PRISM Review – Modern Pop Drums by AVA MUSIC GROUP

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Monday, 10 June 2019
  • Time to read: 3 min.


With PRISM AVA is concentrating on the highest quality percussive sounds for your next score. The included sounds aim to sit well in a mix. This library wants to be your perfect drum sound collection.

The percussive sounds were used in tracks cumulating over 100 millions of views. (mostly pop records and notably the Shazam and LEGO 2 trailer). AVA MUSIC GROUP did send a review copy with no strings attached. We did take a look at Instinct also by AVA MUSIC GROUP here: Instinct by AVA MUSIC GROUP Review.

The company is a music licensing and managing the business. AVA MUSIC provides excellent hand-picked music for advertising agencies, producers, and filmmakers as a company sound design from AVA Music has been used in trailers for Pan, San Andreas, Pixel, Ghost Buster, Power Rangers, Fantastic Beats, Justice League, and Spider-Man Homecoming.


You download and unpack the library. PRISM runs in the Full (and paid) Kontakt Version 5.7.1 or higher. You can also use the samples independently as wave files in your DAW. There are many additional WAV files included, take a look at them as they are not available in the Kontakt Interface.


With PRISM you have access to an endless array of drum options to get to the meat of your score faster. Curated by professional sound engineers and leading producers, PRISM’s sound library aims to include only the most significant electronic percussion sounds. All percussive sounds have been recorded and processed at 48kHz in 24bit.

The producer has handpicked every sound, in the next step skillful mixed and produced. PRISM wants to enable producers and performers at every experience level tools to create studio-quality music instantly.

PRISM – Modern Pop Drums by AVA MUSIC GROUP Review Additional Samples

When the project was started, the library had 400+ sounds included. As the aim was to deliver the best quality and tones that work great together initially, they reduce the included samples to a set of high-quality percussion and drum sounds.

There are more instruments and sounds available as you can use through Kontakt. The Kontakt library focuses on the percussive sounds that work together in your next score.

PRISM’s concept is a splendid idea to present the drums song-ready for a composer that score to picture or produce modern music. You can start with your drum stems quickly and focus on the rest to write your next score or song.

The drums sit very well in your mix; the producing company has made sure that the drum tracks sit and work well in a mix.

Overall in Kontakt and counting the singles WAV files you receive:

  • 11 Official Demos
  • 20 Kicks
  • 8 Toms
  • 27 Snares
  • 16 Claps
  • 35 Hi-Hats
  • 38 Drum Loops
  • 15 Hi-Hat Loops
  • 3 Cymbals
  • 16 FX

The sound of this library offers high value for money spent and comes with percussion that fit into a mix and sounds good.

The developer has listened to feedback provided by other composer and is looking into some future enhancements:

  • Open hi-hat one-shots
  • Switch snare and clap position
  • Add tom row in the UI
  • 2nd hi-hat row in the UI
  • Bonus toolkit samples

Ava Music Group is working on those enhancements mentioned above and will keep their customer posted when a first update is released. That is a company listening to their customers and is eager to address customer needs where possible.

User interface & Usability

PRISM’s User Interface allows composer and music producers to find and perform the percussion sound you need quickly. You have access to Kick, Hi-Hat, Clap, and Snare

If you use at the big “knob” in the middle you Hi-Hat switch between different sounds, this is not a sound shaping knob that you may know from other libraries. The big middle triangle is a straightforward way to select the different percussion set.

PRISM – Modern Pop Drums by AVA MUSIC GROUP Review UI

Rating:  Five out of five stars

PRISM comes with an excellent percussion sound set and has the modern sound and vibe. This package of current drums sounds fantastic. Clément Ducasse, Karel Psota and the team from the AVA MUSIC GROUP have taken their personal library used in recent productions and made them available for your next score.

Many other percussion libraries sell on their files numbers and footprint on the hard disk, PRISM is all about quality percussive sound and PRISM is leading in its space.

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