sfz format mapping of NDK (free demo version)

Introduction

Click here for more info on how to get the samples and to read about the kit. If you like the free kit, check out the full kit (as used in most of my jam sessions).

If you've not previously come across NDK (free demo version), you've been missing out. It's probably the best free drum kit on the web. The kit is recorded clean and pretty dry, so it's open to all kinds of processing to get it to sound like you want it to - far better than having been pre-processed to sound a certain way. Check out some of the demos in the naturalstudio forum.

The sfz format mapping uses the WAV samples available from the site above. The velocity layer assigments are taken from the (old ns_kit7free) Soundfont mapping. The attenuation may not be identical but works.

I've adjusted the gain applied to some of the instruments in the kit to my taste. It's very straight-forward to remove these -- just open the file in a text editor, find "volume=" and change the numer to 0 - or remove the setting, if you prefer.

Normal map

The first version below also includes "choke" keys an octave above the each cymbal (apart from the "extra" open hi hat). Other than that, the layout matches the Soundfont and is pretty close to the GM drum map.

ndk_demo.sfz

Alternate maps

These next three versions use a completely non-standard keymaps. I produced them as I was having trouble following several drumming tutorials because the placement of the GM drum map keys isn't the same as where the drums and cymbals in a real kit are positioned. These mappings are closer to that.

When you're playing, remember the sound you hear is from in front of the kit, facing it. The layout below is for sitting behind the kit, playing it. So the stuff on the left side of the kit sounds as if it's on the right. (The third one doesn't quite follow the original layout.)

Choking of all the cymbals (except the hihat: use the pedal!) is with the right-most key on my keyboard ;-) -- that's two octaves above middle C.

For the second and third alternatives:

The mapping:

ndk_demo-alternate.sfz

The mapping:

ndk_demo-alternate2.sfz

The mapping:

ndk_demo-alternate3.sfz

The first layout
KeyNote#Instrument
C048Snare Rim (R)
049Sticks
D050Snare Rim (R)
0518" Splash
E052Open Hihat
F053Pedal Hihat
05418" Crash
G055Closed Hihat
056Hi Tom
A057Snare (L)
058Hi Tom
B059Snare (R)
(middle) C060Closed Kick
061Mid Tom
D062Open Kick
063Mid Tom
E064Floor Tom
F065Floor Tom
06615" Crash
G06720" Ride
06820" Ride Bell
A06919" China
070(unused)
B071Snare Press (L)
C072Snare Press (R)
...
C084Choke!
The second layout
KeyNote#Instrument
C048Snare Press (L)
0498" Splash
D050Snare Press (R)
05118" Crash
E052Snare Rim (L)
F053Snare Rim (R)
054Open Hihat
G055Pedal Hihat
056Closed Hihat
A057Snare (L)
058Closed Hihat
B059Snare (R)
(middle) C060Closed Kick
061Hi Tom
D062Open Kick
063Hi Tom
E06415" Crash
F06520" Ride
066Mid Tom
G06720" Ride Bell
068Mid Tom
A06919" China
070Floor Tom
B071Sticks
C072(unused)
...
C084Choke!
The third layout
KeyNote#Instrument
C048Snare Press (L)
049Pedal Hihat
D050Snare Press (R)
0518" Splash
E052Snare Rim (L)
F053Snare Rim (R)
054Closed Hihat
G055Snare (L)
056Open Hihat
A057Snare (R)
058Closed Hihat
B059Sticks
(middle) C060Closed Kick
06118" Crash
D062Open Kick
06318" Crash
E064Hi Tom
F065Hi Tom
06615" Crash
G067Mid Tom
06815" Crash
A069Mid Tom
07019" China
B071Floor Tom
C072Floor Tom
07320" Ride
D074(unused)
07520" Ride Bell
E076(unused)
...
C084Choke!

Other sfz format mappings

Last updated: 22 January 2009
Atelier Robin re-releases the free kit!
13 April 2005: Uploaded third alternative mapping and updated second alternative (volumes, mapping).
22 December 2004: Uploaded second alternative mapping.
21 December 2004: (Later) Added choke to alternate map.
Added chokes to normal map; added first version of alternate map; expanded page to cope!
24 October 2004: Replaced page content and mapping.
23 October 2004: New mapping and spreadsheet added.
7 October 2004: Use &lt; rather than < in html.
6 October 2004: Amended URL for ns_kit.
1 May 2004: First version.