Sounds In HD got the illest drum sounds around!


Mo drums man, today I’m checkin out the drums from

I found out about them maybe a few weeks ago, and their site impressed me.

I listened to the demo kit and liked what I heard so I hit them up to see if I could review their sounds.

They have 3 different collections, but I am reviewing their “Sounds In HD TheCollection” which includes shd vol 1, shd vol 2, and acoustic blends.

let’s get into it!

Who are Sounds In HD?

Is it a higher bit rate? What makes them HD?

The HD, from what I gather, is in reference to the quality and perfection they take when producing their drum sounds.

It all started with Sounds In HD Vol 1:

“processed using only quality hardware and software such as the Avalon 737 and Izotope plugins. Sample design is based off of various synthesizers combined with live sound and layered samples. This superb drum pack, can be used in just about any genre of music; including Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop”

After the huge success of shd vol 1, they dropped …you guessed it, shd vol 2:

“We’ve decided to make this kit more usuable for the producers and engineers, by adding more elements other than the generic samples, including Synthesized Drums, Lo-Fi Textures, Acoustic Samples and more all originaly recorded and processed by us. SHD2 is a huge step up from the preceeding package, we consider this particular sample library to have more Balance than the other sample packages on the market”

Well, I guess that was another smash hit, so they came with a third pack called Acoustic Blends, which is probably my favorite!

“Acoustic Blends competes with the drum sample design in the current market while staying true to its name, acoustic. Producers love a great acoustic kit and this is a chance to upgrade to HD in your acoustic production arsenal! We consider this to actually be the most versatile edition to date!”

Quick Specs

  • Contents: shd1, shd 2, acoustic blends, and bonus drums. over 1000 drum sounds
  • Format: 16bit wave files
  • Price: $79.99

Okay, whopdie doo, 3 sound collections, but what do they sound like?

In one word… BANGIN!

Seriously, these are some of the most banginest drums I’ve laid ears on.

Now I must be clear, these aren’t your typical rugged, boom-bap style drums, these are commercial, radio ready, high quality drum samples.

It’s true, and you can check my twitter statues from a week or so ago…after going through these drums, I started deleting and getting rid of a bunch of drum samples, they were simply no longer needed.

SHD set the bar high, and their acoustic blends pretty much became the standard by which all other drums will be judged by me.

The mix on them is nice, they have a thickness to them that is undeniable. And they slice through the mix like a hot knife through ice cream cake.

The loudness is there, but not a simple “normalize and make it bang” loudness…I don’t even know how to explain it other than these drums are hard without taking over the whole mix, they are huge but still leave space for your other sounds.

The eq, processing, and whatever other deep dark magic they put on these drums results in the most usable collection I’ve come across to date, and the most versatile.

The Value is unmatched…

One thing I very first noticed about them is their prices.  I’ve been shopping for and checking out drum libraries for years, and for the most part, they’ve always been pretty pricey.

It’s not uncommon to pay $100+ for a collection of dope drums, and I’ve happily done so in the past. Especially when getting kits in native mpc format, etc.

The fact that this is only 80 bucks for the whole collection is insane. But also, if you don’t want the whole thing, each collection is broken down into parts so it’s easier on the budget.

What’s the final rating man?

If I could give a double rating I would, this is without question a 5 sub kit!

Dope sounds, quality mixing and processing, and GREAT value.

I love it man, simply put, download the demo and you’ll see what I mean.

This aint no bull man, you know how I do…these drums are sick.

Sounds In HD got the illest drum sounds around!
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  1. Dang….you did use the word BANGINEST, hahaha…So im guessin these sounds must be BANGERIFIC SON!!!! Ima ck it out tonight, lookin for a good drum kit, thnx for the review.

    • I can’t be held responsible for your extra-cirricular activities 🙂 lol

      You should know if you got they drums or not 🙂

      they are dope, download the demo and see, freakin insane, especially the acoustic blends joints man.

  2. Yo Great Video Im a have to check them out…
    Good looks on this 1….
    Also that beat was dope man I actually like the way it sounded when u was switchin the snare wit claps…

    Keep at the reviews and ThanX 4 all the sounds u sendin out,
    I been heavily addicted to them vinyl addikt Drums sets … some Diamonds in there!

  3. For sure they have the best kits Ive ever heard, I got the SHD Vol1 kit back when it was first released. I guess its time to get that full collection those Acoustic Drums do sound real nice. Just so everyone knows too you can download demos from there site as well and the demos are quite useable 😉 Thanks for the review bro!

  4. Definitely hot sounds especially the Acoustic joints. Sounds a little like K&S quality wise, I’m gonna have to cop these….thanks for the info…btw how’s that stand for your controller working out for you???

    • Sup man, yeah they dope but way beyond K&S in my opinion. K&S has some good stuff, but a lot of their drums are just overly loud…these are loud by in proper proportion so they sit well in the mix.

      Def check them out

      I copped a rolodex stand and its workin out pretty dope.

  5. someone mentioned somewhere I think on the Mashine forums about the acoustic pads, i have the auralex pads and they came with some angled risers, i use the main pads on my krk’s and the angled risers on the maschine, works very well

    • if you are using mainly software, just get the mophatt sound rom from emu, and use the free proteus vx

      same exact sounds, only it cost like 60 bucks or so lol

      I had the mophatt keyboard, and the software sounds are identical. Unless you just want the rack…

      I personally wouldn’t pay 200 for it, not now.

  6. Good lookin’ as always. This one is definitely going on the shopping list. If you don’t mind, I might reach out to you for some primers on Maschine + Live in the near future (I’m just about ready for that purchase).

  7. I have another question and I do take your opinions to heart how do you create an audio track for a midi track using ableton live? can you do a video or something.

    • If you mean you just want to record all of your midi tracks to audio, just arm the record button at the top of ableton, and when you press play, everything you play and trigger in the session view will get recorded as audio into the arrange view.

      Another way is to create an audio track and set it’s input to the midi track you want to record.

      finally, and this is probably the easiest way, you can “freeze” a midi/vst track and it will turn it into audio. Then you can “flatten” it I think it’s called, and it will just make it an audio track.

      Just depends on what exactly you’re wanting to do

  8. 10 outta 5 lol,alot of different drum beats,a variety,thats good when you want to make somethin sound different,man i really like that beat right there too.

  9. yo joe what more can you say man these drums are crazy man i got to have them in my arsonal as allways man big up to your self to everyone else if you don,t get these your missing out

  10. one word BANGORAMA i know not a word just how i feel about them forgot that was a bangin track you made and always thanks for puttin us on to some good ish

  11. yo joe one more thing before i go, have you or well you do any reviews on horn or brass section or sample of , i been looking for some real good sounding brass samples for a long time

    • I think they are a lil different, I can’t say I like them all the way better, but the collection as a whole is a must have.

      I will be reviewing another collection from sonicspecialists soon so keep an eye out,

      I really liked the acoustic blends from soundsinhd, I think sonicspecialists overall have a bit of an edge to their quality that is unmatched.

      however, this collection, and the price, makes it a definite must have product.

  12. If you buy the drums from their site, do they deliver as digital download or by CD/DVD. They sounded quality. Good job on the site, I’ve been checking it out for a while.


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