When you're looking for authentic funk drum samples, this gorgeous Mapex Armory drum kit brings the funk. With drum shells that use a mixture of maple and birch, these drums deliver a really warm, funky tone that works perfectly in funk, pop and chillout music.
We used the steel Mapex Tomahawk snare drum for a fat snare sound and the perfect mixture of zildjian hi-hats, ride and a killer Chinese crash from Sabian for big impact. You'll find the big blue download buttons below where you can download each instrument from this drum kit.
Mapex Armory Maple/Birch Kick Drum Samples
With plenty of attack and lots of sub bass, this maple/birch kick drum from Mapex brings the warm thud that your funk tracks are going to need. If you want a kick drum that's going to hold down a solid groove under all those horns and funky bass guitar, this kick right here is the best place to start.
Here's a little demo of a MIDI groove we programmed using these kick drum samples to give you an idea of the realism your drum tracks can achieve. As you can hear, this kick drum has a really fat tone with minimal EQ and processing. That leaves you with plenty of headroom left for you to tweak your EQ and compression to further sculpt the tone. Download these kick drum samples below.
The 'Mapex Armory' Maple/BirchTom Toms
The best way to describe the sound of these killer toms is 'THROATY'! Not only do they deliver a hard, bright attack but they also posses a lovely bassy bottom end with the floor tom being particularly earth rattling.
Take a listen to this demo we put together just to demonstrate how good these toms could sound in your own tracks. This drum groove is entirely programmed using these multi-velocity drum samples. This groove features all three toms. We also recorded multi-velocity hits using steel brushes and these are included in this download.
Mapex Tomahawk Steel Snare Drum Samples
Prepare yourself, these snare drum samples of the steel Mapex Tomahawk were made for funk. With an ear splitting crack and just enough bass tones, this snare drum is perfect for your funk and pop drum tracks, there's plenty of power but it won't take over the mix. As usual we only used just enough EQ and processing to capture the real tone of the drum. There's still plenty of headroom left for you to further tweak this snare drum sound to squeeze even more power out of it with the use of EQ and compression.
These samples include multi-velocity hits from different positions of the drum so you get straight hits, rimshots, side stick and even brushes for a full range of expressive drum tones. Take a listen to this preview to hear these drum samples in action. We also recorded multi-velocity hits using steel brushes and sidestick. These are included in this download.
Zildjian K Custom Hybrid 36cm Hi-Hat Samples
These super sizzling hi-hat samples of the legendary Zildjian K Custom Hybrids work perfectly with pretty much any drum kit, but when it comes to funk music they are perfect for the job. Super bright and very clean, these hi-hat samples are your 'go-to' hats.
Here's a little demo of these hi-hat samples in action. We recorded multi-velocity hits of these hats from different playing positions so you get straight hat, bell, semi-open and fully open samples from quiet to loud. Download this instrument set and make your own expressive drum tracks today.
Zildjian 53cm Sweet Ride Cymbal Samples
These ride cymbal samples sit perfectly in the mix without taking over. With just the ride amount of fizz on the outer rim and the perfect amount of pop on the bell, these Zildjian 'sweet ride' samples are ideal for funk music and give your chorus section the ideal lift.
Take a listen to this demo where you'll hear both of those tones being put to use with our multi-velocity hits from different parts of the ride cymbal for a totally realistic performance. This groove was programmed entirely from the drum samples on this page.
Zildjian A Custom 45cm Crash Cymbal Samples
Zildjian are awesome at making cymbals that work well in a wide variety of genres. This 45cm A Custom crash cymbal is one of those great all rounders. It works great in funk, metal and rock music but will also work equally well in dance or pop. Here's a little demo of this crash doing it's thing.
Sabian AA 46cm Chinese Crash Cymbal Samples
When you want that big 'washy' sound with plenty of impact it's time to bring out your best China. The Sabian AA 46cm Chinese Crash is simply epic. Here's a little demo of this crash doing it's thing.
Multi Velocity Drum Samples
These multi-velocity drum samples give you everything you need to create your own totally realistic sounding virtual drum kit. All of our samples are 24-bit WAV files recorded at 44.1 kHz so you can load them into any software or hardware sampler that supports 24-bit WAVS.
We recorded the drums using the epic Shure SM57 dynamic mics and we used a matched pair of high quality stereo condensor mics from the cymbals and hats.
Each instrument in the kit has multiple samples that cover the different power and velocity that our drummer used when hitting the drums. These range from barely audible to outright 'ear splitting' in order give you the full range of tones you need to create ultra real drum sets for your drum tracks.
About the Demos
The audio demos above give you an example of how you can use these drum samples. When you choose to download one of the ZIP files it contains only the samples that are labeled on the download button. That means that if you're downloading the hit-hat ZIP file but you heard the kick drum in the background of the demo for the hi-hats your download will only contain hi-hats. If you want the kick drum samples (for example) you'll need to download those separately.
About Our Drum Samples
When we mix and master our drum samples we use only enough processing to give the drums a natural tone. It's essential that we don't over process the samples so that you still have plenty of headroom to add your own EQ, compression and FX. The drum samples that you download are completely dry and have no FX. This allows you to shape the drum sounds to suite your songs.