Virtual Drumline 2.5




Virtual Drumline has made its mark as the industry standard for marching and concert percussion sounds. Composers, percussionists, studio musicians, and educators alike will discover a sonic onslaught of variety in Virtual Drumline, featuring the world champion percussion section of the Santa Clara Vanguard. Using Virtual Drumline along with your favorite music composition software will arm you with an enormous palette of percussive possibilities.

Virtual Drumline is not just about marching drums. Its huge collection of orchestral, world, effect, drumset, rhythm section, and drumline instruments are programmed with virtually any articulations and playing techniques imaginable. Enhanced multi-sampled velocity layers, attack/release and EQ control, multiple mallet selections, rolls, glissandi, solos and ensembles, and automatic RH/LH alternations are but a few of the powerful features programmed into the VDL instrument collection.

The entire VDL library integrates seamlessly into Native Instruments' powerful Kontakt Player software (included). There is no need to purchase a separate sampler program. This player is capable of loading up to 64 channels of MIDI in stand-alone mode or can be run as a VSTi, AU, DXi, or RTAS plug-in within various music applications. It is a Universal application compatible with Intel/G5 Macs or Windows and will incorporate seamlessly into Sibelius or Finale, which both come with built-in support for Kontakt Player.

Visit our list of frequently asked questions about Virtual Drumline.

Since Finale (2009 or newer) ships included with a small sub-set of "VDLite" instruments from VDL, you may have already tapped into what it sounds like. There's a whole lot more to be found in the full version of VDL 2.5, though. Click here to see how the full version of VDL compares to what comes with Finale.


  • Now integrated into Native Instruments’ powerful Kontakt Player 2 engine
  • Universal application for Mac-Intel speed and compatibility
  • Load up to 64 channels in stand-alone mode
  • Save multi’s for easy loading of projects
  • Host VDL instruments alongside other Kontakt Player 2 formatted libraries in the same player
  • New instruments – steel drum orchestra (lead pan, double seconds, triple guitar, 6-piece bass pan set), rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass guitar), waterphone, showband single tenors, swish knockers, typewriter
  • Instrument Bank support
  • Enhanced velocity control for more natural accent/tap sensitivity
  • More specialized controls for enhanced customization on each instrument (EQ control, attack/release control, Auxilliary send levels)
  • Monitor Mod-Wheel or Keyswitch settings onscreen
  • Much improved DFD (direct from disc) streaming functionality
  • Unlimited polyphony
  • Rack view and minimized view
  • Integrated effects
  • Searchable electronic documentation
  • New NI Service Center application to manage activations and updates


  • Bell Tree
  • Brake Drums
  • Castanet Machine
  • Castanets All
  • Castanets RoseWood Hand
  • Claves Pearl Synthetic
  • Claves Rosewood
  • Cowbells
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Guiro
  • Maracas Rawhide
  • Metal Guiro
  • Rainsticks All
  • Rainsticks Cactus
  • Rainsticks Plastic
  • Ratchet
  • Egg Shaker
  • Ganza
  • Shaker Metal Canister
  • Shaker Plastic
  • Shakers All
  • Slapsticks
  • Sleighbells All
  • Sleighbells Chrome
  • Sleighbells Dark Brass
  • Rock Tambourine
  • Tambourine Orchestral
  • Triangle Able 6in.
  • Triangle Grover 6in
  • Triangle Grover 9in.
  • Water Triangle
  • Vibra Slaps
  • Granite Blocks (AutoRL MW)
  • Jam Blocks
  • Temple Blocks (AutoRL MW)
  • Woodblocks Three


  • Chimes Hammer (MW)
  • Chimes LoXtnsion
  • Chimes XyloCap
  • Chimes XyloTube

Chimes with Sustain Pedal Control

  • Chimes Hammer (PED)
  • Chimes LoXtnsion (PED)
  • Chimes XyloCap (PED)
  • Chimes XyloTube (PED)

Combination Instruments

  • BD and Tam Tam
  • Finale Marching Perc Map
  • General MIDI Set
  • Latin Combo (AutoRL)
  • Metal Combo (AutoRL)
  • Rack Combo A (AutoRL)
  • Rack Combo B (AutoRL)

Cymbals (hand)

  • CrCym 16in Symph
  • CrCym 18in Constnople
  • CrCym 18in Viennese
  • CrCym 20in Germanic

