Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits

The premiere collection of acoustic drum kits (and kit ensemble), recorded and mixed by Japan’s top recording engineer Mitsunori Aizawa at the legendary Sound City Studio. Performed by drum master Ken Higeshiro, these unique and versatile drum sounds can be heard across countless anime openings, battle themes, jazz fusion tracks, and everything in between. With Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits, you can finally add this unmistakable percussive energy to your own music!

This is a PREORDER for an upcoming product. The serial number you receive will not be usable until the product launches. See Details below for more information.


422 in stock


Audio Demos

  1. Find Your Way Andrew Aversa
  2. Epic Ensembles Andrew Aversa
  3. Atrium Sarah Mancuso
  4. Sound City DNB Andrew Aversa
  5. Acoustic Pop Andrew Aversa
  6. what if i never see the sun again mikeHEARTu
  7. Ziggurat Sarah Mancuso
  8. Epic Ensembles (Drums Only) Andrew Aversa
  9. Find Your Way (Drums Only) Andrew Aversa
  10. Sound City DNB (Drums Only) Andrew Aversa
  11. Acoustic Pop (Drums Only) Andrew Aversa

Product Info


Five acoustic drum kits and one ensemble

Custom kits assembled and performed by top session drummer Ken Higeshiro, recorded by legendary engineer Mitsunori Aizawa.

Three unique sample sets

Separate patches featuring: Aizawa Signature mix (12 adjustable mic channels with bleeds), Full mix (16 adjustable channels with bleeds), and Board mix (12 channels, no bleeds)

Powerful drum kit ensemble

Three drum kits played simultaneously: includes kick, snare, three toms (hand, stick, and rimshot), hihat, two crashes, and ride.

Extensive articulations and techniques

Up to: five snare articulations (center rim, center, flam, rimshot, roll), seven hihat articulations (pedal, closed, closed tip, half open, semi-open, open, open tip), and four ride articulations (tip soft, tip hard, cup, smash)

Exhaustive sampling depth

Up to 10x dynamic levels and 10x round robins per drum. Over 170,000 samples included.

Dozens of snapshots

Each of the 10 included patches has at least 3 snapshots with carefully-adjusted mixes and FX for many styles.


Beautiful and elegant UI

Easily swap kit pieces, volume, tuning, and submixes from the main page, with more advanced features a click away.

Powerful console mixer and FX rack

Mix every mic channel individually with separate outputs available. Up to 8 effects per channel, plus master & sends, with over 30 FX modules available (analog EQs, compressors, tape and more.)

Submixer and bleeds

Control how much of each kit piece type (kick, snare, toms, cymbals) goes into every mic channel, including bleed mics (such as kick into snare mic, snare into tom mics, etc.)

Completely customizable mapping

Assign drums and articulations to any MIDI note, with per-key volume & tuning adjustments. Common drum mapping presets available.

Three playback modes

Lookahead offers best quality with super-realistic preroll and drum attacks. Standard is a balance between preroll and snappiness. Zero Latency reacts instantly.

Extra tweaking options for power users

Adjust round robin type, velocity curve, vel -> volume amount, sample offsets, and AHD envelopes.


75GB disk space

7200 RPM hard drive or solid state drive recommended. Note that mic positions can be moved or deleted individually.

8GB of RAM minimum

More RAM will allow you to load more patches, mixes, mic channels, and bleeds simultaneously.

Apple M1, Intel i5 or equivalent CPU

A faster CPU with more cores will allow you to play more simultaneous voices.

Kontakt Player 6.7

This library will run in 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.



Japanese soundtracks are known for blending elements of rock music with orchestral tracks, often through incorporating a drum kit alongside more traditional orchestration. This is an essential feature of the Tokyo Scoring sound we seek to bring to composers around the world, and it’s a particular area of expertise for our mixing engineer partner Mitsunori Aizawa.

That’s why we selected acoustic drum kits for the second entry in the Tokyo Scoring Series!

Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits was recorded in the same space and by the same engineer as Tokyo Scoring Strings, ensuring that it can be easily mixed with that library. Besides plenty of detailed close micing and overheads, the library includes three ambient positions, delivering superb flexibility to dial in as much (or as little) of SOUND CITY’s unique room sound as you’d like.

