Lotus Style Kit Review
Every so often a drum kit comes along that will keep you on your toes. I’m talking from the first sound you demo, all the way to the last. The main reasons I find myself doing this is usually from a combo of 2 things; I’ve never heard of the producer which name is on the kit, or I’ve never heard of the website or company hosting the kit. The folks at Push Button Bang (Twitter @pushbuttonbang) embarrassingly (for me) fell into the latter category. But after going through the Lotus Style Kit, I started to fall for the kit more and more.
The first thing I noticed about the kit which I thought was great is it’s actually 15 KITS! Packed inside of Lotus Style are 11 drum kits, 2 effects kits, and 2 melodic kits. Not only do these load up into your Maschine as groups, but they also load in as WAV files. So mixing and matching sounds to build your own kit is easy as 1, 2, 3. Another great thing about this kit is you can tell there was a lot of processing through external gear. Some of the kicks give some gritty sounding low end, while on others you can hear the classic ring of an SP1200. Even more so, the variety of kicks is great. Some sample based where others are right off a drum break then transformed.
Moving onto the snares I find the same thing. They are very clean and crispy sounds, with a lot of external processing. Some of the snares here are a lot closer to claps in my opinion. It would have been nice to see a section of claps to differentiate, but that’s not a big deal at all. When making your tracks, you may want to layer these. Though the sounds themselves have a lot of character alone, I found when layering with some of the stock Maschine drums there was an unexplainable snap of the neck. Doctor estimates a 4-6 week recovery time.
You’ll also find a generous hi hat section in this kit along percussion, vox, bass, and synth. I feel these are all great sounds to use to your advantage. Although I do like the direction the folks at Push Button Bang were going with the kit, I felt that some of the effects placed on the group were a bit much. But the great thing is they used Maschine stock effects, so you tweak them to your liking. It is my recommendation that you follow Push Button Bang on Twitter right now and add this kit to your arsenal.
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