Geekazine has used and reviewed products from IK Multimedia for a few years now. Each product continues to show us that digital music is changing the way we record and perform music. Modo Drum is no different. This is a drum virtual instrument that allows you to create drum sounds, full kits, and studio-grade grooves all at home.
Modo Drum Modeler
This is a stand-alone software that also acts as a VST instrument for many different DAW programs. Whether you are bringing the drums in through Logic Pro, Cubase, Cakewalk, Reaper, Ableton Live, or simply through Garage Band, you can get the drum sound you desire.
Modo Drum works on Mac and Windows machines with an i5-style processor or better, and 8GB RAM or better. Your machine will need to support Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).
How Modo Drum Work
The interface helps you choose, and customize drum kits. You have 10 different kits to choose from (no electronic kit sounds, though), and you can mix and match as you need. Pair a Metal Bass drum with jazz toms, a pop-rock snare, and a variety of cymbals. All for that custom sound you might be looking for.
Each drum / cymbal can be customized further. Shell diameter, depth, type of drum head, type of drum stick, where the stick hits the head, and a lot more.
The mixer allows you to further culture the sound with effects, EQ, levels, and more.
Use With Your Favorite MIDI Instrument
Whether drums, keyboard, or pads, you can customize the paths-to-drums fairly easy. Call up the drum, choose the midi icon, and then hit the pad,or key that you need. In the video, I used an Axiom Air32 keyboard, and a Yamaha DTX-Multi 12 drum pad.
Insert into Your DAW
You can bring in multiple kits on separate tracks, or even separate the drum kit on different tracks for easy mixing. In Garageband, the MIDI track is recorded, so you can change out your sounds if the desire changes.
I outline the whole program in the video. Modo Drum is $299.99, which is not bad for what you get in this package. For more information, check out IK Multimedia’s page.