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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.



  • Mic layers

    Individually controllable mic layers - Close mics, Overheads, Room mics, Smash mic, Kick Sub, and Snare-Bottom.

  • eKit mode

    Switch to ‘eKit’ mode when using a Roland V-Drum kit, or leave set to ‘Keyboard mode’ for direct MIDI sequencing. The layout is General MIDI (GM) compatible.

  • Output routing

    Stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.

  • Switchable instruments

    Easily switch between included drums

Package contents

  • Formats

    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

Popsticks drum samples virtual package

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

For detailed tracking notes view this site on a computer screen.

System Requirements

  • Compatable software sampler: Native Instruments Kontakt Full version version 4 or greater
  • Hard drive: 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 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.