Cymbals (suspended)

  • China Cym 14in
  • China K 19in
  • Chinas All (MW)
  • Hi Hat (MW)
  • Hi Hat Manual
  • Oriental Trash 18in
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Splash Cyms
  • SusCym 15 K Zildjian
  • SusCym 18 Constantnople
  • SusCym 20 Constantnople
  • Swish Knockers (MW)
  • Zil-Bels Hi Lo

DrumLine Basses

  • BassLine AutoRL (MW KS)
  • BassLine Manual (MW KW)
  • BassLine Manual LITE (MW KS)
  • BassLine VDL1 (MW)

DrumLine Cymbals

  • Cymbal Line 16in
  • Cymbal Line 18in
  • Cymbal Line 20in
  • Cymbal Line All (MW)
  • Cymbal Line VDL1

DrumLine Snares

  • SnareLine (AutoRL)
  • SnareLine Manual (MW)
  • SnareLine Manual LITE (MW)
  • SnareLine VDL1 (MW)
  • Solo Kevlar Snare (MW)
  • Solo Mylar Snare (MW)

DrumLine Tenors

  • Showstyle Single Tenors
  • TenorLine (AutoRL) (MW KS)
  • TenorLine Manual (MW KS)
  • TenorLine Manual LITE (MW KS)
  • TenorLine VDL1 (MW)
  • Tenor Solo Manual (MW KS)


  • Concert Bass Drum
  • Concert Toms Full (MW)
  • Concert Toms Mallets
  • Concert Toms Sticks
  • Impact Drums
  • Roto Toms
  • Concert Snare
  • Field Drum
  • Firecracker Drum


  • Drumset AutoRL (KS)
  • Drumset Basic (KS)
  • General MIDI Set


  • Air Raid Siren
  • Bell Plates
  • Birds Meinl
  • Cricket
  • Earth Plate
  • Energy Chimes (MW)
  • Flexatones
  • Frogs
  • Garden Weasel
  • Hand Claps
  • Marching Machine
  • Metronome
  • Ocean Drum
  • Propane Tank
  • Ribbon Crasher
  • Tang Tangs
  • Thundersheet
  • Trash Can
  • Typewriter Manual
  • VibraTones
  • Waterphone

Glockenspiels & Crotales

  • Crotales Aluminum (MW)
  • Crotales Bright (MW)
  • Crotales MedPlast (MW)
  • Glock Brass
  • Glock Bright Plastic
  • Glock Med Plastic


  • Bowed Gongs
  • Chinese Gong 12in
  • Circus Gong
  • Fuyin Gong
  • Jing Gong
  • Opera Gong 10in
  • Pasi Gong 12in
  • TamTam 30in European
  • TamTam 34in Zildjian
  • Wind Gong 22in
  • Wind Gong 30in


  • Marimba RoseW Birch
  • Marimba RoseW Hard (MW)
  • Marimba RoseW Hard LITE (MW)
  • Marimba RoseW Med (MW)
  • Marimba RoseW Med LITE (MW)
  • Marimba RoseW Soft (MW)
  • Marimba RoseW Soft LITE (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Birch
  • Marimba Syn Hard (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Hard LITE (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Med (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Med LITE (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Soft (MW)
  • Marimba Syn Soft LITE (MW)

Rhythm Section

  • Bass Guitar
  • Electric Guitar (MW KS)
  • Piano (PED)

Steel Drums

  • SteelDrum 3 Guitar (MW)
  • SteelDrum 6 Bass (MW)
  • SteelDrum Double 2nds (MW)
  • SteelDrum Lead (MW)


  • Timpani FX
  • Timpani Glissandi
  • Timpani Hard (MW)
  • Timpani Hard LITE (MW)
  • Timpani Med (MW)
  • Timpani Med LITE (MW)
  • Timpani Soft (MW)
  • Timpani Soft LITE (MW)


  • Bowed Vibes
  • Vibe FX
  • Vibes Hard (MW)
  • Vibes Hard LITE (MW)
  • Vibes Med (MW)
  • Vibes Med LITE (MW)
  • Vibes Rattan
  • Vibes Soft (MW)
  • Vibes Soft LITE (MW)

