As part of the KONTAKT Play Series of instruments, BUTCH VIG DRUMS captures the spirit of the legendary producer's pioneering drum sound. Created with the Grammy Award winning writer and producer, it offers 21 individual drum kits, each with 16 one-shots created using Vig's distinctive approach to drum recording and percussive sound design. Each kit also contains 16 preset MIDI patterns, which can be triggered using a MIDI controller and edited within any DAW. All sounds can be further processed using a range of powerful Kontakt insert and send effects.

As a musician, songwriter and record producer, Butch Vig is famed for his signature production of modern drum sounds. This Play Series offering gives you heavily processed hybrid drum sounds with punchy, production-ready grooves. Choose from a selection of preset MIDI patterns, which you can launch from the instrument itself, or drag and drop to your DAW for further editing.

As with all Play Series instruments, BUTCH VIG DRUMS aims to combine an intuitive, performance-focused interface with detailed sound editing. Six macro controls offer quick access and easy control over a range of different sound and effects parameters, allowing you to easily tweak each preset kit and individual drum sounds, to create alternative timbres that work in a variety of drum styles. For those who wish to go deeper in sound design, you will find powerful sound editing tools and flexible effects chains that allow you to further customize your drum sounds.

Thank you for using BUCTH VIG DRUMS, we hope you enjoy it!

Document Conventions

In this document the following formatting is used to highlight useful information:


Indicates paths to locations on your hard disk or other storage devices


Highlights important names, concepts, and software interface elements.


References keys on a computer’s keyboard


Single item instructions are represented by a bullet icon.


Results in procedures are represented by an arrow icon.

The following three icons represent different types of information:


The light bulb icon indicates a useful tip, suggestion, or interesting fact.


The information icon highlights important information that is essential for the given context.


The warning icon alerts you of serious issues and potential risks that require your full attention.