From studio-based drum sample kits to the latest vst instruments, sampling has come a long way since those early hip hop pioneers ripping one-shots and vocal hooks from dusty vinyl. Today, a sample can be a nostalgic throwback to your favorite track or a fully-fledged polyphonic instrument that rivals even the most complex synths—offering easy accessibility to diverse sounds from around the world that can be shaped for any application.
Native Instruments’ collection of drum samplers delivers all of this and more. Featuring our industry-standard KONTAKT range, the award-winning BATTERY platform, and genre-specific kits from our EXPANSIONS collection, our leading-edge lineup gives you everything you need to create innovative and cutting-edge sounds both in the studio and when playing live.
The KONTAKT collection offers musicians, producers, and DJs access to the best drum samplers and instrument sampling software wherever you are on your music making journey. For those just starting out, the KONTAKT 6 PLAYER runs all of our KONTAKT instruments, as well as a huge selection of third-party instruments. Download this free drum sampler as a stand-alone VST or as part of the KOMPLETE START package, which includes a bundle of 2,000 sounds and 6 GB of content.
The industry-standard KONTAKT 7 platform features an almost endless selection of instrument and drum samples. Featuring a factory library with 55+ GB of detailed, creative, and expressive instruments at your fingertips—plus the ability to integrate third-party instruments—KONTAKT 6 is more than a sampler: it’s a deep sonic scripting laboratory.
But KONTAKT 6 is highly accessible, with intuitive drag-and-drop functionality enabling you to build your own instruments with powerful sample-editing and instrument-building options. Layer, link, stretch, and shape your sounds any way you can imagine—whether using WAV drum samples or phrases ripped from your favorite records.
BATTERY 4 is Native Instruments’ drum sampler plugin used by DJs, producers, and musicians around the world. Featuring lightning-fast and intuitive workflows to help keep the creativity flowing, the BATTERY 4 library is packed with the best drum samples on the market!
Whether you’re using an existing NI kit for instant, jaw-dropping sounds or carefully curating samples to build kits of your own, BATTERY 4 works with all current sample formats to make the process simple and straightforward. Cells load instantaneously, and the BATTERY 4 drum sampler allows you to load factory kits with clear color coding, as well as drag-and-drop your own samples and assign custom colors for instant visual recognition.
BATTERY 4 is also bursting with innovative tools that allow you to shape raw samples in the studio and on the road: Completely customize your drum sampler with seven sample modes (including classic sampler and Groovebox emulation), the Time Machine Pro algorithm for seamless time stretching, an editable waveform display for volume and filters, and a full arsenal of modern effects.
Access even more professional instrument and drum sampler sounds with Native Instruments’ Expansions. These genre-specific packs work with a range of NI instruments—including BATTERY 4 and KONTAKT—as well as your favorite DAW, and are crafted and curated by top artists and sought-after sound designers. Featuring synth presets, drum kits, one-shots, samples, and loops, our wide selection of tailor-made Expansion kits will meet the needs of cutting edge producers and DJs, whatever your workflow.