Vibes with Sustain Pedal Control

  • Vibes Hard (PED)
  • Vibes Med (PED)
  • Vibes Soft (PED)


  • Drum Major
  • Vocals

Whistles and Bird Calls (in Effects)

  • Acme Siren
  • Audibon Bird Call
  • Nightingale Audibon Combo
  • Nightingale Whistle
  • Police Whistle
  • Slide Whistle

Wind Chimes

  • Patio Chimes
  • Treeworks Double Row
  • Treeworks Echo Chimes
  • Treeworks Single Row
  • Treeworks WChimes All
  • WChimes with Mallet

World Percussion

  • Agogo Bells
  • Ankle Bells
  • Anklung
  • Bongos (AutoRL)
  • Bongos Manual
  • Cabasa High
  • Cabasa Low
  • Cabasas Hi and Low
  • Congas (AutoRL)
  • Congas Manual
  • Djembe 14in
  • Djembe Big
  • Shakerines
  • Shekere
  • Taiko Drum
  • Timbales (AutoRL)
  • Timbales Manual


  • Xylo Bright (MW)
  • Xylo Bright LITE (MW)
  • Xylo Med Dark (MW)
  • Xylo Med Dark LITE (MW)
  • Xylo Rattan
  • Xylo Rubber (MW)
  • Xylo Rubber LITE (MW)


  • (KS) - Instrument contains Keyswitch functions
  • (MW) - Instrument contains special features controlled by Mod-Wheel
  • (AutoRL) - Instrument uses "Auto Right/Left" feature to automatically rotate between right and left handed strokes
  • (PED) - Instrument may be controlled via standard sustain pedal
  • Manual - Instrument allows manual user-control over right and left-hand strokes
  • LITE - Instrument is streamlined to help conserve system resources


  • 5 GB of free hard disk space
  • DVD drive to install software
  • RAM: 1 GB or more recommended
  • PC users - Windows XP (required by Kontakt Player 2)
  • PC users - Pentium 4 or Athlon 2.4 GHz or higher recommended
  • Macintosh users - OS X 10.4 or higher (required by Kontakt Player 2)
  • Macintosh users - Mac-Intel or PowerPC G5 recommended
  • Notation or sequencing software to control sounds
  • MIDI keyboard recommended for note input


  • Stand-alone mode on Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4+
  • Plug-in formats (VSTi™, Audio Units™, DXi™, RTAS™)
  • Audio driver formats (ASIO™, DirectSound™, MME™, Core Audio™)

Note: Virtual Drumline is not a notation program.
Performance Note: The KONTAKT audio engine is extremely powerful and will rely on your computer’s CPU. Virtual Drumline 2.5 will work best on faster and more current CPUs. In addition to running this software, please note the additional requirements of your operating system and notation or sequencer program. The more sounds you wish to run simultaneously, the more your computer specs will come into play.

