Virtual Drumline 2.5 (Boxed DVD)
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Virtual Drumline 2.5 (Boxed DVD)

The world"s most powerful marching and concert percussion software instrument.
(version 2.5.5)
Price: $199.00
Delivery: Boxed DVD
Level: version 2.5.5
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Virtual Drumline‚ĄĘ has made its mark as the industry standard sample library for marching and concert percussion. 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.

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The VDL library loads directly into Native Instruments‚Äô powerful Kontakt‚ĄĘ Player software (free). This player is capable of loading up to 64 channels in stand-alone mode, or can be run as a VST, AU, or RTAS plug-in within various popular music applications. Kontakt Player is compatible with Intel Macs or PC‚Äôs and integrates directly into the Finale or Sibelius notation programs*, or virtually any DAW software for creating lifelike sequenced music.

*Template recommended for notation programs. Learn more.



Visit our list of frequently asked questions about Virtual Drumline.

Click here to browse the User Guide (version 2.5.5).


Finale (2009 or newer) ships included with a small sub-set of "VDLite" instruments from VDL, so 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.



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. (quicktime required)
Frameworks 1
by David Knight and Marty McCartt
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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
visit David's site
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 arrangment 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 arrangment 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. This is a licensed arrangement which is available from VisAudio Designs. 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 Sa√ęns,
arr. Jim Ancona

From the new 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 Albéniz
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 will air 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
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Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from Virtual Drumline (except piano).
SurroundSound 3
Allen Joanis
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Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from VDL (except synth).
Waves 3
Jesse Mattson
visit Jesse's site
Full marching percussion ensemble demo. All sounds are exclusively from VDL (except synth).

System Requirements

System Requirements:

For current library version 2.5.5

  • Kontakt Player free (version 4 or higher) or full version of Kontakt (version 4 or higher)
  • DVD drive to install software (not required if purchasing as a download)
  • 4.5 GB available hard disk space
  • Native Instruments Service Center (free) to activate library on your computer via internet



  • Mac - OS X 10.6 (latest update) or higher, Intel Core Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • Windows - Windows 7 or Windows 8 (latest Service Pack), 32/64-bit, Intel Core Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2GB RAM
  • Supported Interfaces: Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, RTAS (Pro Tools 9 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio, WASAPI
  • 1 GB available hard disk space



  • Mac: Mac OS X 10.5, Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM
  • Windows: Windows XP (SP2)/Vista (32/64-bit), Pentium or Athlon XP 1.4GHz, 1GB RAM
  • Supported Interfaces: Stand-alone, VST, Audio Units, RTAS (Pro Tools 7 or higher), ASIO, CoreAudio, DirectSound, WASAPI
  • 1GB available hard disk space


NOTE: Virtual Drumline is not a notation program.
If you wish to write percussion notation using Virtual Drumline sounds, you should use either Finale or Sibelius notation programs. For more info on this and other pre-sale questions, please visit our FAQ page..

Instrument List

Bell Tree
Brake Drums
   Castanet Machine
   Castanets All
   Castanets RoseWood Hand
Claves Pearl Synthetic
Claves Rosewood
Finger Cymbals
Maracas Rawhide
Metal Guiro
   Rainsticks All
   Rainsticks Cactus
   Rainsticks Plastic
   Egg Shaker
   Shaker Metal Canister
   Shaker Plastic
   Shakers All
   Sleighbells All
   Sleighbells Chrome
   Sleighbells Dark Brass
   Rock Tambourine
   Tambourine Orch Bright
   Tambourine Orch Dark
   Tambourine Orchestral
   Triangle Able 6in.
   Triangle Grover 6in
   Triangle Grover 9in.
   Triangles All (MW)
   Water Triangle
Vibra Slaps
Wind Chimes
   Patio Chimes
   Treeworks Double Row
   Treeworks Echo Chimes
   Treeworks Single Row
   Treeworks WChimes All
   WChimes with Mallet
   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)
Sustain Pedal Control Chimes
   Chimes Hammer (PED)
   Chimes LoXtnsion (PED)
   Chimes XyloCap (PED)
   Chimes XyloTube (PED)

Combination Instruments
BD and Tam Tam
Concert Band Combo
Cymbal Rack Combo (MW)
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
SusCyms All (MW)
Swish Knockers (MW)
Zil-Bels Hi Lo

DrumLine Battery
   SnareLine (AutoRL)
   SnareLine Manual (MW)
   SnareLine Manual LITE (MW)
   SnareLine VDL1 (MW)
   Solo Kevlar Snare (MW)
   Solo Mylar Snare (MW)
   Showstyle Single Tenors
   Tenor Solo Manual (MW KS)
   TenorLine (AutoRL) (MW KS)
   TenorLine Manual (MW KS)
   TenorLine Manual LITE (MW KS)
   TenorLine VDL1 (MW)
   BassLine AutoRL (MW KS)
   Bassline 10-Drums (Auto RL) (MW KS)
   Bassline 10-Drums Manual (MW KS)
   BassLine Manual (MW KW)
   BassLine Manual LITE (MW KS)
   BassLine VDL1 (MW)
   Cymbal Line 16in
   Cymbal Line 18in
   Cymbal Line 20in
   Cymbal Line All (MW)
   Cymbal Line VDL1

2 Concert Bass Drums
Concert Bass Drum
Concert Toms
   Concert Toms Full (MW)
   Concert Toms Mallets
   Concert Toms Sticks
   Drumset AutoRL (KS)
   Drumset Manual (KS)
   General MIDI Set
Impact Drums
Roto Toms
Snare Drums
   4 Snare Drums (Auto RL)
   4 Snare Drums Manual
   Concert Snare
   Field Drum
   Firecracker Drum
   Piccolo Snare
   Rope Drum

Air Raid Siren
Bell Plates
Birds Meinl
Earth Plate
Energy Chimes (MW)
Garden Weasel
Hand Claps
Marching Machine
Ocean Drum
Propane Tank
Ribbon Crasher
Tang Tangs
Trash Can
Typewriter Manual
Whistles and Bird Calls
   Acme Siren
   Audibon Bird Call
   Nightingale Audibon Combo
   Nightingale Whistle
   Police Whistle
   Slide Whistle

Glockenspiels & Crotales
Bowed Crotales
Crotales Aluminum (MW)
Crotales Bright (MW)
Crotales MedPlast (MW)
Glock Brass
Glock Bright Plastic
Glock Med Plastic

Bowed Gongs
Chinese 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

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

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

4-octave Vibes
   4-octave Vibes Hard (MW)
   4-octave Vibes Med (MW)
   4-octave Vibes Soft (MW)
Bowed Vibes
LITE Versions
   Vibes Hard LITE (MW)
   Vibes Med LITE (MW)
   Vibes Soft LITE (MW)
Vibe FX
Vibes Hard (MW)
Vibes Med (MW)
Vibes Rattan
Vibes Soft (MW)
wSustain Pedal Control
   Vibes Hard (PED)
   Vibes Med (PED)
   Vibes Soft (PED)

Drum Major

World Percussion
Agogo Bells
Ankle Bells
Bongos (AutoRL)
Bongos Manual
Cabasa High
Cabasa Low
Cabasas Hi and Low
Congas (AutoRL)
Congas Manual
Djembe 14in
Djembe Big
Log Drum (Auto RL)
Taiko Drum
Timbales (AutoRL)
Timbales Manual

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

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