Big Mono is a roomy rendition of a loveable vintage Ludwig kit with a Rogers Dynasonic snare, classic Zildjians, and a Sabian ride for good luck. Recorded in mono using a decca-tree configuration supplemented with spot mics for detail, this kit sounds organic and retro with a spacious vibe.

Oh, and it’s FREE.



  • Output routing

    Stereo and multi-channel output versions provided.

  • Sensitivity control

    Alter the sensitivity of the kit for more intimate performances or use the full dynamic range for heavier tracks.

  • Presets

    Quickly dial up a range of sounds.

  • Instrument interface

    Intuitively adjust the mix with volume controls, mic layer balance, pan and tuning controls.

Package contents

  • Formats

    Kontakt, Battery, Wav

  • 254 sample files

    in unencrypted 24bit, 44.1khz .wav format

  • User manual

    AD01-BigMono-Manual (PDF)

  • Total package size

    138.8 MB download
    213.8 MB unzipped

Big Mono drum samples virtual package

Sampling Details

Big Mono was tracked at York Street Studios (now closed) through a vintage EMI Neve console to a nice thick roll of tape.


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
22″ x 16″ 1970s Ludwig maple Center hits x12


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
14″ x 5″ 1970s Rogers Dynasonic maple Left-hand Center hits x16
Right-hand Center hits x16
Left-hand Rimshots x8
Right-hand Rimshots x8
Cross-stick x8


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
13″ 1970s Ludwig maple Left-hand center hits x16
Right-hand center hits x16
16″ 1970s Ludwig maple Left-hand center hits x16
Right-hand center hits x16


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
13″ Zildjian Advedis Mastersound Closed x16
Loose x16
Open x16
Pedal x10


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
20″ Sabian HHX Evolution Bow x16
Bell x16


Instrument Articulations Velocity layers
16″ Zildjian K Crash Edge x8
17″ Zildjian K Dark Crash 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.