ABC College Football
Jim Casella
Football fans may recognize this. This spot has aired frequently on ESPN and ABC during the college football season. Written using Sibelius, Logic, and percussion sounds exclusively from Virtual Drumline.
Frameworks 1
by David Knight and Marty McCartt
All percussion was sequenced using Virtual Drumline sounds. Wind musicians were recorded live while playing to the sequenced VDL parts.
Frameworks 3
by David Knight and Marty McCartt
All percussion is sequenced using Virtual Drumline sounds. Wind musicians were recorded live while playing to the sequenced VDL parts.
Limbo Marianne
arr. Jeff Moore
This is an arrangement for steel drum band using the VDL 2.5 steel orchestra and drumset patches. These were created in exclusively Sibelius 4, recorded through Wiretap with a bit of reverb added.
Jamaican Farewell
arr. Jeff Moore
This is an arrangement for steel drum band using the VDL 2.5 steel orchestra and drumset patches. These were created exclusively in Sibelius 4, recorded through Wiretap with a bit of reverb added.
by Brian Flack
Written for the Tate Creek Indoor Percussion Ensemble from Lexington, Kentucky, this original piece was part of their WGI Independent Open fourth place finish. Bass, harp, and wind sounds are from other sources, but all percussion sounds are VDL.
Picture Perfect - parts 3 and 4
arr, Brian C. Blume
From Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," this excerpt was arranged for arena marching percussion ensemble. All sounds are from Virtual Drumline 2.5, and playback was all created directly in Sibelius 5.1. Audio recording and reverb were rendered using Audio Hijack for Macintosh.
Native Echoes
arr, Robbie Green; sequenced by Bryan Harmsen
This is an arrangement of the Tapspace piece Rite of Passage by Jesse Monkman, adapted for arena marching percussion ensemble. All percussion sounds and bass guitar are from VDL 2.5.
Anthem, part 1
Scott Hirsch, Tyson Smith
Indoor marching percussion ensemble arrangement for the Twin Cities Area Independent Percussion Ensemble. All sounds in this demo (except synth sounds) come from VDL 2.5 (including electric and bass guitars).
Steel Orchestra Demo Virtual Drumline 2.5 brought the addition of some basic steel drum orchestra instruments. In this demo you'll hear the set of six bass pans with double seconds, followed by triple guitar, then the melody on lead pan where you'll hear the instrument alternate between regular strokes and tremolo rolls (controlled with mod-wheel, and available on all steel drum instruments).
Rosewood Chronicle
Jesse Mattson
Percussion ensemble in three movements. All sounds (including piano and bass guitar parts) are exclusively from VDL 2.5.
Uncle Creepy Jim Ancona 12-tone percussion etude from the new Tapspace book Up Front Etudes. This demo makes great use of the various orchestral tambourine articulations, rolls, and thumb rolls, as well as various timpani glissandi. Vibraphones also demonstrate various pedaling techniques that can be employed with VDL.
Wild Asses (Rant in C minor)
C. Saint Saens; arr. Jim Ancona
From the Tapspace book Up Front Etudes,this short arrangement from Carnival of the Animals highlights the conecert snare drum, and 18" Zildjian Constantinople crash cymbals while also demonstrating extreme range of the marimbas and xylophones.
Isaac Albeniz; arr. Gifford Howarth
This concert percussion ensemble arrangment of the famous classical guitar transcription is published by Tapspace, but also works as a great VDL:2 demo to show the strength of our mallet percussion sounds. All sounds are from VDL.
arr. Jim Casella
Full percussion ensemble arrangement using marching battery, as well as several concert and world percussion instruments. This demo also uses snareline and tenorline instruments that have been "reefed" up slightly with VDL's simple "tune" feature to better match the sound of your drumline tuning preference.
Take Hold of Me
Olin Johannessen
Vibraphone and Marimba duet. This demo uses the medium mallet vibes and medium mallet synthetic marimba from VDL and illustrates the expressive nature of our mallet keyboards.
Jim Casella
This is a full marching battery/pit score written to accompany a full band program for the 2005 LD Bell marching band from Hurst, TX. Uses a wide variety of concert and marching percussion instruments, all from VDL.
Timpani Demo Medium, Hard, and Soft mallets playing a variety of articulations including hand dampening, center of the head, rolls, bowls, and various glissandi effects.
Effects Demo A random collection of various effects including: Vibe FX, Bell Plates, Thundersheet, Cactus Rainstick, Frogs, Tambourine, Snare Drum, Ocean Drum, Bass Drum, Flexatones, Tam Tam, Echo Chimes, Meinl Birds, 18" Constantinople Cr. Cyms, Concert Toms, and Propane Tank.
Latin Demo Some of the different articulations on Congas, Timbales (w/Mambo Bell), Shekere, and high Jam Block (clave), accompanied by rosewood marimba with medium mallets and timpani with soft mallets.
Maple Leaf Rag This demo features un-edited playback of a standard MIDI file simply using sounds from VDL. Featured are the medium dark xylophone mallet and soft mallet on rosewood marimba.
Zildjian Spot
Jim Casella
The customized music in this demo was created to accompany a 30 second TV spot for the Zildjian Cymbal company which aired on ESPN2 for the 2005 DCI Summer Music Games world championship broadcast. All percussion sounds are from Virtual Drumline.
Amazonian Rainforest
Bill Castillo (sequence)
Full marching percussion score from Key Poulan Music. Sequenced by Bill Castillo from arrangements by Shawn Glyde and Dan Bryan using percussion sounds exclusively from VDL (except cuica).
Waves 1
Jesse Mattson
Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from Virtual Drumline (except piano).
SurroundSound 3
Allen Joanis
Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from VDL (except synth).
Waves 3
Jesse Mattson
Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from VDL (except synth).

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