Back to School 1.0


Back to School 1.0

Back to School 1.0


Ready to Rock

All of the drum tones are dialed in for the perfect Rock sound, allowing us to minimize the controls needed to achieve a mind blowing result.

Grit and Power

These drums were recorded through overdriven SSL G series preamps, compressors and EQs, giving you all of the grit and power you'll need without any additional processing.

Exploding Room Sounds

The room microphones were tracked with SSL Listen Mic Compressors set to STUN! Let them rip for some extra fun!


Includes presets by Dan Korneff to help get you inspired. The Back to School kit is all about getting a great sound fast.

Videos and Tutorials

The studio and the recording

Back to School 1.0 was recording at Sonic Debris Studios in New York. The bright, lively main room is perfect for drums. This is a room you’ve heard on many recordings.

The drum kit is a combination of Dan Korneff’s favorite pieces from his extensive drum collection. The emphasis of Back to School 1.0 is small and tight, but the finished sample set is extremely versatile and has become Dan’s go to kit for many projects.

For a gritty, raw sound, the drums were recorded through a vintage SSL 4000 E/G console, and the gain cranked up to overload the channels just enough and not a bit more. The samples have natural, subtle hit inconsistencies. When mixed into your music, this kit will sound organic and human.

The room sound was recorded on Neumann U-87’s and fed into a vintage SSL talk back compressor, firmly squashed and mixed back in with unprocessed room sound. You can get a wide variety of classic and modern drum sound by changing the levels of the room sounds..

Drums, mics and processing

KICK Tama Rockstar DX 20" x 18"
SNARE 1 Tama Starclassic Maple 6.5"×14"
RACK TOM Tama Rockstar DX 12" x 12"
FLOOR TOM Tama Rockstar DX 16" x 16"
HI-HAT Zildjian A Mastersound 15"
CRASH 1 Zildjian A Custom 18"
CRASH 2 Zildjian A Rock Crash 18"
RIDE Zildjian Z Custom 22"
KICK Shure Beta52 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
SNARE 1 Shure SM57 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
RACK TOM Sennheiser MD421 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
HI-HAT Shure SM7b SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
CRASH 1 AKG C451 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
CRASH 2 AKG C451 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL CF82E10
ROOM AKG C451 SSL82E149 SSLE242 SSL Listen Mic Comp.
Mac OS Minimum Requirements
  • 1 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • macOS X 10.10 or later
  • AAX, VST3, AU supporting DAW
  • screen res: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • iLok dongle or iLok Cloud
  • 64 bit DAW support only
Windows OS Minimum Requirements
  • 1 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor or AMD equivalent
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 or later
  • AAX, VST3 supporting DAW
  • screen res: 1024 x 768 or higher
  • iLok dongle or iLok Cloud
  • 64 bit DAW support only

Reviews for Back to School 1.0

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15 reviews for Back to School 1.0

  1. Colm Clark (verified owner)

    I not only love the drum sounds, but I find that they just sit “right” in the mix with no extra work on my part. I love that. Speeds things up.

  2. Gerald barbato (verified owner)

    Don't let the interface fool you. I got the Dan Korneff tonehub pack from STL and immediately found the perfect companion for these drums. Love it Dan!

  3. Gerald Barbato (verified owner)

    These drums are awesome! When I first saw the layout I was skeptical but Dan did what he promised. He took a killer sounding kit and made it simple to use for everyone.

  4. Freddy Padilla (verified owner)

    These are my new go to drums! Has a very easy to use interface with fast great sounding results!

  5. Andreas Treur (verified owner)

    Lot's of grit, lot's of character. Cuts through anything. Sounds unlike any other drum vst out there.
    Great value.

  6. Hector Baeza carmona (verified owner)

  7. Claus Andberg (verified owner)

    no-nonsense drum plugin. It focuses on the important stuff and let's you spend your time making music instead of tweaking futile parameters. Luv it!
    The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is 'cause you kinda feel like you could've used a layer or two more per velocity.
    The "ding" on the snare is just a tad overwhelming at faster tempos.
    Anyway my wife thinks it sounds fine!
    Regards from Denmark!

  8. Christopher Johansson (verified owner)

    If you like Dan Korneffs drum sound you should buy this immediately! It's the perfect tool when writing, cause you don't need to do much with the drums, they sound good straight out of the box! What I like to do is using the room sound to an already recorded drumkit, holy moly! Just buy this! Dan is also super nice!

  9. Carlos Sarmiento (verified owner)

    Drums sound great! Dan is a master! Recommend 110%

  10. Travis Brown (verified owner)

    Simple and sounds great.

  11. Brian Joe (verified owner)

    Most natural and punchy drum samples i've ever had!! Dan is the man!

  12. Frank Chase3 (verified owner)

    The coated 19 plugin is exactly the snappy live sounding drums I needed to round out my live drum sound. Fuckin awesome.

  13. Alex Jerome (verified owner)

    Great shells

  14. Pedro Vinagre (verified owner)

    Don't be fooled by the price: These drums sound awesome and I had to instantly buy them as soon as I heard the samples. I understand the concept, but the UI should be a bit less "childish and funny".
    Also... being Kontakt player-less is a huge bonus!

  15. Pete N (verified owner)

    I needed a stronger drum sound for my setup and thought these sounded good for the money - Now they are in most of my new tracks - great sounds, and really easy to use..

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