reverb to simulate a realistic playing environment. Turn this on/off with the IR button. Adjust the start point of the reverb tail with the ‘size’ dial and the wetness of the reverb with the ‘amount’ dial. You can further customize or replace the IR within the Kontakt instrument editor Insert Effects panel (pictured below).
Sultan Drums has an option to end a loop with a single percussion hit sample when the key is lifted. These samples vary on the performance that is playing. The hits will always play in time and are quantized to 16th notes. Use the END HIT button to turn this function on / off.
All the loops within Sultan Drums will sync within Kontakt to your host DAW tempo, however fast or slow.
The ITM function syncs loops to half-time or double-time when extreme tempo values are used. It is turned ON by default but you may prefer to have this function turned OFF so that the samples do not suddenly switch to half/double-time when manipulating large tempo changes.
You can ‘jump’ between loops on-the-fly without restarting each phrase by using the JUMP PHRASE button. Click the button ON to activate this. Most loops within Sultan Drums are 8 bars long. So for example: Trigger cue A which will start at bar 1. Release cue A after 2 bars and trigger cue B and you will hear that sample playback begins not at bar 1, but instead at bar 3, continuing the natural flow of the loop.
Thanks to the generosity of our performers we came away with more percussion samples than we needed. Instead of deleting these samples we have included them as bonus content. These samples consist of a variety of instrumentation and are useful for special effects and augmenting your percussion sections.
120 exclusive samples can be found in the directory:
1.Base / Samples / FX /
In addition to the hundreds of authentic loop recordings available within the main instrument, Sultan Drums is supplied with a secondary .nki instrument allowing you to play multi-sampled single hits.
The instrument features identical volume, tuning, pan, EQ and IR options as the main Sultan Drums instrument and they are accessed in the same way.
5 instrument slots are available to load a combination of 10 possible instruments. Click within a slot to choose it. Then click a percussion instrument graphic to assign that to the slot.
The 5 instrument slots are grouped across the keyboard in octaves as shown below. Each octave contains the same samples mapped twice to trigger keys, firstly beginning at C and secondly beginning at F#. The trigger key arrangement is repeated for each instrument on different octaves. This enables fast playing with two fingers on different notes. BLUE keys are trigger keys and RED keys indicate the currently selected instrument.
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MAC & PC
Compatible Kontakt 4.2.4 and Kontakt 5.0.2 (full version, not compatible with the Kontakt Player!)
Format: Performance samples 44.1kHz, 16 BIT, Multi Samples 44.1 kHz, 24 Bit AIFF format
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