For Kontakt, EXS24, Battery, Wav

PopSticks is a tasty four-piece ’60s vintage Slingerland maple set, complete with a classic RadioKing snare. It has a natural played-in tone, with enough clarity to work in a contemporary mix, or it’ll go retro if that’s where you need to go. Close mic and room mic options give plenty of scope to fine tune the ambient balance.

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Multi-sampling: up to 48 velocity layers (see specific number of velocity layers under Sampling details below).

Instrument interface: with volume controls, mic layer balance, pan and tuning controls.

Mic layers: Room mics and closemics/overheads separately controlable.

Flexible output routing: “multi” mapping provided for flexible routing to your DAW

Sensitivity control: increase the sensitivity of the kit for more intricate and subtle performances or leave it set to full dynamic range for more agressive tracks.

Presets: for quickly changing sounds.

Compression: limit dynamics when using stereo mode.

Package Contents

  • Sampler mapping instrument files
    for Kontakt, EXS24, Battery, Wav
  • 536 sample files
    in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz .wav format
  • User manual:
    AD02-PopSticks-Manual (PDF)
  • Total package size:
    341.6 MB download, 464.2 MB unzipped

Sampling Details


The kit was tracked at York Street Studio (now closed).  We’ve used nothing but the finest gear to capture the kit, including Neumann mics, through a vintage ’74 EMI Neve desk straight to a roll of 2″ tape.


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
22″ x 16″ Slingerland ’60s Maple Kick Felt beater x12


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
14″ x 5″ Slingerland ’60s RadioKing Maple Snare Center Hits x48*
Cross Stick x8

* Legacy mappings have less velocity layers and sepearate keys for left/right/dynamic and hard hits.


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Slingerland ’60s Maple 12″ x 10″ rack tom Center Hits x32*
Slingerland ’60s Maple 16″ x 16″ floor tom Center Hits x32*

* Legacy mappings have 16 velocity layers and sepearate keys for left/right hand hits.


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Zildjian K 14″ Hihats Closed x32*
Loose x16
Open x16
Pedaled x8

* Legacy mappings closed hits have 16 velocity layers and sepearate keys for left/right hand hits.


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
21″ Zildjian Advedis Sweet Ride Bow x16
Bell x16


Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Zildjian A Custom 15″ Crash Edge x8
Zildjian A Custom 17″ Crash Edge x8

FX Cymbals

Instrument Articulation Velocity layers
Zildjian A Custom 8″ Splash Edge x8
Zildjian Advedis 18″ China High Edge x8

System Requirements

  • Compatable software sampler: Native Instruments Kontakt Full version version 4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 805.8 MB free storage space available (to download and then unzip)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.2 or higher

Compatability notes

  • NOT compatible with the free Kontakt Player. The kit will stop working after a 15 minute total time restriction imposed by Kontakt Player. The kit is NOT be able to be activated for continued use in the Player.
  • The wav format audio files supplied with this product can be utilized with many other sampler and sound replacement products, however no 'mappings' are provided or support is given for this.