With five unique kits, a drum kit ensemble, and so much mix flexibility, Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits delivers not only ideal sounds for Japanese-style soundtrack scoring, but also rock, metal, pop, funk, and epic music.

Our Japanese Partners

We are once again honored to partner with an incredible team of musicians and collaborators in Japan:

  • Ken Higeshiro, one of Japan’s top session drummers, whose work can be heard on over 200 projects and who is a frequent collaborator of composers such as Hiroyuki Sawano, Yuki Hayashi, and our Tokyo Scoring series partner Masaru Yokoyama.
  • Mitsunori Aizawa, Japan’s top engineer, responsible for mixing and recording hundreds of world-famous scores. He is a specialist in recording & mixing drums.
  • Sound City, an incredible recording space with over 60 years of history. This choice of studio allows for blending with other Tokyo Scoring Series libraries, and a wide range of close to spacious mix options.
  • Renowned anime & film composer Masaru Yokoyama, who brought his experience recording scores around the world through his companies Plugnote and MiracleBus.
  • Crypton Future Media and SonicWire, our Japanese distributors who have helped with the Tokyo Scoring Series from the very beginning.

Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits proudly features a drum kit custom-made by riddim.

Three Distinct Mixes

Whether you want an instant, production-ready out-of-the-box sound, OR maximum mixing flexibility, Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits includes every possible option you could want.

In the Full Mix, each kit piece includes up to 3 spot mics (e.g. snare top 1, top 2, bottom), along with overheads and three ambient positions. But you ALSO have access to bleeds for every other mic. So, if you want your snare to include some natural resonance off the tom mics, you have full control! Sixteen (16) mics are available for mixing and bleeds.

The Aizawa Mix is a completely different sample set with the same performances, processed offline and mixed by Aizawa himself through his ‘secret sauce’ hardware. Twelve (12) mics are available for further mixing and bleed control.

Finally, the Board Mix patch gives you the most polished and immediate sound possible, with low RAM and CPU usage, letting you focus on writing rather than mixing. Each channel can still be mixed independently: only sub-mixes and bleed control is not available.

Drum Content

Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits includes five exhaustively-sampled drum kits, each with a unique sound ideal for different styles of music like rock, pop, metal, etc. Each piece is recorded in extensive detail with up to 10x dynamics and 10x round robins, and naturally, you can mix and match components of these kits to create your ideal tone.

The drum ensemble (a sixth kit) features three kits played simultaneously and instantly delivers an epic sound.

Individual Drum Kit Pieces:

  • 8 crashes
  • 4 hi-hats (max articulations: closed, closed tip, half open, open, pedal, semi-open)
  • 5 kicks
  • 3 ride cymbals (max articulations: cup, smash, tip)
  • 5 snares (max articulations: center, center rim, flam, rimshot, roll)
  • 16 toms
  • 1 china

Drum Kit Ensemble:

  • Crash left & right (hit)
  • Hi-hat (closed, half open, open, pedal)
  • Ride cymbal (tip)
  • Snare (center, flam, rimshot, roll)
  • Toms (stick, hand hits, rimshots)

Console: Modular FX Rack and Mixer

Console is a fully-featured mixer, modular effects rack, and pedal board, designed to give you full control over your drum mix. Effects include multiple EQs (digital and analog-style), compressors, spatial FX, modulation FX, tape saturation, amps, distortion pedals, reverbs, and more.

Each mic channel (up to 16, depending on patch loaded) can have up to 8 FX in any order, plus another 8 slots on the master channel, with support for send routing as well. Each channel can also be routed to separate Kontakt outputs for further mixing and effects in your DAW.

Download the Console manual here to learn more!

Preorder Information

By purchasing the PREORDER for Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits, you will receive a serial number that can be used to download and activate the product once it is released.

You may refund your preorder prior to the product launch by contacting our support team.

We plan to release Tokyo Scoring Drum Kits by the end of 2022. All preorder customers will be notified upon the product’s release. In the event that the product is delayed beyond 2022, we will notify all preorder customers in advance.


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