Using Aerodrums with DAWs / drum samplers

This page contains information about the drum sampler products that Aerodrums has been tested with and for which MIDI mappings are available.

Each drum sampler defines which MIDI notes correspond to which drums/cymbals. Aerodrums also defines its own correspondences. In order to convert MIDI notes coming from Aerodrums to the notes that a particular drum sampler expects, a MIDI mapping is required.

You can download all of the MIDI mappings here as well as an example kit for left- and right-handed drummers: Aerodrums MIDI Mappings

If the drum kit screen in Aerodrums does not already list “MIDI Kit”, you can add it by following these instructions. On Windows, copy the files “MIDI_Kit__LH_.ini” and “MIDI_Kit__RH_.ini” from the zip file to the “conf\drumkits” subfolder of your Aerodrums installation folder (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Aerodrums); on Mac, copy them to the “Contents\Resources\conf\drumkits” folder of the Aerodrums bundle which can be opened by ctrl+clicking on the Aerodrums application icon and choosing “Show Contents”. This example kit has been configured to behave reasonably well with all of the drum samplers. Of course, for optimum results and a balanced mix you may need to further tweak the sensitivities of elements within Aerodrums or even set up velocity curves within your drum sampler. For more information about the adjustments you can make to MIDI kits in Aerodrums, see the MIDI section of the Aerodrums manual.

Remember also that, whether you are running your drum sampler inside a DAW or standalone (e.g. using Kontakt Player or Toontrack Solo), it is important to set the audio output device and MIDI input device correctly. On Mac, CoreAudio should be used and on Windows, ASIO (possibly with ASIO4ALL) or exclusive-mode WASAPI (if available) should be used. In all cases, the audio buffer size should be set as small as possible to minimize latency. For details on setting this up for Windows and Mac, please refer to the Aerodrums manual or the following tutorial videos (the first one is for Windows and the second one for Mac):

The following sections give instructions for setting up each drum sampler for use with Aerodrums.

Steven Slate Drums 4

Note: for this you will need the file “Steven Slate Drums 4\SSD4_to_Aerodrums.iom” included in the zip file linked to above. You may wish to place this in the “SSD4Library\IOMaps” folder if you want to keep it with your other SSD4 mappings.

Click the “Construct Kit” button located in the panel on the left. Then click the “View Kit” button. If the “Use Mapping:” button at the bottom reads “from Kit Preset” then click it to change it to “from Map Converter”.


Next click on the “Map Converter” button followed by the “Load Conversion” button. Choose the “SSD4_to_Aerodrums.iom” file to use the Aerodrums MIDI mapping.


Superior Drummer 2

Note: for this you will need the file “Superior Drummer 2\Aerodrums” included in the zip file linked to above.

On Windows, first copy the mapping file to: C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\Toontrack\Superior2\MidiPresets

On Mac, copy the file to: /Users/<UserName>/Library/Application Support/Toontrack/Superior2/MidiPresets

To load the preset inside SD2, click the “Mapping” button at the top. Then click on “Presets” just above the piano and choose MIDI → User Presets → Aerodrums.


EZdrummer 2

EZdrummer 2 does not provide the ability to define a custom MIDI mapping. Instead a number of preset mappings are included.

For best results with Aerodrums, click on the “MENU” button in the top-right corner and choose E-Drum → Manufacturer → Roland. (The Alesis preset also works well.)



Note: for this you will need the files “BFD3\Aerodrums.bfd3map” and “BFD3\Aerodrums.png” included in the zip file linked to above.

On Windows, first copy the two files to: C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\FXpansion\BFD3\Maps

On Mac, copy the files to: Documents/FXpansion/BFD3/Maps

To load the Aerodrums mapping, click on “Key Map” just above the picture of the drum kit. Then, from the “File” menu in the top-left corner, choose “Load Key Map…”.


You should see an Aerodrums preset in the list. Double-click on it to load it.


For best results, some of the BFD3 preferences should be edited to prevent hi-hats being faded out too early. Click on the “Tools” menu at the top and choose “Show Preferences”. Then click on the “Engine” tab at the left of the preferences window.

The value labelled “Hihat closed tip choke fade” should be increased from the default value of 0.05 to 0.2.

The value labelled “Hihat choke fade (range)” should be increased from the default of 0.5 to 2.0.


Studio Drummer (Kontakt)

Note: for this you will need the three files located in the “Studio Drummer” folder of the zip file linked to above.

On Windows, first copy the three files to: C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Studio Drummer\Data (this may be a hidden folder)

On Mac, copy the files to: /Users/<UserName>/Library/Application Support/Studio Drummer/Data

Warning: copying these files will overwrite any MIDI mapping presets you may have previously saved within Studio Drummer! If the above folder doesn’t already exist you can force its creation by first saving any custom preset within Studio Drummer.

To use Studio Drummer with Aerodrums, click on “Midi Ch:” just above the image of the drum kit and choose “omni” to tell Kontakt to accept MIDI inputs from all ports/channels.


Then click on the “Options” tab near the bottom and in the “MIDI Mapping” panel change the active preset to “Aerodrums”.


Addictive Drums / Addictive Drums 2

Note: for this you will need the file “Addictive Drums\Aerodrums.ADMap” included in the zip file linked to above.

If you are using Addictive Drums 2, simply drag and drop the mapping file onto the Addictive Drums 2 interface and it will load automatically. At this point you can re-save it under a new name if you wish to avoid dragging and dropping it each time.

If you are using Addictive Drums, follow these instructions:

On Windows, first copy the mapping file to: C:\Users\<UserName>\Documents\Addictive Drums\User Maps

On Mac, copy the file to: /Users/<UserName>/Library/Application Support/Addictive Drums/User Maps

To use the mapping, click the “?” button in top-right corner, then choose “Map Window”.


From here, click the “Map Preset” drop-down and select User → Aerodrums.


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