GET THE PERFECT BEAT!
With DrumMic’a!, you pimp the sound of your music productions.
GET THE PERFECT BEAT!
DrumMic’a! is an extremely elaborately produced virtual instrument for Native Instruments KONTAKT . Among other things, it comprises, more than 13,000 audio samples and around 20,000 lines of program code. What to expect: 15 Sennheiser and Neumann microphones on a genuine drum set, recorded in a real, professional studio, reworked through the integrated software studio. Plus 1,200 authentic beats played by a lively professional drummer. The special thing about it: DrumMic’a! can be used in virtually any digital audio workstation and for your own productions. And best of all: Sennheiser and Neumann provide the software as part of a freeware licence!
Please note: Sennheiser has been providing DrumMic’a! as a library for KONTAKT and KONTAKT PLAYER for more than 7 years now. We are happy about a large community with more than 120.000 users from over 250 countries and thank all of those who have joined our offer during this exiting project phase.
As our close partnership with Native Instruments phased out and NI discontinued the Service Center Serial management end of May 2020, we decided to offer DrumMic’a! as free 3rd party library for KONTAKT to our fans. This means that existing DrumMic’a! installations can be used without limitations, but new installations will include a non-removable time-out for the Instrument when loaded in the KONTAKT PLAYER* freeware. This limit is not applied in the full version of KONTAKT.
Also, installation will be slightly different from the process in the past.
We provide you with detailed instructions for installation and loading DrumMic’a! in KONTAKT during the download procedure.
You can see here how to produce authentic drum beats with DrumMic’a! – the trailer gives an overview of the functions, sound and user interface for the software.
Register now and use for free!
You will need a KONTAKT full version for the unlimited use of the DrumMic'a! freeware. Register now to get started – and download the library.
Infos & Downloads
You can find the instruction manual and all information you need about system requirements and installation here.
To use DrumMic’a! library with NI KONTAKT software on a PC or Mac we recommend the following system prerequisites:
Windows 7 or Windows 8 (current service pack, 32/64 bit), Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended). 12 GB free hard drive space for DVD
MAC OS X
Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8 (latest update), > Intel® Core 2 Duo 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended). 12 GB free hard drive space
Use the search function to find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
DOWNLOAD AND INSTALLATION
How can I download DrumMic’a! from the Sennheiser server?
You can start the download process by clicking on the corresponding button in your Sennheiser account under the menu item "Download".
Where should I save the downloaded file?
In principle, you can save the ZIP file for DrumMic’a! anywhere on your computer that there is enough space (min. 5 GB) and where you can easily find the file again.
How to load DrumMic’a! in KONTAKT?
1. Download DrumMic’a!
2. Locate the “DrumMicaV1_0.zip” folder on your PC, unzip and put the directory to a convenient place on your hard-drive.
3. Start your DAW, choose the KONTAKT instrument plugin on the respective track.
4. Click the “Files” tab (top left, next to the “libraries” tab), and use the file browser to locate the instrument you want to use (“DrumMic’a! V1_0_en” or “DrumMic’a! V1_0_de” version). Double-click on it.
Is it essential to have KONTAKT on my computer?
KONTAKT is a software product supplied by Native Instruments. It is the platform for the virtual instrument DrumMic’a! and required for operation – w/o it DrumMic’a! would be like a sports car without gears and tyres.
SENNHEISER ACCOUNT AND SUPPORT
What are the data protection guidelines for registering with Sennheiser?
In general terms, Sennheiser always adheres to and exceeds the strict privacy directives that are currently in force. For information about the use of your personal data, please go to www.sennheiser.com/privacy. You can find all the relevant information on this subject there.
I have forgotten the password for my Sennheiser account. What should I do?
Just click Register, use the PWD forgotten option, enter the e-mail address stored in your personal Sennheiser account, and we will send your password again.
What technical support does Sennheiser provide for DrumMic’a! in Germany?
The DrumMic’a! software is made available using a freeware licence for free. During its development, tests were carried out on many different computer configurations and the software was optimised; installation with the installation program is also very easy. Any questions you are likely to have regarding the software have been answered in detail in the FAQs or in our manual.
On this basis, we are confident that we have avoided most problems and provided comprehensive answers to likely questions; we appreciate your understanding that we cannot offer direct support (such as via hotline/e-mail form) for the freeware DrumMic`a! or Native Instruments KONTAKT.
Where can I get a copy of the manual for DrumMic’a!?
The manual for the DrumMic’a! software, available in English and German at the time of delivery, is delivered with the download together with the software. Furthermore you can download the manual again here.
I have moved. How can I change my personal details?
It’s quite simple: you can overwrite the entry fields with your personal details. Just remember to click on the "Accept changes" button before you leave the page.
KONTAKT FROM NATIVE INSTRUMENTS
I would like to install the virtual DrumMic’a! drum set. Why do I need Native Instruments KONTAKT software too?
KONTAKT 5 Player is a widely used software sampling platform from Native Instruments, a successful manufacturer of hardware and software for music productions. It is compatible with all professional "Powered by KONTAKT" instruments, and other sample-based instruments from third parties.
To keep software like DrumMic’a! permanently compatible with every operating system and versions of recording programs involves a tremendous amount of work. Sennheiser used the KONTAKT platform for developing the DrumMic’a! software in the knowledge that a large team of developers are constantly checking that the interfaces are still up to date with other programs. This would not be possible in-house at Sennheiser or Neumann."
What's all this about software? Have Sennheiser and Neumann stopped selling microphones?
DrumMic’a! represents a special drum kit that is captured in terms of its basic sound. This enables you to discover, in the simplest way possible, the acoustic impact of different types and positions of microphones on the individual instruments. However, it’s not just a case of one drum set fits all when it comes to the recording world...... depending on the band, song etc. drummers mostly prefer their own set and recording room, sometimes the drum set is tuned to the key of the song, or special cymbals, snares or skins are used to create a desired sound. Looked at this way, software products like DrumMic’a! and electronic synthesizers only produce a limited selection of the drum sound possible in a music production. THE universal drum tool that can reproduce every sound concept accurately will probably never exist.
DRUMMIC’A! SOFTWARE USE
I have downloaded DrumMic’a! onto my computer but I can't see any folder structure in the BEATS menu. How can I solve this problem?
This phenomenon can occur on a small number of computers but it can be easily fixed. This is due to special formatting settings on the system hard drive.
The solution: look for the folder "Midi Files" in the program folder and rename this "MIDI Files" with MIDI written in capital letters. When you then reload DrumMic’a! in KONTAKT it should be there.