Cinematic Synthetic Drums

Sub-rumbling ensemble hits. Brutal snares. High-tech thips. CSD has all the rhythmic tools a modern composer needs for hybrid orchestral/electronic scores, created from scratch with multiple synthesis types and processing. Did we mention it’s FREE?


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Audio Demos

  1. Technical (feat. Resonance) Andrew Aversa 0:56
  2. Escape Velocity 4 Matt Bowdler 2:53
  3. Hexi Mick Gordon 1:19
  4. Unreal (feat. Shreddage 3 Jupiter) Andrew Aversa 1:06
  5. Burnt Brad Jerkins 0:51

Product Info


100% unique synthetic sounds
No drum machines or re-used material
Pre-processed and ready to drop into a mix
Over 50+ individual sounds
10x RR layers per drum
Bonus drones, textures, reverses and bass drops
Includes WAV samples to drag-and-drop


Custom UI with FX, mixer and ensemble maker
One-click instant gratification FX
Lightweight and playable menu-style sounds
Trigger/perform FX via keyswitch
All on a single page


300MB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended.

Kontakt 4+ Full Version

This library is NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player.

Kontakt Requirements - Mac OSX

Intel Macs (i5 or higher): macOS 10.14, 10.15, 11 or 12 (latest update).
Apple Silicon Macs (via Rosetta 2 & natively on ARM in Standalone or in hosts that support it): macOS 11 or 12 (latest update)

Kontakt Requirements - Windows

Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit). Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU. Graphics hardware support for OpenGL 2.1 or higher. Windows 10 strongly recommended.



The concept for Cinematic Synthetic Drums (or simply, “CSD”) was simple enough: many modern film, TV and game scores use a rich variety of both acoustic and electronic material. In particular, composers often seek crisp electronic drums that fit nicely alongside orchestral and melodic synth sounds. However, most electronic drum libraries consist of rehashed drum machine sounds as opposed to new and exciting material. So, we made our own, using subtractive synthesis, FM, wavetable, additive and many other types of sound generation and mangling techniques.

Every drum hit has 10x variations and a smooth, snappy velocity response. We created multiple categories of sounds, all mapped intuitively across the keyboard menu-style: bassy hits/kicks, snares and mid/high-range hits, hats, thips, splashes, and crashes. We also included custom bass drops (great for trailers!) and even a set of textural sounds like bass drones, big reverses, and stabs. All drums are 100% synthesized from scratch – we’re talking entirely new material. No tired drum machines or rehashed recordings.

The best part of CSD is its price: a mere zero dollars and zero cents. The honest truth is that we created this library because, well, we wanted to use it ourselves. So, we figured, why not share it with you? We hope you’ll enjoy CSD and use it in many of your own compositions, be they film scores, game soundtracks, pop, trance, dubstep or anything in between!

Note: By downloading CSD, you will be added to our customer database so you can be periodically notified of new samples, updates, patches, etc!


To accompany this arsenal of 65+ sounds, CSD includes a custom scripted UI. Each individual drum has its own individual pitch and volume control, along with global controls for pitch, volume and release. Five special FX keyswitches allow for live triggering of distortion, amping, bitcrushing, phasing and rotation, while an ensemble-maker turns single hits into thunderous groups. Plus, the library is lightweight; only a few hundred megabytes requiring very little RAM.


Testimonial – Jimmy ‘Big Giant Circles’ Hinson (Black Ops 4, Borderlands 2, Threes)

“Between Shreddage, Super Audio Cart, Juggernaut, and Mega Brass I don’t remember the last time I haven’t used an Impact Soundworks instrument in a track. The attention to detail is astonishing and it’s all so easy to use out of the box, which is a big deal.”