Native Instruments has announced the release of its installment in the Play Seriesn, built with pioneering drummer and producer Karriem Riggins.

A close collaborator with Kaytranda, Paul McCartney, H.E.R, Diana Krall, Kanye and many others, Riggins is celebrated for his unique and experimental approach to drumming and production, fusing his background as a drummer and producer across multiple genres.

Karriem Riggins Drums marks his first plugin release, making it simple for producers to dial in his signature style of punchy and behind-the-beat drums.

The instrument features kits designed and recorded by Riggins during sessions in the renowned Studio 3 at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles. Working with engineer Kyle Hoffmann, they created a palette of left-field drum sounds using guitar amps, reverbs, experimental mic placements, custom setups, and unconventional performance methods.

In addition to an array of one-shots and kits, the instrument packs a collection of MIDI groove patterns curated by Karriem himself, which users can customize using onboard controls or drag-and-drop into a DAW of choice for further editing.

“The KARRIEM RIGGINS DRUMS Play Series was created to inspire musical diversity,” said Riggins, “and explores how expansive the Law of Rhythm really is.”

Karriem Riggins Drums is available at the Native Instruments online shop, priced 49 EUR/USD or £44 GBP.

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